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No-Dullness Zone: Parking Group Recognizes ‘Unparalleled’ Designs

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Who says parking facilities have to be gray, cavernous and onerous?

Not the International Parking Institute and the winners of the organization’s 2011 Awards of Excellence, honoring the most innovative, architecturally significant and energy-efficient parking facilities and operations.

The institute, a trade association representing parking professionals and the parking industry, says the winners of the awards show how far the “parking garage” has come.

“Our 2011 winners serve as models for overcoming the myriad challenges facing the parking industry today, including overtaxed and outdated systems, increased use, and limited funding and resources,” said the group’s Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE.

“Whether they have rehabilitated aging facilities or addressed parking issues with innovative alternatives, these projects all have advanced the industry and improved the future of their communities.”

The winners were selected by a panel of judges representing architects, parking corporations, and city, airport and university officials. 

The projects receiving top honors, awards of merit and honorable mentions are listed and described below.

Award for Architectural Achievement
 
Award of Excellence: Greenway Self Park, Chicago, Ill.; River North Self Park LLC, Owner

 Greenway Self Park, Chicago, Ill.
Greenway Self Park, Chicago, Ill.
NORR Illinois Inc. (formerly DM Design Group), Architect-of-Record
HOK, Design Architect
Walker Parking Consultants Inc., Parking Consultant & Engineer
Standard Parking Corporation, Parking Vendor

Billed as Chicago’s first and only eco-friendly parking facility, Greenway Self Park is located in the River North neighborhood and is designed for sustainability, is architecturally-distinctive and fully automated.

The design features water- and power-recycling systems and electric-car plug-ins, with a green roof in the future.
 
Greenway Self Park also earned an Award of Excellence in the category of Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces.
 
Award of Merit: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—Rental Car Center, Atlanta; Ga. Dept. of Aviation, City of Atlanta, Owner
 
The Rental Car Center is a $242 million facility that features two four-level parking structures that accommodate 8,700 vehicles.

Additionally, the center incorporates a four-level Customer Services Center that provides retail counter space for 12 rental agencies.

Quick Turnaround Facilities supply 80,000 square feet of vehicle service space and surface parking for 2,300 vehicles.

The Rental Car Center also earned an Honorable Mention in the Best Design of a Parking Facility with More than 800 Spaces Category.
 
Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces

Award of Excellence: Greenway Self Park, Chicago, Ill.; River North Self Park LLC, Owner (see details above)
 
Award of Merit: Tampa Port Authority Channelside Parking Garage, Tampa, Fla.; Tampa Port Authority, Owner

 Tampa Port Authority Channelside Parking Garage, Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Port Authority Channelside Parking Garage, Tampa, Fla.
Timothy Haahs & Associates Inc., Parking Consultant & Engineer
HKS Architects Inc., Architect
Scheidt & Bachmann USA Inc., Parking Vendor
Kraft Construction Company Inc., Design Builder

This once-basic parking structure has expanded to meet the demands of increased tourism from cruise lines and other attractions. The expansion integrates grade-level parking for buses, incorporates 720 parking spaces and allows for future vertical growth.

 Mountaineer Station, Morgantown, W.V.
Mountaineer Station, Morgantown, W.V.
Rich and Associates Inc., Parking Consultant
Paradigm Architecture, Architect
West Virginia University Design & Construction, Other

Honorable Mention: Mountaineer Station, Morgantown, W.V.; West Virginia University, Owner
 
Best Design of a Parking Structure with 800 or More Spaces

Award of Excellence: Colorado State University Lake Street Parking Garage, Fort Collins, Colo; Colorado State University, Owner

The new 868-space Lake Street parking structure is open, well-lit and houses more than 20,000 square-feet of retail and office spaces in addition to the University’s Parking Services operation.

Sustainable features include reserved parking for low-emitting vehicles, onsite power via a 9,000-square-foot photovoltaic array, and onsite water management and treatment.

Known as the “Green University,” Colorado State is seeking LEED Platinum certification for the facility.

The Lake Street Parking Garage also received an Honorable Mention in the Architectural Achievement Category.
 
Award of Merit: Mineta San Jose International Airport CONRAC, San Jose, Calif; Mineta San Jose Int’l Airport, Owner
 
The Mineta San Jose International Airport launched a two-phase relocation of its rental-car center and Terminal B parking, starting with a 3,000-car, six-level structure that houses a customer-service building.

Phase II plans involve replacing an on-grade parking lot with a seven-level structure, supplying more than 2,000 additional public stalls.

Also, the consolidated rental car facility, or CONRAC, is characterized by a 70-by-1,200-ft. art façade on the freeway-facing side, where 400,000 white plastic dots create a monumental image of waving hands.

The structure’s four-acre roof will feature a 4,660-panel, 1.12-megawatt solar array.

Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program

Award of Excellence: Click and Park, a Division of Standard Parking, Chicago, Ill.; Click and Park, Owner

The event organizers for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver designed a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to transport spectators and the Olympic workforce from the Vancouver metropolitan area to the alpine and sliding events at Whistler and Cypress Mountains.

The Click and Park (CNP) online reservation system powered the Olympic bus network reservation process. Some 10,000 people rode the buses, eliminating 3,700 cars from the highway and reducing parking needs at the venues, as well as operational costs and environmental impact.

CNP also received the Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Star Award for its proactive approach.
 
Award of Merit: Parking and Transportation Services at the University of California at Irvine, Irvine, Calif.; Parking and Transportation Services at UCI, Owner
 
Initiated in 2009, ZotWheels automated bikeshare is California’s first program of its kind and the second at an American university, providing users access to immediate, low-cost transportation at fully-automated, self-service bike stations.

Honorable Mention: SPokesSM Bicycle Lending Program, Chicago, Ill.; Standard Parking Corp., Owner

Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration

Award of Excellence: Durham Centre Parking Deck Rehabilitation, Durham, N.C.; City of Durham, N.C. Dept. of General Services, Owner
 
Deterioration had taken a severe toll on the parking deck and rooftop plaza of the Durham Centre Parking Deck, which serves as both the structural base and gateway for a 15-story office tower.

Several areas had been closed due to safety concerns, and the plaza’s waterproofing systems and expansion joints needed replacement.

The $7.9 million renovation incorporated several innovative solutions, including a post-tensioned slab repair and installation of a garden roof/pedestal paver system.

In addition, LED lighting, traffic-bearing membranes, new striping and signage, increased lighting reflectivity and other improvements further enhanced the project.
 
Award of Merit: Royal University Hospital Parkade Garage Complex, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Canada. Saskatoon Health Region, Owner
 
The harsh winters in Saskatoon provided one of the many challenges in the extensive renovation of three cast-in-place concrete parking garages at the Royal University Hospital.

The restoration included a comprehensive waterproofing system, structural strengthening, a uniform signage package to improve wayfinding, a re-striping plan to reorganize traffic and pedestrian flow, LED light fixtures to increase public safety and appearance, and new equipment to automate revenue management.
 
Honorable Mention: City of York Market Street, York, Pa.; City of York General Authority, Owner
 
More information: www.parking.org.

   

Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Design; Eco-efficiency; Green building; Sustainability

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