West Hollywood Automated Parking
West Hollywood, CA
As one of the most progressive cities in the nation, the City of West Hollywood was excited to embrace automated parking as an innovative solution to the challenge of creating sufficient parking to meet their needs. The 200-space automated storage/retrieval system (robotic parking) is located on a surface lot adjacent to the City Hall with a 27-foot wide community plaza between the two buildings. This represents a net increase of 132 spaces.
The structure contains four entry bays and features a large glass window facing east toward Sweetzer Avenue where people can watch as mechanical shuttles carry vehicles in and out of bays. The design includes roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, use of a sustainable material made from recycled grocery bags, and drought-tolerant landscaping.
Automated parking systems have been embraced for years outside the country; however, interest has only recently been growing within the United States. West Hollywood’s structure is the first municipal project of its kind on the West Coast.
Pima County Court Complex
Don Monahan was the project manager for a mixed-use parking structure for Pima County Courthouse complex. Design services included functional design, parking consulting, and structural engineering for 700 parking spaces on seven-levels. Walker proposed a spread footing system on modified soil to avoid the existing contaminated soils which saved the Owner nearly $1,000,000.
North Colorado Medical Center
This project consisted of a 723 space parking structure on four-levels. Services provided for this design/build project included functional design/parking consulting and structural engineering. The garage has a hybrid structural system with steel frame, cast-in-place post-tensioned concrete floor slabs. The post-tensioned slab and steel frame system opened up the garage for better site lines, providing a more open appearance. The garage has a glass-enclosed skybridge from the parking structure to the Medical Center constructed over 16th street for the additional safety of all of the hospital employees.