The International Parking Institute Announces Winners of 2011 Awards of Excellence Competition

Top honors go to Chicago's Greenway Self-Park, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Rental Car Center, Colorado State University's Lake Street Parking Garage, Chicago-based Click and Park, and Durham Centre Parking Deck

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Fredericksburg, VA - June 7, 2011 - The International Parking Institute (IPI) has recognized 12 of the industry's outstanding parking facilities and operations with its 2011 Awards of Excellence, noting common threads of innovation, efficiency, eco- and user-friendliness, cost-savings and collaboration among its winners.

Award winners in the 29th annual competition ranged from Chicago's first and only eco-friendly parking facility to the online reservation system that managed public busing for the multi-venue 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

"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winners serve as models for overcoming the myriad challenges facing the parking industry today, including overtaxed and outdated systems, increased use, and limited funding and resources, " said IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE.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."

Award categories included architectural achievement, best design of parking facilities with less than and more than 800 spaces, innovation in programs and operations, and rehabilitation/restoration. 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 as follows:


Award for Architectural Achievement


Award of Excellence: Greenway Self Park, Chicago, IL

River North Self Park, LLC, Owner

Project Team:

  • 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

Chicago's first and only eco-friendly parking facility, Greenway Self Park in the popular River North neighborhood is architecturally-distinctive, fully automated, and designed for sustainability. Its design incorporates a water and power recycling systems, electric car plug-ins, a state-of-the-art music video floor reminder system and a future green roof. Together with custom artwork, efficient billing and valet systems, superior accessibility, marketing outreach and other enhancements, Greenway Self Park provides customers with an unparalleled parking experience.

Note: Greenway Self Park also earned an Award of Excellence in the Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces Category.


Award of Merit: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Rental Car Center, Atlanta, GA
Dept. of Aviation, City of Atlanta, Owner

Project Team:Hartsfield

  • Walter P Moore & Associates, Parking Consultant & Engineer
  • PGAL, Overall Project Design Architect, Architect-of-Record for the Terminal
  • RL Brown & Associates, Inc., Architect-of-Record for the Parking Garage

The new Rental Car Center is part of a $6 billion capital improvement program at the world's busiest airport, and is the largest consolidated Rental Car Center in the world. The $242 million facility features two four-level parking structures accommodating 8,700 vehicles and four pairs of stacked external express ramps that separate customer and rental car employee traffic. A four-level Customer Services Center provides retail counter space for 12 rental agencies, and its top level serves the Sky Train that connects customers to the Central Passenger Terminal and adjacent Convention Center and hotel complex. Quick Turnaround Facilities supply 80,000 square ft. of vehicle service space and surface parking for 2,300 vehicles. The Rental Car Center is an architectural, operational and technologically advanced facility that will serve as a model for future consolidated rental car facilities.

Note: The Rental Car Center at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 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, IL, River North Self Park, LLC
River North Self Park, LLC, Owner (see details in Award for Architectural Achievement above)


Award of Merit: Tampa Port Authority Channelside Parking Garage, Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Port Authority, Owner

Project Team:Tampa

  • Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc., Parking Consultant & Engineer
  • HKS Architects, Inc., Architect
  • Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc., Parking Vendor
  • Kraft Construction Company, Inc., Design Builder

In order to meet the demands of increased tourism from adjacent cruise lines and popular nearby attractions, the Tampa Port Authority proactively expanded its Channelside District parking garage, significantly enhancing the streetscape while retaining architectural continuity and maximizing future potential. The significant expansion integrates grade level parking for buses, incorporates 720 parking spaces on fewer levels than originally envisioned and allows for a future 160-space vertical expansion. A once basic parking structure has become a striking destination serving the rapidly growing parking needs along the port in Tampa.


Honorable Mention: Mountaineer Station, Morgantown, WV
West Virginia University, Owner
Mountaineer Station

Project Team:

  • Rich and Associates, Inc., Parking Consultant
  • Paradigm Architecture, Architect
  • West Virginia University Design & Construction, Other

Mountaineer Station, located next to West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center campus and Ruby Memorial Hospital, serves as an excellent example of how municipalities, universities and transit agencies can meet the challenges of increased land development on an already overtaxed parking system. The multi-modal facility features an elevator and bridge to provide direct access to the local transit agency and WVU's rapid transit station, which serves more than 15,000 student, faculty and staff daily. Mountaineer Station's design incorporates bus shelters, bicycle lockers and other enhancements, with the capability of vertical and horizontal future expansion. The project successfully combines form and function to provide safe and convenient parking in a beautiful campus facility.


Best Design of a Parking Structure with 800 or More Spaces

Award of Excellence: Colorado State University Lake Street Parking Garage, Fort Collins, CO
Colorado State University, OwnerCOlorado State University


Project Team:

  • Colorado State University Parking Services
  • Carl Walker, Inc., Parking Consultant & Engineer
  • H+L Architecture, Architect

Increases in enrollment and campus buildings had all but obliterated surface parking at Colorado State University, but its new, 868-space Lake Street parking structure has freed up the campus core for pedestrians and public transit. The open, well-lit, and secure structure houses more than 20,000 square-feet of retail and office space, as well as the University's Parking Services operation. Its sustainable features include reserved parking for low-emitting vehicles, onsite power via a 9,000 sq. ft. photovoltaic (solar panel) array, and onsite water management and treatment. In keeping with CSU's international reputation as the "Green University," the project is seeking LEED Platinum certification and has been added to the Green University Walking Tour, which highlights environmentally friendly elements on campus.

Note: The Lake Street Parking Garage at CSU also received an Honorable Mention for this project in the Architectural Achievement Category.


Award of Merit: Mineta San Jose International Airport CONRAC, San Jose, CA
Mineta San Jose Int'l Airport, Owner Mineta State


Project Team:

  • TranSystems, Architect
  • Watry Design, Inc., Structural Engineer & Parking Planner
  • Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Contractor

As part of a comprehensive improvement program, 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 will replace an adjacent, on-grade parking lot with a seven-level structure, supplying more than 2,000 additional public stalls. The consolidated rental car facility, or CONRAC, is characterized by a distinctive, 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. A 4,660-panel, 1.12-megawatt solar array on the structure's four-acre roof, one of the largest airport installations in the country, offsets about 20 percent of the structure's overall energy use. This project represents a genuine public/private partnership, with 94 percent funded by the rental car companies and the remainder by the airport.


Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program

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

Athletes were not alone in facing major challenges in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver - the event's organizers needed to design 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. These obstacles were successfully overcome by the Click and Park (CNP) online reservation system, which 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 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, OwnerIrvine

Project Team:

  • Ron Fleming, Director of Parking and Transportation Services, with Wendell Brase, Paige Macias, Jennifer Cartnal, Dina Ochoa, Andre Gaines

Initiated in 2009, ZotWheels automated bikeshare is California's first program of its kind and only the second at an American university, providing users access to immediate, low cost transportation at fully-automated, self-service bike stations. ZotWheels was developed by the University's Parking and Transportation Services as an alternative form of transportation to reduce emissions, reduce the need to build costly parking facilities, retain open space, and save time and money for UCI's 37,000 commuters. The comprehensive program also supports bus, carpool, carshare, campus shuttle, commuter train, vanpool and walk modes. It annually eliminates over 39 million vehicle miles and 18,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and saves individuals and the university over $21 million. Readily adaptable to other institutions, the program is a cost benefit win-win, with a strategy that allows for continued expansion.


Honorable Mention: SPokesSM Bicycle Lending Program, Chicago, IL
Standard Parking Corporation, OwnerSPOKES

Project Team:

  • Nationwide Arena District

Realizing that commuters would benefit from having a means of "green" transportation available at occasional times during the business day, Chicago's Standard Parking introduced the SPokesSM bicycle lending amenity program for its monthly parkers in 2010. Bikes are available to check out free of charge which reduces the hassle of a short drive and avoids the need to find and pay for parking, reduces carbon emissions and encourages commuters to enjoy healthy exercise. The program's Cruiser bikes are equipped with a light, basket, sturdy cable lock and safety helmet. Upon return, they are inspected for proper mechanical function, and helmets are cleaned and disinfected by a facility employee. The program was immediately embraced at its initial locations, promoting goodwill for the parking facility by showcasing the company's commitment to sustainability.


Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration

Award of Excellence: Durham Centre Parking Deck Rehabilitation, Durham, NC
City of Durham, NC, Dept of General Services, OwnerDurham

Project Team:

  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Design Consultant & Engineer
  • SGE Solutions, PC, MEPFP Design Consultant
  • Craig Davis Properties, Inc., Developer/Construction Manager

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. LED lighting, traffic-bearing membranes, new striping and signage, increased lighting reflectivity and other improvements further enhanced the project. Despite its many fundraising and coordination challenges, the renovation came in $300,000 under budget.


Award of Merit: Royal University Hospital Parkade Garage Complex, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Saskatoon Health Region, OwnerRoyal University

Project Team:

  • Walter P Moore & Associates, Engineer
  • Vector Construction Ltd., Other

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, Saskatchewan's busiest healthcare facility. Addressing the structural deficiencies, concrete deterioration and other major issues required two construction seasons and involved effective coordination, work phasing and cooperation, and the innovative use of heat containment to extend the length of the construction schedule. 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
The City of York General Authority, OwnerYork

Project Team:

  • Murphy and Dittenhafer Architects, Architect
  • Carl Walker, Inc., Design Consultant, Engineer & Parking Consultant
  • Schlenger/Pitz & Associates, Inc., MEP, Engineers

Rather than demolish the 40-year-old Market Street Parking Structure, the City of York General Authority embarked on a major renovation - one that involved functional, structural and waterproofing design elements; a new building façade; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades. The $4.1 million project breathed new life into the facility, which housed 2,500 square feet of retail in addition to providing parking for 450 vehicles. In just 16 months, the team accomplished concrete repairs to shore up floor surfaces, sealing and waterproofing of all parking surfaces, operational improvements to create a more user/vehicle-friendly facility and multiple aesthetic enhancements. Modifications to the original unused plaza area along Market Street created potential office/retail space for the city.

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