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  • IPI’s 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners Showcase Sustainable Parking and Innovative Land Use that Improves Communities

    A municipal garage built into North Sea sand dunes; robotic parking in West Hollywood; and a community-building, green garage for a healthcare facility are among honorees. (New Orleans, May 15, 2017) – As the 2017 winners of the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Awards of Excellence illustrate, diverse parking challenges call Read More »

  • JC Porter, CAPP, of Arizona State University Parking and Transit Services, is 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year

    (New Orleans – May 18, 2017) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has named JC Porter, CAPP, assistant director of Parking & Transit Services at Arizona State University, its 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year. Porter commutes by bike to work each day – a 40-mile round trip. At ASU, Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes Newest Graduates Earning CAPP, Parkings’ Top Credential

    (New Orleans — May 18, 2017) The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the 2017 graduates of its CAPP credential program at the IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans. This year’s 31 graduates come from private and public parking organizations at universities, cities, airports, corporations, commercial operators, consultants, and transportation authorities. Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 12 Parking Marketing Programs

    2017 Marketing and Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies (New Orleans, May 15, 2017) The International Parking Institute (IPI) will recognize 12 outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking sector at the 2017 IPI Conference & Expo in New Orleans, La. The Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Read More »

  • Arizona State University’s Parking & Transit Services is 2017 Parking Organization of the Year

    International Parking Institute (IPI) recognizes one of the largest universities in the nation for commitment to sustainability in parking and customer service. (New Orleans – May 15, 2017) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has named Parking & Transit Services (PTS) at Arizona State University (ASU) in Phoenix as its Read More »

  • Becky Cass of Houston’s Winpark is 2017 Parking Supervisor of the Year Award

    Winpark Area Manager named Parking Supervisor of the Year by the International Parking Institute (New Orleans, May 15, 2017) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced that Becky Cass, area manager of Winpark in Houston, has been named its 2017 Parking Supervisor of the Year. The award honors management-level Read More »

  • Roger Finch of Denver International Airport is 2017 Parking Staff Member of the Year

    Airport’s Landside Services Agent Honored with Award (New Orleans, La. – May 15, 2017) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced that Roger Finch, Landside Services Agent II at Denver International Airport, has been named its 2017 Parking Staff Member of the Year. Finch began his career with Denver Read More »

  • Boulder, Colorado’s Molly Winter is 2017 Parking Professional of the Year

    Executive Director of Boulder’s Dept. of Community Vitality is named the James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year. (New Orleans, La.) – MAY 15, 2017 — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced that Molly Winter, executive director of the Department of Community Vitality for the City of Read More »

  • APO Manual for Applicants

    The  Second Edition of the APO Manual for Applicants outlines guidelines and requirements for facilities interested in the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Program. APO Manual For Applicants, May 2017 Edition

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    Gorgeous The 2016 IPI Awards of Excellence

    Gorgeous The 2016 IPI Awards of Excellence WOW, WHAT A GREAT PARKING GARAGE! It’s not something in the general lexicon, but we’re hearing it more and more, as designers and parking professionals design lots and structures that are functional, sustainable, and sometimes drop-dead gorgeous. IPI’s Awards of Excellence recognize those Read More »

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    Ahead of the Train

    By Robert Ferrin and Brett Wood, PE, CAPP Building a parking program from the ground up.  What if you could build a parking program from scratch? Where would you start? What would your central tenets be? How would you integrate the wealth of knowledge gained by parking professionals during the past Read More »

  • Wow Your Customers

    By Dennis Snow Three keys for delivering great service.  The term “customer service” evokes different images in people’s minds. One image could be that of friendly, smiling, helpful employees who go out of their way to serve you. Or it could be the opposite—indifferent, unfriendly employees who can’t wait for you Read More »

  • IPI Rocks Music City

    By Kim Fernandez This May, the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo offers more than ever before. Nobody knows more about staying in tune than the people of Nashville, Tenn.—Music City, USA. And nobody knows more about staying in tune with parking than IPI, the biggest association of professionals in the industry. Read More »

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    The Winners of the Parking Professional’s 2015 Photo Contest Parking professionals show off their creative eyes in The Parking Professional’s annual photo contest, with amazing results. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR—photo contest time! Every year, IPI staff gather ‘round to judge the entries we get from parking professionals in Read More »

  • 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign Award Winners Announced

    Annual LEEP awards honors organizations for cutting energy use in parking facilities (Los Angeles) – Oct. 5, 2016 – Today, the winners of the 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign were announced. LEEP is an annual recognition of real estate owners that have achieved exceptional performance in parking Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 13 Parking Marketing Programs

    2016 Marketing and Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 20, 2016) The International Parking Institute (IPI) recognized 13 outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking sector at the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., today. The Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Read More »

  • Parking Comes of Age: 2016 Award-Winning Parking Facilities Combine Beauty, Convenience, Efficiency, and Sustainability

    An underground garage with a basketball court in Abu Dhabi, an inviting public park in Toronto, a visual showpiece in the Miami Design District, and a Florida university’s intermodal hub are among honorees NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 20, 2016 – As the seven winners of the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Read More »

  • Parking Technology Innovators Dive into Competition at IPI’s Second Park Tank™

    Popular event at IPI Conference serves as an incubator for innovative parking industry concepts (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 19, 2016) Parking technology innovators will compete for a shot at fame and fortune during the 2016 IPI Park Tank™ competition, Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the International Read More »

  • Blanca Gamez of University of Texas, Austin’s Parking & Transportation Services is IPI’s Parking Institute’s 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year

    Assistant Director of Parking & Transportation Services at UT-Austin wins inaugural award (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) named Blanca Gamez, assistant director of Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, as 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year. Read More »

  • IPI Honors Jeremy Hernandez as 2016 Parking Staff Member of the Year

    Bicycle coordinator at the University of Texas (UT) – Austin’s Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) singled out for initiatives that support alternatives to driving on a parking-centric campus (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) named Jeremy Hernandez, bicycle coordinator at the University of Texas Read More »

  • Two Texas Universities Honored as International Parking Institute’s 2016 Parking Organizations of the Year

    Parking organizations at Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin are recognized for sustainability, efficiency, and financial success (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) has singled out two university parking organizations, Texas Tech University Transportation & Parking Services and the University of Read More »

  • IPI Honors Cathy Harrison of Arizona State University as 2016 Parking Supervisor of the Year

    Office supervisor at Arizona State University Parking & Transit Services (PTS) is honored for her exemplary customer-service and management style (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) named Cathy Harrison, office supervisor at Arizona State University Parking & Transit Services (PTS) as its 2016 Parking Read More »

  • Preparing for Crisis: New Publication Provides Resources for Parking Professionals on the Sensitive Issue of Suicide in Parking Facilities

    Increased awareness and education may save lives and reduce trauma (Alexandria, Va., May 18, 2016) – Suicide has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, according to a recent report by the National Center for Health StatisticsWhile only about two percent of the estimated 43,000 suicides each year Read More »

  • H. Carl Walker Honored by International Parking Institute for Lifetime Achievement

    Prestigious industry award bestowed upon Walker for pioneering role in parking-structure design (NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that H. Carl Walker, former chief executive officer of Carl Walker, Inc., is the 2016 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was created Read More »

  • Anne Guest and Melinda Alonzo Share Honors as IPI’s 2016 Parking Professionals of the Year

    Missoula (Mont.) Parking Commission and Arizona State University’s Parking & Transit Services professionals are recognized for their outstanding management-level achievements (Nashville, Tenn. – May 18, 2016) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that two recipients will share its 2016 James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year award: Anne Read More »

  • APO Summary

    Snapshot of how to become an Accredited Parking Organization (APO). Overview: How to Become an Accredited Parking Organization

  • Inspiration Galore

    Looking for inspiration? The 16 winners of IPI’s second annual Parking Matters® Marketing & Communications Awards will get your creative juices flowing. You’ll find ideas you can adapt to your own organization that help advance the parking profession, educate audiences about the value of parking expertise, communicate about parking and Read More »

  • Shining Stars

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP You’re about to meet a parking services officer with a characteristically friendly smile who is well-known for her high level of service; an excellent leader and respected supervisor who keeps his team motivated to do its best; a municipal authority whose independent Read More »

  • Form and Function

    By Tracey Bruch, CAPP, and Anderson Moore Lots of people don’t think “gorgeous” when they think “parking.” Members of IPI know they should because the parking lots and garages currently under construction and being renovated are often things of beauty, offering amenities and aesthetics to their communities and often serving Read More »

  • Lots of Greening

    By Brian McKelligett The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently completed an almost one-year renovation of its very popular and recently renamed Cox’s Landing 15th Street Boat Launch. This launch facility has long been popular with boaters thanks to its easy access to the ocean. The city estimates that more Read More »

  • Transforming Green

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) was founded in 1993 to promote sustainability in the way buildings are designed, built, and operated. It developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and professional credentials and hosts the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, billed as the world’s Read More »

  • Making the Garage Green in Every Way

    By Brian Shaw, CAPP I recently started working for Stanford University as its director of parking and transportation services. Stanford is known as one of the leading sustainable universities in the country, and a number of ranking and recognition programs have given the university high marks for its sustainability programs Read More »

  • Elevating the Art of Parking

    By Jim Ketai The Bedrock Real Estate Services team is on a mission to revitalize Detroit by creating jobs, excitement, and opportunity. The short-term results we have achieved since 2011 are noteworthy: 40 properties, including several historic skyscrapers, have been acquired, and more than 100 businesses have been recruited to Read More »

  • 2012 IPI Conference & Expo

    There’s a reason the IPI Conference & Expo is the largest parking-specific event in the world: with top-notch educational events, a huge Expo filled with the latest products and services, speakers like no other event, and unparalleled networking opportunities, it is the place to be for parking professionals. TPP-2012-08-2012 IPI Read More »

  • Papal Preparations

    By William Wasser In late September, Philadelphia was honored to host Pope Francis and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. From near and far (sometimes very far), they flocked to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway to catch a glimpse of the pontiff as he celebrated Mass in front of the world-renowned Philadelphia Read More »

  • And the Winners Are…

    By Michael Myer and Marye Hefty In 2015, 18 organizations won Phase II Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign awards by saving an average 60 percent in parking lighting energy. Since LEEP was launched in 2012, award winners have achieved 200 million square feet of high-efficiency-lighting parking for combined Read More »

  • Sustainability and Parking

    By Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C One of the most popular and likely heavily debated subjects in the parking industry is sustainability. The topic has been one to elicit a significant amount of interest and excitement in public gatherings and mediums, along with a certain level of skepticism in more Read More »

  • A Class Apart

    By Bill Smith It wasn’t so long ago that “sustainable parking” was a bit of an oxymoron. But times change, sometimes drastically, and parking has embraced green practices. This year, seven facilities became the first in the world to earn Certified Green Garage designation—a milestone indeed. IPI is proud to Read More »

  • Green Thoughts

    Green parking is more than a catchphrase: It’s a new way of thinking about the parking industry and doing business in a way that’s attractive to employees, customers, and the bottom line. And it’s moving super fast, with advances and new developments almost every day. We asked four leading experts Read More »

  • The Country’s Greenest Conference

    By JC Porter, CAPP I recently returned from the Pac-12 Conference and am declaring it the greenest conference in the nation. I am certain there will be those who will disagree with my declaration, but after reading about the many accomplishments of Pac-12 schools, I invite dissenters to follow up Read More »

  • An Outstanding Operation

    By Alejandra Argudin, LEED AP, CAPP The Miami Parking Authority (MPA) is proud to offer outstanding service to residents of and visitors to our large city and even prouder to have recently been recognized as one of the first five Accredited Parking Organizations (APO) by the International Parking Institute. Getting Read More »

  • Incorporating Green Parking Into a Community

    By Jody Miller There is a range of unique ways parking facilities—both renovation projects and new builds—are incorporating sustainable practices. Some are quite unique and step outside the box of standard parking-facility thinking. Across the nation, more and more parking facilities are implementing interesting ways to make parking garages more Read More »

  • The 2015 IPI Conference & Expo Sets Records, Makes History

    Were you in Las Vegas this summer? More than 3,200 parking professionals landed at the Mandalay Bay in late June for the biggest and best conference and expo in the industry, and the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo delivered. More than 250 exhibitors in a hall the size of three Read More »

  • Extra Points

    By Kim Fernandez If you’ve ever had your car valet parked in Spartanburg, S.C., and thought the guy behind the wheel—the one with the big smile and friendly greeting who hustled a little bit more than usual to get you where you were going—looked vaguely familiar, you probably saw him Read More »

  • Up for the Challenge

    By David Hill, MA, CAPP, CD Those of us approaching middle age are fortunate to have seen many firsts in our lives—first computer microchip, first mobile phone, first email message, first solar-powered airplane. I remember the first man on the moon; as a kid, I was glued to the television Read More »

  • IPI’s Parking Matters Program Turns 5

    By Michele Ostrove Anyone who has been in the parking industry for more than five years has witnessed some profound changes, but perhaps none more remarkable than the the way it is regarded by others. As the International Parking Institute’s (IPI’s) 2015 Emerging Trends in Parking survey recently confirmed, nearly Read More »

  • A Bright Horizon

    By Kim Fernandez A lot of people say I have the toughest job on campus,” says Princeton University’s director of transportation and parking services. “But I think I have the best job on campus because I get to interact with everybody.” Parking is definitely a people business as far as Read More »

  • What’s Love Got to Do with It

    By Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR I once heard someone say that people long for the good old days and that for our children, these are the good old days. It’s true—most of us remember with great fondness our childhoods and the things we did to make those times special. Recently, Read More »

  • Green Garage Certification More Than Recognition

    By Trevyr Meade The recognition of the world’s first Certified Green Garages at the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo was a statement to our patrons and communities that parking will play a key role in the sustainability movement. Green Garage Certification offers a menu of 48 elements garages can deploy Read More »

  • Viva Las Vegas!

    By Kim Fernandez Viva parking! The world’s largest gathering of parking professionals will be held next month, and if you haven’t made your reservations for the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, it’s time to claim your space, reserve your hotel room, book your tickets, and block off Read More »

  • Emotional Leadership

    By Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR Each year, more than 2,000 books are published about leadership. What that says to me is that no one has it exactly right and/or people realize that there’s gold in them there hills and they want to mine their share. I contend there is a Read More »

  • Time to Celebrate

    By Mark Santos, PE If you’ve watched the Super Bowl, your evening might have included a gathering with friends, excessive amounts of food, laughter, and tears during the variety of commercials, and maybe even a glance or two at the actual football game. I enjoy watching football and have for Read More »

  • Guarantee Yourself a Win!

    By now, you know the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo, June 29–July 2 in Las Vegas, will be the parking industry’s biggest and best event, offering more professional development, hands-on product and technology experience, and networking (oh, the networking!) than ever before. What’s on tap? A few highlights: 225 exhibitors Read More »

  • The New Blank Canvas

    By Timothy Haahs, PE, AIA, and Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C For the past decade, South Florida has been on the cutting edge of parking facility design. Miami Beach projects such as the internationally renowned 1111 Lincoln Road parking structure (see the October 2011 issue of The Parking Professional) and Read More »

  • A Personal Reflection

    By Pierre Koudelka News of APD’s demise is heartbreaking. To say I’m upset is an understatement. I think it’s worth noting what APD meant to this industry. I came to know APD when I graduated from college and a headhunter told me to interview at this firm that had to Read More »

  • Photogenic Parking

    Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the amount of beauty, cuteness, and laughs in parking is pretty amazing, judging by the record number of entries in this year’s photo contest. From cute kids to beautiful rainbows to sunsets and structures that took our judges’ breath away, Read More »

  • Reset Your Marketing in the New Year

    By Bill Smith Don’t you hate New Year’s resolution articles? Now that the calendar has changed over, experts are climbing over each other to offer top 10 lists about how to run your organization better, blogs are full of pithy entries with Father Time references, and social media outlets are Read More »

  • Playing a Critical Role

    Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. There, he works to expand the range of effects and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to Read More »

  • Mixed Use Dreams

    By Per Linde Frank Lloyd Wright designed gorgeous houses. Frank Gehry dreamed up amazing concert halls and museums. An architect known for incredible parking garages? They’re few and far between, but an architectural competition that challenged participants to design just that might have found the industry’s future stars. Combo Competitions, Read More »

  • Changing Perspectives

    By Rob Ley Eskenazi Hospital was established in the 1850s in Indianapolis to treat soldiers with smallpox. It has since become one of the largest hospitals in the Midwest and primarily cares for low- to medium-income patients. A few years ago, the hospital began construction of a massive expansion. Included Read More »

  • A Rip-Roaring Success

    Take nearly 3,000 parking professionals from all over the world; add in more than 60 educational sessions led by top experts in their fields; mix in more than 150,000 square feet of products, technologies, and services from 250 providers; and combine all of that with social events, tours, and hands-on Read More »

  • Green Garage Assessor Training Value to Consultants

    By Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C, CNU-A At the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Texas, the Green Parking Council (GPC, an affiliate of IPI) conducted its first Green Garage Certification Assessor training. More than 20 parking professionals showed up for eight hours on a sunny Saturday, away from the Read More »

  • Spreading the Good Word

    By Cindy Campbell and Casey Jones, CAPP Parking isn’t an industry that’s traditionally garnered lots of warm-and-fuzzy press attention, but that’s changing. Thanks to the efforts of IPI’s Parking Matters® program and committed professionals from all segments of the industry, the good word is getting out that parking adds to Read More »

  • Professional Perfection

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP Nearly every office has one: that single person who shines nearly every day. Whether it’s a winning smile that gets everyone happy or the person who always lends a hand, these individuals are stand-out professionals who boost their colleagues, customers, and the Read More »

  • Outstanding Accomplishments

    By Tracey Bruch, CAPP Every year, the International Parking Institute (IPI) honors the best in parking design and programs with its Awards of Excellence, which have become something of an industry hallmark. This year was no exception. What was exceptional, however, was the number of truly outstanding entries that were Read More »

  • Parking Plus

    By June Williamson Parking has been an essential part of suburban development in North America since the Ford Model T was introduced in 1911. More than a century has passed, and it is high time for parking needs to be rethought, just as automobiles themselves and the fuels they run Read More »

  • Building the Nation’s Future

    Ray LaHood was U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013. There, he held responsibility for the oversight of air, maritime, and surface transportation in the U.S.; 55,000 employees; and a $70 billion budget. He developed a reputation for being devoted to safety and fighting distracted driving. Previously, LaHood was Read More »

  • Giving Back

    By Michele Wojciechowski For Tim Haahs, founder and CEO of Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc., a design/architecture/engineering firm that specializes in mixed-used facilities and parking, being involved in the community is of the utmost importance. In fact, it’s even part of his company’s mission. His desire to help his community Read More »

  • Raising Awareness Through Publicity

    By Bill Smith Publicity is one of the most powerful tools available to help parking organizations meet their organizational goals. By publicizing an organization through the media, parking organizations can reach huge numbers of people with key messages. That could mean informing local residents of municipal parking plans and regulations, Read More »

  • Hot Dog!

    We knew parking professionals were a talented and hard-working bunch, but who knew they were so good with cameras? Our thanks to everyone who entered our 2013 photo contest—we loved sifting through so many great photos and had more than a little trouble picking our winners. We also send thanks Read More »

  • Blowing in the Wind

    By Jacinta Messer Environmental artist Ned Kahn is known for his large-scale art depicting natural phenomena that include wind, water, and fire. His art is sustainable and fluid, often incorporating materials and movement that capture the elements in multiple dimensions; it’s so profound that even Smithsonian magazine has featured his Read More »

  • Resolve To Market More Effectively

    By Bill Smith, APR It’s a new year, which means it’s time for resolutions. Have you thought about a resolution for your business? If not, I have one for you: commit to marketing your parking organization more effectively. Many parking organizations struggle with marketing. Some view it as a luxury Read More »

  • Garage Gallery

    By Erin Galat In 2012, American Style Magazine named Jacksonville the 15th top city for art in the U.S. Since that time, the public art movement for this northeast Florida city has only grown stronger and picked up a broader selection of canvases along the way. Jacksonville recently welcomed a Read More »

  • Parking Space Invaders

    By Christopher Speers, CAPP I have to admit right from the start that I did a double take when I received my first call in 2012 from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP). They were inquiring about the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s interest in collaborating with BikePgh—the city’s main bicycle advocacy group—to Read More »

  • Parking Reform Made Easy

    By Richard W. Willson In his new book, Parking Reform Made Easy, Richard W. Willson, professor and chair of the department of urban and regional planning, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, argues that minimum parking requirements are outdated and unnecessary. After all, he says, they offer each person’s car a Read More »

  • Dispensing the Future

    By Kim Fernandez It’s not often one can win an architecture award for a structure that hasn’t been built, but that’s exactly what Boston firm Moskow Linn Architects did a few years ago. Better yet, they did it with a parking garage. This wasn’t any parking garage, mind you. The Read More »

  • We Are All Mad Men (And Women)

    By Bill Smith, APR From the youngest entry-level employee to the CEO, we are all constantly marketing ourselves, our organizations, and our industry. The things we communicate and the ways we handle that communication affect the way people perceive us. At the same time, we are continuously (often inadvertently) promoting Read More »

  • Record Breaker

    A record number of parking professionals—more than 2,700—traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo, which lived up to its title of the biggest and best conference & expo in the parking industry. From education to the Expo hall to exciting events, this year’s gathering offered Read More »

  • The Parking Dream Team

    By Kim Jackson, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP A parking monitor who smiles, calls her customers by name, and shows the patience of a saint. A general manager who rebuilt an entire municipal parking system after a devastating flood, without losing his cool or his hope. A municipal parking and Read More »

  • Outstanding Accomplishments

    By Anderson C. Moore and Molly Winter Every so often, a photo or description of a parking facility or operation can nearly take your breath away. A design, an idea, a technique, or a strategy can be so brilliant and so unusual, even it its simplicity, that it sticks in Read More »

  • The Lasting Influence of Oz

    By Barbara J. Chance, Ph.D. At a recent conference, I had the great experience of listening to Craig Hickman, co-author of The Oz Principle. This publication has remained a top-selling leadership book for many years, and hearing Hickman reminded me why this is so. The basic idea is that accountability—both Read More »

  • How Can I Ever Thank You

    By Rhonda Kissane, CAPP In tight budget times, the norm has become “do more with less.” Employees are absorbing a larger workload, and usually doing it with no additional compensation. If you, like many, have experienced budget cuts and still have a smooth-running operation, it’s time to thank the people Read More »

  • For Love of Parking

    By Kim Fernandez It’s not unusual to hear about people falling in love with old buildings. It’s why historic commissions exist, after all, and there are entire online communities dedicated to abandoned hospitals, homes, and schools that feature photos, commentary, and ponderings of what might become of them. But a Read More »

  • America’s Sustainable City

    By Kevin Blomberg No city has a lock on the healthy lifestyle quite like Los Angeles, where I live. With its abundant presence of yoga studios, organic grocery stores, and environmental organizations, there’s no shortage of people wanting to live a more healthy existence. However, the city’s notoriously terrible traffic Read More »

  • Whistles and Pom Poms

    By Frank Giles What is a parking manager’s greatest resource? It’s not the parking equipment, it’s not the customers, and it’s not even the coffee maker. You guessed it: his or her greatest resource is the organization’s workers. The trick is successfully molding frontline workers and office staff into a Read More »

  • Oh Snap!

    “A parking photo contest?” We heard it more than once over the last few months, but in the end got to spend a few hours with a virtual stack of photos that made us smile, laugh, and want to go out and explore parking facilities for our own amazing shots. Read More »

  • Social Media 101

    By Sue Cornell The growing phenomenon of social media has extended into almost every portion of our society. In the last 10 years, social media has grown from a passing fad enjoyed by college students to a prime communication and intelligence tool. More and more average citizens are Tweeting, turning Read More »

  • Successful Marketing Is Always Strategic

    By Bill Smith, APR Marketing can be an elusive topic for parking organizations and businesses that serve the parking industry. If you ask 100 parking professionals what marketing is, you might get dozens of different answers. Is it advertising? Or public relations? Or direct mail? Or maybe exhibiting at parking Read More »

  • First of its Kind

    By Jeonghoon Lee Parking garage sites are very unique. They are located in the heart of the city where there is a high volume of traffic. However, how many of them are built and used properly? When I first started designing the Herma Parking Building outside of Seoul, South Korea, Read More »

  • POP

    By Kim Fernandez Rina Cutler, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for transportation found herself stuck in traffic one day in 2009. There’s only so much one can do in such a situation, and once the obligatory radio station switching, dashboard dusting, and finger examining is finished, scanning the landscape helps fill the Read More »

  • A Star is Born

    By Kim Fernandez Several times a year, Lance Lunsway, CAPP, senior director, parking and transportation, Georgia Institute of Technology, clears the decks—literally—on campus to make room for movie and television stars, production crews, and lots of people and vehicles. Location scouts have discovered that the school is a great place Read More »

  • The 2012 IPI Professional Recognition Awards

    By Kim Jackson, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP It’s always a pleasure to tell someone we work with that they’re doing a great job. It’s great to know that we just brightened up someone’s day by complimenting their professionalism, especially because that professionalism makes our organizations look good. Being able Read More »

  • Shining Examples

    Perhaps as no other time in history are so many parking structures being heralded as architecturally significant. 2011 was the first time in memory that a parking garage (a parking garage!) was featured in Vanity Fair, and architecture and consumer publications are abuzz with news from all over the world Read More »

  • Evolution

    By Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA I am pleased to introduce a new The Parking Professional column written by IPI’s consultant members and designed to share insights on our industry from the consultant’s perspective. This monthly column will address all aspects of the parking industry, from planning and design to Read More »

  • Mission Possible

    By Frank Giles What is your mission and how do you get each member of your team to adopt it as their own? How do you refine your team so they are not only willing but also able to take on the mission? Failure to explore these questions can allow Read More »

  • Transit parking best practices deliver sustainable benefits to parking facilities and communities

    By Matt Davis As communities develop and refine walkable, transit-friendly environments, stakeholders experience challenges associated with parking. These vibrant neighborhoods become popular destinations, which increases congestion and the demand for parking. The following transit parking best practices are designed to help stakeholders navigate these challenges and achieve efficient and effective Read More »

  • Ten Hut Present Vehicles

    By Don Walter When was the last time your parking department was cheered? Last fall, hundreds of grateful University of Georgia (UGA) students lined up to have their vehicles inspected to help them get home safely for the Thanksgiving holiday. When interviewed, many of these happily smiling students actually screamed Read More »

  • Balancing Funding for Parking and Transit at UNC Chapel Hill

    By Cheryl Stout The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill is the nation’s oldest public university. Today, it receives an A+ rating in transportation from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, but struggles with the challenges of maintaining an expanding multi-modal transportation system. The university had Read More »

  • Preventative Parking

    By Maggie McGehee and Paulo Nunes-Ueno Seattle Children’s is a highly specialized academic medical center that serves children and youth from Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Located in a densely populated residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle, the hospital is a careful steward of its most scarce resource: land. Consequently, when Read More »

  • Shooting for Three

    By Jeff Petry On January 11, 2011, the University of Oregon opened the doors of its Matthew Knight Arena. The state-of-the-art $227 million, 12,500 seat arena was built next to a traditional residential, university neighborhood in Eugene, Ore. (population 150,000). The night was a success for the Oregon Ducks, as Read More »

  • Then and Now

    By 1962, downtown merchants and officials had reached their limits when it came to parking—or the lack thereof. People couldn’t find places to park their cars in cities and began flocking to the suburbs to do their shopping and business, leaving downtown areas hurting and merchants failing, all because of Read More »

  • Parking Re-envisioned: 2015 Seven ‘Best Places to Park’ Announced

    International Parking Institute Awards of Excellence winners reflect friendlier, more sustainable approaches to parking; winners hail from Las Vegas; Lexington, Ky.; Oklahoma City; Philadelphia; Sacramento, Calif.; Toronto; and Washington, D.C. (LAS VEGAS – July 1, 2015) – Giant penguins guide drivers to their parking spots at the Philadelphia Zoo; the Read More »

  • IPI Recognizes 16 Parking Industry Programs

    2015 Parking Matters Marketing and Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies (LAS VEGAS -July 1, 2015) The International Parking Institute (IPI) recognized 16 outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking sector during the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas today. In its second year, the Read More »

  • Texas A&M University Sweeps IPI’s Professional Recognition Awards

    Texas A&M University Sweeps IPI’s Professional Recognition Awards Peter Lange is named 2015 James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year Clint Willis is Parking Supervisor of the Year Cindy Ishaq is Parking Staff Member of the Year LAS VEGAS – JUNE 30, 2015) — The International Parking Institute Read More »

  • Pittsburgh Parking Authority Named IPI’s 2015 Parking Organization of the Year

    Pittsburgh Parking Authority Named IPI’s 2015 Parking Organization of the Year Organization recognized for sustainability, efficiency,  and use of revenue to help fund city services and activities (LAS VEGAS — June 30, 2015) — The International Parking Institute (IPI) named the Pittsburgh Parking Authority as the 2015 Parking Organization of Read More »

  • IPI Launches New Accreditation Program

    IPI Launches New Accreditation Program for Parking Organizations The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) establishes national and international standards for professionalism, accountability, innovation, responsibility, and performance (ALEXANDRIA, VA – June 30, 2015) The International Parking Institute (IPI) launched the Accredited Parking Organization (APO), a new certification for parking organizations that have Read More »

  • IPI Launches Lifetime Achievement Awards

    International Parking Institute Launches Lifetime Achievement Awards 2015 awards honor five professionals for exemplary career contributions to parking industry (LAS VEGAS) – June 30, 2015 – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has launched a new award to recognize individuals for career-long service and leadership in the parking industry. The IPI Read More »

  • Parking Technology Innovators Compete in IPI Park Tank

    Parking Technology Innovators Compete in IPI Park Tank™ Competition envisioned as incubator for innovative, new parking industry concepts (LAS VEGAS – June 28, 2015) Parking technology innovators will vie for a chance at fame and fortune in the IPI Park Tank™ competition, Monday, June 29, 3:30-5 p.m., at the International Read More »

  • Press Release, 6/13/14 IPI CAPP Credential Program Marks 20th Year

    International Parking Institute’s CAPP Credential Program Marks 20th Year with Largest Class of Graduates CAPP is respected worldwide as leading credential for parking professionals The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the 2014 graduates of the CAPP parking credential program at the IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas last week. Read More »

  • Press Release, 6/2/14, Green Parking Council Launches Program

    Green Parking Council Launches Program to Certify Parking Garages that Meet New Industry Guidelines for Sustainability Launching June 2, Green Garage Certification Program, considered “LEED for parking garages,” recognizes sustainable design, technology, and management (Dallas, Texas- June 2) Responding to the growing desire for more livable communities and rising concern Read More »

  • Press Release, 12/18/14 IPI and Green Parking Council Collaborate

    International Parking Institute and Green Parking Council Collaborate with GBCI, the Certification Body for LEED New collaboration recognizes importance of sustainable parking facility design and management to the built environment Washington, D.C. (Dec. 18, 2014) – In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the development Read More »

  • Press Release, 6/10/14, IPI Recognizes 12 Industry Programs

    International Parking Institute Recognizes 12 Industry Programs for Marketing and Communications Excellence 2014 Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Awards Highlight Best Practices and Innovative Strategies The International Parking Institute (IPI) recognized 12 outstanding marketing and communications programs in the parking sector during the 2014 IPI Conference and Expo in Dallas, Read More »

  • Press Release, 6/4/14, IPI Announces Top Parking Professionals of 2014

    International Parking Institute Announces Top Parking Professionals of 2014 Josh Kavanagh, CAPP, of University of Washington is Parking Professional of the Year Joseph Wlostowski, Binghamton University, is Parking Supervisor of the Year Wendy Glenn, University of Georgia, Athens, is Parking Staff Member of the Year (DALLAS, TX) – JUNE 4, Read More »

  • Press Release, 6/4/14, 2014’s Best Designed Parking Facilities

    2014’s Best Designed Parking Facilities Show off the Places Where People Park Cars International parking competition winners include garages that are architectural delights, an airport’s canopied parking atrium, an environmentally friendly garage under America’s oldest park, and a soaring, sustainable new garage in a small municipality with big ideas about Read More »

  • Press Release, 3/4/14, IPI Establishes New Awards Program

    IPI Establishes New Awards Program to Recognize Parking Industry Marketing and Communications Programs A new parking industry awards program established by the International Parking Institute will recognize outstanding marketing and communications programs. Judging criteria for the 2014 Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Awards will focus on whether programs helped advance Read More »

  • Press Release, 2/18/14, IPI Accepting Nominations for 2014 Professional Recognition Awards

    International Parking Institute Accepting Nominations for 2014 Professional Recognition Awards Awards recognize industry’s best in four categories; Deadline is March 12 (ALEXANDRIA, VA – February 18, 2014) Nominations are being accepted for the International Parking Institute (IPI)’s annual Professional Recognition Awards, honoring the parking and transportation industry’s outstanding contributors. Nominations Read More »

  • Press Release, 12/10/13, LEEP Competition to Honor Parking Facilities

    LEEP Competition to Honor Parking Facilities for High-Efficiency Lighting April 2014 awards, sponsored by a coalition of parking and building groups with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, will recognize facilities with the greatest energy and cost savings January 10, 2014 is the deadline for submissions to be recognized Read More »

  • Press Release, 5/23/13, IPI Recognizes 2013 CAPP Graduates

    International Parking Institute Recognizes 2013 Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) Program Graduates CAPP respected worldwide as leading credential for parking professionals (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 22, 2013)- The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the 2013 graduates of its Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) Program at the IPI Read More »

  • Press Release, 5/22/13, City of Perth Parking Honored as 2013 Parking Organization of the Year

    City of Perth Parking Honored as 2013 Parking Organization of the Year International Parking Institute recognizes the Australian city’s exceptional sustainability and customer service efforts (FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – May 22, 2013) The International Parking Institute (IPI) named the City of Perth Parking the 2013 Parking Organization of the Year, Read More »

  • Press Release, 5/21/13, IPI Announces 2013 Awards of Excellence

    The International Parking Institute Announces 2013 Awards of Excellence Parking Design Competition Winners Among the winners: A dramatic, new, energy-efficient parking facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); a progressive university tailgate lot; a repurposed European market; and four new and restored parking facilities that support Read More »

  • 2013-05-20 IPI Announces 2013 Parking Professional Recognition Awards

    International Parking Institute Announces 2013 Parking Professional Recognition Awards (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 20, 2013) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced the 2013 recipients of its Professional Recognition Program, created to honor parking industry professionals who exemplify excellence in the industry and who are changing the perception Read More »

  • 2012-11-01 International Parking Design Competition

    International Parking Design Competition: Entries Now Being Accepted Entries Close Monday, December 31, 2012 Fredericksburg, VA, November 1, 2012 — Entries are now being accepted for the International Parking Institute’s 31st Annual Awards of Excellence Competition recognizing outstanding achievement in parking facility design and architecture. The complete Awards of Excellence Read More »

  • 2012-06-12 Parking Services at University of Maryland

    Parking Services at University of Maryland, College Park Capture 2012 Parking Organization of the Year International Parking Institute recognizes University of Maryland’s permit-less parking system, sustainability efforts, and exemplary customer service programs (PHOENIX, Ariz – June 12, 2012) The International Parking Institute (IPI) awarded the University of Maryland, College Park’s Read More »

  • 2012-06-12 IPI Announces 2012 Parking Professional Recognition Awards

    International Parking Institute Announces 2012 Parking Professional Recognition Awards (PHOENIX, Ariz. — June 12, 2012) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced the 2012 recipients of its Professional Recognition Program, created to honor parking industry professionals who exemplify excellence in the industry and who are changing the perception of Read More »

  • 2012-06-11 International Parking Institute Awards of Excellence

    International Parking Institute Awards of Excellence Parking Design Competition Winners Announced (PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 11, 2012) The International Parking Institute (IPI) has recognized seven of the industry’s most outstanding parking facilities and operations with its 2012 Awards of Excellence, citing innovation, efficiency, sustainability and user-friendliness as key factors in Read More »

  • 2012-06-10 International Parking Institute Recognizes

    International Parking Institute Recognizes 2012 Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) Program Graduates CAPP respected worldwide as leading credential for parking professionals (PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 10, 2012) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the 2012 graduates of its Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) Program at the IPI Read More »

  • DOE Workplace Charging Challenge

    Led by the U.S. Department of Energy, the initiative urges employers to install workplace plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations. DOE Workplace Charging Challenge

  • 2015 IPI Conference Program Guide

    A comprehensive guide to the education, trainings, meetings, awards, special events, keynote speakers, and Expo hall at the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo, June 29-July 2, Las Vegas, Nevada. 2015 IPI Conference Program Guide

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