The International Parking Institute (IPI) recently 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 the selection.
“The 2012 winners exemplify the fact that our industry is no longer just about parking cars; it’s about being part of transportation solutions, relieving traffic congestion, taking a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint and so much more,” said IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE. “We have a responsibility to encourage and support the use of alternative forms of transportation, from bicycles and light rail to electric vehicles, and each of our winners demonstrates that commitment. They all combine sustainability, aesthetics, and efficient technology and support the concept that ‘getting from here to there’ should be a good experience.”
Winners were selected by a panel of judges representing architects, parking corporations, and city, airport, and university officials.
Architectural Achievement: GEICO Garage, Orlando, Fl. (at Amway Center, home of Orlando Magic)
Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces: Intermodal Transit Facility, City of Hillsboro, Ore.
Best Design of a Parking Facility with More than 800 Spaces: Duke University Research Drive Parking Garage, Durham, N.C. Duke University
Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot: 573 Gerrard Street East with Zhong Hua Men Archway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Parking Authority
Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program and Sustainable Parking/Transportation Program or Operation: University of Minnesota’s Bike Center and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Program, Minneapolis, Minn.
Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration: Corcoran Parking Garage Restoration, Durham, N.C.
Sustainable Parking and Transportation (Design): Canopy Airport Parking, Denver, Colo.
Automated parking garages contribute significantly toward reducing carbon footprint, pollution and greenhouse gases. Additionally, Robotic Parking Systems can contribute between 10 and 17 LEED points toward certification for any project.