WCVB of Boston reported that a woman was struck today in a parking lot after a driver failed to stop at a stop sign.
These types of incidents can be prevented with automated parking. Security for both the individual and car are greatly increased with an automated parking garage such as the one from Robotic Parking Systems (www.roboticparking.com). You don’t need to drive through the garage to find a parking space or walk to your car. You simply drive into an entry station and leave your car to be picked up by the computerized lifts that will safely place it inside the building on a shelving system. When you leave, you return to the lobby of the garage and your car is swiftly delivered to an exit station.
Road construction is a more-than-$80 billion annual industry in the United States. Yet nothing comparable to the LEED rating system for buildings, or the Energy Star system for appliances, exists for highways and roads.
University of Washington researchers and global engineering firm CH2M Hill have unveiled Greenroads, a rating system for sustainable road design and construction. Environmental, economic and social impacts are included.
The system outlines minimum requirements to qualify as a green roadway, including a noise mitigation plan, storm-water management plan and waste management plan. It also allows up to 118 points for voluntary actions such as minimizing light pollution, using recycled materials, incorporating quiet pavement and accommodating non-motorized transportation.
The first complete version of Greenroads is available at http://www.greenroads.us/.
In addition to “green” roads, sufficient, easily accessible parking can also reduce pollution and greenhouse gases and contribute to a more green environment. The Department of Transportation reported that “… recent research shows, that over 50% of the traffic in typical downtowns is simply on the road, cruising around the block searching for vacant convenient parking spaces.” Architects and developers in urban areas can supply the parking needed in half the space by using an automated parking system. The space created can then be used for more green space and common areas for the community.
The parking garage is the Rodney Dangerfield of building types, the troubled snag in the urban fabric, the Gordian Knot of design. But for all the ugly-red-haired-stepchild car parks of the world and the many generic, bunker-like auto warehouses, there are also stunning examples of man-and-machine triumph that incorporate both function and aesthetics.
Each of the parking garage designs shown in this article could have been built in half the space using Robotic Parking Systems. “Parking outside the box” with automated parking creates space for architects and developers to incorporate more green space, retail space, residential or office space or combinations of these
via MetropolisMag.com – Parking Outside the Box
New officers were elected at the annual Automated & Mechanical Parking Association (AMPA) meeting held on 7 March 2010 in Chicago.
The new officers are:
Chairman – Lee Lazarus, A.P.T. Parking Technologies
President – Martin Wright, FATA Automation, Inc.
Vice President – Ari Milstein, Automotion Parking Systems LLC
Secretary – Constantin Haag, Robotic Parking Systems, Inc.
Treasurer – Jackie Smith, Spacesaver Corporation
For more information on AMPA, visit http://www.ampapark.org
A Robotic Parking Systems automated garage creates space and reduces pollution. Since twice as many cars can fit in half the space, architects and developers have more space for design, development and community.
Construction Week Online sneaks a look inside the garage with an on board video camera. Click here to see the video. (Note: You’ll hear a few spots where the recorded video was fast forwarded.)
The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) wants to turn office windows into multifaceted solar power generators. The CASE “integrated concentrating dynamic solar facade” consists of grids of clear pyramids that help focus the sun’s rays to generate energy.
While the technology of solar cells on buildings or focusing the sun’s energy through a lens is not new, the integration of all these ideas is novel. (Go to http://www.case.rpi.edu/projects/ICsolar.html for more information.)
Another potential use for new developing technologies such as the dynamic solar facade could be in powering automated parking garages. These garages, such as Robotic Parking Systems, can accomodate any facade designed by architects and developers and already reduce CO2 emissions as well as other pollutants and greenhouse gases.
The Automated & Mechanical Parking Association (AMPA) held its annual meeting Sunday, March 7th in Chicago.
This organization is made up of automated parking manufacturers, parking consultants and other related companies. Its purpose is to a) serve the public by providing safe and reliable alternative solutions to urban parking needs, and b) facilitate the growth and prosperity of the automated and mechanical parking industry.
Recently members of the association worked with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) to successfully incorporate the needs of the automated parking industry into international fire codes.
They are currently working on code change proposals for the IBC (International Building Code).
Click here for more information on AMPA.