VOTE FOR KUWAIT’S AL JAHRA ROBOTIC PARKING SYSTEM FOR 2018 WORLD’S COOLEST CAR PARKS

The Robotic Parking System built for Al Jahra Court Complex in Kuwait is one of ten on the global shortlist for the World’s Coolest Car Parks competition for 2018 (#WCCP18).

With 2,314 spaces, the Robotic Parking System at Al Jahra holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Automated Parking Facility’.

Martin Mansell, Managing Director of Looking4.com and one of the awards judges, said: “Our top ten demonstrate imagination, innovation and inspiration from architects around the globe, buildings we’d be happy queuing to park our cars in – we look forward to seeing which the public vote as the world’s coolest car park.”

Sophie Killip at DesignCurial and fellow judge, said: “As a design-led website, we were particularly interested in how the architects had used the space in intriguing and clever ways, challenging the traditional view of car parks and transforming the buildings into something exciting.”

We would love to have your vote for Kuwait’s Al Jahra Court Robotic Parking System. Voting ends on 30 June. VOTE HERE! 

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Parking Design Competition Winners Announced

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.

See photos and get more information on these parking facilities.

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.

Robotic Parking System Architectural Design Parameters

The basic layout of the Robotic Parking System design  is a modular base of 2.4 m x 6 m and requires a typical concrete slab / mat foundation (that is the preferable solution due to the low required soil pressure of 30 to 50 PSI), a steel structure (or in some cases concrete support ) and the automation machinery riding on the provided supporting set of beams and columns.

Robotic Parking Systems

The steel structure is a kind of erector set with the needed amount of levels (not floors because there are no ceilings – it is an open rack structure). It is composed of columns and beams with sufficient bracing to meet all loads resulting from external impacts like wind, snow and earthquake as well as internal loads. This steel structure can also support the horizontal and vertical loads of the roof and the facade. Therefore, the roof and facade do not need separate super structures and can be attached to the actual steel structure with vibration and sound absorbing anchor elements.

In the case of a mixed use development, there are two possibilities. Either a concrete structure can be utilized as the supporting system for the automated parking machinery, or the supporting structures for the building and the parking facility can be separated which will eliminate any special requirements to avoid the transfer of sound or vibration into the actual building structure whether it’s an office, apartment / condo, retail or entertainment space.

Since the system provides for a closed facade and roof to architecturally blend into the neighborhood, and to protect and shelter the vehicles; there is a practical need for a fire fighting system such as a sprinkler system. (See NFPA 88A for the full requirements for such automated parking facilities.) Lighting can be eliminated and ventilation requirements are much reduced to 2 ACH (air changes per hour) which can be achieved in most cases through natural ventilation.

Per existing national codes, no other special provisions need to be met for permitting purposes since the building is treated like a conventional storage building. It may however be necessary to adjust the zoning codes as several municipalities have done in the past to accommodate for the reduced sizes of the parking spaces of 7 x 19 feet – no need for turning radii, slope for ramps and width of drive aisles as there are none.

Contact Robotic Parking Systems for more details.

Robotic Parking Systems Featured on MSN Cars

Robotic Parking Systems was featured in the artlce “The world’s strangest car parks” by MSN Cars contributor JD Van Zyl.

Van Zyl wrote “Drive up to the car park linked to Dubai’s impressive Ibn Battuta Gate and you could be forgiven for thinking it nothing more than a single garage. But behind its unpretentious facade hides the world’s largest robot car park – capable of storing 765 vehicles and dealing with a staggering 250 cars an hour.”

ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ June 2011 Newsletter Online

The June 2011 issue of ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ newsletter is available online. In this issue we cover:

• Connecting a Facade to the Robotic Parking Systems Structure 
• AutoCAD Files Available for Download
• Methods to Ensure Uninterrupted Operation

Click here to read the newsletter.

Our online newsletter covers news from Robotic Parking Systems as well as the automated parking industry in general. The newsletter concentrates on how automated parking can help architects and developers create space for design, development and the community.

Download Robotic Parking Systems AutoCAD Files

With Robotic Parking Systems‘ high-speed automated parking garages, architects and developers can use 50% less space for parking the same amount of cars.

By reducing the land area used for parking, the Robotic Parking System gives projects opportunities for more revenue generating space. Or, the space saved can be used for green space and open areas to help meet LEED standards.

The flexible, modular Robotic Parking Systems can be built above ground, underground, inside a building, on top of a building or under a building.

Click here to download our AutoCAD drawings which will help you plan how a Robotic Parking Systems can create space for your project.

ROBOTIC PARKING SYSTEMS IS COMMITTED TO QUALITY

Robotic Parking Systems is committed to providing customers with high quality, state-of-the-art automated parking systems. The company’s  structural steel frames, industrial lifts, machinery, electronics and services all meet and exceed industry standards.

Robotic Parking Systems - AISC Certified Fabricator
Robotic Parking Systems is an AISC Certified Fabricator

As a measurement of this commitment to quality, the company is certified by AISC (American Institute Steel Construction) in structural steel fabrication. Additionally our welders are AWS (American Welding Society) certified.

Robotic Parking Systems is the only manufacturer that designs, fabricates, installs and operates automated parking systems using its own in-house resources – from AISC certified steel structures to the robotics and control systems, etc.

Planners can hang any type of façade onto the clean outside structural support system of a Robotic Parking garage.

Robotic Parking Systems installs its industrial lifts, machines, pallets and the computer control systems inside the supporting structure and never interferes with the façade. This allows planners and architects a free hand in designing the external appearance of the facility.