Don’t you wish parking garages could look like any other building in the neighborhood?

Don’t you wish parking garages could look like any other building in the neighborhood? They can!

With a robotic parking system any type of façade can be hung onto the clean outside structural support system – steel or concrete – of the garage. Here are a few examples from project designs.

robotic parking system brick facade

robotic parking glass tower

What is the cost per space of the Robotic Parking System?

We’re frequently asked “What is the cost per space of the Robotic Parking System?”

The cost per space of the Robotic Parking System depends on three factors: a) the size and the layout of the property, b) the total number of parking spaces needed and c) the required speed of the system. These three variables are of equal importance in the equation for project estimate calculations and can result in prices ranging from $12,000 USD per space to over $30,000 USD per space.

Much more important than just comparing construction costs are the overall DEVELOPMENT costs. By implementing a Robotic Parking System into the project, additional spaces will be freed up and can be used to generate more revenue or for additional green space as well. These additional revenue generators need be put into the equation and will always result in a net development profit for the Robotic Parking solution in any urban development in which the land price is above $100 USD / SF. (Source: Professor Dr. D. Sollohub of Rutgers University)

Click here for more information on costs and revenue.

Convention Center Complex Saves Over 90,000 Square Feet of Land by Using Robotic Parking Systems

Recently, developers of a proposed convention center complex asked Robotic Parking Systems to design an automated parking structure for their project. These types of parking facilities are known to help architects and developers maximize their site development by parking twice as many cars in half the area.

We were able to offer two options for 1200 parking spaces that could save between 59,000 and over 90,000 square feet of land area.

Convention Center Option 1 saves the project 59,202 square feet of land area and gives the developer the option of adding an entire additional building. The developer gains approximately 25,833 square feet of GFA per floor of the additional building. Click Robotic Parking Option 1 to see full size image.

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Robotic Parking Systems Option 1 saves over 59,000 square feet.

Convention Center Option 2 saves even more space. The project gains 91,463 square feet of land area space for two additional buildings. This gives the developer approximately 41,132 square feet of GFA per floor of the additional buildings. Click Robotic Parking Option 2 to see full size image.

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Robotic Parking Systems Option 2 saves over 90,000 square feet.

As you can see from these numbers, Robotic Parking Systems creates space for design, develolpment and the community.

Architects and Developers Maximize Site Development with Robotic Parking Systems

Automated parking garages offer solutions for a wide range of projects, from retail to hospitals to financial centers to mixed-use developments. These types of parking facilities are a key component in helping architects and developers maximize space in site development. The space created by parking twice as many cars in half the area can be put to better use as green space, areas for the community or even to make the project workable.

For example, a marina club needs a parking facility but only has a small footprint available on very expensive property. The garage requires a significant number of spaces but relatively low throughput. The Robotic Parking System designed for this parking facility is only 62 feet by 64 feet but can store 160 cars in a height of only 86 feet. The two entry / exit bays can store or retrieve approximately 60 cars per hour. The system provides redundancy since either vertical car lift can service every car in the facility, both entry / exit bays can be used to store or return cars and either car carrier can retrieve any car in the garage. Click here to see the Robotic Parking System design.

Green Transformation: Can a Garage Be Green?

The general consenus is that today’s cars are bad for the environment. U.S. autos emit about 20% of the nation’s total carbon dioxide emissions.

While Rush University Medical Center encourages alternate transportation, it recognizes that our society loves our cars, so Rush built a “green” garage to conform to LEED standards.  Its “green” features include the following:

  • Otis Gen2 elevators capture the energy created during braking and feed it back into the garage’s electrical grid. The elevators also use polyurethane-coated steel belts and a gearless motor, which don’t need oil or other lubricants. The elevators save up to 50-percent more energy than conventional hydraulic and geared systems.
  • The two bathrooms in the garage have low-flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Rainwater that falls on the upper deck of the garage is filtered and diverted into tanks to be used for mechanical processes.
  • Landscaping is with indigenous perennial plants, which are not discarded and re-planted every year and use less water than conventional lawn grass.
  • Filtration planters, mini-wetlands that absorb and filter rainwater runoff, line the sidewalk.
  • “Green screens,” or trellises with vines, along the north and west walls of the garage not only hide cars from view but also create natural shade and light control.
  • 25 parking stalls near the entranceway to the garage are reserved for hybrid and energy-efficient cars.
  • Reusable materials were used to build the garage, including steel from northern Indiana, concrete made from recycled content, and low volatile organic compound adhesives, paintings, sealants and coatings. The materials were produced locally, to save energy transporting them.
  • More than 90 percent of the garage’s construction waste was recycled.

“It would have been a lot easier if we did not include preferred parking and the other environmentally sustainable features, but Rush is taking the idea of turning our campus ‘green’ very seriously,” said Joseph DeVoss, assistant vice president, Office of Transformation. “The new garage shows how we can find more environmentally sustainable solutions for everything we do here.”

Automated parking systems can also help parking facilities and entire projects be more “green”. 

A component of LEED covers maximizing open space in site development. Automated parking garages offer better space utilization to any project that includes parking. Robotic Parking Systems reduce the space needed for parking by up to 50%. This creates space that can be used for more green areas to help meet LEED requirements or for other design features that can benefit the project and the community.

Robotic Parking Systems garage offers:

  • better space utilization – space savings of up to 50%
  • opportunities for more green space
  • less carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases and other pollutants since cars do not drive around inside the garage
  • space can easily be allocated for hybrids and energy-efficient cars
  • the highest possible level of security for individuals
  • the convenience of valet parking without the valet
  • complete flexibility in the design of the facade can increase aesthetics and allows the garage to blend with any neighborhood or project.

via: Rush University Medical Center News