Why do I need a parking consultant?

1 year ago by in Architecture & Engineering, Functional Design, Operations, Parking Studies, Planning

Parking facilities are very unique structures, with specific design requirements related to 1111 Lincoln Road
functionality, efficiency, economics, and durability. Parking consultants, like consultants for other building types, help steer the design of a parking or mixed-use facility in the right direction from the very outset, helping to ensure a successful parking project.  Specifically, a parking consultant understands the importance of recognizing key planning and design issues such as:

  • Maximizing parking space count
  • Internal functional layout
  • Economy, including both initial and operating costs
  • Patron safety and security
  • Pedestrian connectivity
  • Sustainable design elements
  • Code compliance
  • Durability design
  • Site constraints
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access and circulation
  • Interface with adjacent buildings

Garage design starts on the inside, where the consultant either leads or supports the team in creating functional designs that meet the program with respect to an acceptable level of service, efficient, yet comfortable design, intuitive design and most importantly, affordable design.  An experienced parking consultant is also able to marry the functional design and the structural design so that the right balance is achieved for user comfort and, operational success and structural economy, whether the garage is designed using precast or cast-in-place construction.