Parking Industry News
Parking Industry News
The new year brings two new Principals, Zabe Bent and Ria Hutabarat Lo, to the NelsonNygaard San Francisco office, and a newly promoted Principal, Ralph DeNisco, in Boston. "Ralph's promotion is well-deserved, and we are excited to welcome friends” to the firm, said COO Paul Jewel. "Zabe is a longtime collaborator, and we are thrilled to have Ria back. Both are great additions to our transit and multimodal teams."
Lighting Alternatives President Howard P. Lewis, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America representative to the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), has been elected to an unprecedented fifth consecutive term as NLB Chair. James M. Yorgey, P.E., L.C., Technical Applications Manager for NLB Sponsor Lutron Electronics, was elected Vice Chair. Cary S. Mendelsohn, CEO of Imperial Lighting Maintenance Co., representing the interNational Association of Lighting Management Cos., was elected secretary/treasurer.
DAQ Electronics, a leading manufacturer of high-end security software and equipment, recently announced that its EntroWatch access control system was selected for a 2014 Top Products Award by Building Operating Management magazine. The company said that the world’s first PoE/PoE+ native BACnet access control system addresses emerging requirements in the commercial security market by offering integrators an easy-to-install and -maintain system designed to an industry standard.
The Alameda, CA, office of International Parking Design (IPD) has been moved to 560 14th St., Suite 300, Oakland, CA. Its phone number is (510) 473-0300; fax number, (510) 473-0310.
Michael Pendergrass, AIA, LEED AP, has joined Watry Design as a Senior Project Manager in its Newport Beach, CA, office. Michelle Wendler, a Principal with the firm, said he would manage structure project design and construction, leveraging his “exceptional parking expertise” through all phases of a project.
Effective mid-January, Nedap AVI, part of Netherlands-based Nedap N.V., now globally operates under the name Nedap Identification Systems. The reason for the name change, the company says, is that over the past few years, Nedap AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification) has developed energetically and expanded its portfolio -- from specialist in long-range RFID solutions for vehicle and driver identification to a solution-provider with a wider portfolio.
Bomel Construction Co. has completed an 1,800-stall, four-level parking structure in Southern California’s Inland Empire, on time and within the owner’s budget. The 640,000-square-foot garage, built in 12 months at a construction cost of $16 million, stands at the east wing of Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon. Owned by Simon Property Group Premium Outlets, it’s said to be one of the nation’s busiest
The MaxLite 9-watt LED R30, with a GU24 base, has an earned Energy Star rating for Certified Subcomponent Database. “This achievement ... will enable other manufacturers to quickly obtain Energy Star qualification of new fixtures at a reduced cost,” said Product Marketing Manager Alex Truong. “This LED lamp provides high-quality light and saves up to 85% in energy consumption.”
Newly and duly promoted Principals at Walter P Moore include: Gabriel Jiménez, P.E., S.E., P.Eng., Senior Principal, Managing Director/Houston Diagnostics Group; Sridhar Baldava, P.E., Principal and Senior Engineer, Research & Development/Austin Structural Engineering Group; Randy Beard, P.E., FICRI, MASCE, Principal, Managing Director/Orlando Diagnostics Group; Stephen Blumenbaum, P.E., Principal, Senior Engineer/Tampa Structural Engineering Group; Victor de la Garza, P.E., Principal, Senior Engineer/El Paso Traffic and Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering Group; Justin Farr, P.E., S.E., LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Project Manager/Dallas Structural Engineering Group; Scott Gauthier, Principal, Manager of Application Development/Houston Information Technology Group; Jeff Jansing, P.E., Principal, Project Manager/Dallas Structural Engineering Group; Scott Martin, P.E., LEED AP BD+c, Principal, Senior Project Manager/Tampa Structural Engineering Group; Andrés Salazar, P.E., Principal, Managing Director/Houston Water Resources Engineering Group; Ceri Warnie, P.E., PTP, PTOE, Principal, Senior Traffic Engineer/Houston Traffic Engineering Group; and Andy Yung, P.E., CFM, Principal, Chief Hydrologist/Houston Water Resources Engineering Group.
LaMar Lighting Co. has received UL approval for factory installation of internal and external driver LED tubes in a wide range of its surface-mount luminaires. That, the company said, allows it to offer the latest LED technology within a broad line of luminaires quickly and cost-efficiently and streamlines the purchasing and installation process for customers.
The University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, in Little Rock, has awarded a $1.3 million contract to NextGen Parking of Houston for a 3M parking access and revenue control system. The installation will feature full online control of 3 parking decks and 13 surface lots from 3M’s Enterprise Facility Management System software and Commend IP Intercoms running across the school’s IT infrastructure.
MaxLite has appointed Caroline Nagy as Human Resources Manager. She reports directly to President and CEO Yon Sung. In this newly created position, Nagy will focus on building the employee team through talent recruitment, engagement and retention across the company.
Ticketech, an industry-leading provider of parking technology for dense urban environments, said it will to continue to build on more than 40 years of extensive development expertise and bring new products and services to the valet/attended segment of the parking industry throughout 2014. Those will include the Auditor, an LPR-enabled tool that provides enhanced checks and balances to the company’s revenue control technology.
Scheidt & Bachmann recently noted that the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), the UK’s largest such enterprise, “exemplifies the ideal model of a successful parking group operating under an efficient, fully automated parking system.” Specifically, MAG’s command center incorporates S&B’s Entervo software features to effectively manage a $125 million operation remotely. MAG operates four airports (Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth); employs more than 41,000 people; and serves 42 million passengers annually.
The City of Richmond, CA, and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) recently celebrated the opening of a new six-story, 750-space parking structure at the Richmond Intermodal BART station at Transit Village. The Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency contracted Kimley-Horn & Associates to provide project management and final design services. Watry Design was the architect, and Overaa Construction built the garage.
Power management company Eaton and its Cooper Lighting division have released its 2014 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. Located at the division’s office in Peachtree City, GA, the educational facility offers a variety of seminars designed to broaden the understanding of lighting and its many different applications “With the rapidly changing technologies, integration of controls and legislation, our commitment is to continue to help move the industry forward by offering relevant courses addressing customer needs,” said Cooper Lighting President Mark Eubanks.
ParkWhiz, the nation’s largest parking aggregation and marketing applications platform, and DataPark, a leading manufacturer of automated parking systems, have announced a strategic partnership and release of fully integrated, end-to-end eParking solutions to the commercial marketplace that enable parking asset owners, managers and operators to optimize yield. With more than 2,000 installations across the US alone, DataPark has provided airports, municipalities, stadiums, hospitals, and more with first-rate parking access and revenue control systems since 1965.
MaxLite, a global manufacturing and marketing leader of energy-efficient lamps and lighting fixtures, has appointed Alex Truong as Product Marketing Manager. He reports directly to Pat Treadway, VP of Product Marketing and Engineering. Truong will research, develop and launch the company’s latest LED and CFL lamps, and upgrade its current products, using state-of-the-art, energy-efficient technologies
The modular design of the Metric pay-and-display machine really suits the Swiss, a nation proud of its history for precision, the company says. Its Swiss distributor Taxomex continues to order from Swindon, England-based Metric -- despite a reduction in the number of P&D machines being installed in that country. Said Export Manager Mike Hewett: “Taxomex has ordered a further 40 machines for Switzerland because they can tailor a machine to suit individual customer requirements. ...”
One Parking has formed a strategic partnership with Alan Kahn of Chicago-based Alan Kahn Parking Advisors. The parking-services company, which has been growing its business in major markets such as Miami, Boston, New York, Denver and Los Angeles, recognized the opportunity to re-unite with a former Central Parking colleague to further expand its platform and capitalize on Kahn's business relationships, knowledge and experience of more than 30 years in the parking services industry.
Pay-by-plate parking has many advantages. For instance, motorists don’t have to walk back to their vehicle to display their receipt, and there’s no need to number every space. However, to many in the US, it’s a relatively new concept. Parkeon Inc. is leading the way with this technology and recently deployed its 100th pay-by-plate system. The parking solutions provider now has more than 3,000 multi-space parking meters globally running a pay-by-plate app.
Build a Better Burb, an online publication dedicated to improving suburban design, has selected the prototype Zipcar “dispenser parking structure,” from Moskow Linn Architects of Boston, for its innovative and highly efficient design, as a monthly Editor’s Design Choice. Described by Keith Moskow and his firm as “a giant Pez dispenser [that] doles out cars in lieu of candy,” the structure’s design aims to improve the functionality, efficiency and aesthetic appeal of parking. Also, the same honor went to the “green-walled” four-story parking structure on the Edwards Lifesciences corporate campus in Irvine, CA. Its “living wall,” designed by Seasons Natural Engineering, features more than “20,000 plants and 50 different varieties … and an underground tank [that] pumps water to irrigate the plants.” The design elements were said to be much more visually stimulating than those of a traditional parking structure and provide a number of environmental benefits as well.
Paying for parking in any of more than 4,000 parking spaces throughout the city of Omaha, NE, should be a lot more convenient with the introduction of ParkOmaha, its self-branded mobile payment suite, supported by Passport Parking. Available to download on iOS and Android, this private-label mobile payment suite is the first of its kind and compatible with any location that uses Passport's Mobile Pay
Watry Design recently completed a transit parking structure for the city of Baldwin Park, CA, that is expected to provide a catalyst for redevelopment. The 5½-level, 502-stall garage provides links to regional and local buses, the Metrolink station and City Hall. A bridge provides safe pedestrian and bicycle access to the station.
Has your garage made a commitment to sustainability? If so, join the more than 40 facilities throughout the US and Canada recognized as Beta sites by the Green Parking Council for their leadership in deployment of “green” initiatives. Being ahead of the curve for Green Garage Certification, the Beta sites also will receive valuable insights into bolstering their sustainability. For more information, go to www.greenparkingcouncil.org/certification-beta.
Parkmobile, a leading provider of services that enable users to pay for parking from their smartphones, has announced that its app will soon be compatible with the Ford Sync in-car connectivity system. With the Sync AppLink interface, drivers will be able to pay for a parking space with an on-file credit or debit card, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving. CEO Cherie Fuzzell said, “We are excited to extend the Parkmobile offering to the connected car through our collaboration with Ford Sync AppLink.”