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Bond Financing Approved For WeHo Mid-City Robo-Garage

Posted on | August 26, 2013 | No Comments

West Hollywood’s City Council unanimously approved sale of $20.5 million in bonds August 20th  to finance the robotic parking garage to be built behind the City Hall building at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer. Read more

More Common Overseas, Automated Parking Garages are Popping Up in the US

Posted on | August 5, 2013 | No Comments

There’s a new perk in high-end apartment buildings—fully robotic parking lots. No more careless valet dinging the Rolls at 1706 Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. Tenants pull their car onto a lift and the system takes it from there. When a tenant wants to leave, they swipe a special fob, and the system locates and retrieves their car.

For those who haven’t encountered one, it may surprise that automated parking lots aren’t new at all. Although they’ve taken longer to catch on in the US, Asia and Europe have been using them for years. According to Shannon Sanders of Southern Illinois University, Japan has 1.6 million automated parking spots.  Read more

Robotic Parking coming to American Cities- smaller footprint will help CRE Development

Posted on | August 2, 2013 | No Comments

Robotic parking can reduce the footprint of a parking garage, cut pollution and traffic congestion, and make room for more commercial real estate (CRE) development, according to industry experts.

“There is an explosion of innovation and creativity that has entered the parking industry in the last 10 or 15 years, robotic parking being one of those things,” Casey Jones, immediate past chair of the International Parking Institute (IPI), told BNA June 5. “This makes me very optimistic about the future of parking, and the role that robotic parking plays in our industry,” he said. Read more

Rise of the Machines: Robotic Garage will North America’s largest

Posted on | August 1, 2013 | No Comments

It’s not the set of the latest Terminator movie, but the automated garage slated for Willoughby Square Park in Downtown Brooklyn represents the future of parking.

Perry Finkelman, CEO of Automation, talks of designing machines, manipulating machines—even machines that send text messages. It’s not Rise of the Machines he speaks of … not exactly. But the technology that will control the 697-car underground parking garage that Automation plans to build beneath Willoughby Square Park in Downtown Brooklyn very much relies on them. Read more

Oman’s first automated basement car parking area

Posted on | July 9, 2013 | No Comments

An office building in Al Ghubra is the first of its kind in Oman to install an automated car parking basement, with 66 car parking spaces made possible in a 600 square metre-area without any ramps for driving in or out. Read more

Construction to start on 1415 Park Ave. development with Robotic Parking Garage

Posted on | May 3, 2013 | No Comments

With a multi-story parking garage at Park Avenue and 15th Street now reduced to rubble , Hoboken developer Bijou Properties is set to start construction on a 12-story development that includes apartments, a charter school and a robotic parking garage. Read more

Automated Parking may be the answer to LA’s parking problems

Posted on | March 17, 2013 | No Comments

The fully-automated parking garage could soon be the wave of the future for a city where there is a premium on parking spaces.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian and City Controller Wendy Greuel were among several city officials on hand Wednesday [February 20, 2013] to celebrate the opening of AutoParkiT, the first automated parking system of it’s kind in Los Angeles.  The parking system’s first local installation at an upscale condominium at 1439 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks parks twice as many cars in the same space as a traditional parking structure.

Here’s how it works: after a driver pulls into the building, turns off and exits the vehicle, the automated system whisks their car away to a designated spot – all while using half the space of a conventional parking garage. The facility – which is without ramps, stairs, escalators and elevators – also serves to cut down on carbon emissions from drivers hunting for a parking space or waiting to pay an attendant. A 500-car automated garage would save over 6,000 gallons of gasoline per year and eliminate over 60 tons of carbon dioxide, according to data cited by the developer.

Automated parking systems are  a viable solution for Southern California’s high density of cars.

You Tube: West Hollywood Automated Parking Garage

Posted on | September 4, 2012 | No Comments

Tracy Savage speaks with Don Monahan, VP of Walker Parking Consultants about the West Hollywood City Hall Automated Garage and Community Plaza Project. The City of West Hollywood has contracted with Unitronics to design, engineer, fabricate, install and maintain a 200-car automated vehicle storage and retrieval system.

Why America Needs More Robotic Parking

Posted on | September 4, 2012 | No Comments

More primitive elevator-style parking has been around since the mid–20th century, but advanced automatic garages are more like three-dimensional chessboards: hydraulic pallets and computerized shelving park up to 250 cars per hour, with 32 cars in motion at any time. As cities become denser, the cost of high-density parking begins to pencil out for developers because it reduces parking square footage requirements by 50 to 75 percent, say experts, some of whom participated in a seminar held earlier this year in Los Angeles, presented by the University of California at Los Angeles ­Ziman Center for Real Estate.

All aspects of automated robotic parking was discussed, including safety issues.   Boomerang Systems RobiticValet™ operates on concrete slab floors providing one of the best fire safety features.  Here are a few comments from the seminar: Read more

West Hollywood moves forward with plans for ‘robo-garage’ while opposition launches petition

Posted on | July 23, 2012 | No Comments

West Hollywood City Council voted to go forward with the design phase of the automated parking garage planned for behind city hall at their July meeting.  The robo-garage, which the City Council first unanimously voted to build at its May 2, 2011 meeting, will offer a valet-like experience where people leave their cars and the automated system stores the vehicles in parking berths using motorized lifts, conveyers and shuttles. Read more

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