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Electrical engineers design electrical and communication

routing through a project. Stable power sources and stable com- munication are absolutely necessary in operating the facility. The electrical engineer also likely provides design criteria for proper lighting of the facility for patron safety and operation. Back-up power is often needed for not just life-safety items, but now also for crucial revenue and access control systems to ensure smooth operation. Traffic engineers usually

To be successful on a job, the parking consultant must know

get involved with egress and access design to a parking facil- ity. Surrounding roadways have a huge impact on the design of parking operations. You can’t design more parking than the surrounding road sys- tem can adequately handle, and these engineers can provide roadway capacity studies to help determine how big your facility can be and how many access and egress points you need, and how many the street system can handle. Civil engineers typically work on design of surface level

roadways and curb and gutter, sidewalk details, and drainage of the facility. This is to ensure that there is no standing water fol- lowing rain storms or even controls the flow of rain that drips off cars traveling within the structure.

2. Architecture Again, there are several areas of expertise in this professional

category, such as: Building architects design the aesthetically pleasing façade

of the structure to be sure that it fits in with surrounding build- ings. These architects typically also work with the owner to design vertical circulation and parking support buildings that are necessary components of a parking facility. These also work with existing federal and state regulations forADAcompliance. Landscape architects develop specifications to beautify the

area surrounding the parking facility once the major construction is done. Few if any structures built today don’t have green space and some landscape treatment to better “fit in” with the sur- rounding area.

3. Parking consultants Here’s where things can get somewhat interesting because of

the cross-over of areas of knowledge. The parking consultant can usually assist with developing

an efficient traffic flow and efficient space layout within a park- ing structure. This requires coordination with the structural engi- neer as well as the project architect. In addition, there are revenue and access control systems to

specify, which will take close coordination with electrical engi- neers to ensure adequate conduit and electrical service for peripheral devices. The electrical engineer will need to become involved in order to specify the lane loop cutting and connections to the lane devices. Once revenue and access control system requirements are

identified, rate structures need to be evaluated in order to maxi- mize revenue and utilization of the parking facility. Rates can be anything from hourly to weekly to monthly, depending on the type of use the facility is designed to meet. The parking consultant will need to coordinate with the civil

engineer in order to have level slabs poured for mounting of gate cabinets, lane devices and cashier booths.

Parking Today

When we started out in parking, most of us were pretty green, and I don’t mean that in the currently popular vernacular.

the operation he or she is working on. To do that, site visits, interviews with owners as well as operators of the facility, and a complete understanding of the business rules are paramount. Since revenue and access control systems include reporting capa- bility, the consultant also must know what the customer wants and needs in order to manage their facility. These rather elementary

descriptions are meant to just scratch the surface of what consultants can and should bring to a project.We all grow in our knowledge as we con- tinue to manage or work in our facilities. But the specialized knowledge of the various con-

sulting disciplines cannot be omitted from a project if you want it to be successful. The best advice might be to recognize and honestly evalu-

ate your own knowledge level, and to be sure to make use of the proper group of consultants to bring order and success to your project.

Greg Leean is director of Transportation and Parking Consulting for the Consulting Engineers Group. He can be reached at


T2 Systems Attracts $28M from Pamlico Capital

Pamlico Capital and the management team of T2 Systems

announced that Pamlico has made a $28 million equity invest- ment in T2 Systems, Inc. T2, founded in 1994, is a rapidly growing provider of unified SaaS (Software as a Service) park- ing management solutions in the U.S. and Canada. CEO Mike Simmons will retain significant ownership of

T2 and will continue to manage the growth of the company in partnership with Pamlico and the existing senior manage- ment team. Pamlico has also committed to investing addi- tional expansion capital. Detailed terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. “We chose to partner with Pamlico because of its track

record of supporting companies and entrepreneurs as a growth capital provider,” said Simmons. “T2 is poised to continue to grow as parking operations focus on unifying all operational and financial data in a single system in order to maximize parking revenue and utilization of parking assets, while delivering high-quality customer service demanded by today’s consumer. The expertise and resources Pamlico brings to our team will be critical assets in these endeavors.” Pamlico Partner Walker Simmons said, “Our focus on

making equity investments in growing and profitable indus- try-leading technology companies led us to T2. We were tremendously impressed by the caliber and breadth of the management team, as well as the opportunity T2 has to capi- talize on the favorable trends in intelligent transportation and infrastructure markets.”


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