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Alan J. Cruickshank & Associates


Alan J. Cruickshank & Associates (AJC&A) has recently applied its proven approach for two diverse types of parking operations. Each operation was reviewed and included personal observation of traffic entry and exit with particular emphasis on the revenue and access control systems.


BA Group


Facilitating Urban Developmentwith Effective Parking Strategy Implementation


At Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center’s five entry gates, drivers either pay a flat rate with cash or use a permit or pre-paid ticket. With multiple concurrent events, lengthy queues can result. Studies of the vehicular arrival patterns, plus the cash payment and permit transactions, allowed us to develop solutions for improved revenue and access control while maintaining overall traffic flow. This included a decrease of cash accepted at the entry locations, an increase in the type and number of pre- paid permits and tickets, plus a plan to channel vehicles to lesser used entry locations, based on method of payment.


BA Group passionately believes that effective parking planning, design and management is all about good urban design, economic development and the successful integration of transportation demand management considerations. In 2011, we are very pleased to be working on many projects that will successfully implement well thought out Parking Management Plans. Such projects include: the Port Credit Parking Management Strategy, Lakeshore District Parking Management Strategy, Downtown Oshawa University of Ontario Institute of Technology Master Plan, North Oakville Parking Strategy, Saint John Strategic Parking Plan, the City of Kingston North Block Parking Study, Downtown Newmarket Parking Strategy, and the Waterloo Regional Parking & TDM Strategy. These studies provide detailed implementation plans to ensure that key goals and objectives are achieved in a timely manner.


CarlWalker, Inc.


Lake Street Parking Garage, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


The award-winning, four-level, 868-space Lake Street Parking Garage provides convenient parking for the University community. The structure features an open, well-lit, and secure layout, with more than 20,000 square-feet of retail and office space within the garage, including the University’s Parking Services operation. The structure provides:


At Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) the preferred travel mode for many riders each work day is to drive to the rail station and park. The MBTA provides park-and-ride facilities that consist of 7 garages and 81 parking lots. AJC&A conducted a review of these parking facilities to identify the current revenue control operations and existing revenue control equipment to identify shortcomings. To facilitate a phased improvement program that will include use of the new MBTA transit smart card for payment of parking fees, technical, interface and operational ground rules were developed and a system design was drafted. In parallel, AJC&A developed groupings of facilities for operation by multiple commercial parking operators. RFP documentation was then developed and support provided through the selection of parking operators.


• Increased parking capacity on the main campus • Additional retail space on campus • Improved campus pedestrian safety


• Additional parking as existing central campus parking lots are replaced by buildings


The facility is currently pursuing LEED Platinum certification due to its sustainable features, including reserved parking for low-emitting vehicles, on-site power via a 9,000 square-foot photovoltaic array, and on-site water management and treatment. The roof of the garage features a 9,000 square-foot solar panel array; the garage is constructed on previously developed land to help conserve existing campus green space. The project received the 2011 International Parking Institute Award of Excellence.


The project team included Carl Walker (Structural/Functional Design); H & L Architects (Lead Designer); Tetratech (Civil); Shaffer Baucom (MEP); Shaw Construction (Contractor); and Long Energy (LEED).


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