City of Stillwater parking ramp meets needs on budget

A centuries old lumber town, Stillwater has a thriving downtown, and is also a regional tourist destination, especially during the summer. 
Literally built into the hillsides of the St. Croix River valley, land is at a premium.  When the city needed to expand its parking capacity, city officials chose Amano McGann to provide the right parking solution to fit the citys operational requirements, as well as its limited budget.

The project had some unique constraints due to budgets and project design.  Amano McGann stepped up to work closely with key city officials, as well as the police, community development groups, and the citys IT department.  Working so meticulously with everyone, Amano McGann was able to create a customized, automated parking solution to meet the citys unique needs.

The Stillwater Municipal Parking Ramp was built on land purchased from one of Stillwaters historic inns and a neighboring church.  Both the church and the inn were granted special access to use the ramp. The 250-space ramp charges a flat fee.  An AMG 1700 gate controls the entry and exit lanes, and payments are made at an AMG 6800 paystation, using cash or credit card

What this ramp exemplifies is the we care approach that Amano McGann has with all customers, says Nick Colianni, Amano McGann Sales Executive in the Minneapolis Branch. In this situation, Amano McGann came in with a can-do attitude and really showed our commitment to meet the needs of the customer.  Through our close partnership at the design and installation phases of the project, we were able to give the city of Stillwater a parking solution to meet their needs today and something they can expand upon in the future, Colianni concludes.

Stillwater Community Development Director, Bill Turnblad, agrees.  What really made this a successful project is Amano McGanns willingness to find a tailor-made solution to fit our needs, Turnblad says.  Like most small city government agencies, we are continually cash-strapped and cannot afford the opportunity to buy a large, off the shelf, standard package.  Amano McGann worked with us to make sure we received the right set of components and features to meet our immediate budget and distinct parking needs.  City Planner, Mike Pogge was impressed with how easy it was to work with Amano McGann.  We had very particular issues and Amano McGann brought the right set of solutions to the table, relays Pogge.  Everyone, no matter who we worked with or talked to at Amano McGann treated us as their number one priority and we were given every bit attention that a client with, possibly, far bigger needs would expect. Pogge adds.

The Stillwater Parking Ramp Project may not be one of Amano McGanns largest projects, but it did come with its own set of complexities.  Components were programmed for functions specific to the ramps use by the city and by the neighboring businesses.  In working with Amano McGann, Stillwater city officials were able to continue on their mission to make the city accessible to businesses, their employees and guests, and to city visitors alike.
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