McCarthy Receives IPI Award for West Los Angeles College Lot 8 Parking Structure

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation's leading parking structure builders, recently received an honorable mention award at the annual 2010 International Parking Institute (IPI) Awards of Excellence competition. The award was presented for construction of West Los Angeles College's Lot 8 parking facility. 
West L.A., one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District, used Choate Parking Consultants, Inc. as the parking consultant and architect-of-record and AC Martin Partners, Inc. as the design architect for the $22.8 million project.

Parking is the critical component on college campuses that allows students to reach their classrooms on time and teachers and professors to have easy access to the campus, yet it can serve multiple purposes, said Alan Carroll, executive vice president of McCarthys parking division. This particular structure not only helps alleviate the parking shortage, it was designed to hold over 2,000 photovoltaic panels which will help support the electrical needs of the campus as well.

"This lovely parking structure is a much needed resource that is the first major building piece in a complete transformation of West L.A. College," said Larry Eisenberg, executive director of Facilities Planning and Development for the LACCD. "It is great to have partners like AC Martin and McCarthy to help turn our dreams into reality."

The 302,689-square-foot facility, situated on a sloping site, has a four-and-a-half level, three-drive aisle with 998 parking spaces in the structure and 128 surface lot spaces.  The partial level serves as an entry point to the structure on the site's lower side. The structures exterior façade has a decorative, cast-in-place concrete wall with colored cement tiles and stainless steel perforated panel fins, as well as a framed elevator shaft with a glass curtain wall. The overall design integrates the parking structure into the existing campus by using design elements that complement surrounding building structures.

The winning projects showcase the benefits of making parking professionals part of the planning, design and management team early in the process, said Shawn Conrad, CAE, executive director of the IPI. When you plan parking well, you get more efficiency, which translates into reduced costs, better facility design and better transportation flow all of which leads to a more successful project overall.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy is the nations 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2009) and has been one of the nation's leading parking structure builders since the advent of the modern parking structure in the 1960s. The company has delivered nearly 400 parking facilities throughout the United States, with parking spaces for more than 80,000 cars in California alone. The firm offers general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for parking structures; healthcare, educational, mixed-use, laboratory, biotechnical, retail, entertainment, industrial, multifamily and microelectronics facilities; office buildings; tenant interiors; and bridges and highways. In addition to San Diego, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Dallas and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.
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