FIGat7th wins NPA Sustainability Award

Brookfield's FIGat7th property in downtown Los Angeles, which features the Park Assist M3 Camera System, won Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year at the 2013 NPA Convention in Chicago.

Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year:

FIGat7th Parking Garage, Los Angeles, Calif.
Parking Design Group and project owner Brookfield Properties

When the board of Brookfield Properties decided to invest more than $40 million to revitalize one of their premium West Coast properties, the assignment was given to attract more dynamic retailers and a wider variety of eateries to one of the most central addresses in all of downtown Los Angeles. Nestled between two skyscrapers, FIGat7th is part of a landmark complex that needed to compete with other, newer buildings downtown.

Known as the “Spaghetti Plate,” the nearly 400,000 square foot parking structure was 11 floors of ramps, entrances and exits that were confusing to everyone, poorly signed, poorly lit and charging higher hourly rates than the average retail shopper would pay.

Parking Design Group was brought in to identify bottlenecks and prevent conflicts from so many additional parking operations involving the new retail guests. With the anticipated increase in volume, the “spaghetti plate” had to be transformed into a more user-friendly facility.

“We see safety as the new green,” says Warren C. Vander Helm, managing partner, Parking Design Group. “Sustainability includes providing a safe place for folks to park and the incorporation of new ideas surrounding the protection of walkways, pay stations, wayfinding and signage.”

“We revamped the entire garage and created a 500-space retail component that is monitored around the clock, has been repainted and features increased lighting,” VanderHelm says. “The whole package of improvements has resulted in decreasing engine emissions, contributing to the sustainability of the facility and providing a much more pleasant user experience.”

- See more at: http://www.npapark.org/awardwinners.php#sthash.0agDfzox.dpuf

When the board of Brookfield Properties decided to invest more than $40 million to revitalize one of their premium West Coast properties, the assignment was given to attract more dynamic retailers and a wider variety of eateries to one of the most central addresses in all of downtown Los Angeles. Nestled between two skyscrapers, FIGat7th is part of a landmark complex that needed to compete with other, newer buildings downtown.

Known as the “Spaghetti Plate,” the nearly 400,000 square foot parking structure was 11 floors of ramps, entrances and exits that were confusing to everyone, poorly signed, poorly lit and charging higher hourly rates than the average retail shopper would pay.

Parking Design Group was brought in to identify bottlenecks and prevent conflicts from so many additional parking operations involving the new retail guests. With the anticipated increase in volume, the “spaghetti plate” had to be transformed into a more user-friendly facility.

“We see safety as the new green,” says Warren C. Vander Helm, managing partner, Parking Design Group. “Sustainability includes providing a safe place for folks to park and the incorporation of new ideas surrounding the protection of walkways, pay stations, wayfinding and signage.”

“We revamped the entire garage and created a 500-space retail component that is monitored around the clock, has been repainted and features increased lighting,” VanderHelm says. “The whole package of improvements has resulted in decreasing engine emissions, contributing to the sustainability of the facility and providing a much more pleasant user experience.”

- See more at: http://www.npapark.org/awardwinners.php#sthash.0agDfzox.dpuf

When the board of Brookfield Properties decided to invest more than $40 million to revitalize one of their premium West Coast properties, the assignment was given to attract more dynamic retailers and a wider variety of eateries to one of the most central addresses in all of downtown Los Angeles. Nestled between two skyscrapers, FIGat7th is part of a landmark complex that needed to compete with other, newer buildings downtown.

Known as the “Spaghetti Plate,” the nearly 400,000 square foot parking structure was 11 floors of ramps, entrances and exits that were confusing to everyone, poorly signed, poorly lit and charging higher hourly rates than the average retail shopper would pay.

Parking Design Group was brought in to identify bottlenecks and prevent conflicts from so many additional parking operations involving the new retail guests. With the anticipated increase in volume, the “spaghetti plate” had to be transformed into a more user-friendly facility.

We see safety as the new green,” says Warren C. Vander Helm, managing partner, Parking Design Group. “Sustainability includes providing a safe place for folks to park and the incorporation of new ideas surrounding the protection of walkways, pay stations, wayfinding and signage.”

“We revamped the entire garage and created a 500-space retail component that is monitored around the clock, has been repainted and features increased lighting,” VanderHelm says. “The whole package of improvements has resulted in decreasing engine emissions, contributing to the sustainability of the facility and providing a much more pleasant user experience.”

(soure: npapark.com)

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The National Parking Association is the nation's leading parking trade group advancing the interests of the private and public sector in parking technology, sustainable mobility, certification, advocacy, research and education. Founded in 1951, NPA has nearly 2,500 members and represents all segments of the parking industry. www.npapark.org.

About the Park Assist M3 systemPark Assist logo

The Park Assist M3 System is the first and only system to use cameras and image processing software to monitor every space in a car park. Using license plate recognition algorithms, the M3 System is able to provide complex rules management, provide new revenue opportunities, and enhance revenue control. Drivers spend up to 50% less time searching for parking, and the enhanced utilization rates can lead to reductions in the number of spaces required for new construction. The unique "Find My Car" feature, a virtual parking valet, taps into the data derived from the sensor network to help drivers find their car.

Park Assist is a member of the TKH Group.

About Parking Design GroupParking Design Group logo

The ability to conceptualize, innovate and design scalable, sustainable parking facilities and parking management plans for the environment, for people, companies and communities is what drives Parking Design Group, LLP. We are a well-connected and an efficient organization responsible for planning, design, development and management consulting of parking assets related to universities, public buildings, hotels, municipalities, business parks, shopping centers, apartment communities and mixed-use environments.

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