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Check out this patent from 1921! The design was created by Frank Y. McKinstry of Chicago, IL. His unique invention for this automated parking structure was conceived for use "particularly for storing automobiles on a plurality of levels...constructed so that there is no necessity to touch the operating mechanism of the automobile". Read more >


As we celebrate the achievement of Rich & Associates turning 55 this year, we’re taking a look back at some of our most monumental projects from our first decade! Rich & Associates is proud to have completed three “firsts” of a kind during our initial years! Click to watch our 55-year anniversary video>


The East 2nd Street (City Hall) Parking Garage was built by the City of Des Moines to support the redevelopment of a public surface parking lot into a mixed-use retail and residential development. Read the full story in our blog >

Richard C. Rich

Innovative Design, Thorough Planning

Since 1963, Rich & Associates has been one of the nation's leading parking consultants, providing expert parking planning and design services to government agencies, medical and educational institutions, developers, architects, and contractors.

Our veteran staff makes it their responsibility to anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles and competently direct our client's projects from start to completion. We have a broad range of experience in the study and design of parking involving many diverse land uses.

Learn more or contact us to get started on your project.

What sets Rich & Associates apart is our ability to listen and respond to the needs of our clients. We listen to all the requirements and plan accordingly so that no detail is overlooked. Because of our vast experience in the development and management of parking, we are able to fully understand our clients’ needs.

Richard C. Rich, PE - President and Founder

Parking Services

Notable Historical Projects

  • Stanwix Autopark - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1964

    • Services provided; Functional Design, Architecture, Structural Engineering and Construction Supervision
    • Parking Area: 280,000 sqft 700 car capacity
    • One of the first Mixed Use Garages
    • First floor retail space
    • 10 stories of parking
    • Two stories of offices on top of the parking levels, and 12-story apartment tower
    • 76-foot enclosed pedestrian bridge to Joseph Hornes Department Store
  • Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority Garage, Oklahoma City - 1968

    • Services provided: Functional Design, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Inspection
    • Parking Area: 525,000 sqft. 1,500 car capacity
    • Project includes a see-thru glass-enclosed elevator shaft located 26 feet from the parking structure, entered from glass-enclosed passage way from the garage
    • Enclosed shopping mall with 28,000 sqft of shops; arcaded store-fronts to provide covered walkways
    • Lightcore provide area for restaurant seating
    • underground shipping and receiving services for adjacent office building
    • provisions for parking for adjacent hotel
    • Structure spans 3 blocks
  • Century City Center Garage - Los Angeles (Theme Building) 1967

    • Services provided: Parking Consulting and Functional Design for Architect Minoru Yamasaki & Associates
    • Parking Area: 2,416,176 sqft. 6,000 car capacity
    • Largest underground garage for its time
    • Six-level garage with 10 entry lanes and 17 cashier serviced exits.
    • Each level spans 14 acres
    • Facility part of a complex which includes the Theme Building office Towers which have a total gross area of 2.4 million sqft and entertainment center
  • O'Hare International Airport Garage - Chicago 1966

    • Services provided: Parking Consulting, Programming, Functional Design for Architect C.F. Murphy Associates
    • Parking Area: 3 million sqft. 10,000 car capacity 6 parking levels
    • Largest above-grade single parking structure in the world for its time
    • Eight concentric spiral ramp system, four in and four out
    • Expandable to 15,000 cars
  • Riyadh International Airport Garage - Saudi Arabia mid 60's

    • Services provided: Parking Consulting, Programming and Functional Design for Architect Minoru Yamasaki and Associates
    • 5000 car underground garage
  • Lester B. Pearson International Airport Garage - Toronto 1998

    • Services provided: Programming , Functional Design and Parking Access and Revenue Control System Consulting
    • Parking Area: 39,000 sq meters per level - Largest above grade structure at 12,350 cars
    • Eight Levels - 12 elevators, four moving walkways and six escalators
    • State of the Art PARCS equipment and pay-on-foot features, as well as AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification) and LPR (license Plate Reader)
    • Final phase Total build out 13,500