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7 Tips to Becoming a Successful Project Manager

The Art of Project Management

Project Managers Matt Jobin and Rick Kinnell have over 50 years combined experience at Rich & Associates Parking Consultants. During their time as PM’s they’ve seen A LOT of curve balls (which I’m told is an understatement). Big fires and little fires are definitely going to happen over the course of a project, and you must figure out how to put them out (all you can hope for is these fires are metaphorical ones…). Matt and Rick’s ability to roll with the punches, and meet deadlines is what makes them successful project managers.

There’s More than One way to Skin a Cat…

One of the most interesting things about Matt and Rick is that their management styles are completely different from one another. There is no manual to being a project manager and Matt and Rick are proof of that. Matt tends to have a more hands-on style, while Rick relies on his big picture management skills to run a successful project. Figuring out what techniques work and what doesn’t, is part of becoming a successful PM. But… No one has time for that! We need results now! So I sat down with Rick and Matt to get YOU 7 tips for becoming a successful project manager… ENJOY!

 

 

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Ford Motor Company’s Major Investment in Their Future

The First Parking Deck is on the rise in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford has been a leader in the automobile industry since Henry Ford built the first Model T in 1908. They were innovators then, and still continue to hold that reputation with their 10-year plan to totally redesign their corporate campus into a modern, green and high-tech campus. Saying that we’re excited to be a part of such a massive project would be an understatement.

As design/build consultants to Devon Industrial Group of Detroit (DIG), Rich & Associates is providing parking consulting, architectural and structural engineering design services for the first parking deck now under construction. “It’s been great working with the Ford team and the DIG team over the past several months on this project and it is equally exciting to see the project rise out of the ground”, said Richard Kinnell, AIA, Vice President and project principal on the project for Rich & Associates, Inc.

Parking Deck Conceptual Design and Rendering by SmithGroupJJR

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You’re Tying Your Shoes Wrong.

Yes! It’s true. There is a very good chance after all these years of bunny ears and loopdy loops, you’re doing it wrong. It turns out there are two forms of the knot that we can use to tie our shoes… The two forms of the knot are a false, or granny knot, while the strong one is a square or reef knot. The trick to tying the strong knot is going the opposite way around the bunny ear!

Check out the TED talk below to learn how to properly tie your shoes by expert speaker Terry Moore.

So besides having to spend less time tying your shoes… Why would I put this in Feed The Meter this month?? It’s to remind us all “That’s the way things have always been done” is never a good answer to life. We work and live in an ever-changing world where innovation is rewarded. Be inspired to try to do things a new way or push the envelope even if it’s not the way it’s always been done. Innovation is rewarded, my friends! So let’s all make an effort to think outside the box and maybe one of use will have a TED Talk one day!

 

To learn here how to tie a shoe properly…

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Rich & Associates’ New Architectural Technician — Luke Pesci

Spring is in full bloom so bring out the shorts, sandals and for some of you… the antihistamines. Spring tends to bring us a fresh outlook and it’s a great time for new beginnings! One exciting new beginning at R&A is the fresh face that is now a part of our architecture department — Luke Pesci.

I met with Luke to get a little insight into his personality and to see what it’s like to be a 21-year-old Lawrence Tech student working at Rich & Associates.

I met with Luke to get a little insight into his personality and to see what it’s like to be a 21-year-old Lawrence Tech student working at Rich & Associates. Luke started with R&A in January and serves as an architectural technician. He will graduate from Lawrence tech with a BS in Architecture in about 1-2 years. His least favorite thing about college is the time commitment it takes. He told me that his design classes are the most time-consuming. Instead, he’d much rather be outside playing pick-up soccer with some of his friends or dabbling in photography.

Growing up having been home schooled, his favorite thing about college is the social aspect of it. Although Luke had always been interested in design, it was when he turned 15 that he decided he wanted to be an architect. He even took architecture classes at Oakland Community College to be sure that architecture was the right fit for him. His favorite architect is Renzo Piano because of his ability blend architecture and engineering with interesting patterns. Not surprisingly, after being hired at Rich & Associates Luke was shocked to find out just how big of an impact that parking has on our society and even in architecture. He said he always found urban planning interesting, but never considered the effect that parking has on it. Right now Luke mostly works on production drawings at Rich & Associates but has also worked on 3-D models for R&A. Excited to see what Luke can bring Rich & Associates now and into the future!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Spring Cleaning & Parking Structures

Are you doing everything you need to do to make sure your parking structure is clean after winter?

Cleaning your parking structure after winter is necessary in order to ensure your structure has a long life! Cleaning your structure is easy with these tips from Rich and Associates Parking Consultants. We have over 54 years experience in parking, and we’d love to share our knowledge with you!

Check out this infographic we put together to display some easy tips for cleaning your parking structure this spring! Use these spring cleaning tips to keep your parking structure in tip top shape! Let us know in the comments about your parking structure and what you do to combat the salt and other difficult things to clean!

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Wagner Place Groundbreaking

 

Wagner Place Ground Breaking Rick Snyder

Michigan Governor Celebrates the Wagner Place Ground Breaking in Dearborn

Abuzz in Dearborn

Today, I attended the ceremonial groundbreaking for Wagner Place. Wagner Place is a new urban environment offering new retail and office space. Everyone in attendance was abuzz about the new project, especially special guest Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder who spoke about the project with genuine enthusiasm. The renderings for the project displayed a ultra-modern urban collection of office and retail space. Any millennial would love to work at a campus like Wagner Place.

Ford is investing over $60 million dollars into the 150,000-sqaure-foot development. The Wagner Place Project is a part of transforming Ford’s workspaces into a modern corporate campus that will in return attract young professional talent to their company. The first floor of the development will be retail and restaurants, and the second floor will be office space to house about 600 Ford employees.

The City of Dearborn received $3 million in support from the Michigan Strategic Fund to construct a 373 spot parking structure near the development. Rich & Associates is proud to be chosen as the designer, architect and structural engineer for the Wagner Place Garage.

Breathing New Life Into Dearborn

At the groundbreaking, you could feel the energy that this kind of development brings a city. The City of Dearborn and Ford are taking major leaps to be a catalyst to breathe new life into the City of Dearborn. And it couldn’t be a better time to do that. With all the revitalization that is happening in Detroit, it’s a great time for other Metro Detroit cities to follow suit. Today I saw people determined to bring the people of Dearborn a city they can be excited about.

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MedPark Management and their Commitment to the VA Medical Center in Chicago

In 1996, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) issued a request for proposal under an enhanced use lease program for the development and management of a 900 space parking facility at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. MEDPark, Inc, Rich & Associates’ parking development affiliate, was successfully chosen out of eight competing proposals to develop the project.

During the next, three to four years variations of the project were explored by the design/development team and the DVA. In the end, the project grew in size and scope. A 110,000 s.f. office building for the DVA’s Veterans Benefits Administration was added to the project and the parking garage increased to 1,600 spaces. MEDPark and Rich & Associates (MR) acted as developer and designer on a turnkey basis for both facilities. The garage was finished and opened approximately one month ahead of schedule.    

The parking garage design incorporated all the latest design criteria in 2003, including state of the art security systems, equipment, and lighting. In 2013, MR, through our design of other parking garages across the country, began to explore new technologies in the parking industry including new security systems and lighting. MR was introduced to new 180-degree camera technology that could be used in parking garages. Impressed with the technology, a meeting was arranged in Chicago for a demonstration in the garage. MR wanted representatives of the VAMC to observe the new technology.

Representatives of the VAMC were impressed with the technology and approved further investigation and pricing to replace the original security system that had been in place since 2003. During that meeting, the VAMC representatives asked MR what else was new in the parking industry that could be applied to their parking garage. MR discussed advancements in LED lighting and how it is the new standard, and how staining the ceilings white in critical areas throughout a parking garage enhances the interior environment. MR also discussed how some garages were being designed with security screening around the entire garage on every level, including 12-foot tall screening on the roof level.

The VAMC asked us to proceed with planning and pricing for all of the improvements including the new 180-degree security cameras, LED light fixtures, staining select ceiling areas white,   as well as the security screening

The following is a description of the improvements that were executed.

Cameras:

The original security system included 88 fixed lens cameras covering all seven floors of the garage.  These were replaced with 52, 180-degree cameras plus 26 fixed, wide angle lens cameras.

The garage is approximately 300 feet long north to south and 4 modules wide.  The 180-degree cameras were placed on the south wall of each module facing north to cover the area from the south wall mid-way to a second set of 180-degree cameras approximately center of the garage facing north to cover that area up to the north wall (See Exhibit 1).

The basic 180-degree camera consists of 4 small 45 degree cameras in one housing, creating an 180-degree view.   Each of the 4 individual cameras can be selected to an enlarged view in real time (See Exhibit 2).

During this remodeling, the entire recording system for all cameras was increased from 60 days to 90 days at the request of the VAMC.  All of the new cameras are IP so they can be viewed by anyone remotely via the Internet, with an access code. This provides MR the ability to view garage from our home office in Southfield, Michigan.

 

Lighting:

Since all of the garage lights are on 24 hours per day, as requested by the VAMC, energy and cost savings was critical. MR had been looking at three different manufacturers of LED fixtures for other parking garages.  Two of the most promising manufacturers were asked to submit 4 fixtures each, that were then installed in the VAMC parking garage so that our team and the VAMC could compare the fixtures to the existing lighting and to each other.  The Kenall Tekdek™  fixture was chosen.

The existing lighting consisted of a total of 613, 215 watt, metal Halide fixtures.  The new placement LED fixtures are 104 watts resulting in a power saving of 47%.   The replacement package consisted of 613 new LED fixtures, plus an additional 56 fixtures centered over the drive aisle of the two interior modules to enhance the lighting (See Exhibit 3).

The roof lighting consisted of 6 poles, 4 lights on each pole of 250 watts.  By the time the wattage of the ballasts for each fixture was added, the total wattage was 295 watts per fixture. The LED lighting on 6 poles were only 73 watts per fixture, for a savings of 75% of energy.

Security Screen:

Security screen was added to the top of the parapet walls to the underside of the floors above on each interior floor. On the roof level, a 12-foot screen wall was added to the parapits, with the top of the screen angled 45 degrees toward the parking side to make it difficult to reach over (See Exhibit 4). Initial staining has started on the first-floor ceiling over the handicapped parking area which has dramatically improved the effect of new lighting and white ceiling.

  

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Opening Day X2

Tiger’s Opening Day has been Detroit tradition since April 25, 1901. Every year Tigers fans flock to Detroit to celebrate the baseball holiday. 

This year, Rich & Associates is proud to announce that parking near Comerica Park just got 900+ spaces better with the opening of The D Garage that sits just next to the stadium on Montcalm St. As part of The District Detroit development, The D Garage is designed to support event parking at area sports venues as well as daily parking to support shopping and business in the area..

The District Detroit is a 50+ block mixed-use development which includes the Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons. Little Caesars Arena will be surrounded by an exciting mix of retail, restaurant, office and residential developments creating a walkable destination for people to live, work and play, and park!

Working closely with Olympia Development of Michigan and Street-Works Studio, Rich & Associates served as prime design firm providing parking consulting, architectural and structural engineering design services on The D Garage.

LET’S PLAY BALL

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Top 5 Municipal Parking Misconceptions

Are you missing these elements from your parking system?

Every town or city’s parking system is unique. However over during our long tenure, we have seen a lot of the same parking oversights that municipalities make over and over. Lucky for you, we have put together a list of the top 5 oversights we have seen over the years. Our advice to you, is that you take our advice.

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We’re Rebranding!!

In preparation for our 55th Anniversary next year, we are excited to announce Rich & Associates is getting a new look! Don’t worry, we’re still the company you know and trust we just look cooler now.

Our rebranding journey started with the hiring of our new Marketing Coordinator Kellsey Poston. We wanted a new fresh look to echo our updated website and new digital marketing strategy. 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… And while our business plan has continued to adapt, our look has not. But that’s changing now.

Our New Logo

A logo is the most important visual element of a brand identity. The inspiration for the logo came from one of our parking structures. The signature glass staircase in the photo is recreated in the logo design. Since Rich & Associates is partly an architecture firm, the logo has sort of a sketched look as if an architect was drawing it. The ends of the logo never end as if to extend into the abyss.

 

If you need a new version of our logo please contact marketing at kposton@richassoc.com.