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Critical Milestone Reached in the Construction of Henry Street West Garage

Henry West Rendering

 

Critical milestone reached in the construction of the Henry Street West Garage

The final piece of precast was recently erected on a new parking structure at Henry and Park in Detroit, Michigan. The structure is a first-class building which will support the residential and retail developments within The District Detroit, a transformational 50-block development between Midtown and downtown Detroit. The centerpiece of The District is the Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. The new arena will be surrounded by an exciting mix of retail, restaurants, office and residential developments creating an energized walkable destination for people to live, work and play.

The new 530 car structure features an articulated precast concrete façade and a mixed-use eight-story liner building. The liner building, also constructed of precast concrete, will include ground level retail and restaurants and seven levels of loft-style residential units and a rooftop sky deck offering views of the city, One Eleven West.

Working closely with Olympia Development of Michigan, Street-Works Studio, Colasanti-MIG JV (construction managers) and architects for the residential liner building, Rich & Associates served as prime design firm providing parking consulting, architectural and structural engineering design. We are looking forward to its grand opening in time for the Red Wings home opener. 

 

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History of Parking/Infographics
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Infographics: Marketing Your Parking

What’s the point of having parking if no one can find it?

Marketing your parking is just as important as having it! That’s why we’re here to give you some tips from our parking pros on how to marketing your city’s parking effectively. From branding to position of your signage, our planning team knows how to help your city maximize it’s parking potential!

 

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History of Parking
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The Evolution of Parking

 

It’s Friday night, you’re elated. Because it’s your first MLB game of the summer and you have great seats right along the first base line. You get off the exit and follow the signs to the parking structure that conveniently sits beside the stadium. You park your car on the 4th floor and take the elevator down to the main floor. It’s a short walk to the stadium, and you make it in time for the first pitch. Have you ever stopped to realize how parking structures make attending major events so convenient? Probably not. But you have the parking consultants, engineers, and designers from the past and present to thank for their years of innovation for your convenient trip to the ball game.

The history of vehicle parking, of course, starts with the invention of the automobile. But while the Model-T was first produced in 1908, it wasn’t until 1912 (when Detroit Henry Ford’s innovative assembly line made cars widely available in the United States) that the need for vehicle parking was even considered. By the 1920’s, there was a major demand for vehicle parking, and some very creative thinkers were devising ways to meet that demand. Twenty-five years ago Rich & Associates gathered copies of many historical parking related patents that illustrate some of the creativity in parking back then.

Below is a patent from 1932 for a combination tenement and storage building. While it was conceived to be applicable to many uses, this image illustrates a combined parking garage and another occupancy use. 

Although the implementation of a mixed-use parking structure is not a necessarily a new concept, mixed- use garage design is extremely popular today. Many of today’s structures are combined with other uses including commercial, retail, transit functions, athletic fields on roof level, bowling alleys, medical clinics, etc. With the investment and development of autonomous vehicles, the future of the parking industry faces an unknown. Will the innovation of autonomous vehicles result in a decrease in the demand for parking?  Some people predict that the demand for parking will cease to exist. It may, but the timing is difficult to predict. 

With uncertainty about the future of parking looming, the evolution of the parking structure is in next-use programming and design. Rich & Associates’ team of engineers and designers are working on solutions to the unknown future, developing design solutions to accommodate a change in use of the structure in the future to residential or office space. This provides the owner with the resources needed to meet today’s parking demand and the ability to repurpose all or portions of the parking structure to another use should the predicted reduction in parking demand be realized.

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