The 11 Mile Rd. Garage is Underway!
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The 11 Mile Rd. Garage is Underway!

Design is nearly complete and construction will soon begin on the 11 Mile Road Parking Garage in downtown Royal Oak!

This new parking garage is being built by the City of Royal Oak to support the Royal Oak City Center (ROCC) Development plan. The ROCC plan includes a new 130,000 square foot office building, a new City Hall, a new Police Station and a central park, all in the center of downtown Royal Oak. The seven (7) level public parking garage will provide 580 spaces to support the development plan. Construction is expected to start in late Spring 2018. Rich & Associates is the prime design firm providing parking consulting, architecture and structural engineering design services.

The 11 Mile Road Parking Structure is the third parking garage designed by Rich & Associates for the City of Royal Oak in the past 18 years. The first project is the award winning Fifth & Lafayette Parking Garage completed in 2001. The other project is the 2nd & Center Street Parking Garage completed in January 2018.

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The Bee’s Knees!
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The Bee’s Knees!

In honor of Earth Day this month, we sat down with our own Sally Rich to learn more about life as a beekeeper on her organic, Eco-friendly farm here in Michigan! What most people don’t know about Sally is that when she isn’t at Rich & Associates, she is taking care of her 18-acre farm that is home to cows, chickens, bees, and her dog Molly! Sally prides herself on her organic, all natural, home-grown, Eco-friendly products and the positive effects they have on the environment!

How long have you been a beekeeper & what influenced you to start beekeeping?
Mike and I started beekeeping in 2005 when a friend of ours had us keep their hives on our property. We then went on to start keeping our own hives. Naturally, the raw honey was what enticed us to start beekeeping, but I also found that while beekeeping our flowers and small vegetable garden seemed to be more abundant.

What methods do you use to keep your honey & other products organic?
Producing organic products was a challenge we endured early on. We recently ended up moving out of our old home where we had kept our bees for the last 6 years. Due to the amount of pesticides and weed killer the surrounding neighbors were using we ended up losing all of our hives, so we bought a little 18-acre hobby farm in the urban city and started over. I don’t use any chemicals on the lawn or my flowers. I provide a clean water source so they don’t have to seek water from puddles on the road, etc. We also provide plenty of clover, fruit trees, wild flowers, and berry bushes in an attempt to provide them enough so they don’t have to travel too far to forage.

What methods do you use to keep your honey & other products Eco-friendly?
We plant bee friendly plants and trees. When they swarm we follow the swarm and collect it to create another hive. This allows us to build on our hives with out going to an outside/unknown source for new bees.

How many hives do you have and how much honey can one hive produce?
We currently have 4 hives and at this time each hive has 3 boxes.
It’s hard to say exactly how much honey one hive can produce because it varies. The hives we use are called Langstroth and we can add boxes as the colony grows. Each box can hold 10 frames. This past fall we harvested only one box off of 3 of the older hives to leave them honey to winter over. The 30 frames produced over 5 gallons of honey.

What’s the most fulfilling part of a beekeeper’s job?
The honey! And the challenge of keeping our property organic.

Have you ever been stung?
Only once when I was clearing around the hives with sheers and I accidentally knocked one of the boxes over. The bees thought there was an intruder. Aside from that one time, I cut the grass, clear around the hives, and replace their water dishes regularly without protective gear. I think they recognize that I’m not a threat.

What are your favorite bee-friendly flowers or plants?
My fruit trees and berry bushes. Not only do they provide for the bees but us as well.

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National Puppy Day!

March 23rd is National Puppy Day!

Colleen Paige founded National Puppy Day in 2006 in the hopes of improving the lives of puppies everywhere by encouraging adoption and celebrating the unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives! Here at R&A we consider dogs to be puppies at any age!
To bring awareness to the holiday and promote Colleen’s message we’ve put together images highlighting some of the staff pups here at R&A!

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The Garage at 2nd & Center is now open!
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The Garage at 2nd & Center is now open!

This new structure was built to replace the open parking lot at 2nd & Center Street in Downtown Royal Oak, MI.

Rich & Associates worked alongside the City of Royal Oak providing parking consulting, architectural and engineering design services. The 2nd & Center Street Garage was successfully completed in January of 2018 and features 521 parking spaces and 5,725 square feet of retail space. The project also included streetscape improvements on 2nd and Center Streets, and provisions to connect to the existing Center Street garage. This is the second parking garage designed by Rich & Associates for the City of Royal Oak in the past 20 years.

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500 Pearl St. Mixed Use Parking Structure

Mixed-use structures are a great way to combine functional parking architecture with other uses. Rich & Associates is excited to announce massive progress on our project in Buffalo, New York. The project is a new 12-story mixed-use structure includes a 109-room hotel, 28 apartment units and 30,000 square feet of commercial office space. The first 6 stories of the development will be a 390 space parking structure with 12,000 sf of retail and restaurant space.

 

The new 12-story structure will internally tie into the existing 4 story Buffalo Christian Center Building, will be repurposed to complement the uses in the new structure including the use of the existing pool, a large banquet facility, lounge and meeting spaces. The proposed façade will screen the lower levels of the building to effectively conceal the structured parking within. Open terraces and curtain wall glass dominate the upper floors dedicated to the office, residential and hotel uses.

 

 

Responsible for parking consulting and architectural contract documents of the parking structure, we are proud to work with other talented firms on the project including lead architect – Kideney Architects, Tredo Engineers, High Concrete Group, Precast Services, and Lechase Construction.

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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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