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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Continuing our 55-year anniversary celebration!
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Continuing our 55-year anniversary celebration!

As we continue celebrating our 55-year anniversary at Rich & Associates this month we are stepping back into the 1980s to recall some of our most unforgettable projects from the decade!

The Wayne State University Parking structure #5 is the fourth project designed by Rich & Associates on the Wayne State University campus in Midtown Detroit, it marks the first parking structure designed by the firm in collaboration with Walbridge Aldinger Construction of Detroit (now known as Walbridge). While this successful project is a fairly simple structure, it represents the birth of a long term successful relationship with Walbridge that spans more than 30 years. Since the successful completion of Parking Structure #5, Rich & Associates has had the honor of working with Walbridge on 26 parking garages, totaling more than 34,000 parking spaces, across the country.
The WSU Parking Structure #5 contains 1,078 parking spaces and was successfully completed in 1987 at a cost of $5 million.

While this successful project is a fairly simple structure, it represents the birth of a long term successful relationship with Walbridge that spans more than 30 years. Since the successful completion of Parking Structure #5, Rich & Associates has had the honor of working with Walbridge on the successful completion of 26 parking garages, totaling more than 34,000 parking spaces, across the country. Some of the more memorable design/build projects with Walbridge include;

Compuware Parking Garage (now One Campus Martius Garage), Detroit, MI.

  • 2,200 spaces
  • Ground level retail
  • Constructed over existing elevated people mover tram that remained in operation during construction
  • Two levels below grade and nine levels above grade.

Pierce Street Parking Garage, Tampa, FL

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  • 580 spaces
  • 10 levels
  • Constructed on tight downtown site

General Motors Warren Tech Center Parking Garages, Warren, MI.

  • 5 parking garages totaling more than 9,000 parking spaces

 

Rich & Associates, and our parking development and management affiliates MEDPark and MEDPark Management, were first involved with Iowa Methodist Medical Center (IMMC) in 1983. The 30-year relationship began when Rich & Associates first performed a parking demand study for the Hospital. The purpose of the study was to determine the parking space requirements for a new medical office building to be built adjacent to an existing medical building, and to project the future campus needs. A detailed economic feasibility analysis for a new 600 space parking structure was also completed as part of the overall study

Six months following the completion of the parking study, IMMC decided not to finance the much-needed parking structure and invited private developers to provide development proposals. MEDPark, Inc. was one of three competing proposals that the Hospital received. Upon review, MEDPark’s proposal was deemed the most financially sound and advantageous to the Hospital

Financing was secured and construction began the week of July 8, 1985 and the building opened December 23, 1985. From the time of selection to opening of the structure, the time frame was only 18 months. This included the re-design of all of the paid and employee surface lots.

In 1988 the Hospital was planning several construction projects and required additional parking. The Hospital approached MEDPark with the issue. Since MEDPark built into the original structure capacity to add two more parking floors, MEDPark was able to meet the Hospital’s needs. We were able to fast-track the financing, design and construction of an additional 400 spaces. The expansion was completed in August, 1990 bringing the total capacity of the structure to 1,000.

The final expansion of the structure was to the south and involved an additional 800 car spaces and 94,000 square feet of office space on the first two levels serving as the Hospital’s Medical Education and Research Center (MERC). The MERC includes an auditorium, physician seminar room, health sciences library, classrooms, banquet facilities, and Hospital administration offices. This expansion brought the total capacity of the structure to approximately 1,800 cars.

As owners and operators of the parking structure, MEDPark has invested considerable time and money improving the facility serving the hospital patients, staff and visitors. Columns flanking drive aisles were candy striped in black and yellow because an ophthalmologist reported that some of his patients had trouble distinguishing between shades of gray. We upgraded the lighting, testing new fixtures in the deck to provide better light distribution for patrons to feel secure. MEDPark also made a significant investment improving accessibility for the disabled by enlarging access doors to the Hospital and constructing a larger lobby and wheel chair drop-off area.

 

In 1984 at the Puerto Rico Medical Center there was no organized parking system. For the most part the parking needs were met by approximately 3,000 uncontrolled off-street spaces. Rich & Associates approached the challenge in two phases. The first phase involved the analysis and preparation of a parking allocation plan for visitors and patients, employees and students. Based on the plan our team then laid out a campus wide system of access and revenue control systems that included cashiered transient lots and card-controlled employee/student lots. Our work included preparing plans and specifications for the construction of new entry and exit plans, and the installation of access and revenue control systems.

In the second phase, MEDPark, Rich & Associates parking management affiliate, put together a partnership with a local partner to finance the parking improvements and operate the entire campus parking system for the hospital.

Then in 1985, Rich & Associates’ planning team conducted an exhaustive demand and economic feasibility analysis for the planned construction of an 800-space parking deck. Based on the demand and economic feasibility study results, MEDPark and their partners financed, developed and operated the parking deck and the campus wide parking system over the next 20 years.

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Parking Garages can be Eco-Friendly too!
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Parking Garages can be Eco-Friendly too!

Eco-friendly (green) building is becoming increasingly popular each year!

In honor of Earth Day this month, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the most common practices and benefits of Eco-friendly design and construction. Whether you’re building new, or overhauling an existing structure, there are many ways to implement Eco-friendly building practices into all types of designs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says “Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high-performance building.”

Rich & Associates is committed to our environment and to responsible sustainable design. In every project we design, sustainability is always a leading program criteria. We take great pride in having played a part in the design of several LEED / GREEN Certified parking structures including;

Blue Cross – Blue Shield Parking Structure, Detroit MI.
LEED Certified

City of Traverse City – Old Town Deck, Traverse City MI.
LEED Silver Certified

Washtenaw Community College Campus Green Parking Structure, Ann Arbor, MI.
LEED Gold Certified

Ames Intermodal Facility, Ames, IA.
LEED Silver Certified

Some of the most common Green building practices are:

  • Using sustainable building materials like recycled glass and steel.
  • Installing energy-efficient windows and doors.
  • Using lower-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and stains.
  • Constructing green roof systems (aka “plants on your roof”) that offer many benefits, including on-site gardens, rainwater management, and protecting your roof from the effects of harmful UV light.
  • Adding water harvesting and purification systems that don’t just manage, but also make the most use of rainfall.
  • Maximizing natural light, which cannot only save on lighting requirements (and subsequently energy costs), but also help keep buildings warmer during the colder months.
  • Using renewable energy to power the building—for example, installing a commercial solar panel system.

Benefits you will get from a Green building:

  • Reduced energy costs while efficiently reducing trash, pollution and degradation of the environment.
  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other natural resources.
  • Reduced operating costs.
  • Enhanced indoor environment quality.
  • Low maintenance and operation cost.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.

At Rich & Associates, sustainable design is not just what we preach, it is also what we practice in our own parking structures. Through our affiliates, MEDPark and MEDPark Management, we are also involved in the development and management of parking structures. While some of our projects were completed before sustainable design was widely practiced, today we are upgrading our facilities to improve their operating performance and lesson their impact on the environment. We are always looking at ways to improve accessibility to reduce vehicle idling thus carbon emissions.

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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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1855 Place | Michigan State University

Big things are happening at Michigan State University.

MSU has invested in a new development that includes residential units, and office space. The new development known as 1855 Place, includes 429 units in 10 separate apartment buildings and an 881 vehicle parking structure.

We were lucky enough to work with world-class partners, Neumann Smith, Walbridge, and Kerkstra Precast in the development of the parking structure.

 

Michigan State Parking Structure

MSU Parking Deck

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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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Rich To The Rescue

At Rich & Associates, I can assure you parking is not an after thought. We understand it is one of the most important factors of any successful large development project. But we also understand parking is definitely not the most glamorous part of a development. Therefore, it is not surprising that sometimes parking is overlooked. While not all architects hire a parking consultant, we have a firm belief that all should!

We recently helped a lead architect get his project back on the right track! Facing construction budget challenges, the lead architect on a 400 space parking structure turned to Rich & Associates for help.

Rich & Associates’ expert parking designers took the architect’s schematic design drawings and made significant improvements in the efficiency of the precast concrete superstructure. Our designers were able to reduce the overall square footage of construction while at same time yield more parking spaces. The infographic below illustrates the Rich Difference.

 

 

By reorganizing the structural framing, Rich & Associates’ plan also resulted in the elimination of column rows equating to 13 fewer columns and the associated foundations. Rich’s parking designers also recognized the opportunity to reduce the number of stair towers by two. The Rich Difference resulted in substantial cost savings. We are proud to be able to use our skills as parking consultants to improve complicated parking problems like this one. Although parking isn’t the first thought of an exciting new development…

We like to look at ourselves as the silent hero that saves the day while everyone is asleep. Only for them to wake up to a perfectly planned project.

Need us to help you rescue your parking project?

Call us today!

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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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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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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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