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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. 

 

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Precast Cement Field Trip

Have you ever been to a precast cement plant? Chances are you haven’t. Chances also are you wouldn’t believe me if I told you it was one of the more interesting places I have ever been. Precast cement is exactly what it sounds like… Cement that is poured into giant forms that then become pieces to a major puzzle like a parking structure. The pieces that hold a lot of weight are reinforced with steel than are erected to build the floors and walls of a cement structure.

Our friends at IPS were nice enough to give me a full tour of the impressive operation. During the tour I learned a lot about the way precast is formed and eventually made into structures that we drive on with full confidence. The end result of the concrete forms take a total team effort. There were many departments made up of workers with different specialty trades. One of the trades were the carpenters that build the forms. After the concrete is set, the giant forms get transported to the site via semi-truck. Seeing all the forms being made and prepared for shipping is nothing short of amazing.

Check out The Prestressed Group’s website for more info The Prestressed Group

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Wagner Place Parking Structure to Rise in Downtown West Dearborn

Detroit is named The Motor City for one reason.

It put the country on wheels. Today, Detroit still earns that name by having 4 major auto companies still call Michigan their home. Ford Motor Company (who’s corporate office is in Dearborn, Michigan) has decided to invest $60 million dollars in a mixed-use redevelopment of two blocks in Dearborn’s West Downtown.  In support of the major redevelopment, the City of Dearborn is building a 370 space multi-level parking structure. As design/build partners with Devon Industrial Group of Detroit, Rich & Associates is providing parking consulting, architecture and engineering design services for the project. We’re also working closely with Nuemann/Smith Architecture, the prime architects of the Ford Land’s Wagner Place redevelopment, and the creators of the original parking structure facade.

Check out this awesome video about the project:

Ford invests in downtown Dearborn

With support from the MEDC, Ford Motor Company plans to redevelop 12 parcels of property encompassing three city blocks in west downtown Dearborn. The mixed-use development could eventually provide workspace to up to 600 employees, and will help to attract top next-generation talent to Michigan.

Posted by Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Welcome To The Rich & Associates Blog!

 

We’re not mind-readers, but you may have some questions and these are our answers…

Who is Rich & Associates? We are a Parking Consultant Firm based out of Southfield Michigan. With over 54 years experience in the parking industry, we are one of the most experienced consulting firms in the world.

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