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Parking Magazine: Design/Build Project Combines Mobile App and Advanced PARCS System

Original Source:  "Public Practices: Design/Build Project Combines Mobile App and Advanced PARCS System" by John Purinton & Michael Pendergrass for Parking Magazine

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Understanding that a people-centric environment can affect passenger experience, the San Diego International Airport extended this philosophy beyond the terminal to its parking.

The new parking plaza opened in May and provides 2,901 stalls. The plaza offers state-of-the-art technology, a convenient location, and an environment designed for people — not just cars.

Building In Parking Efficiencies

Before passengers arrive at the airport, they can reserve spaces in advance online or through a mobile app.

Upon arrival, passengers and visitors are greeted by an adaptable PARCS system that provides flexible payment options. This includes a variable pricing structure and rewards for frequent travelers.

Dynamic signage identifies how many spaces are available per level. A red and green light parking guidance system identifies space-by-space availability, helping parkers find a space more easily.

Creating A Memorable Experience

Once users have transitioned from drivers to pedestrians, the parking plaza provides a uniquely San Diegan experience.

The top level of the structure provides magnificent views of the harbor and downtown.

Three expansive light wells clad with public art overlook courtyards that provide a relaxing transition from the structure to the terminal.

Commitment To Sustainability

In addition to creating the best possible experience for passengers, the airport also saw the parking plaza as an opportunity to further its commitment to sustainability.

The plaza energy-efficient lighting, EV charging stations, and a storm-water re-use system that captures and treats rainwater.

The Swinerton Builders, Watry Design, and Gensler design-build team worked extensively with the airport to create an excellent parking experience for passengers.

About the Authors

John Purinton, SE has been creating parking solutions for over 25 years. John is a licensed engineer in 8 states. He is responsible for the design of over 125 parking projects and leads parking structure design for the firm. Currently the Vice Chair of NPA's Parking Consultant’s Council, John was a contributor to the latest edition of The Dimensions of Parking and has both written and spoken on design build delivery and the cost of parking structures.

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Michael Pendergrass, AIA, a licensed architect in 6 states, has over 15 years of experience in delivering parking solutions and nearly 20 in the industry. He has worked on a wide variety of parking projects. In addition to delivering projects to satisfied clients, Michael’s projects have received recognition from the Pennsylvania Parking Association and other organizations. 

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