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Parking & Mobility Took Center Stage at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo

Image of Parking & Mobility Took Center Stage at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo The San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Parking Plaza received the Award of Excellence for Best Design of a Parking Structure at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo

This year’s International Parking and Mobility Institute Conference and Expo featured over 3,500 parking and mobility professionals coming together to discuss current trends and shape the future of our industry. Not only does IPMI offer an incredible opportunity to network, but it also puts a tremendous group of parking thought leaders all in one place. From veterans exploring the latest trends to new faces in parking learning more about the industry, IPMI has something for everyone.   

We’d like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who attended our panel presentations. Michael Pendergrass, Associate Principal with Watry Design, moderated the panel "Parking the Friendly Skies: How Airports Are Humanizing the Passenger Experience." Bob Bolton, Director of Airport Design & Construction for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Bob Lockhart, Deputy Director of Operations at Mineta San Jose International Airport; and Michelle Wendler, Principal with Watry Design, talked about how airports have successfully integrated customer-first airport parking.

Matt Davis, Associate Principal with Watry Design, teamed up with Josh Kavanagh, Director of Transportation at University of California, San Diego for "Maximizing Impressions: Putting Parking’s Best Foot Forward." They explored a number of case studies demonstrating how a variety of parking facilities have used architecture, public art, pedestrian connections, and technology to transform the parking experience and enhance the user journey.

In addition to discussing new ideas and sharing excitement of the future of parking and mobility, our team came to IPMI to celebrate! Watry Design was honored to accept the award for Best Design of a Parking Structure for the San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Parking Plaza alongside the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and Swinerton during the Awards breakfast on the closing day of the conference. Designed around enhancing the passenger experience, the 2,900 stall Parking Plaza provides advanced reservations, sophisticated parking guidance and revenue control systems, and stunning public art. The Parking Plaza also received recognition for its Parksmart Gold certification.

Our team had a wonderful time visiting with all who visited our booth, connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. We look forward to seeing everyone on the Riverwalk next year in San Antonio!

About the Authors

Michael Pendergrass, AIA, a licensed architect in 7 states, has over 15 years of experience in delivering parking solutions and over 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 International Parking & Mobility Institute and other organizations. 

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Michelle Wendler, AIA has been creating parking solutions for the firm’s clients for almost 30 years. Michelle is a licensed architect in 12 states. She is responsible for the design of over 250 parking projects and leads parking studies and parking structure design for the firm. A member of the Sustainability Committee for the International Parking & Mobility Institute, Michelle has penned and spoken on a number of industry topics, such as Healthcare Parking as the First Line of Customer Service, Incorporating Photovoltaics into Parking Structures & Parking Structure Aesthetics.

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Matt Davis has been creating parking solutions for over 15 years. He has worked on over 75 parking projects and is a certified Parksmart Advisor. In addition to delivering projects to satisfied clients, Matt’s projects, such as the Tustin Metrolink Station Parking Structure and the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Parking Structure, have received recognition from the International Parking Institute and other associations. An active participant in the International Parking & Mobility Institute and the Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association, Matt has penned and spoken on a number of industry topics, such as Healthcare Parking as the First Line of Customer Service, Green Parking, Transit Parking Best Practices, the Future of Parking, Protecting Your Parking Investment and Right Sizing Parking.

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