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IPMI Parking Matters: Putting Parking's Best Foot Forward

Original Source:  "Putting Parking's Best Foot Forward" by Matt Davis & Taylor Kim for the IPMI Parking Matters blog

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How many times have you thought about going somewhere only to cringe at the thought of having to park? Parking sets the tone for our experience at a destination; if that experience is a negative one, it can detract from everything that follows. So, how can we create a parking environment that enhances the beginning and end to the user journey?

Lighting and signage can go a long way toward making a garage feel more welcoming, whether you are designing new parking or simply looking to spruce up an existing asset. Adding architectural appeal is another way to make parking an enjoyable experience. Likewise, public art–from painted murals by local artists to large-scale, intricate installations–provides an opportunity for a parking facility to express its identity and connect to its surroundings in unique ways. A public plaza can further integrate parking into the context of its environment.

The parking experience is about far more than aesthetics, however. Parking guidance systems that take the stress out of finding a space, and amenities such as valet can set a destination apart from others around it.

Would you like to see real-life examples of parking that has accomplished this, and more? Join us along with Josh Kavanagh, CAPP, Director of Transportation at UC San Diego, in Anaheim for the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo. Our panel, Putting Parking’s Best Foot Forward, will explore the different ways parking can create a transformative experience.

Matt Davis is an Associate Principal and Taylor Kim is a Project Manager with Watry Design, Inc. They will present on this topic at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo, June 9-12 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information and to register, click here.

About the Authors

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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Taylor Kim has been creating parking solutions for the firm’s clients for over 10 years. She has project experience throughout the parking lifecycle from early parking studies on projects such as the River Oaks District and the Saddleback College parking study to full parking structure design on projects such as the Candlestick Point Parking Structures to condition assessments of older structures such as the Allston Way Garage. Taylor's experience includes all phases of design, from preliminary design through construction documents. In addition to delivering projects to satisfied clients, Taylor’s projects have received recognition from the International Parking Institute and the National Parking association. Taylor is an active participant in Women in Parking and the International Parking Institute.

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