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When Laconia Development revitalized plans for a residential tower in downtown Seattle that had stalled during the economic downturn of 2008, one of the challenges they faced was how to provide adequate parking for the small, triangular site. They asked Watry Design, Inc. to design an innovative parking solution that meets the needs of both the unique site and its future residents. After studying several options, the Watry team is developing a semi-automated solution customized to the location's unique footprint.

Located just blocks from the Space Needle, the site for SPIRE is less than 10,000 square feet and is bordered by streetscape on three sides. In order to provide the views envisioned by the developer on all sides, the tower's structural core will be placed in the center, thus slicing the available area for parking into 30 foot wide sections. Since a conventional parking setup requires 60 feet, the Watry Design team is taking a more out-of-the-box approach to find the right solution. 

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Laconia Development and Watry Design embarked on a trip to China to work directly with Hwsiang Lung Machinery Co., which manufactures automated parking systems, in order to design an automated solution that will fit the needs of the challenging site. After exploring several different automated systems, including puzzle systems, cantilevered, shuttle, post and no-post, the resulting design will be a customized semi-auto system utilizing a 24 hour valet service.

Project Details

  • Owner: Laconia Development
  • Project Status: Construction
  • Parking Stalls: 300 valet parked vehicles stored via 3 vehicle elevators
  • Levels: 6 double stacked below grade