Winners of 2009 International Parking Institute's Awards of Excellence Competition Announced

Top Honors go to Publix Supermarket in Tampa, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Diego

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Fredericksburg, VA - June 25, 2009 - The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced the winners of the 2009 International Parking Institute's Awards of Excellence Competition.

The awards program, now in its 27th year, took place in Denver, CO, in conjunction with the International Parking Institute Conference & Expo. Considered the preeminent achievement for the parking profession, the awards were created to honor outstanding examples of parking design and operational creativity. Owners, architects, engineers and parking professionals involved in the winning projects are acknowledged.

Five award categories recognize outstanding achievement in Design, Program/Operations, Rehabilitation and Aesthetics. Specific criteria include exterior appearance, continuity with surrounding environment, economy of construction, security, lighting, ease-of-use, graphic and art elements, landscaping, architectural treatment, efficiency, compliance with the American Disabilities Act, sustainability, operations efficiency and revenue generation.
"These winning projects clearly demonstrate the role of well-designed and constructed parking solutions and their significant impact on the success of a facility's aesthetics, design, construction and facility management process," said Shawn Conrad, CAE, Executive Director of the International Parking Institute. "Parking - and parking professionals - make a difference in our lives, each and every day."

Awards of Excellence (top honors), Awards of Merit and Honorable Mentions are as follows:
Category 1:  Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces
Top Honor: Award of Excellence
Publix Greenwise Hyde Park Parking Garage, Tampa, Florida
Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
Project Team:
R. Randolph Simmons III, Chairman of the Board of Directors, R.R. Simmons Construction Corp., Tampa, Florida
Dave Dious, Construction Manager, Publix Supermarkets, Inc., Lakeland, Florida
Howard Bruning, AIA, Architect of Record, R. R. Simmons Construction Corp., Tampa, Florida
Craig Barrett, Structural Engineer, LEAP & Associates International, Tampa, Florida

A confined site in an historic district challenged the design and construction team to come up with a unique parking solution for Publix Supermarkets' new, 39,000-square-foot Greenwise Market in South Tampa's Hyde Park, designed to blend with the charm of the surrounding neighborhood. Two full floors (200 spaces) of elevated parking with pedestrian escalators, 10-shopping-cart-capacity elevators, and a custom cart conveyor, are suspended over the upscale ground-floor market, fitting snugly into every inch of usable space within the store's precast concrete frame. The team succeeded in delivering an open structure for the parking floors, with old-fashioned, atmospheric details including faux storefront openings, decorative grills, balconies, and Bahama shutters
Award of Merit:
Garfield Street Community Center and Parking Garage
City of Hollywood, Florida
Project Team:
Jitendra Patel, P.E., Director, City of Hollywood, Florida
Farzin Zafaranian, Project Manager, Walking Parking Consultants, Tampa, Florida
Joe Kaller, Architect, Joseph B. Kaller & Associates, Hollywood, Florida
This six-level, 408-space parking structure and two-story Community Center were constructed in an historic, beachside area, and includes an elevated, canopied observation deck for watching matches on the historic paddleball courts. The seaside color theme of sky blue and yellow complements the nautical-themed architecture, and the structure has a user-friendly pay-on-foot, Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS).

Honorable Mention:
Grand River Avenue Parking Structure
Michigan State University

Project Team:
Michael Ortlieb, P.E., Parking Consultant, Carl Walker, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
Dave Clark, AIA, Senior Architect, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Architects,Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jeff Kacos, Director of Campus Planning, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
On a two-acre site in the oldest part of Michigan State University's North Campus, the team designed an innovative, chevron-shaped footprint with a single-thread helix for the 730-car, five-level concrete parking structure. An ingenious snow removal shaft blends visually into the façade, which has a mansard slate roof and detailed stone window surrounds and copings that harmonize with neighboring buildings.

Category 2:  Best Design of a Parking Structure with 800 or More Spaces

Top Honor:  Award of Excellence
Underhill Field and Parking Garage
University of California, Berkeley

Project Team:
Dennis Town, Senior Mechanical Engineer, University of California, Berkeley
Morgan Jones, Architect, Stantec Architecture, San Francisco, California
David Koski, Parking Consultant, Walker Parking Consultants, San Francisco, California
Carl Overaa, Business Development Manager, Overaa Construction, Richmond, California
Seeking a hybrid structure to meet increased demand both for parking and recreation space, the University of California, Berkeley's Underhill Field and Parking Garage incorporates a 1,000-space, four-level parking facility plus roof-level recreation field, located three blocks from campus. Upper parking levels emerge from a hillside, and sloped streets allowed for multiple entry/exit portals at different levels, minimizing delays and queuing. A generous public plaza incorporates seating, landscaping, and elevator and stair entrances to the garage below. The roof-level recreation field, equipped with high pole lights for nighttime recreation, is screened with mesh fencing. In the garage, clear visual sightlines, openness and enhanced lighting levels enhance security.
Award of Merit:
Irvine Transportation Center Parking Structure
City of Irvine, California

Project Team:
Shirley Darvish, Proposal Manager, International Parking Design, Inc., Sherman Oaks, California
Wes Hocking, Project Engineer, Culp & Tanner, Chicago, Illinois

Built to support commuters using an increasingly popular rail station, this well lighted and landscaped, four-level parking structure adds nearly 1,500 spaces to an existing facility. Retail space provides convenient services to riders, including a widened entry plaza with seating and enhanced landscaping. Glass-backed elevator banks and exit stairways are located at the main exit and near the retail area.
Honorable Mention: 
Tampa General Hospital Parking Structure Expansion
Tampa General Hospital
Project Team:
Oslec Fernandez, Director, Facilities Management, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida
Dennis C. Douglas, P.E., Project Manager, Walker Parking Consultants, Tampa, Florida
Chris Morecraft, AIA, Architectural Department Head, Walker Parking Consultants, Elgin, Illinois
Roger Stephan, Construction Manager, Skanska USA Building, Inc., Tampa, Florida
Tamara Rice, AIA, Project Architect, Gresham Smith and Partners, Tampa, Florida
John Bushman, Walker Parking Consultants
The expansion, built to provide parking for a large hospital expansion and new medical teaching building, added approximately 1,400 new spaces to the 2,900 in three existing structures at Tampa General Hospital. The new structure, built of concrete stained to match the multi-colored bricks of the existing hospital buildings, can accommodate emergency helicopter landings on its top level.
Category 3:  Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program
Top Honor:  Award of Excellence
LADOT Cost Effective Parking Enforcement Utilizing LPR Technology, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Project Team:
Amir Sedadi, P.E., Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles, California
Kenneth Blum, Program Manager, ACS, Los Angeles, California
Pierre Hubert, Business Development Director of AutoVu, Genetec, Inc., Saint-Laurent, Quebec
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation's successful implementation of License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology proved to be productive and cost-effective. Field execution by a minimum task force completed a 16-square-block sweep of a grid with outstanding results, capturing about 2,976 plates in approximately four hours and recovering a stolen vehicle, as well as impounding vehicles from scofflaws and violators and issuing citations with great efficiency.

Award of Merit:
Creating a Paperless Ticket Management and Adjudication Process, DC Department of Motor Vehicles

Project Team:
Libby Clapp, Chief Information Officer, District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Jeff Frank, Project Manager, ACS, Washington, DC
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Two Honorable Mentions:
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Valet Service Automated Valet

Project Team:
Ken Gulec, Design Consultant, Automated Valet, Plantation, Florida
Dave Mueller, Vice President, Parking Concepts, Inc., Irvine, California
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's new, customized valet parking system by Automated Valet™ addresses the airport's unique requirements-to service 29 miles of terminals, garages and tarmac and 28,000 parking spaces-with a combination of wireless technology, software, and easy-to-use hardware. The internet-integrated system is fast and efficient, and monitors everything from flights, vehicles, and customers to employees, payroll and revenue.

UW Commuter Services - Integrated Access Management, Seattle, Washington
University of Washington Facilities Services

Project Team:
Josh Kavanagh, Director, Transportation Services, University of Washington
University of Washington's newly integrated Commuter Services addresses transportation demand with incentive strategies such as free rides on regional transit and pay-per-use parking (PPUP). It enhances access to campus by all transportation modes while limiting the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips and promoting "greener" transportation. Commuter Services programs' quantifiable benefits include conserving campus resources and reducing congestion.       
Category 4: Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration

Top Honor: Award of Excellence
Detroit Metropolitan Airport Blue Deck Restoration, Wayne County Airport Authority

Project Team:
Wayne Sieloff, AIA, NCARB, Director of Planning, Design & Construction, Wayne County Airport Authority, Detroit, Michigan
Bob Tracy, P.E., Project Manager, Carl Walker, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jim Miloch, P.E., Engineering Manager, Berbiglia Associates, Inc., Farmington Hills, Michigan
Michael Sellinger, Project Manager, Sellinger Associates, Inc., Livonia, Michigan
Dan Callahan, Project Manger, RAM Construction, Livonia, Michigan
The 5,500-car-capacity Blue Deck Parking Structure, at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, constructed in 1992 and 1993, needed upgrading. A three-phase restoration project included the unique use of 170,000 square feet of added latex-modified concrete to provide a very durable bonded overlay; 190,000 square feet of deck coating membrane; and supplemental reinforcing steel throughout the structure. Original connectors were refitted, the drain system was replaced, and signage and graphics were upgraded. Accurate cost estimates, quality construction documents, and effective construction administration led to completion of the project under budget, at approximately 95% of the bid amount.
Award of Merit:
Philadelphia International Airport Enhancements
The Philadelphia Parking Authority
Project Team:
Linda Miller, Director of Operations & Public Affairs, The Philadelphia Parking Authority, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bill Kavanagh, AIA, Project Manager & Architect, Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc., Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Two new parking garages and existing parking enhancement have significantly updated the look and feel of the growing Philadelphia International Airport, with pedestrian and vehicular improvements, structural restoration, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection upgrades. Architectural enhancements, including screen walls and cantilevered metal elements, and improved lighting and signage created a significantly more open and inviting, and more secure, environment.
Category 5: Award for Architectural Achievement

Top Honor: Award of Excellence
University of California, San Diego Hopkins Parking Structure
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California
Project Team:
Melanie Arias, Senior Planner, University of San Diego, La Jolla, California
Michelle Wendler, AIA, Architect, Watry Design, Inc., Redwood City, California
The new, 1,400-space, seven-level Hopkins Parking Structure adjacent to the expansion of the Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, is nestled into a sloping hillside with one level completely below grade. The façade, sheathed with a rich blue metal mesh, open stairs and a concrete canopy at the top of the stair towercompliment adjacent buildings and the campus architecture. Sustainable landscaping incorporates native and drought-tolerant trees and shrubs. "Solar Trees"-canopies of photovoltaic solar panels-supply clean energy for electric vehicle charging stations and for the campus, a good example of UC San Diego's dedication to greener, sustainable living. 
Award of Merit:

Project Team:
Brian Desatnik, Redevelopment Manager, City of Claremont, Claremont, California
Geoff Adams, Public Sector Leader, Stantec Architecture, San Francisco, California
Kim Rhodes, Landscape Project Manager, David Evans and Associates, Irvine, California
Rob Bathke, Civil Engineer, David Evans and Associates, Irvine, California
Jeff Overmyer, Electrical Engineer, OMB Electrical Engineers, Irvine, California
Tom Wenner, Senior Project Manager, Walker Parking Consultants, San Francisco, California
Lynn Basa, Artist, Lynn Basa Public Art, Chicago, Illinois
The Claremont Village Expansion parking structure beautifully integrates this large, utilitarian structure into a pedestrian-oriented urban fabric, in line with the industrial character of surrounding buildings. Its small public plazas and ground-level shops with colorful, recycled-wood storefronts are accented by a 45' x 18' glass mosaic tile mural and a monumental stair and elliptical elevator tower, a beacon of illumination at night.
Honorable Mention:
Underhill Field and Parking Garage
University of California, Berkeley

Project Team:
Dennis Town, Senior Mechanical Engineer, University of California, Berkeley
Morgan Jones, Architect, Stantec Architecture, San Francisco, California
David Koski, Parking Consultant, Walker Parking Consultants, San Francisco, California
Carl Overaa, Business Development Manager, Overaa Construction, Richmond, California

The Underhill Field and Parking Garage, described above (Award of Excellence for Best Design of a Parking Structure with 800 or More Spaces) includes a sunny public plaza at street level, flanked by two pavilions. Designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED requirements for an open parking structure, Underhill is landscaped with drought-tolerant plants, bamboo and native grasses that reduce the need for irrigation water and soften the facility.

Photographs shown, and other views of the winning parking sites, are available, along with additional project details. Please contact Helen Sullivan, 703 847 9702. 
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