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Sweeping Parking Facilities: Control Fugitive Dust

Whether it’s an open lot, a multilevel structure or an underground garage, parking facilities require frequent sweeping to keep them safe for users and employees, reduce long-term maintenance costs and make the facilities attractive and convenient to the people who use them. Read more >>

Protect Your Parking Structure and Prevent Deterioration

Unlike other buildings, parking structures should be designed to be durable. These structures not only have to withstand the weight of vehicles, but they also need to endure harsh weather, water infiltration, and salt mist. Read more >>

Putting the Paradise Back into Parking: Porous Paving Systems

The negative popular perception of parking has always been reinforced by several "inconvenient truths” about the environmental impacts of asphalt and concrete lot surfaces. Read more >>

Pay Now or Pay Later

The annual R&M budget for a typical garage is not insignificant...Given the challenging economy and significant cost of R&M, it can be tempting to delay and defer certain expenses "until things get better.” Read more >>

Stressing the Importance of Permanent Strengthening

Stress has been one of the primary considerations in construction since the beginning of time. When applied correctly, stresses can leverage the load-bearing potential of a wide variety of building materials. Read more >>

Delaying a Relighting Project Can Cost You Money

Most lighting companies will agree that the cards are stacked in favor of justifying a relighting project. A few of the cards that favor a change are as follows: energy savings, utility rebates, maintenance savings, EPACT (tax deductions), safety. Read more >>

How-To Guides

Maintain and Preserve Asphalt Surfaced Parking Lots

Parking lots represent a significant investment, therefore, the correct application of maintenance treatments can help preserve them and save a significant amount of money over time. From the day a pavement is finished, it is under attack from traffic, and, particularly for parking lots, the environment. Read more >>

How to Maximize the Life of a Parking Structure

Facility maintenance is essential, and one of the most important things an owner can do to extend the life of a parking structure is formulate and implement a proper maintenance plan. If a light bulb goes out in an office building, it’s quickly replaced. The same sort of attention to detail and upkeep should be used when maintaining a parking structure. Read more >>

How To Prepare for Winter: Step-by-Step Guide To Snow & Ice Management

It is important to have the right service contractor in place to safeguard your properties from the dangers of inclement winter weather. Here is a step-by-step approach to help facility managers find a responsible snow and ice management team, structure a good contract, and implement a snow and ice management plan that will maximize value for your property, its tenants, and your stakeholders. Read more >>

How To Winterize Your Garage to Maintain Safety and Prolong the Life of Your Facility

The onrush of winter presents two principal challenges for parking professionals in the snowbelt: 1) Maintaining the safety of patrons, employees and vehicles while continuing operations, 2) Recognizing the long-term impact of weather on con­crete structures. Understanding how these challenges will impact your facility is a key to proper winter planning. Read more >>

Case Studies

The Louis Campau Parking Ramp

The Louis Campau Parking Ramp, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., was the first parking structure designed by Carl Walker, Inc. nearly 30 years ago. Read more >>




Corrosion Management of Parking StructuresCorrosion Management of Parking Structures

These case studies focus on facilities in the US and one in the UK that have received awards for their proactive approach to corrosion management and that not only tackled the corrosion issues for both conventional and post-tensioned structures, but also expanded the client’s ability to manage such structures with a holistic infrastructure management approach. Read more >>

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