CASE STUDY: AUTOMATED PARKING GARAGE
In June 2016, the City opened the Automated Parking Garage to solve the challenge of creating additional parking in a parking-deficient area of the City. The 200 space garage requires a smaller physical footprint than a conventional parking structure with similar capacity. The garage provides customers with a valet-like experience that is fast, safe, and convenient. The garage utilizes computer-controlled motorized lifts, conveyors and shuttles to transport cars from the arrival level to a parking space and vice versa, without human assistance. West Hollywood’s is the first operational automated parking system on the West Coast.
Beyond providing much needed parking, the garage adds considerable benefits to the City. Each bay features a hand-painted mural by artists including Art of Chase, MONCHO1929, Bronwyn Lundberg, and Kim West. The space savings nets more than 7,000 square feet for a Community Plaza, which holds a large-scale triptych art-banner installation, a collaboration of artist MONCHO1929 and former City Poet Steven Reigns. The garage features a large glass pane where people can watch as mechanical shuttles carry vehicles in and out of bays. The window includes a fixed-art installation by renowned public artist Ned Kahn, with a grid of large clear marbles that reflect moving parts inside the garage. The structure contains roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, features the use of a sustainable material made from recycled grocery bags, and uses drought-tolerant landscaping. Staff is able to track solar energy production and savings in real-time from an online dashboard.