The West Hollywood Automated Parking Garage was built by LPA, Inc in West Hollywood, California. This is a modern parking garage that blends community art together with technology and energy efficiency. Consisted of 5 stories, the parking garage has been considered as a ‘clean, green, parking machine’. The garage tripled the amount of on-site parking spaces but at the same time, it creates a model for a sustainable and energy-efficient facility.
The garage can move 100 cars per hour and it costs around $1 million less than a conventional garage to build. It adopts an Automated Vehicle Storage and Retrieval System (AVSRS) which was designed by engineering firm Unitronics. With such system, the garage’s footprint on the half-acre site can be reduced as much as 40%, making a space for a 7,000-square-foot community plaza. The plaza comes in handy for events and concerts that will be held in the area.
The automated garage reduces CO2 emissions dramatically in the West Hollywood neighborhood. Also, the system minimizes the need for lighting and ventilation, reducing the daily energy use of the structure, involving materials made of recycled grocery bags.
Around 50% of the parking garage’s energy consumption comes from an array of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. There’s a robust stormwater system to collect 100% of the water runoff that will be treated and filtered through a bio-treatment planter before it comes to the storm drain system.
To help conserve water, there are drought-resistant plants as well as a highly efficient sub-surface drip system that irrigates 90% of the site.