The Future of Parking Has Arrived in Seattle With a Robotic Garage Planned for South Lake Union

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s planned building addition will include an automated-parking facility to address infrastructure and patient needs
Updated: Thu, 02/06/2020 - 09:01
 
 
  • The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s planned building addition will include an automated-parking facility to address infrastructure and patient needs
View of a WOHR multiparker system.

Music icon John Lennon penned the lyrics, “There are no problems, only solutions,” and it seems GLY Construction has taken that to heart. The Bellevue contractor plans to build an underground robotic garage as part of its construction of a new addition to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance clinic in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

The planned three-level robotic garage will be the first of its size and scale on the West Coast, the employee-owned general contracting firm says. The garage will be constructed beneath a narrow, 240,000-square-foot, five-story building addition that GLY will construct for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).

The SCCA addition will feature a centralized valet-parking location where patients can drop off their vehicles, which will then be transported to the underground garage. The parking facility will feature robotic lifts and platforms that will move vehicles vertically and horizontally to a designated spot.

“We are excited about bringing this parking solution to the patients of SCCA that will hopefully make their experience accessing care a little bit easier,” says Joe Walker, GLY project executive. “This has been a tremendous planning process that included traveling with SCCA to two garages of similar size and scale— in Budapest, Hungary, and Munich, Germany — where we confirmed our desire to move forward with this efficient, multipurpose solution.”

The robotic parking system will allow cars to be parked closer together than a traditional parking system, providing room for up to 180 vehicles. GLY is partnering with parking-system manufacturer WOHR, along with subcontractor Harding Steel, to construct the robotic-parking system, dubbed the WOHR Multiparker 730 system.

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