Robotic-Parking System Are Gaining Traction in Seattle

Automated systems are helping real estate developers to solve parking-space conundrums
Updated: Thu, 03/05/2020 - 14:55
  • Automated systems are helping real estate developers to solve parking-space conundrums
The ParkPlus rack-and-rail automated parking system at the Muse Residences in Florida is the tallest system of its kind on the planet. The Spire luxury residential tower in downtown Seattle is being equipped with an automated-parking system using the same technology.

Seattle ranks as one of the top 20 cities in the world in terms of direct investment in commercial real estate, and all that new building in a crowded landscape is fueling demand for the development of automated, high-density parking facilities, according to a ParkPlus, a national parking-systems company seeking to grow its footprint in the in the Puget Sound region.

ParkPlus says the burgeoning Seattle market makes it an ideal location for automated-parking systems, including mechanical-stacker car lifts, semi-automated lift-slide puzzle parking systems and fully automated parking systems ― to use the terms of the trade. As further evidence of the trend, last month, Bellevue-based GLY Construction announced 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.

New Jersey-based ParkPlus says it is working on four other automated parking systems in the Seattle area. Due to the growth in the Seattle market, ParkPlus recently announced that it has expanded its Pacific Northwest presence, adding an area manager with mechanical engineering, automation and robotics experience to build the company’s business in the market.

The company’s Seattle area projects including the following.

A 266-space rack-and-rail auto parking system, which ParkPlus bills as the first in Seattle, is being developed for the Spire, a luxury residential tower in downtown Seattle slated to open this year. ParkPlus consulted on the project.

The Spire’s parking system uses the same technology as our Muse [Residences] project in Sunny Isles, Florida [see photo],” says Paul Bates, Group President at ParkPlus. “The unique site, small and triangular, posed a challenge to accommodate the required parking for the building.”

ParkPlus also is developing a 76-space, four-level lift-slide automated parking system for the Olympic Tower, a 21-story senior-living project scheduled to open next year that is being developed in Seattle’ First Hill neighborhood. “The 23rd such system by ParkPlus is a cost-effective, hybrid solution for self-park or attended automated parking,” the company said in a statement. “The Olympic Tower system will be attended, providing valet parking services for its residents.”

In Redmond, ParkPlus is developing a 56-space, four-story lift-slide system for the Porch + Park, a mixed-use project slated to open in early 2022 that will include 85 residential units and retail space on the ground floor. Also a ParkPlus automated- parking system is being installed at the Avenue Bellevue, a mixed use development slated to open in 2022 that will include a hotel, retail, condos and luxury apartments. That parking structure is a 453-space hybrid system that includes suspended platforms and double and triple stacker car-lifts.

“We are focused on becoming local parking vendors, with a presence in established and emerging markets in the U.S.,” ParkPlus’ Bates says. “The Seattle Metro is one such market and some great projects are being equipped with our systems.”

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