A parking lot is simply a place to park isn’t it? Actually, no. Every parking structure serves a different purpose, and adhering to that purpose can make the difference between a lot that serves customers well and one that doesn’t. Take a peek at some potential parkers and see why design and circumstance need to meet for well-designed parking.
Its 8:30 on Monday morning and Alexis, coffee in hand and head already at her desk, wants to pull into the spot she always uses. Or perhaps it’s a busy Saturday afternoon and John wants to run into the mall for a new pair of shoes. It can be a Wednesday night at a baseball game and the first inning is about to begin. Every parking situation is unique and lots that are one size fits all simply can’t meet them all.
Office parking lots need to keep in mind that everyone tends to arrive and leave at the same time. Retail lots need to be responsive to a constant flow of people, all searching for the closest spot to an entrance. The type of signage, ramping, and markings, as well as spot configurations can all make a big difference in meeting the needs of a specific type of parkers. Using an accurate parking guidance system is a key element that will add benefit to any lot.
Even in cases when a lot is already built, adding design elements and parking counting can make a big difference on the parking lot’s bottom line. Designing a parking lot to more effectively meet parker needs ultimately yields higher revenues, creates more effective lot use, and results in more productive use of space. Sometimes better design is an investment in better business.