News | Dec 29, 2022 | Christine Furey
Arora Named One of BD+Cs Top Parking Structures Engineering Firms
Arora Engineers (Arora) was proud to again be named one of the Top 45 Parking Structures Engineering and EA Firms in Building Design+Construction’s 2022 Giants 400 Report.
At Arora, we understand that parking garage system architectures must be designed for flexibility in order to respond to emerging transportation trends. Modern parking garage systems are influenced by technological, fiscal, and environmental trends like electric, connected, and autonomous vehicles, ride sharing, smart parking systems, the rise in consolidated rental car facilities, and automated revenue collection systems to name just a few.
Despite constantly evolving transportation needs, all parking facilities must ultimately be designed for optimal user convenience, efficiency, durability and long-term return on investment.
We design parking structures for clients in every sector with the future in mind. Our team provides valuable insight to clients on the ways they can future-proof their parking facilities to prioritize customer ease, reduce maintenance and operations burdens, and drive economic development.
Below are examples of our parking structure experience:
ATL West Parking Deck Reconstruction & Replacement: Arora provided electrical (power, lighting, and lighting), plumbing, fire protection, and fire alarm design services for the ATL West Parking Deck to help the airport increase parking capacity to accommodate future growth. The 6,000-spot West Deck included a bronze-level Park Smart infrastructure featuring the latest technology for digital signage and wayfinding, lighting, occupancy, security, and revenue systems as well as many user amenities not typically found in these facilities.
LGA Central Terminal Building West Parking Garage: Arora performed engineering and construction administration services for the construct a new seven-level West Parking Garage (WPG) to accommodate 3,100 vehicles at LaGuardia International Airport (LGA). Design services encompassed the garage’s Intelligent Parking System including entry and exit tolling and revenue control and collection and design of the variable message signage.
MNAA BNA 1902A Terminal Garage C & Airport Administration Building: Under BNA Vision, MNAA’s airport-wide expansion program, the authority planned to construct three connected parking garages with approximately 7,000 total parking spaces. Arora provided design and construction administration services for the Special Systems and IT services for garage C which will have 1,800 more parking spaces and is scheduled to open in late 2023.
LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC): Arora provided special systems design and engineering services for the new Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a critical element of the Airports Landside Modernization Program (LAMP). The ConRAC provides a range of amenities to customers, including restrooms, food and beverage services, Internet access, and seating areas. The ConRAC is approximately 5.3 million SF featuring 6,600 ready/return spaces, 10,000 idle vehicle storage spaces, 1,100 rental car employee spaces and Quick Turn Around (QTA) Facilities for car washing, fueling, and light maintenance.
Kansas City International Airport MCI Airport Terminal and Parking Garage Modernization: Arora provided Special Systems Engineering Services to the Clark/Clarkson/Weitz (CWC) Joint Venture (JV) Team as a subconsultant to Siemens for the Systems Integrator role. The New Single Terminal and Parking at Kansas City International Airport (KCI) project consists of a 1 million square foot terminal facility including a 6,000-spot parking garage directly in front of the new building.
MBTA South Station Bus Terminal and Parking Garage: Arora was tasked with providing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design reviews to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for the expansion of their South Station bus terminal and parking garage. The complex expansion was built over South Station’s rail tracks and platforms that serve both the MBTA’s commuter rail service and Amtrak. This work is part of a larger private developer air rights project that will be constructing multiple high-rise office and residential towers and additional parking garage levels over the bus station expansion.
TPA ConRAC and Automated People Mover: Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) relocated Tampa International Airport’s (TPA) existing rental car facility and connected the new consolidated rental car facility (ConRAC) to the main terminal with an Automated People Mover System (APM). The ConRAC facility is a 4-level garage consisting of over 620,000 SF per level, including the customer service center on the top level. Its purpose is to provide the most state of the art facility for the 14 rental car agencies to operate from. Arora was awarded special systems engineering services to provide an extension of existing systems including the Public Address Paging System (PAS) and digital signage systems including the Electronic Video Information Display System (EVIDS), direct view LED dynamic signage, and touchscreen directory system.
PIT Multimodal Center/ Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC): Arora provided low-voltage, IT, Special Systems and Electrical engineering services as a subconsultant to Michael Baker International for the Landside program’s 1.14 million square foot, five-level 4,200-space Multimodal Center/Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) project. The complex serves as a parking garage and rental car facility, with approximately 800 spaces for rental cars and abundant curbside space for ridesharing pickup and drop-off. Arora’s services for the parking garage included ground-level rental-car kiosk connection points, parking garage telecommunications room design, security surveillance of garage and dynamic signage.
SEPTA Wissahickon Transportation Center: Arora provided Electrical and Fire Life Safety & Fire Protection Engineering Design services for new Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Wissahickon Transportation Center. The $18.5 million transportation center has two parts: a waiting area along Ridge Avenue and a three-sided depot lined with bus bays. With 12 parking bays, SEPTA will also be able to run more buses, increasing its service on the 10 routes by 20%. The extra capacity will also allow SEPTA to enhance express bus service on Roosevelt Boulevard. Together, those measures could cut commuting times significantly.