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January 2017

As your organization grows, so does its need for convenient and accessible parking.  Parking lots are not sexy, but try operating any business or facility of significant size without giving your customers a place to park! We can all agree that cars are not "green". Even hybrids have some carbon footprint. However, we can make parking lots "greener" by paying more attention to how we pave, drain and landscape them. This month's issue is all about parking, "green" or not. Be careful navigating the asphalt jungle! 
Unparalleled Parking Lots  

As organizations continue to grow, the resulting increase in staff produces a parallel need for parking.


In urban settings, where land is scarce and the cost of real estate is high, it is becoming increasingly difficult to create needed parking.


Facilities often must look beyond the immediate vicinity of their site to find a solution. In some jurisdictions, zoning usually permits off-site parking, as long as the spaces are located within a prescribed distance from the facility's property boundaries. To locate spaces between 200 feet and 600 feet, a variance process of 8 to 12 months usually ensues.


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John W. Baumgarten, RA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal & President
Michael A. Sciara, RA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal & Vice President
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