The problem faced by many developers when they set out to construct new buildings is the lack of space. With increase in man power, there also has to be a proportionate increase in the amount of land that can be given to each individual. Given the constraints regarding the allowance of land, the only option left is to optimize the vertical space that is available in order to avoid encroachment and congestion. Research has shown that vertical parking structures occupy 15% lesser space compared to horizontal parking spaces, and thereby makes the land viable and available for development.
This is a rather common problem of modern times as usable and developed sites have become scarce with increased environmental regulations, inflation, zoning, and aggressive industrial development. The current developmental scenario has led companies to re-evaluate their building usage and how they can aptly optimize the space that is available for them to use.
With institutional companies increasing the density of their man power, planners can now make allowances of only 200 square feet per person, compared to the previous 400 square feet. With this increase of building capacity, the obvious thing that follows is that every employee has to be provided with an adequate parking space for his/her car. Since the availability of horizontal parking space is rather limited, the only other option is to build vertical parking spaces and increase the availability of car parking options.
In the modern land versus building struggle, it has become imperative for developers to accommodate both contending parties. Developers have come up with the solution of using structured vertical parking lots to solve the issues of both opposing contestants. These structured facilities improve the usability of otherwise unacceptable sites. There are other benefits of opting for vertically structured parking lots. Such structures help to make the place more ecologically friendly, reduce the possibilities of water contamination, prevents the overloading of the drainage system, and assists in the recharging of the aquifer.
A lot of buildings that have been constructed without an adequate parking space have not seen any buyers at all. Statistics have shown that 4000 square feet buildings have attracted clients and businesses with the construction of an additional 1400 square feet vertical parking space. The viability of any site multiplies greatly with such effective re-purposing of the plot of land.
Parking is undoubtedly a major concern when developers undertake the project of re-purposing a site or building. Case studies reveal that many sites had not planned the construction of their parking spaces keeping in mind the possibility of heavy traffic. Other instances show that buildings do not have any surrounding land area that they can use for expansion. In such cases, vertical structured car parks offer a cost-land-environment effective re-purposing solution.
Developers are constantly finding new ways of making these structured parking lots more environment friendly. These garages are now designed to have recreation centers, roof decks, wind farms and solar power centers.
The desire for vehicle accommodation in multi-modal centers as a way of controlling man’s carbon footprints has found effective fruition in the invention and design of vertical parking structures. These are multi-purpose facilities for car parking which are well integrated with the latest technology, and help in the effective optimization and utilization of space.