|Re: Underground Parking - Parking Machine||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 14:03:02 -0700 (MST)|
This discussion brought to mind a third approach to parking that I learned of about 10 years ago from an architect when we were proposing cohousing in the Seward neighborhood here. I use the term "approach" because I am unaware of any extant examples of it's use. However, there may be one soon. (In 2003, in downtown Minneapolis - when it's built, I'll report again...) It could be an attractive alternative for cohousing communities. Automated Mechanical Parking http://3dok.com/carpark The mechanical engineer, Bill Sternad, who has been developing this idea for at least 10 years lives here in the Twin Cities and I've talked to him a number of times over the years. The basic idea is to put cars on a "pallet" which is stowed by a computer controlled mechanical system in a vertical structure which can store 4 cars on each level. A typical installation would have 13-16 levels for for 50 to 62 cars (2 spaces on first level are used for entering the system). Space to drive a car into a parking spot or get out of the car is not needed allowing for much denser storage. Since storage is stacked, only 1000 square feet of surface space (50' x 20') is required for the whole system. A 62 car system is 140 feet high thos some of that could be underground. The cost is also predicted to be lower than underground parking. Tho it depends on the number of levels; cost in the range of $10,000 to $13,000 per car are expected. The mechanism costs $400,000 so the more levels the lower the cost per car. But the scale of the system is in the right range for cohousing. If you're in a dense location you could rent unneeded spaces. Bill says current prices for underground parking average $15,000 tho the $20,000 cited by Diane are in the right range depending on the total size, site specifics etc. I'd be happy to ask Bill questions and post response to them here (tho there is an email listed on the web page, he does not use it directly at this time.) The illustration at the web site does no show the elevator mechanism in the open shaft on the end. All mechanical systems are adapted from existing technology and is expected to be quite reliable. See Automated Mechanical Parking http://3dok.com/carpark Fred -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 (near north Mpls) fholson [at] cohousing.org 612-588-9532 (7am-10pm Cent time) List manager of Cohousing-L & Nbhd-tc Ham radio:WB0YQM Email signature details: http://www.cohousing.org/fholson _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
- Re: Underground Parking, (continued)
- Re: Underground Parking Stephanie Fassnacht, December 27 2002
- Re: Underground Parking Diane Simpson, December 27 2002
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