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July '16

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98 THE SHOP JULY 2016 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ f you've ever wished you could just stack the cars in your shop on top of each other to save space, a Cali- fornia parking garage is proving it can be done. The City of West Hollywood has unveiled its Automated Garage and Community Plaza at West Hollywood City Hall. The automated parking structure is being called "an innovative solution to the challenge of creating sufficient parking." The garage requires a much smaller physical footprint than a conventional parking structure with a similar capacity. The space savings nets more than 7,000 square feet for the Community Plaza and an entry service area for community events. "We're very excited about the completion of the Automated Garage," said Lauren Meister, City of West Hollywood mayor. "It is located in an area of the city that has been in need of additional parking, and it will help to fill that need. The technology is amazing—and kind of fun, too! I drove in facing one way, but my Car Stacking, Hollywood Style I \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... car came out facing the other way. How does it know?!" The project, begun in March 2014, includes a 200- space parking garage that matches the height of the adjacent City Hall building. Benefits include less tailpipe pollution than a conventional garage with no idling or circling. The garage has four bays for entry and exit, each featuring a hand-painted mural, and includes mechanical shuttles to carry cars within the building. The structure also contains photovoltaic solar panels, uses a sustainable material made from recycled bags, and has drought-tolerant landscaping, according to the city. The Community Plaza is a tranquil space with trees, benches, a water feature and a stage for events. The plaza holds a large-scale triptych art-banner installation, which is a collaboration of artist MONCHO1929 and West Hollywood City poet Steven Reigns. The garage was designed by LPA Inc. The automated system that stores and retrieves vehicles was designed, manufactured and installed by Unitronics. The structure was built by T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., and construction management was provided by Heery International Inc. The City of West Hollywood, California recently unveiled a new 200-space Automated Garage adjacent to City Hall. The structure uses four bays for vehicle entry/exit and fea- tures mechanical shuttles to carry cars within the building.

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