PARKPLUS: Manhattan’s Largest Automated Parking System Puts More Cars in Less Space

January 18, 2019




PARKPLUS: Manhattan’s Largest Automated Parking System Puts More Cars in Less Space




In the heart of New York City, where street parking is virtually impossible and real-estate is some of the most expensive in the world, a new, state-of-the art automated parking structure stores more cars in less space and less time, and eliminates parking lot accidents. The new facility, designed and built by PARKPLUS, is the largest automated parking system on Manhattan island. Opened December, 2018, it offers robotically operated parking and retrieval for patients and visitors of a large hospital complex on the east side of Manhattan. “Automated parking systems like this are an effective solution for urban areas where parking space is desperately needed,” states Ryan Astrup Director at PARKPLUS. ”A conventional drive-through garage needs wide aisles for turning and maneuvering the cars. The robotic system is much more efficient, eliminating the need for much of that space. It can make use of lots that might be too small for a drive-through garage. This system provides 119 spaces in approximately 30,000 sf on 4 floors. That’s up to 30% more cars than a conventional garage.”


The system is set up as Valet parking, but humans only perform a small portion of the process. Visitors hand their keys to a valet who drives it into the loading bay, but from then on, the automated system takes over.

The robotic transfer device, a low profile handling mechanism (dolly), travels below vehicles and moves them onto a shuttle that travels the fixed-rail system. The shuttle travels on a lift to one of the four upper floors of parking and transfers the car horizontally to a pre-determined stall, where the dolly unloads the car. Integrated software records all transactions and allows for remote monitoring for improved system performance and enhanced user experience. Vehicles can be parked in tandem up to 3-deep, and the system will automatically shuffle vehicles as needed. Retrieving the car is simply the same process in reverse, and takes only about 90 seconds in most cases.


Moreover, it’s integrated with the hospital’s information system. There are computer pads throughout the hospital where customers can pay for parking and initiate retrieval. The car can be brought down while the driver is still on her way to the parking structure, and is waiting when they arrive at the valet desk.

The parking system is contained within the walls of the hospital building. There is no “garage building” visible from the street. Systems of this type can also be built as free-standing structures, and can have an architectural facade applied to suit the surroundings.


The hospital’s valet set-up is an appropriate amenity, but robotic parking systems are user friendly enough that they can be operated without human valets. PARKPLUS has installed robotic parking in residential buildings where the entire parking process is handled automatically, and enabled with a mobile phone app. Drivers retrieve their cars by requesting them from the app, which works from anywhere via internet, and can even schedule a vehicle retrieval time in advance.


PARKPLUS is the leading provider of high-density parking solutions, including Mechanical Car Stackers, Semi- and Fully-Automated Parking Systems, and custom systems.  With experience on a multitude of international projects spanning half a century, PARKPLUS designs, manufactures, installs and maintains our patented solutions for a broad variety of commercial and residential applications. With unparalleled expertise in creating cutting-edge products and executing the most complex projects, Park Plus counts many world-renowned companies among its clientele.



If you would like more information about this topic, please call Matthew Macris at 213-808-7453, or email

Walker Consultants: Moser, Bustamante, Froemming , and Warner named Vice President

January 18, 2019




Moser, Bustamante, Froemming , and Warner named Vice President




WALKER Consultants is proud to announce the appointments of four new Vice President to the firm.



Dan Moser, PE, SE (Chicago) serves as the Senior Director of Restoration and oversees the firm’s forensic restoration work in the Midwest.  Dan has over 30 years of experience with specialized expertise in structural evaluations, engineering design, and restoration on a wide variety of structures ranging from 800′ tall reinforced concrete chimneys to buildings and bridges, as well as facades and parking structures.


Al Bustamante, PE (Houston) is the national Director of Forensic Restoration and is responsible for coordinating the firm’s activities in this arena.  Al is an expert in the evaluation, testing, and design repairs of a variety of structural, architectural, and material distress related projects, his experience includes nondestructive testing of concrete structures, computer modeling and analysis of steel and masonry structures, design of repairs for steel structures, and building envelope assessments, and investigation and repair of parking structures.


Scott Froemming, PE (Minneapolis) has been with WALKER since 1998 as a Project Manager and Parking Consultant.  In addition to his current position as Managing Principal, Scott has been the Project Manager for the 2200 space carpark at Eppley Air Field in Omaha, NE.


James Warner, PE (Houston) is currently serving as Director of WALKER’s Resources Group as well as Director of Operations for WALKER’s three offices in Texas (Houston East and West, Dallas).  Jim has been with WALKER since 2002 and has been involved in numerous aspects of parking structure design, including structural design, detailing, specification writing, functional layouts, budgeting, and cost estimating.



About Walker Consultants

Walker Consultants is a global consulting firm, with 20 domestic offices and one international office, providing Forensics/Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Mobility/Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at





January 18, 2019








WALKER Consultants’ Board of Directors recently named three new Managing Directors to its senior management Team.




Art Stadig, PE,  Managing Principal of the Boston office, and a thirty-four-year employee, Art has held positions in five of WALKER’s offices.  Art will now lead the firm’s newly created Northeast Region to include Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Vice President


Todd Lohman, PEhas been with WALKER since 1998 and oversees the Indianapolis office.  He will now lead the Southeast Region (Indianapolis, Charlotte, Atlanta and Tampa) for the firm.

Managing Principal


David Ryan, PE currently oversees the firm’s two Chicago area offices.  He began his career with WALKER in 1998 as an entry level structural engineer.  As Managing Director of the Central Region, he will now lead the Chicago, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Minneapolis offices.




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About Walker Consultants

Walker Consultants is a global consulting firm, with 20 domestic offices and one international office, providing Forensics/Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Mobility/Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at


Randy Paulson returns to Walker Consultants!

January 18, 2019





Randy Paulson returns to Walker Consultants!





Irvine, CA – WALKER CONSULTANTS is pleased to welcome back Randy Paulson as the firm’s Director of Corporate Marketing. In this new position at WALKER, Randy will oversee the planning, development, and execution of WALKER’s marketing initiatives that support our professionals providing parking consulting and building restoration services from 21 nationwide locations.



Randy’s career of twenty-eight years within the architectural, engineering and construction industry includes expertise in business development, direct marketing, and oversight of large-scale marketing functions. Prior to his recent return, he held the role of Director of Business Development for WALKER’s Southern California region for ten years and has since gained valuable experience and knowledge working at two large A/E/C firms.

“We are excited to have Randy Paulson return to the WALKER team,” said John Bushman, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. “Randy brings a wealth of experience and new ideas for the future of our employees and clients.”

Paulson said, “this is a great opportunity for me to reengage with a team of highly respected professionals and leaders in the industry. I am looking forward to applying my experience and energy in the promotion of WALKER’s excellence in parking consulting, design and building restoration services.”

Randy received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.  He served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Marketing Services (SMPS) and received the Leonardo Award, which is presented to a single individual each year to recognize marketing creativity and innovation as it relates to the built environment in Los Angeles.

Welcome back Randy!


About Walker Consultants

Walker Consultants is a global consulting firm, with 20 domestic offices and oneinternational office, providing Forensics/Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Mobility/Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at


WGI Announces Geospatial Scientist and Industry Expert Robert Hanson Joins Firm

January 17, 2019



WGI Announces Geospatial Scientist and Industry Expert Robert Hanson Joins Firm




(West Palm Beach, FL – January 17, 2018) David Wantman, PE proudly announces that Robert Hanson is joining national design firm WGI as Vice President – Geospatial. Hanson’s hire is a move identified in the company’s Strategic Growth Plan, and Wantman and WGI’s President, Gregory Sauter, PE are putting the best person in place to meet aggressive goals for creating divisional growth through the application of a wide array of geospatial technologies.


“Bob has spent his entire career leading the evolution of the geospatial profession, from US Army Topographic School in the 1970s and NOAA National Ocean Survey Bathymetric Compilation Training in 1980, through close to four decades of the application of every new technology, up to his last position as chief scientist and industry expert for a large, international firm,” says David Wantman, CEO.


As a chief scientist and industry expert, Hanson was largely charged with the examination of applications developed in-house for a specific purpose using geospatial technology. Working with teams of professionals and subject-matter experts, he assessed the business potential beyond the project-level for application/technology innovation, based on its uniqueness, applicability as a technical solution within the marketplace, feasibility of scaling the innovation to national markets, and the ROI analysis with development and investment stages.


It is this level of operative expertise and development of future revenue streams that attracted WGI. In addition, Hanson led the firm’s capital investment in sensor-based technologies and formed a LiDAR Center of Excellence for operation/delivery of projects using Mobile LiDAR, Laser Crack Measurement Systems (LCMS) for pavement distress, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He led work on notable large and complex transportation and infrastructure projects across the nation.


“WGI’s strategic goals for its Geospatial Division are ambitious, and its investment in leveraging ‘Tomorrow’s Technology Today’ is very exciting to me. The combination of my experience, and WGI’s similar commitment to efficiency and technology will rapidly increase WGI’s presence as a national leader in geospatial services,” says Robert Hanson. “And I am ready to relocate back to Florida after so many years in Pennsylvania.”


Noted Gregory Sauter, “We’re absolutely committed to advancing the cutting-edge technologies that are transforming how we envision, design, and deliver infrastructure. That provides WGI with a special opportunity to follow the example and experience of someone highly qualified to assist in the execution of our 2025 vision of market leadership and revenue derived from innovation and technology. We welcome Bob and his commitment to evolutionary thinking.”


About WGI

As a multidisciplinary solutions-providing consulting firm, WGI has 18 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Parking Solutions, Geospatial Services, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, MEP Engineering, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #5 on its 2018 Top 25 Engineering Firms, WGI #61 in its 2017 Top 100 Private Companies, and #16 in the $25M and over category as a 2017 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market.  In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit


Clarence Kemper

January 17, 2019



Clarence Kemper



Clarence W. Kemper, Jr., age 71, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019.  He died peacefully with his children by his side.



Clarence was born on March 20, 1947 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Clarence W. Kemper and Dorothy Kemper (Wolf.) He graduated from Garden Spot High School and, later, Penn State University.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While serving in the Air Force, as a nuclear engineer, he travelled to places such as Okinawa, Japan.

On June 8, 1968, he married Paula Sue Gerhard. He and Paula had two children, Eric and Kristin, while Clarence was stationed in Limestone, Maine.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he began a lengthy career in the parking industry which included employment with Cincinnati Time, Amano Cincinnati, Inc. and SKIDATA, Inc.  His career in the parking industry provided him opportunities to befriend and enrich many people’s lives and to live in Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey and Missouri.  He retired from the industry in December 2015 as General Manager of the St. Louis Trading Area for SKIDATA.

In 2012, he met Rose Marie Ford whom he married in 2016.

Clarence enjoyed meeting people, travelling, history and anything connected to aviation.

Clarence is predeceased by his parents and first wife, Paula Sue Kemper, nee Gerhard.

Clarence leaves behind his loving wife, Rose Marie Kemper; his son, Eric Kemper (Jodi Stewart) and two grandchildren, Ryan and Emily, of Cary, North Carolina; his daughter, Kristin Flood (Matt) and two grandchildren, Ethan and Jacob of Erie, Colorado.  He is also survived by his brother, Ron Kemper (Betsy Dombach), his sister, Susie Kemper (Terry Kohl), his nephew, Steve Kemper (Arria) and his niece, Kathy DesAutels (Jordan.)

A memorial service will be held on February 8that 2:00pm at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, 14820 Conway Road, Chesterfield, Missouri.  There will also be a Celebration of Clarence’s Life in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to: The American Cancer Society.

2019 Mobility Trends by Kate Wagoner, Director of Urban Mobility, Passport

January 17, 2019




2019 Mobility Trends



by Kate Wagoner, Director of Urban Mobility, Passport




The mobility industry has been changing rapidly and 2019 will bring even more innovations, challenges, and opportunities. Below are four mobility trends that Passport expects to hear more about this year.


Scooters and micro-mobility

Electric scooters took the world by storm in 2018, as Bird, Lime and others dropped scooters on city streets, creating great excitement and debate among citizens, city leaders and mobility companies. With more than 20 million scooter rides taken to date and the continued expansion into more cities in the U.S. and abroad, we anticipate continued conversations about how best to manage this new mode of transportation.


One hot topic is the regulation of scooters and other forms of micro-mobility. Will cities pass legislation to ban scooters, like Asheville and Beverly Hills? Or will they forgo regulations, like the City of Charlotte, which instead created a pilot program to partner with scooter companies?


Another issue will be how best to balance supply and demand. The Charlotte scooter pilot addressed this challenge by requiring scooter companies to share data about utilization rates, average ridership, etc. As more cities attempt to manage the scooters on their streets, they will need a way to aggregate the data from multiple companies, alongside other mobility data, and a way to manage and communicate information about rules, rates and regulations back to the scooter providers.


Mixmodal management: putting the customer first

Municipalities are riddled with public transit choices, plus self-guided options such as scooters and bike-sharing. With so many possibilities, citizens can use multiple modes of transportation to get from Point A to Point B, but have to manage each mode separately. Agencies are recognizing this trend and shifting from mode-oriented services to user-oriented. We’re already seeing a convergence of transportation options, especially when it comes to first/last mile solutions. For the Charlotte Area Transit System, Passport helped facilitate a partnership with Lyft to offer subsidized rides to for from bus stations, helping to increase public transit usage.


Another example of the shift to mixmodal is Miami-Dade’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW). In 2016, Miami-Dade reorganized its entire transportation system under one umbrella agency to embrace the idea of mobility management and improve the transportation experience for citizens. In 2019 and beyond, more cities will consolidate their mobility operations and look to understand how different modes of transportation work together in their cities.


Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and connected cars

Beyond new modes of mobility like scooters, 2019 will bring continued innovation in existing forms of transportation, particularly with vehicles. Connected cars are the first step to create an ecosystem where cars can communicate with other devices inside and outside of the vehicle. There are many possibilities for how a connected system can improve the driving and parking experience. Imagine if a car pulled into a parking spot and the in-car infotainment system automatically prompted parking payment with the touch of a button. That dream may become a reality in the next few years.


AVs will continue to be a topic of conversation as cities try to determine how they can bring AVs to their streets in a way that is safe and effective. In 2018, Las Vegas piloted an autonomous bus shuttle and Miami created dedicated AV pick-up and drop-off zones and we may see AV ride-sharing in San Francisco and Phoenix later this year. To prepare for the eventual introduction of AVs, cities will need to take actions to change their physical and digital infrastructure to accommodate. Widespread adoption of AVs may still be a few years away, as cities work through legislation, but conversation about how to prepare this futuristic innovation will continue.


Dynamic pricing for responsive cities

This pricing model can be a way for cities to help manage congestion on their streets. Outside of ride-hailing services, other transportation authorities are utilizing dynamic pricing. The San Francisco Bay Bridge employs congestion pricing and charges a higher toll during rush hour to cut down on bridge traffic and the Long Island Rail Road charges higher fares at peak times. Some cities have tried dynamic pricing models for on-street parking, such as Boston and Chicago, with varying levels of success.


In 2019, we expect to see dynamic pricing models evolve and get applied to other modes of transportation, such as scooters. Through Passport’s mobility platform, cities can determine parking rates at the curb that would apply to any vehicles stopped there, from parked cars, public buses, delivery vehicles, scooters, and ride-hailing vehicles, and have the ability to dynamically change parking rates to impact congestion.


All of these trends have one thing in common: the curbside. Continued innovation, with micro-mobility, connected vehicles and new technologies, is leading to increased congestion and competition at the curb. To make cities more livable for their citizens and continue driving economic growth, cities need a way to understand and manage their unique mobility ecosystems. These are the conversations that we are having with our clients every day, trying to understand the challenges they face and provide a customizable solution with our mobility platform to help cities address today’s challenges and be prepared for the future.



January 16, 2019





Located in the heart of midtown Sacramento, 19J is an 11-story mixed-use building consisting of 175 residential units, with approximately 6,600 square feet of retail on the ground floor. Using CityLift’s 3-Level Puzzle with a Pit solution, 19J was able to maximize their parking for their residents.


Developed by Mohanna Development, 19J was built with the millenial in mind. Millennial residents value outdoor experience and amenities provided within walking distance. 19J enables residents to spend less money on rent, less time indoors and more time in the heart of midtown, generating an increased demand for restaurants/services. 19J will provide a variety of housing units in the sought-after central midtown area near some of the most populated restaurants and shops.

For more information on 19J, please visit

CityLift Parking designs, installs, and services automated parking systems that reduce the footprint needed for parking and can typically be done at a lower cost per space than conventional parking. With over 60,000 parking spaces of our systems installed in 13 countries around the world over the past 15 years, we believe we are the first company that brings a wide range of proven best-in-class products at a great value, combined with a professional-level focus on quality and service.

Scott Woodworth
Inside Sales Leader

Apple’s Jennifer Bailey to Keynote at TRANSACT

January 16, 2019



Apple’s Jennifer Bailey to Keynote at TRANSACT


January 16, 2019 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) today announced that Apple’s vice president of internet services, Jennifer Bailey, will deliver the keynote address at TRANSACT , the world’s largest payments technology event.  Bailey, who leads the Apple Pay team, will discuss how Apple is bringing customers and merchants an easy, convenient and secure payments experience. TRANSACT takes place April 30 – May 2, 2019, in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.

“Apple Pay has transformed our industry by enabling customers to pay using their favorite Apple devices,” said Jason Oxman, CEO, ETA. “With contactless sweeping the U.S. in 2019, we look forward to hearing from Jennifer about the latest mobile payments news and how Apple is creating new consumer experiences.”

“I’m thrilled to talk to the payments industry at TRANSACT,” said Bailey. “We have a great story to tell about how we are working to bring customers even better payment experiences in all aspects of their daily lives.”

Bailey led the launch of Apple Pay in 2014 to give customers an easier, faster and more secure way to pay using their iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac. Apple Pay is now active in 26 markets worldwide with over 5,200 banking partners. Apple Wallet supports customer loyalty program cards and contactless student ID cards at Duke, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Alabama. Customers can also take public transit in 12 cities worldwide with Apple Wallet, including Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and London.

TRANSACT provides 4,000 attendees with a robust exhibit hall with more than 200 exhibitors, extensive networking events, and forward-looking educational sessions on the groundbreaking technologies, trends and policies shaping the payments industry.


Media Contact:

Laura Hubbard

About ETA

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) is the global trade association representing more than 500 payments and technology companies. ETA members make commerce possible by processing more than $21 trillion in purchases worldwide and deploying payments innovation to merchants and consumers.

DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik continues to invest in the American market 

January 16, 2019






DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik continues to invest in the American market 

Partner Automatización y Tráfico ALTO, Mexico, becomes DESIGNA ALTO 




Kiel/ Mexico City, 01-16-2019: The manufacturer of parking management systems is further expanding its activities on the American continent. DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik has taken over 100% of its partner Automatización y Tráfico ALTO headquartered in Mexico City. 



DESIGNA and the newly rebranded DESIGNA ALTO have been working together successfully since 2014 and have jointly implemented several projects, including Arboleda in Monterrey and Miyana in Mexico City. “With this new cooperation, DESIGNA will grow as a leading player on the Mexican market. DESIGNA’s experience and DESIGNA ALTO’s access to the market represent an ideal combination for significantly increasing market share in Latin America,” says DESIGNA CEO Dr. Thomas Waibel. Roberto Arouesty, Managing Director of DESIGNA ALTO, emphasizes the enhanced positioning in the market. “Our new and existing customers will benefit from the excellent service, which will further improve thanks to the direct involvement of DESIGNA. Through close cooperation, new features can be developed for our market in order to optimally meet the needs of our customers. We are very happy to be part of the DESIGNA family.” 

DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik: DESIGNA has more than 65 years of experience in the development, installation and maintenance of indoor and outdoor parking space management products and services. As one of the world’s leading companies for fully automatic parking systems, DESIGNA serves customers in the airport, hospital, shopping center, university and municipal sectors. The company is exceptionally positioned in the North and South American markets with its subsidiary DESIGNA USA in addition to several strong partnerships. 

DESIGNA ALTO: Since its founding in 1994, the company has firmly established itself in the field of parking solutions and has expanded its sales business with numerous installations in Mexico. DESIGNA ALTO is headquartered in Mexico City with 125 employees. The company has two additional locations in Mexico: Monterrey and Guadalajara. 

Additional Information 

DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik GmbH 

Faluner Weg 3 

24109 Kiel, Germany 

Phone +49 431-5336-0 

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