NPA Honors PCC Fellow Mary Smith, PE with Harwood Leadership & Legends Award

February 11, 2020

 

 

 

 

NPA Honors PCC Fellow Mary Smith, PE with Harwood Leadership & Legends Award

 

 

Lifetime of Industry Leadership Celebrated at WLF


    

Washington, DC (February 11, 2020)— The National Parking Association (NPA) honored Mary Smith, PE, PCC, of Walker Consultants with the parking industry’s highest honor, the Harwood Leadership & Legends Award. The award was presented to Smith at the 2020 NPA Winter Leadership Forum. This prestigious national honor recognizes lifelong leadership, excellence and integrity in the parking industry.

NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE said, “Mary Smith is being honored for a lifetime achievement for her leadership and contributions in the professional field of parking and engineering. She is a dedicated leader who has contributed significantly to industry thought leadership and NPA and the parking industry. Mary is an internationally- recognized, thought leader on parking and parking planning.”

Mary Smith, PE, PCC, is a principal and SVP with Walker Consultants. She is the principal author of the groundbreaking book on mixed used parking Shared Parking. She is the principal author of the newest edition of Shared Parking. Her foundational work on ADA requirements and parking geometrics have long been recognized as fundamental cornerstones of the parking industry. She was inducted as a PCC Fellow in 1984and served as Chair of NPA’s Parking Consultants Council (PCC) in 1989. She received a Distinguished Service Award from NPA in 1987. She is active in ULI and ITE. Smith earned her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Smith is widely acknowledged as one of the leading parking planners and functional designers in the world and is generally considered the parking industry’s “go to” person on vehicle sizes and parking dimensions, parking under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and more recently compliance with the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

 

NPA’s Board of Directors chose to honor Mary for her outstanding contribution to the body of knowledge that defines the parking industry and transportation planning.  Nicolle Judge, NPA Board Chair said, “Mary represents the best of this industry as a professional dedicated to effective parking planning, congestion management, best practices and smart regulations that cities depend upon.” Judge added, “Mary is highly-respected. Her knowledge and expertise advance   the parking industry’s storehouse of knowledge for architects, engineers, planners and parking professionals.”

 

Smith is active in all phases of parking planning and design for parking projects worldwide. Since 2010, she consulted on projects in Abu Dhabi, China, Dubai, Egypt, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Russia, and Turkey. She has particular expertise in pedestrian and vehicular circulation, wayfinding and flow capacity in mega-structures, and the integration of parking management, operations and functional design.

 

About the Award

NPA’s Board of Directors established the Brett Harwood Leadership & Legends Award in 2013 to honor lifetime achievement in parking industry leadership. Smith is the seventh recipient of the award and was honored February 8th at the association’s Winter Leadership Forum.

About National Parking Association
Parking is a multi-billion-dollar industry vital to the life and livelihood of communities across North America. The National Parking Association (NPA) is North America’s leading parking trade organization. Our mission is to serve as the market leader in parking industry research, education, and advocacy that advance the industry, and its leaders and parking professionals. We provide training, certification, and access to leading edge parking technology across the private and public sectors. Founded in 1951, NPA represents over 140,000 parking professionals in more than 2,500 commercial operations and public organizations. Learn more at WeAreParking.org and WomenInParking.com.

 

Alchemco, a Henrico-based company has one of their main waterproofing products nominated for Most Innovative Product of 2020

February 11, 2020

 

 

 

Alchemco, a Henrico-based company has one of their main waterproofing products nominated for Most Innovative Product of 2020

 

 

Alchemco, a Henrico-based company, recently had it’s TechCrete 2500 Waterproofing Agent nominated for the Most Innovative Product of 2020 award, at the World of Concrete Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Used as part of the factory warranted TechCrete 2500 Waterproofing System, this cutting-edge, spray applied product is revolutionizing the concrete waterproofing world.

 

Concrete is the world’s most utilized construction material.  Because of its cost effectiveness, and perceived durability, we use concrete to build most of our long-term infrastructure projects: from bridges, to dams, to ports, to buildings, to stadiums, to parking structures.  “A common misconception among owners and facility managers, is that concrete will last forever … without needing any additional protection!  However, concrete structures just like anything else, must be properly protected & maintained in order to survive for the full-term of their designed lifespan.” says Kerston Russell, Alchemco Technical Director.

 

Water and the damage that it causes, is concrete’s Achilles heel.  There is no greater danger to the longevity of your concrete structure, than the damage that water can cause.  This includes: cracking & spalling due to freeze/thaw issues … corrosion of steel reinforcement … chloride ion migration … etc.  Repeatedly applying surface coatings or membranes to the concrete is only a temporary fix for a long-term problem.  The correct long-term solution is to waterproof the concrete itself.

 

Effectively protecting any concrete structure against water, is the single most important step one can take to ensure that it lasts decades instead of years.  The U.S. government is budgeting over $1 trillion dollars to repair our crumbling infrastructure (most of which was built using concrete), largely because the proper waterproofing steps were not taken when erecting these structures.

 

The ‘environmentally friendly’ TechCrete 2500 Waterproofing System is designed to replace traditional membrane coatings, and all of the maintenance challenges that go along with them.  “Our product penetrates the structure’s surface and creates a gel in the pores and cracks that expands to form a waterproof barrier inside the concrete.  In addition to sealing existing cracks of up to 2 mm wide at the time of application, it also seals future cracks as they form, creating a self-healing effect.” says Mario Baggio, Alchemco CEO.  This ensures full protection for the design life of the concrete structure … a one-time application!

 

This very affordable waterproofing system is also completely biodegradable (non-toxic …VOC free) and approved for use with drinking water (potable), which helps protect the environment.  The clear & colorless TechCrete 2500 Waterproofing Agent does not change the exterior appearance of the concrete surface.  As a result, it is a great solution for historical structures.

 

You can vote for TechCrete 2500 Waterproofing Agent or see the other products that were nominee in this website: https://www.concreteconstruction.net/products/vote-mip-2020-materials-for-concrete-construction_o

www.alchemco.com

 

Christina Murray, CPP, to Chair National Parking Association’s WOMEN IN PARKING CONFERENCE

February 10, 2020

 

 

 

Christina Murray, CPP, to Chair National Parking Association’s
WOMEN IN PARKING CONFERENCE

 

 

Conference Focuses on Accelerating Career Development & Success

 

 

Washington, DC (February 10, 2020) – National Parking Association’s (NPA) WOMEN IN PARKING (WIP) announces Christina Murray, CPP, Regional VP of Premier Parking, as Chair of the WIP Conference, “Accelerate,” being held in New Orleans on September 16-17, 2020.

 

WOMEN IN PARKING is a dynamic membership group within NPA that fosters inclusion, development and lifelong careers in the parking industry. Through mentoring, webinars, networking events and the annual conference, NPA’s WOMEN IN PARKING prepares leaders for growth and success.

 

NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE said “Christina Murray is a devoted member of the WOMEN IN PARKING Advisory Board and a Certified Parking Professional. She embodies the skills, career growth and fundamental parking expertise that is valued by the industry. Murray is an ideal leader to spearhead this year’s conference focused on accelerating performance and career success.”

 

“I’m honored to serve as a leader in developing the 2020 WIP conference and its curriculum to help parking professionals build the skills, capabilities and connections to grow and develop as effective managers, directors and leaders. As an industry, we continue to raise the bar for opportunities and growth for all parking leaders., said Christina Murray, CPP.

 

Nicole Wylie, WIP Advisory Board Chair said, “As a WIP mentor and leader, I’m so proud of the parking industry as we actively continue to foster diversity and inclusion. The WIP conference program will offer sessions valuable to both men and women in the industry. Together, we can forge new inroads to develop leaders to grow and innovate the industry.

NPA’s 2020 WOMEN IN PARKING Conference Convention & Expo will be held at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Sept 16-17, 2020. For more information on the 2020 NPA Convention & Expo, visit www.NPAConvention.org, or email Info@WeAreParking.org.

 

 

About National Parking Association
Parking is a multi-billion-dollar industry vital to the life and livelihood of communities across North America. The National Parking Association (NPA) is North America’s leading parking trade organization. Our mission is to serve as the market leader in parking industry research, education, and advocacy that advance the industry, and its leaders and parking professionals. We provide training, certification, and access to leading edge parking technology across the private and public sectors. Founded in 1951, NPA represents over 140,000 parking professionals in more than 2,500 commercial operations and public organizations. Learn more at WeAreParking.org and WomenInParking.com.

 

Ben Montgomery of Premium Parking to Lead 2020 NPA Convention & Expo

February 10, 2020

 

 

Ben Montgomery of Premium Parking to Lead 2020 NPA Convention & Expo

 

 

New Orleans Convention Focuses on Parking & Mobility

 

 

Washington, DC Ben Montgomery, president of Premium Parking, to serve as the National Convention Chair for the National Parking Association’s (NPA) annual Convention & Expo being held in New Orleans, September 14-16, 2020.

Ben Montgomery is the president of Premium Parking. Earlier he served as the firm’s vice president and was promoted to president in 2016.Montgomery is a member of the NPA Board of Directors. He is recognized for his expertise in simplifying parking solutions and for a focus on technology, frictionless parking and consumer experience.

“Ben’s focus on innovation, technology and consumer experience brings a fresh perspective that highlights the dramatic transformation in parking as the industry plays a larger role in the mobility and transportation space,” said NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE. “Ben’s ability to take the measure of the marketplace and rapidly deploy emerging technologiesprovides asset owners and the parking industry with a future focused perspective. Ben, a 40Under40 honoree is a young leader who is empowering the next generation of parking professionals.”

This year’s convention will focus on Parking Redefined—with a focus on mega trends, mobility operations, best practices and innovation. Across allof NPA’s educational programs there is a keen focus on business intelligence that provides a thought-provoking look at the future taking shape in the marketplace and parking industry.

NPA’s 2020 Convention & Expo will be held at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Sept 14-17, 2020. For more information on the 2020 NPA Convention & Expo, visit www.NPAConvention.org, or email Info@WeAreParking.org.

About National Parking Association


Parking is a multi-billion-dollar industry vital to the life and livelihood of communities across North America. The National Parking Association(NPA) is North America’s leading parking trade organization. Our mission is to serve as the market leader in parking industry research, education, and advocacy that advance the industry, and its leaders and parking professionals. We provide training, certification, and access to leading edge parking technology across the private and public sectors. Founded in 1951, NPA represents over 140,000 parking professionals in more than 2,500 commercial operations and public organizations. Learn more at WeAreParking.org and WomenInParking.com.

Parking in Revere now mobile-friendly with Passport Parking

February 07, 2020

Parking in Revere now mobile-friendly with Passport Parking

 

 

Drivers can now use the app to easily manage parking sessions

 

 

Revere, Mass. (Feb. 6, 2020) — Beginning today, drivers in the City of Revere can pay for parking easily and efficiently through the Passport Parking app. This is the first time the city has partnered with a mobile pay provider.

 

Revere sits just five miles from downtown Boston, home of the ParkBoston app powered by Passport. In addition to using the Passport Parking app in Revere, drivers can also use the  app to:

  • Extend parking sessions remotely

  • Track parking history and receipts from their smartphones

  • Receive notifications when their parking sessions are ending

 

“The Passport Parking app is another leap into modernizing city services,” said Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo. “This convenience will make life easier for visitors to our business districts, will facilitate compliance with parking regulations, and make collection procedures even more efficient and productive.”

 

Nearly 1,000 clients partner with Passport to manage their curbsides and power their parking operations. Passport mobile pay apps are available in other cities in the state of Massachusetts, such as Cambridge, Lowell and Chelsea.

 

“Paying to park should be a hassle-free experience no matter what city you are in,” said Passport sales executive, Mollie Bolin. “We’re excited to introduce a mobile option to a city that is focused on delivering the best parking experience to its constituents.”

 

The Passport Parking app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play. Drivers can also manage their parking online at passportparking.com.

About Passport:

Passport is transforming mobility management for cities, empowering them to create more livable and equitable communities. Passport enables clients to facilitate digital payments and control their curbsides through a mobility software platform. Trusted by 1,000 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists. Passport is backed by Rho Capital Partners, H.I.G. Growth Partners, ThornTree Capital Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital, and Relevance Capital. For more information, visit passportinc.com.

Park’N Fly Launches Aeroplan Bonus Mile Offer

February 06, 2020

 

 

Park’N Fly Launches Aeroplan Bonus Mile Offer

 

 


For a limited time, earn 50% more Aeroplan Miles

 

 

Toronto, ON (February 6, 2020)- Park’N Fly has found another way to ensure customers are parking happy! From now until April 30, 2020 travelers’ can now earn even more Aeroplan with Park’N Fly. Aeroplan members can earn 50% more Aeroplan Miles when they stay at Park’N Fly’s Valet locations in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver – and Self Park locations in Ottawa and Edmonton.

Members must present promotional code PF94 along with their Aeroplan number at time of check out to receive bonus miles. A minimum three-day stay is required.  Visit www.parknfly.ca/aeroplanoffers for offer details, terms and conditions.

A Canadian operated company with over 40 years of airport parking experience, Park’N Fly has earned the reputation for providing cost effective services for both business and leisure travellers. Park’N Fly operates in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver.

 


About Park’N Fly

Park’N Fly is Canada’s premier off airport parking provider, whose footprint spans the Canadian landscape, from coast-to-coast.  Today, operating in 7 markets nationwide, Park’N Fly offers consumers a choice of parking solutions, tailored to meet every traveler’s budget.  In addition, Park’N Fly also offers additional value added services such as detailing and oil changes. For more information, visit parknfly.ca.

Kimley-Horn: Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Launches Parking Study to Develop Long-Term Improvements

February 06, 2020

 

 

 

Kimley-Horn: Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Launches Parking Study to Develop Long-Term Improvements

 

OCEAN GROVE, NJ – The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) has retained anational parking expert to mitigate parking congestion in the beachfront community.

 

The national firm, Kimley-Horn, will identify issues and develop workable parking options informed by fieldobservation and industry best practice. Parking experts will be analyzing parking fluctuations as the town accommodates visitors and service trades over the peak summer months, as well as how to best handle influxes within Ocean Grove.

 

The consulting firm, with local offices in Princeton and Hoboken, will consider the impact of OG parking availability on the entire town of Neptune. The study will specifically address zones such as the northeast corner that abuts Asbury Park, the Main Ave shopping corridor, beachfront, and area surrounding the Great Auditorium. Targeted solutions may be suggested for various neighborhoods, as a “once-size-fits-all” strategy may not be a sustainable solution.

 

“This study is not being done with any pre-conceived solutions,” explained OGCMA President Mike Badger. “The Association is deeply concerned about the struggles people are having. My hope is to make improvements which will benefit everyone.”

 

“This team of parking professionals will be analyzing the parking situation this winter and evaluate how it evolves as we move into the summer months,” he said. “Kimley-Horn is approaching this project as a clean slate, and will build their recommendations based on their direct experience working in other communities around the country who have sharedsimilar parking issues as Ocean Grove.”

 

A key part of the project scope is community engagement. OGCMA will be conducting public workshops to glean information and ensure any recommendations take into account the needs of various constituencies. For example, it is important that any recommendations do not negatively affect the local hotels or merchants who rely on summer tourism to maintain a vibrant business center.

 

Badger said he has informed Neptune Mayor Robert Lane, Jr. about the ongoing parking study and has pledged to keep township officials informed of the process, as well as public opportunities to provide comment and participate.

 

Kimley-Horn will also be providing comment on an informal community proposal that would create residential parking permits. The firm will analyze the feasibility and benefits of such a proposal, as well as “order-of-magnitude” cost estimates to sustain it. OGCMA has provided Kimley-Horn with previous parking recommendations.

 

Kimley-Horn will provide an assessment of additional spaces that could be added to the current parking inventory based upon granting access to currently-underused land and reconfiguring to diagonal spaces for specific areas. The firm will provide concept functional design diagrams to show expanded parking, if applicable.

 

“Nothing is off the table,” Badger said. “We are very open to see what can be learned through expert technical analysis. This study is a substantial investment for us. But we believe this professional guidance is needed. We look forward to having the community play a key role in the process and sharing the results for all to consider.”

 

Loom US is Launched – PARCS Consulting from a Different Perspective

February 05, 2020

 

 

 

 

Loom US is Launched – PARCS Consulting from a Different Perspective

 

 

 

A team of PARCS experts now personalizes the consultation experience putting businesses on the right track to success

 

 

Newark, NJ —  Christine Weber (Founder) and Keith Lynch (Co-founder) announced today that they have started a new company, Loom US, LLC (www.loom-us.com). Loom is based on the vision that PARCS consulting needs to focus on people and people’s behavior interfacing with technology.  Loom also believes there are opportunities to improve the customers experience before, while and after visiting a parking facility.  Loom listens to the customer and uses a collaborative consulting model to identify the best options to help owners monetize their parking assets.

Loom can offer you solutions with rfi’s, rfp’s, studies, trainings, lunch & learns, operation and process reviews, customer analytics, marketing and project management services.  „Everybody is engrossed in daily activities with no time to focus on process improvements,  new ideas and technologies out there,  that’s where loom fills a huge void. Loom can optimize your operations and find ways to enhance cross-channel customer experiences.” said founder Christine Weber.

Loom is derived from Old English and is an apparatus for making fabric by weaving yarn or thread.  Weber is an occupational surname given to one skilled in the ancient craft of weaving.  Looms mission is to help owners weave needs and technology to deliver the best customer experiences.

Loom co-founders, Christine Weber and Keith Lynch, have over 40 years combined experience in architecting parking and revenue control solutions.  For more information please contact Christine Weber, 862-777-0207 or email christine@loom-us.com.

 

About Loom – Loom was founded October 2019 by two experienced Parking Professionals with a mission to deliver consulting services enabling its customers to optimize their operations and monetize their parking assets in shopping centers, municipalities, airports, hospitality and commercial real estate.

Lancaster Parking Authority Announces 2020 Change for Lancaster Change Recipient

February 04, 2020

 

 

 

Lancaster Parking Authority Announces

2020 Change for Lancaster Change Recipient

 

 

LANCASTER, PA. (Feb. 4, 2020) ­­– The Lancaster Parking Authority (LPA) today announced its 2020 Change for Lancaster Change recipient is the Power Packs Project.

 

The Change for Lancaster Change program gives the public the opportunity to support local non-profits by donating change in a repurposed parking meter located in the lobbies of LPA parking garages. Each collection meter includes a sign near it explaining the program and that all donations will be contributed to the charity. Currently, there are collection meters located in the elevator lobbies of the Prince Street and Penn Square garages.

The Power Packs Project is a “non-profit 501(c)(3) that aims to improve the mental and physical health of children by helping their parents provide nutritious meals over weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them.”

It works in 45 schools in 13 school districts in Lancaster County and three school districts in Lebanon County. More than 500 volunteers help serve more than 1,600 families. The program sends “backpacks” home with qualified children each weekend with groceries and tools to provide complete weekend meals for families.

“Our goal is to provide another avenue of help to our local non-profits,” said Larry J. Cohen, executive director of the Lancaster Parking Authority. “We hope that our parkers and others take advantage of this program and contribute their spare change to help support local charities.”

Each year a new non-profit is chosen. Past recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, Milagro House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Lancaster Public Library.

Last year, the LPA collected $500 in donations for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Parking Sense Announces Appointment of New CEO and Sales Leadership

February 04, 2020

 

Parking Sense Announces Appointment of New CEO and Sales Leadership

 

After large projects for organizations like Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and LA Metro, we recognized the need to concentrate on customer experience, sales and support processes.

NEW YORK , February 04, 2020

Parking Sense, the fastest growing parking technology company in the world, today announced new appointments to its executive leadership team. Ed Robinson has been appointed CEO and executive director, and Matt Taub has been named Executive Vice President of Sales. Both appointments are effective immediately. Former CEO Jake Bezzant has concluded his work with Parking Sense, and will no longer work in the parking industry. Parking Sense founder Paul Collins has resigned from the board of directors and will continue to serve as an advisor to the CEO.

These changes signify a new approach for Parking Sense. Robinson said, “After large projects for organizations like Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and LA Metro, we recognized the need to concentrate on customer experience, sales and support processes. This is important not just for Parking Sense, but for the parking automation industry as a whole, which is fragmented and often leaves customers wishing for more.”

Robinson has a history in high-growth technology companies, founding website optimization company Aptimize and growing through to acquisition by Riverbed Technology, then working with companies like MuleSoft until successful IPO and NGINX until acquisition by F5. “I started my career in the product group at Microsoft, where we learned quickly about connections. Technology doesn’t exist in a vacuum – its role is to help people solve serious problems you couldn’t solve otherwise. We’re in the business of connecting people to solutions,” said Robinson.

Matt Taub, EVP of Sales, joins Parking Sense from the manufacturing industry where he pioneered using customer experience management to achieve the highest customer satisfaction in the industry. “We start by listening to people,” said Taub. “Listening for the important problems – the ones that will increase revenue, decrease costs and improve customer experience. This is what we concentrate on. Above all else, you have to be honest, if we can’t help you we’ll tell you. It sounds simple, but it’s a lot of work – solving problems isn’t about saying yes to everything.”

Taub said, “To understand the problem Parking Sense solves, think of the parking experience at a hospital. If you have a 2:00pm appointment, drive to a parking garage at 1:45pm and find it’s full, you’re going to be late for your appointment. Parking is the first and last experience a patient has with a hospital. Late patients are unhappy to begin with, and that puts pressure on the medical staff.”

Parking Sense installs sensors and indicators in every space in a parking building, connecting these to signs, the Internet, and a mobile app so people can see parking availability ahead of time. If a hospital has several parking lots, the Parking Sense app and LED signs shows you where to find an empty space and gets you there quickly. The combination of these sensors and tools effectively increases parking availability by 20 percent.

“Where it gets really interesting, is when you connect that to the business,” said Robinson. “Early in 2020 we will release a reservation system for medical centers, so hospitals have the option to reserve parking for patients, further improving the experience. We’re also extending this to hospital staff, so they can be assured reserved parking is available during their shift.”
Robinson further explained, “What we’re doing here is starting with the best IOT hardware that detects parking occupancy, combining this with a wayfinding service and connecting this to other business services and customer experience management. We are not the only people doing this, but we have are only ones taking it further – using parking to improve customer experience. People park somewhere for a reason, and we are dedicated to improving that experience, so they forget about parking and have more time for what they really want to do.”

The parking industry is estimated to be worth between $11 and $20 billion in the US alone, yet the smart/automated parking segment is still in the early stages of growth, with some researchers projecting an aggressive 13.4% CAGR between 2019 and 2025. Parking Sense is well positioned to lead the industry through this exciting period of expansion.

To learn more about Parking Sense, please visit: https://parkingsense.com

About Parking Sense

Parking Sense is a technology company disrupting the parking and transportation industries with a cost- effective, comprehensive and easy-to-install suite of intelligent parking solutions.

Parking Sense technology reduces both the time it takes drivers to find a parking space and related vehicle emissions by half, while offering businesses real-time data that allows them to better manage, track and charge for on and off-street parking. The system is based around low-energy infrared technology that has 99+% accuracy. At its core, the Parking Sense system is a scalable, dynamic, “evergreen” technology solution that allows clients to integrate additional features and technology over time. Learn more at https://parkingsense.com.

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