Circontrol’s solution for Efficient Parking installed in the biggest shopping mall in Gran Canaria

February 07, 2018



Circontrol’s solution for Efficient Parking installed in the biggest shopping mall in Gran Canaria




This car park uses Circontrol’s parking guidance system to manage 2.500 parking bays and also includes EV charging solutions




Viladecavalls, February 7th 2018

Parking is a key spot in a shopping mall and Los Alisios in Gran Canaria, which has relied on Circontrol’s solution for Efficient Parking, is aware of this. Most of the costumers arrive at the shopping mall with their own private vehicle and park is the first thing they need to do, that’s why having an efficient parking solution is really important to increase costumer’s satisfaction and loyalty and reduce operator’s costs.


Los Alisios Shopping Mall, with a 60.000 square meters area and 120 shops and restaurants, is the biggest one in Gran Canaria’s island. It has a 2.500 parking bay’s car park in which Circontrol’s guidance system and Electric Vehicle charging stations has been installed. These two solutions are part of CirPark Platform that manages all Circontrol solutions for the efficient parking from one site: iPark family, which includes guidance system, counting system and Find Your Car; LedPark family, an intelligent LED lighting system that increases energy efficiency; and EVPark, EV charging solutions designed and manufactured by Circontrol.


For Los Alisios Shopping Mall’s guidance system 65 displays and 2.500 Bilogy sensors have been installed. With Bilogy sensor you can have detection and indication together in one device through a LED indicator. These devices are part of the guidance, counting and Find Your Car system that optimises traffic in the car park increasing user’s satisfaction giving him the information that he needs when he needs it. This has also an impact on the parking operator because it increases costumer’s loyalty and reduces operational and maintenance costs through an efficient management of traffic and occupation.


In Los Alisios shopping mall there are also EV charging equipments, specifically 24 WallBox manufactured by Circontrol. These products are part of EVPark family, a wide range of EV charging solutions for indoor and outdoor car parks integrated with CirPark Platform. All these charging equipments are designed and manufactured by Circontrol, a company that has ten years of experience in the manufacture of this kind of solutions.


About Circontrol

 Circontrol is a company founded in 1997 with headquarters in Viladecavalls (Barcelona). Its parking division designs and manufacture a global solution for efficient parking (guidance system, LED Lighting, energetic efficiency). Its emobility division manufactures a wide range of EV charging solutions that covers all market needs: domestic charge, slow charge (AC) and quick charge (DC).

Circontrol has a strong presence in the international market, where an 80% of its sales are allocated. Nowadays you can find Circontrol solutions in 52 countries with 30.000 charging points and 400.000 parking spaces managed with CirPark systems. Service is also very important for Circontrol, this is the reason why bet on a qualified aftersales service and a constant training for Circontrol partners are in company’s DNA.


More Information:

Anna Brullet – Communication Manager

+34 666 520 522

Twitter: @circontrol_com



Instagram: @circontrol

Amano McGann and Traffic & Safety Invigorate Partnership

February 07, 2018



Amano McGann and Traffic & Safety Invigorate Partnership



February 7, 2018 – Wixom, Michigan – Amano McGann, Inc., the leading provider of Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) in North America, is pleased to announce a renewed commitment to partnership with their long-standing Authorized Dealer, Traffic & Safety Control Systems, Inc.



Traffic & Safety has been providing sales, service and support for Amano McGann systems for over 35 years. “The parking industry is dynamic and we are committed to innovating parking technology to meet and exceed the needs of parking facility owners and operators,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Amano McGann, Joe Survance. “Existing and new customers in the State of Michigan will experience the same collaborative relationship between Amano McGann and Traffic & Safety that they have come to expect,” commented Keith Hay, President of Traffic and Safety.


Based on their mutual history of success and exemplary customer service, Traffic & Safety will continue to support existing clients with Amano McGann solutions installed as well as continue to expand Amano McGann representation in the area.


About Amano McGann

Amano McGann is a parking and security technology company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The next-generation products Amano McGann offers allow their clients to effectively manage on and off- street parking operations as well as monitor and secure their facilities.


As a member of the Amano Group, a worldwide organization with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, they are global leaders in the manufacturing and distribution of hardware and software solutions for the parking industry. Amano McGann produces and distributes equipment and software in and from their United States-based manufacturing facility. With an extensive branch and authorized dealer network, they offer a high level of service and experience to cater to its customers parking needs. For more information about Amano McGann’s integrated solutions visit


About Traffic & Safety Controls

Traffic & Safety is the largest distributor of parking access and revenue controls in the State of Michigan. Family owned and operated, they have served the area since 1974 and their team has a combined 400+ years of design, installation and service experience. Traffic & Safety is committed to exceptional customer service and they are known for quality installation paired with innovative, reliable solutions. Their post- installation customer support is available 24/7 and their dedicated team of installers and service technicians are committed to providing timely, efficient service. For more information about Traffic & Safety visit

Romeoville introduces mobile payment app powered by Passport

February 05, 2018




Romeoville introduces mobile payment app powered by Passport



The Village adds mobile parking app for quicker payment option




Romeoville, Ill (Feb. 5, 2018) — The Village of Romeoville announced the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.


The PassportParking app makes paying for parking more convenient for residents and visitors. In addition to paying for parking, users can:


  • Monitor their parking sessions
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts
  • Store funds in a closed loop wallet


This is the first time Romeoville will have a Metra stop in the Village. Parkers will be able to avoid frigid winter weather by quickly paying for parking on the go or even in advance without putting cash in a machine. A select number of Romeoville annual and semi-annual permits will be available to the public.


“We want to make it easier for customers to pay for parking, and to extend their time  without a hassle when riding Metra,” said Mayor of Romeoville John Noak. “People can pay from the convenience of their phones without having to dig for coins.”


Max Mickey, Midwest Sales for Passport said, “Passport is thrilled to add another Village to the Passport network. Each time we form a partnership with a Chicagoland municipality it only opens more doors and options for all the Metra riders and parkers alike. We are excited to be of assistance to the entire region.”

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sectors. The company works with more than 60 municipalities in Illinois. Its parking app, PassportParking, is available on every Metra line. The app is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at


Parkmobile, LLC Partners with the City of Charleston to Offer Mobile Parking App

February 05, 2018



Parkmobile, LLC Partners with the City of Charleston to Offer Mobile Parking App




Charleston, WV – February 5, 2018 — Parkmobile, LLC and the City of Charleston announced today the launch of the Parkmobile app, which allows customers to use their mobile devices to pay for parking in the city.



To use Parkmobile, customers can register for free through the app for iPhone, Android or online at After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. App users may also choose to receive a reminder prior to the expiration of their parking session, and if the maximum parking time has not been reached, parkers can even extend their time from the app. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device and the user’s license plate number. Additionally, multiple payment methods are offered through the app, including Masterpass, PayPal, Visa Checkout, Chase Pay, Parkmobile Wallet, and Apple Pay.


Mary Dickerson, Director of the Traffic Parking and Transportation Department at the City of Charleston, stated, “Our mission is to facilitate and promote alternative transportation options for our parking customers.  Parkmobile will modernize our traditional parking standards by providing an efficient payment option to our customers.   Our city takes prides in being the” Cultural, Recreational, and Business Capitol of the Appalachian Mountains”.   We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Parkmobile and believe this is a positive step toward upgrading some of our parking operations within the city.


“Parkmobile is excited to partner with the City of Charleston to offer a mobile parking payment app that allows users to conveniently pay for parking using their mobile devices. With availability in more than 3,000 locations across the US, we’re thrilled to have Charleston join our wide network. Parkmobile continues to lead the industry on offering the top mobile parking solution app focusing on convenience and accessibility,” Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile stated.

Parkmobile is widely available in surrounding areas like Morgantown and West Virginia University. Additionally, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.

With the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country and 8 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 60 million times per year, Parkmobile is excited to make a difference leveraging our large network of users.



About Parkmobile


Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider of parking solutions in North America, helping millions of people easily find and pay for parking on their mobile device. The company’s technology is used in over 3000 locations across the country, including 7 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums.  People can use Parkmobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and garage parking without having to use a meter or kiosk.  Additionally, Parkmobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro areas, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking.  Parkmobile was recently named by Deloitte as a Technology Fast 500 winner, recognizing the fastest growing technology companies in North America. For more information, visit or @Parkmobile on Twitter.


Bluefin and EDC Corporation Partner for PCI-Validated P2PE Integration into EDC’s AIMS Parking Management System

February 02, 2018


Bluefin and EDC Corporation Partner for PCI-Validated P2PE Integration into EDC’s AIMS Parking Management System



Through the partnership, ticketing operations on the AIMS Parking Management System will have access to Bluefin’s PCI P2PE solution to secure credit card transactions



January 31, 2018 – Atlanta, GA and Syracuse, NY – Leading payment security provider Bluefin Payment Systems has announced a new partnership with EDC Corporation to provide Bluefin’s PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution to municipalities, higher education, airports and hospitals utilizing the company’s AIMS Parking Management Software platform.

EDC Corporation develops and supports software for the parking industry, specializing in citation, permit, and event management along with mobile and license plate recognition (LPR) enforcement. The company’s flagship product, the AIMS Parking Management Software platform, is a comprehensive management system in one package, used by universities, municipalities, airports, hospitals and private operators.

Through the partnership with Bluefin, EDC Corporation will provide their clients with Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE solution directly through the AIMS Parking Management System, enhancing security and reducing PCI scope with no change to the payment transaction flow. Bluefin enables PCI-validated P2PE on partner platforms with their Decryptx® Decryption as a Service (DaaS) product, which allows gateways, applications, and processors to directly connect to Bluefin for the P2PE service.

“Parking offices have long required a front-end solution to make their over-the-counter card transactions and PCI audits simple. Connecting AIMS to Bluefin’s P2PE solution was the answer to the question everyone has been asking – ‘How can we serve our customers’ needs and simplify our PCI audits without using two separate systems for card present transactions?,’” said Ellen Genung, Vice President, EDC Corporation. “Through this partnership with Bluefin, AIMS payment transactions and refunds are secure and seamless. P2PE card transactions facilitated directly through AIMS translates to one system for card transaction processing, refunding, reporting and reconciliation. This is important to our clients and furthers our commitment to satisfying their needs. We are proud to partner with Bluefin in this endeavor.”

Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE solution secures credit and debit card transactions by encrypting all data within a PCI-approved point of entry device, preventing clear-text cardholder data from being available in the device or the merchant’s system where it could be exposed to malware. Data decryption is only done offsite in a Bluefin hardware security module (HSM).

“EDC Corporation is an esteemed leader in parking enforcement and permitting management for major organizations in industries such as education, hospitals, municipalities and airports. And while you don’t typically think of hackers targeting ticketing management operations, we can tell you that fraudsters don’t discriminate. They go after the least path of resistance to find clear-text credit card information,” said Greg Cornwell, Head of Global Sales for Bluefin. “We applaud EDC for recognizing the value of security technologies such as PCI-validated P2PE in protecting their clients’ transactions, and we look forward to rolling out this solution to their customer base.”

Benefits of a PCI-validated P2PE solution for organizations and enterprises include reduced PCI compliance and scope, saving time and money on annual audits, and the assurance that the technology has been vetted and approved by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC).

Bluefin will hold two webinars on the benefits of PCI-validated P2PE on February 13th at 2 pm EST and February 15th at 11 am EST. You can register for the webinars here.


About Bluefin Payment Systems

Bluefin Payment Systems is the leader in payment security. The company specializes in PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) integrated and stand-alone solutions for retail, mobile, call center and kiosk/unattended environments, and secure Ecommerce technologies including transparent redirect, payment iFrame and tokenization. Bluefin is a Participating Organization (PO) of the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) and is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in New York, Chicago, Tulsa and Waterford, Ireland. For more information, please visit


About EDC Corporation

EDC Corporation develops and supports software exclusively for the parking industry. Our focus is centered on unparalleled customer support and the development of robust and easy-to-use products. Our customers are our top priority and we go above and beyond the call to ensure a smooth system implementation and on-going support, including all new release software. We continually work for and with our customers to make our experience together a success. EDC understands the value of relationships and we guarantee we’ll work hard to keep yours. For more information, visit


Amano McGann Acquires CVPS

February 02, 2018



Amano McGann Acquires CVPS



February 2, 2018 – Minneapolis, MN – Amano McGann, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Computerized Valet Parking Systems, a division of Service Tracking Systems, Inc. (CVPS). This mutually-beneficial partnership will pair the leading provider of Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) in North America with the team that has amassed a strong leadership position in the automated valet parking solutions market in the United States.



Known for exceptional, dedicated employees, paired with quality products that bolster revenue and customer satisfaction for their clients, CVPS was a pioneer in the electronic valet parking industry over 20 years ago. They are now the market-leader and will continue to run as a stand alone division inside Amano McGann. CVPS customers will continue to receive incomparable sales and support from the exemplary CVPS team to be led at Amano by Senior Vice President (CVPS) Andy Preas and Vice President of Operations (CVPS) Kurt Fisher.


“We are very excited to have the CVPS team join Amano McGann,” said President and CEO Tom Benton. “Bringing CVPS into the Amano McGann family gives us broad strategic reach and enables us to expand and enhance our capabilities, markets, technological capacity and customer service.”


“Our culture, technology and service orientation complements Amano McGann’s strategic vision to become the “go to” place for best in class parking related technologies”, said Kai Schuette, CEO of Service Tracking Systems. “We are thrilled to be one important piece of that puzzle and look forward to delighting our clients with an even larger array of solutions. “


“We are enthusiastic to join Amano, a group with whom we have worked closely for years, and believe that our relentless focus on client happiness coupled with Amano’s “boots on the ground” presence creates a win-win for our present and future clients”, said Andrew Preas.


Prior to the acquisition, CVPS was a division of Service Tracking Systems, Inc, (STS). Amano McGann will acquire substantially all of the CVPS division assets from STS. STS will continue to provide services outside of the parking industry.


About Amano McGann

Amano McGann is a parking and security technology company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The next-generation products Amano McGann offers allow their clients to effectively manage on and off- street parking operations as well as monitor and secure their facilities.


As a member of the Amano Group, a worldwide organization with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, they are global leaders in the manufacturing and distribution of hardware and software solutions for the parking industry. Amano McGann produces and distributes equipment and software in and from their United States-based manufacturing facility. With an extensive branch and authorized dealer network, they


offer a high level of service and experience to cater to its customers’ parking needs. For more information about Amano McGann’s integrated solutions visit


About CVPS

Computerized Valet Parking Systems (CVPS), previously a division of Service Technology Systems, Inc. is a pioneer of today’s popular valet parking technology, developing, installing and supporting its market leading solutions for over 20 years. The electronic valet parking technology industry generates return on investment by increasing revenue and customer satisfaction. Through their innovative solutions, they reduce labor costs and exposure to liability for damage claims using software comprised of mobile, web and PC-based applications. CVPS makes it possible to record each step in the valet parking process, from guest arrival to departure and everything in-between. With over 800 clients worldwide, CVPS provides 24/7 phone and internet-based support in conjunction with outstanding onsite service provided through their own technicians as well as third-party alliances. For more information about CVPS integrated solutions visit

TagMaster North America and ATS Traffic Provide Standalone Parking Controls at Grey Eagle Casino

February 02, 2018



TagMaster North America and ATS Traffic Provide Standalone Parking Controls at Grey Eagle Casino




Leaving gambling to the casinos, ATS Traffic and TagMaster North America deploy secure VIP access parking solution



Tacoma WA, February 2018 – TagMaster North America, Inc a leading provider of Identification Solutions recently installed high performing TagMaster NA XT-Series UHF readers and Hang Tags in conjunction with ATS Traffic parking barriers and equipment for the VIP parking at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Grey Eagle Casino chose TagMaster NA and ATS Traffic because they required a cost effective and proven turnkey standalone solution to be independent of the primary building access control system, but could later be integrated as an option. Secure parking controls and access for VIP casino patrons have now been streamlined and improved by deploying TagMaster NA and ATS Traffic for a solid parking controls solution.

TagMaster’s XT-Series UHF readers coupled with ACTS Essential software (powered by ArmID) proved to be the unique customized solution that was required. ATS Traffic was able to quickly install the reader embedded standalone solution and parking equipment. Eliminating the need for expensive control panels and cables, any disruption to casino traffic flow was avoided.

Upon the secure and immediate authentication of a valid TagMaster Hang Tag via secure network access, the ACTS Essential Software paired with ATS Traffic MGC barriers manage the VIP access and parking with ease and accuracy. Security managers are now able to remotely log into the database to add or delete tags when required, and maintain reliable oversight of lot usage via the easy to use ACTS web based interface. The simplicity and effectiveness of the solution deployed makes TagMaster NA’s RFID standalone software solutions coupled with ATS Traffic’s reliable and proven parking equipment a scalable and budget friendly solution for any vehicle based access control project.

“TagMaster is always looking to see how we can partner with reliable solutions that ensure a successful project especially when deploying a stand-alone solution,” said Ali Khaksar, President of TagMaster North America, Inc. “Partnering with ATS Traffic ensures a highly successful project.”

ATS Traffic for over 50 years we’ve worked with businesses and communities to keep workers, drivers, and pedestrians safe on the roads. With locations across the country and over 15,000 products in our inventory, we keep people safe no matter where the road takes them. We want to do the same for you. Using the latest technology and engineering, we can plan, manage, and maintain your project from start to finish. We know what issues limit the decision-making process, and with our help you can confidently navigate them to make your project a success. For more information on ATS Traffic products, support and services, visit or contact us at | P: 780.440.4114

TagMaster North America is a leading provider of Identification Solutions for Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) and rail bound transportation. Collective technologies provide convenient and reliable platforms for applications throughout the Americas. TagMaster North America’s breadth of Identification Solutions are able to increase security, decrease environmental impact and add value to actualize and simplify vehicle access control for a wide array of projects. For more information on TagMaster products, support and services,visit: or contact us at | P: 253.238.1421


February 02, 2018







NEW GLASGOW, NS, February 2nd, 2018 – J.J. MacKay Canada Limited (MacKay Meters), a leading manufacturer of smart parking meters, and HotSpot Parking Inc. (HotSpot), a Fredericton based company best known for their pay-by-phone parking and transit solutions, today announced a fully integrated parking solution for the City of Moncton, New Brunswick. The City of Moncton recently purchased several hundred new mkBeacon™ wireless smart parking meters from MacKay. The City’s MacKay mkBeacon parking meters will now communicate their paid status to HotSpot’s Realtime Parking Map, helping drivers find available parking spaces by using HotSpot’s mobile application.



Available metered parking spots appear as green P’s on HotSpot’s Realtime Parking Map ( When a driver pays for parking with either coins or credit card at any new mkBeacon parking meter, the meter communicates that paid status to HotSpot and the parking spot then changes to red on the map. When time expires on the meter, the parking spot icon shown on the map changes back to green, allowing drivers to recognize that the parking spot is available. Similarly, when paying for a parking spot using the HotSpot Parking mobile app, the corresponding space would turn red on the parking map and back to green when time expires.


“We are always looking at ways to make parking easier and more efficient for the parker. With this system now available in Moncton, we have achieved both of those goals quite effectively. The new mkBeacon smart meters now installed on-street, along with the HotSpot mobile pay app real time parking occupancy map, make the City of Moncton one of Canada’s most advanced parking systems. It’s fantastic that two Atlantic Canadian companies can bring this type of technology to the streets of an Atlantic Canadian city,” said James MacKay, VP of Sales at MacKay Meters.


“Municipalities have been asking for real-time parking availability for years and technology is finally reaching a place where a municipality of any size can introduce the best parking experience possible to their citizens. We’re proud to pioneer this in the City of Moncton, but this a feat achievable by any motivated municipality,” said Phillip Curley, CEO of HotSpot.


“By offering Realtime Parking and giving users multiple ways to pay for an on-street parking space, it has made the experience of parking that much easier. The new MacKay mkBeacon smart meters with our HotSpot (Pay By Cell) service has also allowed us to reduce redundancies within our system and streamline the service for our users,” said Stephane Thibodeau, Transportation and Parking Coordinator with the City of Moncton.


About MacKay Meters


For more than fifty-eight years, and with over 500,000 meters sold, MacKay Meters has been providing customers worldwide with innovative parking systems including quality single and multi-space parking meters.


Contact: James MacKay VP of Sales MacKay Meters

1 (888) 462-2529 x295


About HotSpot


HotSpot has built and implemented a simple-to-use mobile application for visitors to ease their access to municipalities and provide seamless, enjoyable experiences. Through realizing transportation as the point of opportunity for citizens, HotSpot has developed a tool to connect municipalities to their citizens and provide the best possible city experience.



Phillip Curley CEO

HotSpot Parking Inc. 1 (506) 897-1774

Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles: Bomel Construction completes versatile parking structure

February 01, 2018




Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles: Bomel Construction completes versatile parking structure




LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2018––A five-level parking structure recently completed for Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles is serving the business in multiple ways.



The basement level is for vehicle maintenance and repairs. The showroom is inside a portion of the parking structure’s ground level, which is designated for customer parking. There is a small amount of parking on the first two above-grade levels. The top level will be used to park inventory.

The parking structure measures 386 feet by 154 feet and is 41-feet, 11-inches tall at the roof level parapets. Most cars will enter or exit from Washington Boulevard or Figueroa Street. A third gateway will be on a side street called Lovelace Avenue.

Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction erected the 196-stall parking structure for general contractor ConAm Building. Trammell Crow was the developer of the entire 290,000-square-foot project.

In addition to the parking structure, ConAm Building was responsible for the construction of the new 22,600-square-foot, two-story showroom; wholesale and retail parts boutique and 40-car-bay, below-grade service department. The entire facility opened in November.

Officials with Trammell Crow say the new location is expected to serve as a prototype for urban dealerships, vertically integrating its uses to maximize efficiency. For example, the dealership features a double-height showroom and has a façade that meets the sidewalk.

In addition to working so close to the busy Washington-Figueroa intersection, Bomel Construction, widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West, had the challenge of working on a small site when it began construction in September 2016. Unlike suburban dealerships that occupy many times the acreage, the Toyota site was comparatively tiny at 1.6 acres.

Ryan Hill, vice president of ConAm Building, said he appreciated the depth of experience and cooperation that Bomel brought to the project.

“Bomel was awesome to work with on the parking structure portion,” he said. “It couldn’t have gotten any better having them out there.”

Alex Matranga, Bomel’s project manager, said the feeling was mutual. “ConAm gave us the flexibility to schedule and do things the way we like to do it,” he explained. “ConAm wanted to help us in any way they could. It was a good back-and-forth relationship.”

In addition to Matranga, the Bomel team included Bill Godwin, project executive; Dan Landini, project superintendent and Tim Brown, formwork superintendent.



ABOUT BOMEL: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West. Bomel-built parking structures are located at a wide range of venues, including airports, car dealerships, casinos/hotels, colleges, malls, mass transit stations, office buildings, regional retail-entertainment centers and universities. From fourth quarter 2017 to fourth quarter 2018, the company will have recently completed, be well underway or beginning the construction phase for at least 20 parking structures in California. Bomel Construction is ranked number 117 on Engineering News-Record magazine’s current list of the 600 largest specialty contractors based in the United States. In addition to its Irvine headquarters, Bomel has regional offices in Carlsbad, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit or call (714) 921-1660.






Bomel Construction: Orange County Mass Transit Project Presents Plenty of Infill Site Challenges

February 01, 2018


Orange County Mass Transit Project Presents Plenty of Infill Site Challenges



Feb. 1, 2018––In terms of sheer size, a new project in the city of Orange may not be as large as many of the parking structures Bomel Construction has built, but successfully completing the five-level garage in 16 months will be no small feat.



Bomel Construction recently completed shoring and mass excavation and has begun footings for the 608-stall parking structure, located on the former site of a city-owned parking lot and adjacent to the Orange Transportation Center. The construction site is two blocks west of The Circle, the retail heart of the Old Towne Orange Historical District, a one-mile-square area that contains many of the original structures built shortly after the city’s incorporation in 1888. Old Towne was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1997.

The parking structure has a construction cost of $18,404,000. It will be owned by the city and used mostly by Metrolink commuters and visitors to Old Towne. The Orange County Transportation Authority is overseeing construction of the project along with construction management firm Hill International. Choate Parking Consultants is the architect for the plan-and-specs garage. Ficcadenti, Waggoner and Castle is the structural engineering firm.

“It’s a super, super small site,” Bomel Project Manager Bert Williamson said, addressing one of the project’s chief challenges.

The cozy construction zone is bordered by Chapman Avenue and a United States Post Office on the south side, Maple Avenue (north) and Lemon Street (east).

Chapman University’s highly regarded Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is just north of Maple. Three small homes built in the early 1900s and several businesses on Cypress Street form the site’s western border. West of Cypress is the Orange Transportation Center, home to an existing Metrolink railway station and an OCTA bus depot served throughout the day and evening by multiple routes.

Old Towne’s charm puts extra pressure on workers who must shoehorn a garage with two subterranean levels into a tight site while not disturbing neighbors close enough to see and hear what is happening every day.

“The project team has placed seismic monitors to measure vibration around the site,” Williamson said. “Before we started, we had to make sure nothing would be damaged while we’re digging and shoring because we’re literally right up against businesses and homes.”

Before Bomel began the 22-foot-deep excavation phase in mid-October, a three-month site remediation phase was completed. Prior to the site being used as a parking lot, it was home for many years to a fruit packing plant and train depot. Williamson said train tracks removed from underneath the site were given to the city, which intends to display them.

In addition to Williamson, the Bomel project team includes Kasey Shay, project executive; Richard Martinez, project engineer; and Dave Mosham, project superintendent.

When completed, the garage will measure 344 feet by 127 feet by 40-feet tall. In addition to two below-grade levels, there will be one level at grade and two elevated levels. The surface of the lowest parking level will be 22 feet below grade. The structure will have two entrances and exits.

The garage will have a number of architectural embellishments. All elevations will feature orange brick veneer and dozens of precast concrete panels. It will also have 30 window openings.

On the environmental side, Bomel will install a turnkey solar energy system on the top level.

The facility will have about 500 stalls reserved for train riders and more than 100 will be designated for general use, which will more than triple the parking capacity of the 172-space lot it replaces.

There will be three concrete pours for each deck for a total of 12 deck pours. That phase should be done by May. The next part of the schedule has Bomel spending a few weeks installing dozens of precast panels around the entire garage.

“When the panels arrive, we’ll have a 350- to 510-ton crane out in the middle of the street,” Williamson said. “We’ll have a sliver of a lane on Lemon for traffic to pass through. That should be interesting.”

The $33.2-million development is funded by the city of Orange, Measure M, State Transportation Improvement Program and Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds. Approved by more than 70% of voters, Measure M is Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to fund transportation investments.

In addition to erecting parking structures of various sizes at mass transit stations in Covina, Fullerton, Irvine, San Bernardino and Tustin, Bomel has a long history of success in Orange, having completed multiple garages for rapidly expanding Chapman University.

“The city of Orange is a very involved customer,” Williamson said. “They’re very helpful in a lot of ways. The residents are very involved, too. They attend city meetings and tell the city how we’re doing.”



ABOUT BOMEL CONSTRUCTION: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of design-build parking structure construction in the West and one of the largest concrete contractors in the United States. It placed 117th on Engineering News-Record’s ranking of the largest specialty contractors in 2017 in the U.S. In addition to its award-winning parking structure experience, Bomel is a one-stop source for all concrete construction needs. The company maintains a highly skilled staff for its in-house structural, architectural and site concrete divisions. Bomel works directly for property owners, developers and general contractors. Its portfolio of work includes a wide range of projects built at well-known casino-resorts, shopping malls, office buildings, mass transit centers, airports, universities and community colleges.





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