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City Hall Automated Garage and Community Plaza Project

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Interior LiftThe City of West Hollywood has awarded a contract to T.B. Penick & Sons, to construct the 200-car City Hall Automated Parking Garage and Community Plaza Project which will be located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard (City Hall).

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Automated parking garages can hold as many as three times the number of cars as traditional ramp-style parking garages. Operationally, automated parking garages provide customers with a valet-like parking experience that is fast, safe, and convenient. They are also less expensive to build when compared to conventional parking garages. Automated parking garages utilize computer-controlled motorized lifts, conveyors and shuttles to transport cars from the arrival level to a parking space and vice versa, without human assistance.

The City selected LPA, Inc. to design the Automated Parking Garage and Community Plaza Project. Don Monahan of Walker Parking Consultants, Inc. provided analysis and technical expertise. Unitronics designed the automated vehicle storage and retrieval system for the garage. Renowned artist Ned Kahn will provide the public art component of the project.

Construction Update 

What to Expect:

  • July 25, 2015 (Saturday)
    • NIGHT ELECTRICAL WORK:  7:00 PM – 6:00 AM (next morning)
    • Southern California Edison and the contractor will be working to transfer the power to the new automated garage and existing City Hall building.
    • There will be a short outage to a handful of customers between the hours of 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturday. Those who will be affected by the outage already received a door hanger notification by SCE. If you did not get a notification, you are not affected by the outage.
    • This work is being done at night to mitigate the impacts to the community.
    • Community Liaison, Donn Uyeno, will be on-site while the contractor and SCE are working.
  • July 27, 2015 (Monday)
    • The contractor installs electrical and data lines inside of the building.
    • The contractor fuels, starts-up, and tests the new generator.  
    • The contractor starts to paint the stairways.
    • The contractor installs the formwork and reinforcements for the area near the parking bays.
  • July 28, 2015 (Tuesday)
    • The contractor continues to install electrical and data lines inside of the building.
    • The contractor continues to paint the stairways.
    • The contractor installs the formwork and reinforcements for the area near the parking bays.
  • July 29, 2015 (Wednesday)
    • The contractor continues to install electrical and data lines inside of the building.
    • The contractor continues to paint the stairways.
    • The contractor installs the formwork and reinforcements for the area near the parking bays.
    • NIGHT WORK (CANCELLED): If the generator tests are good on Monday, the contractor will be working at night to de-energize the electrical connections to the old generator that used to provide emergency power to just the City Hall building. The new generator provides backup power to the both the City Hall building and the new automated garage.
  • July 30, 2015 (Thursday)
    • The contractor continues to install electrical and data lines inside of the building.
    • The contractor continues to paint the stairways.
    • The contractor pours concrete for the area near the parking bays.
  • July 31, 2015 (Friday)
    • The contractor continues to install electrical and data lines inside of the building.
    • The contractor continues to paint the stairways.
    • The contractor pours concrete for the area near the parking bays.
  • August 1, 2015 (Saturday) 
    • SPECIAL SATURDAY WORK (CANCELLED):
    • The contractor will be removing the concrete walkways that are up against City Hall.
    • For safety reasons this needs to be done while the building is not occupied.
  • August 3, 2015 (Monday)
    • The contractor will be doing more demolition and grading in the courtyard area between the existing City Hall building and the new automated garage.
    • The contractor starts building the walls for the new trash enclosure.
    • The contractor doing the automated part of the garage continues to install their state of the art system inside the building. 

Informational Video

 

Sweetzer Permit (SP) Parking

On May 13, 2014 the City held a neighborhood meeting that was noticed to the 900 & 1000 blocks of Sweetzer Avenue. The purpose of the meeting was to identify potential options to address temporary construction mitigation for the automated parking garage behind City Hall. Those in attendance at the meeting urged the City to implement interim preferential parking regulations on Sweetzer Avenue throughout the construction period. In order to measure public support on the issue for those residents that did not attend the meeting, a survey was mailed to Sweetzer Avenue residents between Santa Monica Blvd and Willoughby Avenue. The survey asked residents if they supported the preferential parking plan as a construction mitigation measure that would end upon completion of the automated garage construction, unless a formal petition representing a majority of the residential dwelling units was submitted to the City Council for consideration. 93% of the survey responses the City received were in favor of implementing the recommendation that came from the neighborhood meeting.

Parking signs are in place that restricts parking to only Sweetzer Avenue permit holders between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. every day. Enforcement of the new regulations began on September 9, 2014.

Vehicles displaying the specially designated Sweetzer Avenue parking passes (SP), available only to residents with Sweetzer Avenue addresses, are required. District 9 parking passes will not be honored on Sweetzer Avenue, however Sweetzer Avenue passes may be used on adjacent streets in District 9. Sweetzer Ave residents who live in the 900 and 1000 block, have been sent instructions to obtain complementary parking passes.

Public Art Component

car-spheres1The City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission approved Net of Indra, by Ned Khan, as the public art component of the Automated Garage project.

The artwork is a grid of large glass marbles behind a glass curtain façade, and it will respond to the movement of the lifts carrying the vehicles within the building. The marbles will act like lenses, catching light and movement as the lifts and shuttles moves cars within the building. Because the lens flips the images, upward movement will appear as downward, and left will appear as right movement. This is truly a site-specific artwork because it draws its energy and animation directly from the moment-to-moment changing conditions of this dynamic building. The form and design of the artwork will also be a unique response to the architectural and mechanical context of the automated parking structure. 

The title of the artwork, Net of Indra, is a metaphor used to illustrate Buddhist concepts of emptiness, dependent origination, and interpenetration.

  • Emptiness - all things perceived by the senses are not really "I" or "mine", and for this reason one should not cling to them
  • Dependent origination - a belief that all phenomena are arising together in a mutually interdependent web of cause and effect
  • Interpenetration - all phenomena are intimately connected

In a very basic sense the Net of Indra symbolizes a universe where infinitely repeated mutual relations exist between all members of the universe. According to Buddhist texts Indra’s net is set with jewels which have the extraordinary property that they reflect all of the other jewels.

Ned Kahn began work as an artist at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco in the early 1980’s creating interactive sculptures inspired by everything from wind and waves to black holes and galaxies. Created using simple materials such as water, sand and air, these artworks were celebrations of nature, inspired by fluid dynamics and other aspects of science. Many of his artworks revel the way patterns can emerge when things flow. The patterns are not static objects; they are patterns of behavior – dynamic recurring themes in nature.

In recent years, much of Kahn’s art has focused on works that are activated by the movement of wind, water or light and reveal some invisible or unnoticed phenomena. He has collaborated with architects and designers to complete over 40 major public art projects throughout the world and is fascinated with the idea of an artwork becoming a scientific instrument, a register of phenomena, and blurring the boundaries between art, architecture, science and nature. 

 

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