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City Hall Automated Garage and Community Plaza Project

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The City of West Hollywood marks the completion of the Automated Garage and Community Plaza at West Hollywood City Hall. The City will hosted a Grand Opening event on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at West Hollywood City Hall. The celebration included hosted tours of the garage exterior with groups of event attendees entering the parking bays to view artist murals located within them.

 The City of West Hollywood is thrilled to embrace automated parking as an innovative solution to the challenge of creating sufficient parking. The garage requires a much smaller physical footprint than would a conventional parking structure with a similar capacity. The space savings nets more than 7,000 square feet for a Community Plaza and entry service area that will be used for community events. The Automated Garage will help to answer the City’s need for parking for City Hall and for surrounding businesses.

In March 2014, the City broke ground on the project; construction was finished in spring 2016. The Automated Garage and Community Plaza at West Hollywood City Hall is the first municipal project of its kind on the West Coast and it includes a 200-space parking garage that matches the height of the City’s three-story City Hall building. There is less tailpipe pollution than a conventional garage; with no idling or circling or searches for available spots, the predicted reduction in CO2 emissions for the project is equal to taking 92 cars off of the road each year or planting 67,000 trees.

The Automated Garage contains four bays for entry and exit. Each bay features a hand-painted mural by artists including Art of Chase, MONCHO1929, Bronwyn Lundberg, and Kim West. The garage features a large glass pane facing east toward Sweetzer Avenue where people can watch as mechanical shuttles carry vehicles in and out of bays. The window includes a fixed-art installation by renowned public artist Ned Kahn, with a grid of large clear marbles that reflect moving parts inside the garage. The structure also contains roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, features the use of a sustainable material made from recycled grocery bags, and uses drought-tolerant landscaping.

 

The project includes a Community Plaza, which is a tranquil park-like space with trees, built-in benches, and a water feature. It contains a stage for community events, concerts, readings, and more. The plaza holds a large-scale triptych art-banner installation, which is a collaboration of artist MONCHO1929 and West Hollywood City Poet Steven Reigns.

The Automated Garage was designed by LPA, Inc., a sustainable design architecture firm, which has completed numerous award-winning public and private buildings throughout Southern California.

The mechanical system that stores and retrieves vehicles was designed by Unitronics, an international leader in automated parking systems.

The structure was built by T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc., a San Diego-based contractor that has built numerous parking structures, and private and municipal buildings around Southern California.

Construction management was provided by Heery International, Inc., a nationwide firm that for the past 40 years has been dedicated to sustainable design and construction practices.

For additional information about the Automated Garage and Community Plaza at West Hollywood City Hall, please call (323) 848-6375.