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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:

  • January 26, 2015 (Monday)
    • The contractor is installing rails and embedded steel for the first floor concrete slab.
    • Various trades install conduits, inserts, sleeves & embedded items for the roof deck.
  • January 27, 2015 (Tuesday)
    • LARGE CONCRETE POUR DAY: This is the last of the concrete deck pours. This is to pour the roof deck. It will take approximately 12 hours to complete and the concrete has to be one continuous pour. The contractor will start at 6:00 am and be done at about 6:00 pm. This allows for the contractor to get as much of the concrete poured during the daylight and continue with finishing the surface as it gets darker.
    • STREET CLOSURE: There will be concrete trucks coming to the jobsite about every 8-12 minutes during the concrete pour. Therefore Sweetzer Ave between Santa Monica Blvd and Romaine St will be closed to thru traffic. Residents will be able to get to and from their driveways. Residents will be asked to enter from the Romaine side of Sweetzer. Please allow for extra time to get to and from your residences.
    • The contractor continues to work on the installation of the turntables in the parking bays.
  • January 28, 2015 (Wednesday)
    • MEDIUM CONCRETE POUR DAY: This will be a medium sized concrete pour. Approximately 7 trucks of concrete will come to the jobsite. This is to pour concrete for the 1st floor.
    • The contractor starts removing some of the form work for the roof deck concrete slab.
    • The contractor continues to work on the installation of the turntables in the parking bays.
  • January 29, 2015 (Thursday)
    • The contractor is installing the forms and reinforcing to construct the concrete parapet walls* on the roof.
    • The contractor is installing the fire sprinklers on the 1st floor.
    • The contractor will be installing HVAC** for the Parking office in the new structure.
    • The contractor continues to work on the installation of the turntables in the parking bays.
  • January 30, 2015 (Friday)
    • The contractor completes the forms to construct the concrete parapet walls* on the roof.
    • The contractor is installing the fire sprinklers on the 1st floor.
    • The contractor will be installing HVAC** for the Parking office in the new structure.
    • The contractor continues to work on the installation of the turntables in the parking bays.
  • January 31, 2015 (Saturday) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • The contractor will be completing the installation of various items on the roof in advance of the upcoming concrete pour for the roof parapet walls.
    • Preliminary work and layout for the superstructure that holds the photovoltaic panels on the roof will also need to be done.
    • The contractor was granted a special Extended Hours Construction Permit to work on this one Saturday to mitigate a larger impact to community. The City’s Community Liaison will be available on Saturday, while the contractor is working should you have concerns/questions during the work hours.

    *A parapet wall is a low wall, usually enclosing a roof, or a protective barrier at the edge of a terrace or on the side of a bridge. In modern use, one is constructed to provide a barrier to prevent people or objects from falling from the edge of the structure and to slow the spread of fire; in earlier times, these walls were built to afford some protection for rooftop defenders of a structure, such as a castle or city walls, under attack.

    **HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. 

 

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.

New 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.

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