Grand Opening of West Coast's First Municipal Automated Garage

The City of West Hollywood hosted a Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 to mark the completion of its Automated Garage and Community Plaza at West Hollywood City Hall. More than 500 community members attended to enjoy hosted tours of the garage and parking bays, which contain art murals.

Heery International provided construction management services for the project, including design review, equipment submittal review, LEED compliance assistance as well as writing and executing functional acceptance testing. The project is one of the first public automated parking garage of its kind in the United States.

The City of West Hollywood embraced 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 SF for a Community Plaza and an entry service area for community events.

In March 2014, the City broke ground on the project; construction was finished in spring 2016. It 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 adjacent City Hall building. There is less tailpipe pollution than a conventional garage; with no idling or circling, the predicted reduction in CO2 emissions for the garage equals taking 92 cars off of the road each year or planting 67,000 trees.

The garage includes four bays for entry and exit with each bay featuring a hand-painted mural by artists including Art of Chase, MONCHO1929, Bronwyn Lundberg, and Kim West. It features a fixed-art installation by renowned public artist Ned Kahn, with a grid of clear marbles in front of a glass pane that reflects moving parts inside the garage. The structure also contains photovoltaic solar panels, features the use of a sustainable material made from recycled bags, and uses drought-tolerant landscaping.

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

View the video to learn more about the new garage