At the 2018 IPI Conference and Expo, where more than 3,500 parking professionals from 30 countries gather to discuss industry trends and challenges, GBCI recognized eight parking structures for achieving Parksmart certification.
Parksmart is the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation, and Parksmart-certified projects currently represent more than 25,000 parking spaces.
Among the parking structures recognized was West Village in Chengdu, China—the first parking structure outside the U.S. to achieve Parksmart certification. The list of project certifications announced at the conference included:
- 1400 K Street, Washington, D.C.—Owned by Brookfield and operated by Impark
- 1600 Smith, Houston, Texas—Owned by Brookfield and operated by SP+
- Cal Poly Pomona Parking Garage #2, Pomona, Calif.—Owned and operated by Cal Poly Pomona, DESMAN, Inc. parking consultant
- Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles, California—Owned by Brookfield and operated by ABM Parking Services
- Ft. Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Hibiscus and Palm Garages—Owned by Broward County Government and operated by SP+
- Javna Garaza Obilicev Venac, Belgrade, Serbia—Owned by Parking Servis and operated by JKP Parking Service Beograd
The rating system can also be used to support projects pursuing LEED certification. In 2018, USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee added select Parksmart measures to the LEED innovation catalog. A parking structure is often the first and last experience a building visitor has with a LEED project. Parksmart strategies enhance this experience by reducing environmental impact and operating costs and offering greater mobility choices.