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Successful Parking Design and Planning


Instill lasting value in your parking structure by applying thoughtful, creative, innovative design.

A parking structure is one of the dominant and driving forces in real estate, impacting the success of commercial development and significantly affecting the built environment. Not only is it critical that the appropriate parking solution is implemented for the immediate success of any planned development, but a parking structure also affects the future surrounding development and land use for many years into the future. Shifts in demographics and generational priorities, including trends in the live/work/play balance, and innovations in technology related to personal transportation, are changing the growth patterns in our urban areas. These shifts have led to questions regarding the future of the parking structure. This course will review the history of the parking structure, including the reasons for its development as a building type, identify trends that will shape transportation and parking into the near future, and propose ideas on how the parking structure will continue to evolve. This material will help you determine the ultimate form of the garage, inform the operation of the garage, and ensure the garage will be ready to meet the needs of future demand.



Michael T. App, AIA, LEED AP, ParkSmart Advisor

Michael T. App, AIA, LEED AP, ParkSmart Advisor

THA Consulting, Inc.

  • Director of Architecture at THA Consulting, Inc.
  • Registered architect with extensive experience in all phases of building planning, design, and construction
  • For more than twenty years, has served a variety of clients, ranging from private developers and corporations, to educational and health care institutions, to governmental and municipal entities
  • Portfolio includes projects ranging from master planning and feasibility studies, to the development of new construction, to renovation and adaptive reuse projects, and mobility and parking facility design
  • As a Project Manager and Director of Architecture at THA Consulting, Inc., advises clients on the trends and best practices in parking
  • Recently presented to the International Parking Institute at the 2021 Annual Conference in Tampa
  • Previous presenter and panelist on parking-related real estate issues for national conferences for the International Parking and Mobility Institute, the Urban Land Institute, as well as Philadelphia local conferences by the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal and the American Institute of Architects
  • Wrote the article “FutureProofing” in the November 2017 issue of The Parking Professional, the International Parking Institute’s monthly magazine
  • Co-wrote a chapter of the published A Guide To Parking, the 2018 book release by the International Parking Institute in 2018
  • Presented “User-Based Parking Structure Design” in 2016 as part of the monthly webinar series hosted by the International Parking Institute
  • Master’s degree in architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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