A parking garage is a machine performing one function. How efficiently it performs this function of receiving, holding, and discharging cars determines its usefulness to its developers and to the customers it serves. No matter where the parking facility is located, the ″machine's″ basic vehicular storage function exists. When parking is discussed in direct connection to the tall building it is easy for the vehicular storage function to be distorted. Under any particular set of circumstances, the parking system may become one of the following: a sales function, source of revenue, employer recruiting tool, or a necessity for a building permit. This chapter discusses various aspects of parking garage planning and design, including zoning requirements, building codes, entrances and exits, ramping systems, ventilation, fire protection and others. Also included is a discussion of garage operations and equipment. Refs.
Rich, R. C. (Chairman), & Kruger, P. W. B. (Vice C. (1981). PARKING. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 637–678.