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5 of the Best-Designed Parking Garages in the World

Parking structures, though incredibly useful, are not usually held up as pinnacles of architecture and design. It’s rare to see a parking garage that deviates from the traditional, brutalist facade and standard “Double Helix” ramps. Most “starchitects” focus their talents on museums, libraries, airports or towers. However, there are a few parking garages across the world that are breaking that trend and changing the face of parking. These structures exhibit innovative and intriguing design, and we’re showcasing 5 of our favorites here.

The Autostadt Car Towers (Wolfsburg, Germany)

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that these parking structures are an attraction.These Car Towers are a part of the Autostadt visitor center adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. These fully-automated, high-rise stacks have the capacity to hold 400 vehicles each, and the cylindrical steel frames allow you to see into the interior of the structures. You can marvel at these impressive, futuristic parking towers here.

The Community Bookshelf (Kansas City, Missouri)

Completely different in style but equally impressive in impact is the Community Bookshelf lining the Kansas City Central Library’s parking garage. The garage resembles a colorful bookshelf, and 22 massive book spines face the street. You could park in a towering replica of Plato’s Republic or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — just try not to be too intimidated by these literary giants. Check out this whimsical parking structure here.

Umihotaru: The Floating Car Park (Tokyo, Japan)

Forget a parking garage: how about a parking island? This truly unique parking structure in Japan is just that. The five level parking garage sits on an artificial island completely surrounded by water. Umihotaru makes parking an experience: you can leave your car and enjoy shopping, restaurants and panoramic views of Tokyo Bay. Click here to view the singular Floating Car Park.

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure (Santa Monica, California)

This parking structure is remarkable for more than just its rainbow exterior: it’s the first LEED-certified parking garage in the country. The building reserves 14 parking spots and outlets for electric cars and space for bicycles. It was built from sustainable materials and is powered by solar panels that double as shades. This parking garage is both green and car-friendly, and you can check it out right here.

The Michigan Theatre (Detroit, Michigan)

It would be remiss of us not to mention a parking garage in Detroit. This particular structure was built upon the birthplace of the Ford automobile, so it holds incredible automotive historical significance. The building once served as an opulent, traditional theatre, concert hall and movie house. Now, it’s beautiful frescoed ceiling covers parked vehicles. Glimpse this remarkable urban relic here.

These examples clearly demonstrate that a parking garage can be a thing of beauty as well as utility. The five structures exemplify incredible and unique design. That said, these feats of architecture aren’t the only parking structures deserving of attention. Your commercial parking garage or lot may not be the Eighth Wonder of the World, but it should look its best. Contact DC Construction Services for all your parking garage and lot maintenance needs. We can help your parking structure look beautiful (if not as extravagant as the garages featured in this blog post).

When Should You Re-Stripe Your Commercial Parking Lot?

There’s nothing quite like the sleek look of yellow stripes on fresh black concrete. Unfortunately, those bright stripes will fade overtime. This fading creates not just an aesthetic concern but also a serious issue. Line striping in a commercial parking lot must be clear to prevent confusion and potential accidents. But when are the lines too faded? How often should you re-stripe your commercial parking lot and why is it so important? Continue reading “When Should You Re-Stripe Your Commercial Parking Lot?”

Concrete Maintenance: How To Make Your Concrete Parking Lot Last

We’ve devoted several blog posts to the subject of asphalt maintenance, stressing the importance of a regular maintenance regimen. But what about concrete? Concrete is one of the most durable construction products available and requires far less maintenance than asphalt. However, if you have a concrete commercial parking lot, there are a few ways to better preserve the material. Performing the following minimal maintenance steps will extend the life of your concrete — perhaps even up to 40 years. Continue reading “Concrete Maintenance: How To Make Your Concrete Parking Lot Last”

A Story of Customer Service

A few years ago, DC Construction Services received a call from a major box store in a bind. One of the customer’s Pennsylvania locations was hosting a grand reopening in three weeks, and its parking lot needed to be repaved. The client reached out to several other contractors prior to hiring DC Construction Services; however, those contractors were unable to fulfill the customer’s needs. DCC dropped everything and hustled over to Pennsylvania to tackle the 600,000 square foot paving job, finishing the task within a couple of weeks. At the end of the project, the customer was completely surprised and delighted by DCC’s dedication and celerity. The store’s reopening ceremony proceeded according to schedule. Still today, the client remains one of DCC’s largest customers.

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When to Pave Your Parking Lot

When it comes to paving an asphalt parking lot, environmental temperature can greatly affect the success of your project. If asphalt is paved in the wrong conditions, it will not set at the appropriate rate. This leads to a rough, rocky surface instead of a smooth, black lot. Worse still, the pavement will be more likely to retain water, compromising the asphalt’s integrity long-term. With this in mind, when is the best time of the year to pave an asphalt lot? When are you more likely to meet ideal temperature requirements (often referred to as “the goldilocks zone”)? Let’s find out. Continue reading “When to Pave Your Parking Lot”

Summer Maintenance for Asphalt

Indiana’s warmer summer months are here. These sunny days present the perfect opportunity for taking care of outdoor maintenance. Flowerbeds are planted and weeded; tomatoes and herbs are potted; lawns are mowed and trimmed; patios are swept clean. What about outdoor maintenance for asphalt? Whether you have an asphalt driveway or a commercial parking lot, summer is a great time to assess any upkeep for asphalt that may have been neglected during the colder season. Here’s the maintenance you should perform on your asphalt for the summer and why. Continue reading “Summer Maintenance for Asphalt”

Crack Sealing as Pretreatment: Does It Work?

It’s just an unfortunate, unavoidable fact of life: asphalt is going to crack. At least initially, these cracks are simply a surface defect — largely an aesthetic problem. However, when left untreated, cracks can seriously affect the structural integrity of the asphalt. Because of this crack sealing is incredibly important maintenance. In fact, according to the Asphalt Institute, crack sealing is the single most important pavement activity in order to prevent this more serious structural damage. Furthermore, a recent study from the National Center of Asphalt Technology (NCAT) indicates that crack sealing as a pretreatment improves the efficacy of other prevention treatments, such as pavement overlays. In this blog post we examine crack sealing, its importance and the significance of this study’s findings. Continue reading “Crack Sealing as Pretreatment: Does It Work?”

Where To Park in Indianapolis: A Comprehensive Guide

Indianapolis is a thriving, growing hub of the Midwest. As a result, Indy’s vibrant metropolis is the center for countless exciting events. Crowds are drawn downtown for thrilling sports games and enjoyable concerts and shows. If you are a part of those crowds, you are in for a good time… as soon as you figure out where to park. Parking is doubtless the most stressful aspect of any outing. You can find yourself circling streets for hours in a shouting match with your co-pilot, searching for the cheapest and most convenient parking. Save yourself the time, gas, money, conflict and stress. We’ve provided you with the following brief guide for where to park when attending an event in Indy. Continue reading “Where To Park in Indianapolis: A Comprehensive Guide”

Is a Parking Lot Section 1250 Property?

When a taxpayer sells an asset, it can be difficult to determine the character of the resulting gain or loss. Does the sale of the property result in ordinary income or capital gain or some combination of both? There are many factors that go into this analysis that deserve explanation. In particular, it can be difficult for business owners to classify their commercial parking lot property. In spite of this, it is important for a business owner to understand how to classify their assets. In doing so, he or she is able to file correctly and can ensure the best possible tax rate. In this blog post, we explore the difference between Section 1245 property and Section 1250 property and identify where a parking lot falls on the tax spectrum. Continue reading “Is a Parking Lot Section 1250 Property?”