Canadian parking structures awarded

Ajax, Ont.’s GO Transit Station was honoured at the 2014 International Parking Institute’s (IPI’s) 2014 Awards of Excellence. Photos courtesy IPI
Ajax, Ont.’s GO Transit Station was honoured at the 2014 International Parking Institute’s (IPI’s) 2014 Awards of Excellence. Photos courtesy IPI

Two Canadian projects have been honoured with International Parking Institute’s (IPI’s) 2014 Awards of Excellence.

This year marks the 32nd annual competition, with seven different projects chosen as winners by a panel of industry experts.

“The 2014 winners showcase how significantly parking facilities and operations have been transformed in recent years as a result of advances in technology focused on efficiency and sustainability,” said IPI’s executive director Shawn Conrad.

In the category of Best Design of a Parking Facility with More than 800 Spaces, Ajax, Ont.’s GO Transit Station was recognized. The six-level structure’s precast concrete columns serve as the ‘visual bones.’ Lower levels boast an asymmetric system of perforated screens, while upper levels showcase green aluminum tubes in a scalloped-wave pattern. A total of 1500 parking spaces are available for commuters, with connections to GO trains and a bus loop.

The second Canadian project awarded in the Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot category, is the Toronto Parking Authority’s (TPA’s) 201 Claremont Street project. The facility features 43 parking spots, a paved pedestrian area with connections and seating, as well as a stormwater management system. A living wall with native plants was installed to reduce salt damage and screen the lot from pedestrians and neighbours.

Click here for a full list of winners.

The 201 Claremont Street project in Toronto was recognized in the Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot category.
The 201 Claremont Street project in Toronto was recognized in the Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot category.
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