VANCOUVER, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Impark, one of North America's largest
parking operators, announced today it has been awarded the management
of the parking operations at historic Fort Mason Center, a 13-acre arts
and culture campus on the San Francisco waterfront.
The award of the management contract follows Impark's involvement with
West 8, an international urban design and landscape architecture firm,
in a winning entry for a competition for the re-design of Fort Mason
Center announced in December, 2012. West 8's design proposed seven key
strategies to promote and enliven the campus including improving
pedestrian access and parking facilities.
Impark's innovative approach to operating the parking facilities
includes the conversion of the traditional pay-on-exit cashiered
facility to a modern automated operation. The program is intended to
ease existing congestion at this event-driven venue, while reducing
on-going parking operating expenses. Fort Mason Center hosts more than
1,500 events annually, ranging from art/cultural shows, major concerts,
to private events.
"Impark's credentials in the local market, and their ability to present
an innovative parking approach that promises to enhance the experience
of visitors to Fort Mason Center, as well as show added value to the
Center's management, were clear factors in the parking contact award,"
said Rich Hillis, Fort Mason Center Executive Director. "Fort Mason is
an iconic local military landmark, and we are excited to be part of the
enhancement of the Center as a cultural and artistic destination,"
commented Jim Hornback, Impark's Director of Business Development.
Impark commenced operation of the Fort Mason Parking facilities on March
Imperial Parking Corporation (Impark), with U.S. headquarters in
Philadelphia, PA and corporate headquarters in Vancouver, B.C., Canada,
is one of the largest parking management companies in North America
with approximately 2,400 locations and over 4,000 employees. Impark
operates approximately 45 parking facilities in the San Francisco area,
including parking for the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, and a
number of City of San Francisco owned properties including the Fifth &
Mission and Golden Gateway garages.
For more information visit www.impark.com.
About Fort Mason
For over 35 years Fort Mason Center has served as a unique community
destination in San Francisco, hosting arts and cultural events,
organizations, and programs in historic warehouse buildings and piers
along San Francisco's scenic northern waterfront. It is an
extraordinary example of repurposing former military land and buildings
for contemporary uses, including museums, performance spaces, and a
vibrant schedule of art and cultural exhibitions and events. Located
just inside San Francisco Bay, Fort Mason Center is part of the
National Park Service's Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
For more information about Fort Mason Center visit www.fortmason.org.
About West 8
West 8 is an international office for urban design and landscape
architecture, founded by Adriaan Geuze in 1987. Over the last 25 years
West 8 has established itself as a leading practice with an
international team of 75 architects, urban designers, landscape
architects and industrial engineers. With a multi-disciplinary approach
to complex design issues, West 8 has extensive experience in
large-scale urban master planning and design, landscape interventions,
waterfront projects, parks, squares, and gardens. They also develop
concepts and visions for large-scale planning issues that involve
global warming, urbanization, and infrastructure.
For more information about West 8 visit www.west8.com.
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