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Innovative Smart Factory Optimizes Quality and Throughput for Rytec High-Performance Doors

Innovative Smart Factory Optimizes Quality and Throughput for Rytec High-Performance Doors

To gain tighter control over the supply chain, improve quality and increase throughput in its high-performance door manufacturing facility, Rytec Corporation has built a new state-of-the-art Smart Factory. The Rytec Smart Factory is the company’s most significant investment in people and equipment during its 38-year history.

The Smart Factory is the result of a two-year transition to acquire and install new advanced robotic and semi-automated production machines, as well as data collection technology that optimizes the manufacturing of innovative high-performance industrial doors. Parts and components that were previously outsourced are now manufactured and assembled in-house.

“Our investment in this technology is a direct response to our continuing commitment to better support our customers with high-quality products and shorter lead times,” says John B. Snyder, Vice Chairman at Rytec.“ In recent years, it became clear that we needed more in-house manufacturing capabilities, so we invested in the latest automation, software and live material resource demand planning to build a Smart Factory.”

In the hands of specially-trained team members, the automated equipment provides a consistent feed of high-quality metal components needed for the company’s top-selling high-speed door models: Rytec Spiral®, PredaDoor®, FlexTec® and Turbo-Seal®  Insulated doors.

Since fully implementing the Smart Factory in Rytec’s Hartford, Wis., facility in late 2023, the company has already significantly increased production, shortened lead times by 50% and begun to reduce material scrap – all goals previously considered unattainable. In addition, the company has added employees and promoted factory staff to machine operations and programming roles.

New Automation Fleet

Rytec’s new Smart Factory equipment includes:

  • A fully-automated metal storage and retrieval system that quickly and safely dispatches sheet metal, reducing lifting hazards inherent in manual systems
  • Automated fiber optic laser and punch machines to cut and punch sheet metal for doors and parts
  • Robotic cells for bending large sheet metal forms used in side columns, column covers and spreaders
  • Collaborative robotic welding cells
  • Large-format CNC machining centers to drill, tap and custom-cut aluminum profiles for door side columns, bottom bars and headers
  • An automated powder coat system for quick, automatic color changes programmed into the system, saving significant time compared to manual changeovers

The communication between the new automation equipment and machinery makes the factory truly “smart.” Engineered software connects the equipment to Rytec’s ERP system. Production orders are automatically dispatched to deliver all necessary door part dimensions, quantities, and materials.  Once parts are programmed, the production plans are generated to maximize machine runtimes and material utilization. This provides full transparency for all work orders flowing through the Smart Factory.

Rytec continues investing in new technology as part of its dedication to the highest standards of quality and customer satisfaction. The company’s 2024 modernization plans include adding fiber optic tube lasers, robotic welding cells and CNC machining centers at the company’s Jackson, Wis, headquarters facility.

For more information about Rytec and its cutting-edge production facilities, visit the Smart Factory page on the Rytec website.

Member News: Salt Lake City International Airport chooses Park Assist

ParkAssist NR SLC Parking systemsNEW YORK, NEW YORK – April 28th, 2020 – Park Assist® has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Salt Lake City International Airport’s latest parking garage. Salt Lake City is building a new International Airport (SLC) to replace the existing structure. Serving more than 26 million passengers a year, SLC also chose to include a 3,600-space parking garage in the new development. This parking facility, equipped with Park Assist’s camera based M4 PGS, is designed to meet Salt Lake City’s current and future needs with the flexibility to adapt with the ever-changing aviation industry.

As part of SLC’s effort to improve its passengers’ travel experience, Park Assist’s proprietary M4 PGS will serve to decrease parking search times and traffic in the garage and increase customer satisfaction. Along with the M4 technology, SLC’s parking guidance solution will also include two of Park Assist’s advanced software add-ons: Park FinderTM and Park AlertsTM.

The camera based M4 smart sensor system uses color-coded LED lights to guide drivers to vacant spaces; triggered to turn from red to green when spaces become available, these lights remove all confusion from the parking journey. Upon returning to the garage, these travelers will have an equally effortless experience finding their car by utilizing Park Assist’s Find Your Car software add-on. This advanced vehicle locator feature uses license plate recognition (LPR) technology to pinpoint each customer’s car. By simply entering all or part of their license plate number into the Park Assist system or mobile app, guests are directed to their vehicle’s exact location within the facility.

Additionally, Park Assist’s Park Alerts software extension allows the airport to gain valuable control and increase security in the garage. Using this add-on, parking management will be able to set and enforce automated rules and alerts. These alerts will immediately notify them of any policy violations so they can take the appropriate action, creating an efficient, safe, and secure facility.

“Park Assist is extremely excited to work with Salt Lake City International on this groundbreaking development. As the airport transforms for the future, Park Assist hopes to deliver an equally innovative parking experience. We are honored to be a part of SLC’s initiative and provide travelers with a state-of-the-art parking garage through our advanced technology,” said Jeff Sparrow, Regional Account Manager.

Site work is scheduled to begin this month and the installation is slated for completion for SLC’s grand opening in September 2020.

About Park Assist
Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera-based parking guidance installations in the world. Our patented technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.8 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.

Katie Rodenhiser
Global Marketing Manager

Member News: Rytec Introduces Spiral LP Low-Profile High-Performance Door

Jackson, WI – Rytec Corporation has introduced a new addition to its Spiral® product line Rytec Doors– the Spiral® LP. Combining a low-profile side column and headroom configuration, the Spiral LP features a reduced profile allowing it to fit into even tighter spaces than other models. With side columns requiring only 6.5 inches of side room clearance, the Spiral LP provides a solution for commercial applications challenged with extremely limited space. As a result, high-performance door operation is now assured in locations where conventional sectional and rolling steel doors typically have been used.

Standard features include double-walled anodized aluminum slats, integral rubber weatherseals and a continuous heavy-duty hinge system, providing a tight seal and resilience to inclement weather conditions. The variable speed AC drive system – with soft acceleration and deceleration – provides unparalleled performance.

The Spiral LP is ideal for parking, automotive, commercial, institutional and residential applications, and is also available in models designed with 9-inch tall full-vision or full-ventilation slats.

With another innovative high-performance door, Rytec continues to better serve the needs of its customers, as well as improve upon the quality, performance and reliability of its high-speed product portfolio.

About Rytec High Performance Doors

With 100,000 doors in operation worldwide, Rytec is North America’s leading independent manufacturer of high-speed, high-performance doors for industrial, commercial, retail auto, food and beverage, and controlled-temperature environments. Every door addresses a specific operational and environmental challenge and is engineered for maximum safety, productivity and efficiency. Corporate offices are headquartered in Jackson, Wisconsin, with additional manufacturing operations in Hartford, Wisconsin. Customer support is provided through national and regional offices and a network of local dealers and installers throughout North America.

Rytec. Quality, Performance, Reliability.  www.rytecdoors.com

Campus Expansion Demands Parking Innovation

By Bill Smith and Craig Smith

WHEN IPMI VISITS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, NEXT JUNE, Conference & Expo attendees will Campus Parking Texashave a chance to see an innovative parking project. H-E-B, the Texas-based grocery retailer, is close to completing the development of a new five-level parking garage that will provide 744 spaces to employees and visitors to the company’s historic Arsenal Campus. This parking project apart is set apart because the new garage is located across the busy, four-lane Cesar Chavez Boulevard from the campus and features a skybridge pedestrians can use to safely move to and from the parking garage.

The project is part of a larger expansion of H-E-B’s headquarters campus, which has created the need for more parking. The parking garage and bridge project is part of a $100 million master plan, under which the company plans to add 1,600 employ­ees to its downtown headquarters by 2030.

As might be expected, it was challenging to find the necessary space to develop parking in this bustling area, but the development team came up with a solu­tion that permitted H-E-B to build the new parking fa­cility within the corporate campus. The addition of the skybridge ensured that the new development provides safe and convenient parking for employees and visitors without affecting traffic on the busy street.

“Success often leads to a need for more parking,” says Casey Wagner, executive vice president and man­aging director of the Houston office of Walker Consul­tants, the parking consultant on the project. “Meeting that additional need often requires creativity, and this project stands out in that regard. The entire team, starting with the owner, showed a truly creative spirit.”

Meeting Increased Parking Need
In a sense, developing necessary parking was the sim­ple part of the project. There was an existing parking lot on which the new structure could be built, which served as the project footprint.

The garage was designed to architecturally comple­ment H-E-B’s historic head­quarters building, which has played an important role in San Antonio’s history. The building was originally es­tablished as an arsenal and is still known as The Arse­nal. It was established as the predecessor to Fort Sam Houston and supplied ammunition and provisions to troops in four armed conflicts, beginning with the Civil War.

Given the historic importance of H-E-B’s headquar­ters building, it was imperative that the new garage complement it architecturally while fitting seamlessly into the neighborhood. To achieve this, the garage was constructed with a mix of materials that included steel, concrete, metal screening, metal fencing, D’Hanis brick, and other masonry elements. The completed ga­rage beautifully achieves its architectural goals while providing a safe and convenient parking experience.

The five-level deck boasts a number of amenities designed to improve the parking experience, including rows of rooftop-shading trellis aligned above the park­ing spaces to provide shade and reduce the garage’s carbon footprint. LED lighting is used throughout the garage to enhance visibility and improve safety while reducing operational costs through enhanced effi­ciency. Extensive landscaping improves the project’s aesthetics while further reducing the garage’s carbon footprint. Finally, wire fencing is used to establish the borders of the parking complex.

“Improving the parking experience is a vitally important consideration when you design a parking facility on a corporate campus,” Wagner says. “If employees can park their vehicles quickly and conve­niently, they can get to their workstations or to meet­ings more efficiently and in a better frame of mind. The work day is much more pleasant for employees when it gets off to a good start in the parking facility, and those employees are typically more productive and effective at work. The Arsenal Building garage accomplishes all of these goals.”

Reaching for the Sky
What really stands out about the new garage is a pedes­trian skybridge that allows pedestrians to safely walk to the Arsenal Building. One of the most challenging aspects of the project was to create a way for drivers to traverse the busy four-lane Cesar Chavez Boulevard af­ter they park their vehicles. Of course, safety wasn’t the only consideration. Traffic management can be a night­mare for such a busy street, particularly when it needs to accommodate large numbers of people crossing the boulevard on foot during peak commuting times.

The skybridge was an obvious solution but one that had the potential to fall into the “easier-said-than-­done” category. The historic nature of the Arsenal Building was a potential roadblock. In a city like San Antonio that’s acutely aware of its history—and justifi­ably proud of it—it can be difficult to gain the necessary support for development that will fundamentally alter the architectural personality of the area. That’s one of the reasons the San Antonio Conservation Society has traditionally balked at the idea of skybridges.

Potential opposition was avoided through the cre­ation of a design that ensured the skybridge would complement local design while standing out as an ar­chitectural marvel on its own. San Antonio is a city of bridges. If you’ve had the privilege of visiting the city’s Riverwalk or taking a boat trip along the San Antonio River, you’ve experienced them. The South Alamo, Lojoya, Presa, Navarro, St. Mary’s, Market, Commerce, and Crockett bridges allow residents and tourists to cross the San Antonio River to visit its world-famous shops and restaurants.

This skybridge was designed to evoke the historic bridges along the San Antonio River and complement the city’s beautiful landscape. Designed by project ar­chitect Ford, Powell & Carson, it is constructed of cast concrete with chipped edges and stacked clay tile.
Casting the necessary concrete and installing the skybridge onsite would have required closing Che Guevara Boulevard for several days, which wasn’t really an option. As such, the skybridge was built off­site with precast concrete and delivered to the site in three sections, which were then assembled and lifted into place in a single night, while traffic was negligi­ble. The finished skybridge is 160 feet long and 10 feet tall by 10 feet across. It stands 27 feet above the busy four-lane roadway.

“The pedestrian bridge connecting the garage to the Arsenal Building was the ideal solution,” Wagner says. “It’s an essential element of the parking program because it provides safe and convenient access to and from the garage, while minimizing the impact of the parking garage on traffic in the area.

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Owner: H-E-B
Development team: Walker Consultants, parking consultant and structural engineer
Ford, Powell & Carson, architectural firm
Whiting-Turner, general contractor
Number of parking spaces: 744
Levels: Five elevated decks and two bays
Estimated construction budget: $19 million

The work day is much more pleasant for employees when it gets off to a good start in the parking facility, and those employees are typically more productive and effective at work. The Arsenal Building garage accomplishes all of these goals.

“It’s also a stunning addition to the local architec­ture,” Wagner continues. “The way it reflects San Anto­nio’s character is tremendous.”

The completed garage beautifully achieves its architectural goals while providing a safe and convenient parking experience.

Read the article here.

BILL SMITH is principal of Smith-Phillips Communications and contributing editor to Parking & Mobility. He can be reached at bsmith@smith-phillips.com.

CRAIG SMITH is a freelance writer. He can be reached at smithcw48@gmail.com.

Parking Spotlight: Design Downtown for Women— Men Will Follow

By David M. Feehan

DARK, DIRTY, DULL, AND DANGEROUS. That is how one woman described parking garages in her downtown. None of us in the parking industry would like to have more than half of our custom­ers saying things like that about the facilities we manage. Yet most parking professionals are not fully aware of how women perceive not only parking in downtowns, but downtowns in general. And the reason is deceptively simple: While women account for more than 80 percent of retail, residential, and healthcare decisions, and today control more than half of the private wealth in the US, they are woefully un­derrepresented in the professions that design the downtown experience—architecture, urban planning, real estate development, engineering, and related fields.

The new book I co-wrote and edited, “Design Downtown for Women—Men Will Follow,” is a wake-up call for all of us who design and manage what for many is a woman’s first and last downtown experi­ence—parking. The authors are mostly women who will change the way you think about what you do, and how you can appeal to your most important custom­er. Part of the book is excerpted here.

Marking Parking Convenient for Women

Dull, dark, dirty, and dangerous.
That is how one woman who was interviewed for this book described downtown parking structures. At the start of our investigation, we used Survey­Monkey to contact more than 100 women who were leaders in their professional fields, and women whom we thought would have important viewpoints on downtowns.

The authors interviewed several women who are active in Women in Parking, an organization that de­scribes itself as “the premier association dedicated to the advancement and achievement of professional women by providing networking, leadership, and career outreach opportunities and support of its members.”
Marcy Sparrow, the chairperson of Women in Parking, is a native of Pittsburgh, a city that has its own parking challenges.

Her approach to parking is simple. She always assumes that there is space available near her desti­nation, but proximity is a major issue for her. Another strong consideration is weather. She wears heels so she doesn’t want to walk very far.

Marcy is not afraid of parking garages, a concern many women have, as long as the garage appears to be clean, safe, and well-lit. She looks for garages with guidance systems that indicate which floors have open spaces.
One issue Women in Parking seeks to address is gender equality. Parking has long been a male-­dominated field, and Marcy and the organization she chairs seek to change that, making sure that women have an equal voice in managing and owning parking.
One parking expert who weighed in on how park­ing can be improved to make the experience more inviting for women is Mark Muglich, former president of ABM Parking Services, one of the largest parking management companies in the U.S.
According to Mark, making parking convenient, safe, and pleasant is essential to the development of downtown, particularly for women. Muglich de­scribes his advice to parking operators below.

Muglich’s Advice

Very little crime is actually committed in parking garages, except on TV and in movies, according to Muglich. But, that doesn’t eliminate the perception that parking garages are crime ridden and unsafe.

The following factors are critical to making people feel safe in parking garages:

  • Cleanliness—A fa­cility with dust, dirt, and debris everywhere sends the wrong impression to criminals and customers alike. Criminals see a dirty structure as a facility where no one is paying at­tention, and an opportu­nity to break into vehicles or commit assaults. Cus­tomers also see a dirty facility as a place where no one is paying attention and see it as unsafe.
  • Lighting—A brightly lit parking garage is invit­ing and feels safe. With the cost and efficiency of LED lighting there is no excuse for a poorly lit ga­rage. Bright lighting at the entrance is critical. It’s also important to brightly light corners and entranc­es to elevators and stairways. Muglich advises oper­ators to see the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America publication RP-20-14, “Lighting for Parking Facilities,” describes parking structure light­ing minimum requirements.
  • Bright painting—Let’s face it, grey concrete is ugly and always looks like someone’s basement. Painting columns and walls in attractive colors, not just white, makes a garage feel pleasant and safer. Painting the ceiling white will also help improve lighting levels. Parking managers should also pay attention to the choice of colors, as noted elsewhere in Carol Becker’s chapter in this book. There is a growing trend to add level theming and wayfinding elements, public art, and other “parking garage in­terior environment enhancements” to enhance the “feel” of parking facilities and improve the patron’s perception of safety and security.
  • Design for safety—Good design elements are critical to making people feel safe in parking garag­es. Designing for safety, sometimes called CPTED, or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, is addressed elsewhere in the chapter by Ken Stapleton.   Good design requires openness. Parking facility designers should elimi­nate dead ends and dark corners. Traffic flow that brings moving vehicles to all areas of the garage makes everyone feel safer. This also applies to improving visibility around blind turns, having appro­priate turn radii, glass-backed elevators, etc.  Stairs, elevator lobbies and elevators should have glass walls. Parking garages should also have ground-level retail to “activate” the street level. No one wants to walk past a long blank wall of a parking garage.  CCTV and emergency alarms will help customers feel safer. They must be professionally monitored and provide fast response.
  • Facility maintenance—A well-maintained park­ing facility (clean, freshly painted, expansion joint in good repair, no obvious structural or concrete condi­tion issues [spalling, cracking, etc.]) sends a strong signal that the facility is actively managed and at­tended to. A poorly maintained facility sends an even stronger signal but with the opposite message.
  • Activity and customer assistance amenities—Parking facilities that are designed to promote local activity (first floor retail, bike share stations, inte­grated transit or shuttle stops, security call stations, customer service representatives, public art, decora­tive plantings, etc., promote greater pedestrian activ­ity, which in turn creates a sense of use and safety.

New facilities should be designed as self-serve to maximize efficiency and speed in helping custom­ers to exit promptly. Money saved on cashier labor should be used for customer service representatives.

The exterior of the garage should also be architec­turally pleasing. When you approach the garage from the street by vehicle or as a pedestrian, if it looks well designed your initial impression will be a good one, making you feel safer.

Jane Jenkins, president of Downtown OKC in Oklahoma City, and former chair of the International Downtown Association, describes downtown park­ing as one of the most annoying aspects of visiting downtown. She notes that signage is frequently lacking or confusing, and as a result, people arriving by cars often look for on-street parking in adjoining neighborhoods, causing problems for residents.

Jenkins also comments that the smell in some parking garages is a turn-off. Spilled food containers, discarded cigarette butts, and animal waste can con­tribute to an unsavory smell. The ground level of stair towers often ends up as a urinal and can result in a stomach-turning experience.

Tamara Zahn, former president of Downtown Indy Inc., said that she believes that parking garages are designed around cars, not around people. This runs counter to a statement Dennis Burns, a nationally recognized parking expert, offered at a recent In­ternational Parking & Mobility Institute conference. “Parking is not a car storage business,” according to Burns. “It is a people business.”

Kate Joncas, former deputy mayor of Seattle and former president of Downtown Seattle Inc., recalls that she has experienced areas around parking ga­rages that are loitering locations, especially when security is not visible. Women who are using pay-on-foot pay stations in parking lobbies, and are opening purses and wallets, can find this experience uncom­fortable and downright threatening.

Attended surface lots, though not good uses of urban land, are much preferred by women. In Kalam­azoo, one surface lot attendant kept a small library of favorite novels in his booth and loaned them to customers with whom he had become acquainted. Having a familiar face in the attendant’s booth made customers, particularly women, feel much more comfortable.

Parking operators can make parking facilities much more inviting for women. Having on site a package of services—dead battery jumps, flat tire assistance, help for customers who accidently lock their keys in their cars—gives any customer, but particularly women customers, a sense of comfort, knowing that if something goes wrong, someone is there to help.

Pathways from parking garages and lots are another area frequently neglected. Lighting, land­scaping, and attention to walking surfaces can make a pathway inviting or downright frightening. Some cities have turned grimy, unlit alleys into attractive pedestrian walkways, with openings into shops, and occasional buskers performing music. Removal of snow and ice in cold weather cities is another service parking operators should maintain regularly.

Just finding a place to park can be a daunting task for anyone. Some cities do a good job of signage, guiding people to public parking. Some parking au­thorities and downtown organizations offer on-line websites that highlight parking facilities, and give useful information such as location of entrances, prices, and hours of operation.
In summary, the design of the downtown parking experience is crucial to attracting women, because so often parking is the first and last experience a woman will have with the downtown business dis­trict.

Read the article here.

DAVID M. FEEHAN is president of Civitas Consulting, LLC. He can be reached at dadpsych@mac.com. “Design Downtown for Women—Men Will Follow” is available at amazon.com.

Mobility & Tech: Creating A-List Parking in Urban Settings

By Taylor Kim, AIA, LEED AP

PARKING IS OFTEN THE FIRST AND LAST IMPRESSION a patron has when visiting a destination. In parking-challenged urban centers such as San Francisco, Calif, where parking isn’t expected to be easy, providing an A-list parking experience can add tremendous value. By integrating mobile app technology, seamless valet services, and mechanical parking for increased flexi­bility, parking can become an amenity rather than an inconvenient necessity.

At Lumina Towers, a luxury resi­dential development in the Rincon Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, each of these technologies was used to not only improve the residential experience, but also provide a cost-effective way to offer sufficient parking within a limited footprint. Lumina consists of four high-rise towers that take up an entire city block. While this site is larger than most, it was still a challenge to accommodate the number of parking spaces needed to serve its 655 units. Given the amount of parking needed and the high level of service desired to serve Lumina’s cli­entele, it was determined that full valet parking, rather than self-parking, was the right approach.

The Specs

Parking for the development is supplied on three basement levels. The first basement consists of the valet drop-off and pick-up areas and accessible parking, as well as pedestrian connec­tions to each of the four towers. The second and third basement levels are only accessible to valet attendants. To densify the parking to meet the project’s program, the third basement level also incorporates mechanical stackers that use volume to make more efficient use of available space.

Valet-operated mechanical parking allows for more flexible operations and increased parking capacity with minimal increases to the volume of the garage. Because the prime location means many residents don’t regularly use their vehi­cles, valets are able to manage demand by leveraging stackers and remote spac­es in the garage for long-term storage. Experienced valets also make it possible to use a complicated parking layout with a delicate one-way traffic pattern and parking at various angles, resulting in extremely efficient operations.

By integrating mobile app technology, seamless valet services, and mechanical parking for increased flexibility, parking can become an amenity rather than an inconvenient necessity.

Why Valet Makes Sense

Valet is often thought of as an expensive, slow, labor-intensive operation. However, with the use of technology, many of the disadvantages of valet parking have been minimized at Lumina Towers. Instead of a traditional valet operation where drivers request their vehicle once they reach the valet station in the parking garage, resi­dents at Lumina text or call the valet desk for their cars before leaving their units. The valet then queries the central system at the main valet office, where attendants can locate and retrieve the vehicle. By the time the resident reaches the garage, their car is staged and ready.

The garage drop-off was carefully de­signed with the driver in mind. There is adequate queuing space for residents to be able to leave their cars on arrival and proceed to their building during heavi­er peak periods. Attendants are also able to prepare for the morning peak demands during the slower overnight hours by staging the regular vehicles for pick up on the B1 level. Having a regular dedicated valet staff onsite also forges a personal connection, increasing the level of service to the residents.

In one of the densest, busiest cities in the country, Lumina Towers not only overcame the innate challenges posed by parking, but also turned the parking experience into a luxury amenity that provides residents with a seamless, high-level experience.

Read the article here.

TAYLOR KIM, AIA, LEED AP, is project manager and associate with Watry Design. She can be reached at tkim@watrydesign.com.


Preparing for Crisis: New Publication Provides Resources for Professionals on the Sensitive Issue of Suicide in Parking Facilities

Increased awareness and education may save lives and reduce trauma

(Alexandria, Va., May 18, 2016) – Suicide has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, according to a recent report by the National Center for Health StatisticsWhile only about two percent of the estimated 43,000 suicides each year result from jumping or falling, parking garages are among the places where these suicides occur (in addition to bridges and railways). Within these industries, professionals have grappled with the devastating aftermath for victims’ families as well the often long-term trauma for personnel.

In collaboration with leading suicide experts, the International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest association of the parking industry, has produced Suicide in Parking Facilities: Deterrence, Response, and Recovery, a 12-page publication that offers information, resources, and expert advice.

“This is a difficult topic but one we feel is important to address,” says Shawn Conrad, CAE, chief executive officer of IPI, who noted that more suicides occur at garages serving Veterans Administration (V.A.) and other hospitals that treat psychiatric illnesses, and at universities, where suicide is the second-leading cause of death. Suicides also occur in multi-level municipal parking garages, he says.

A 2016 survey of members of IPI found that a significant number of respondents reported suicides or attempted suicides (38 and 20 percent, respectively) in facilities they managed.

The publication covers a wide range of topics, from installing physical barriers and signage that offers crisis line information to on-the-scene intervention and post-traumatic care for employees and witnesses. It also addresses how to effectively manage media attention that can unintentionally glamorize suicide with tragic consequences.

Suicide in Parking Facilities: Deterrence, Response, and Recovery is available as a free download here. IPI is offering a webinar on the topic in August, as well as onsite preparedness training. Contact Tina Altman at taltman@parking.org  or 571.699.3009 for more information.


Editor note:
Media coverage can inadvertently glamorize death by suicide. Please consider consulting
www.reportingonsuicide.org for guidance in covering this topic.

Media contact:
Helen Sullivan
(703) 606-7622