National Parking Association (NPA) – 2016 Innovative Facility of the Year

  • Shot of Unitronics lifts as seen from outside of West Hollywood Unitronics automated parking garage

Innovative Facility of the Year: City of West Hollywood Automated Garage

The city of West Hollywood, Calif. has built the first fully automated, municipally run parking structure on the West Coast. The new, 200-space automated parking structure replaced a 68-space surface parking lot adjacent to West Hollywood City Hall. The automated garage incorporated a SKIDATA parking access revenue control system.

The West Hollywood automated garage has enhanced parking for city visitors and staff as it provides a valet-like experience without the costs and risks of valet parking. Through the use of a computerized parking storage and retrieval system, the automated garage has provided a dense configuration of parking spaces on a smaller footprint than a traditional parking structure.

The compact nature of the project afforded the city the ability to create a 4,000 square foot community plaza between city hall and the garage.

The parking structure includes a rooftop photovoltaic system that powers the garage. Other sustainable features include the use of composite wood panels that were made from recycle plastic grocery bags and milk jugs. Additionally, emissions are reduced due to the lack of drivers searching for an available space.

About NPA: The National Parking Association, established in 1951, is the voice of the $28 billion parking & industry composed of private parking owners and public parking operators that together employ more than 143,000 people. NPA is the premier association for parking owners & leaders—providing research, advocacy, and education and credentialing. Visit NPA at