COLLEGE STATION Peter W. Lange, executive director for Texas A&M University Transportation Services, was presented a top honor — the “Chairman’s Award” – at the International Parking Institute 2013 Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The IPI awards competition is an annual event that showcases outstanding parking facilities and innovative parking programs in a number of categories. While at the conference, Lange also accepted two IPI “Awards of Excellence” on behalf of Transportation Services.
Lange received the annual award for his outstanding contribution toward advancing technology in the parking industry. In presenting the “Chairman’s Award," IPI officials note that Lange has been a leader in the parking industry for more than 14 years, contributing expertise in the areas of marketing and communications, special event and visitor parking, information technology, human resource and payroll management, budgeting, permit allocation and customer service.
The project to renovate Lot 61, near the West Campus Garage, won an “Award of Merit” in the category of Best Design/Implementation of Surface Parking Lot. In addition to re-paving, Transportation Services officials explain that this project included improvement of the existing drainage, the addition of accessible parking and re-grading of the parking area. Other critical elements were design and use of construction techniques to ensure the preservation of numerous large diameter live oaks contained within the existing parking area by creating linear green spaces with pedestrian walks and lighting. Orientation and reconfiguration of the lot allowed for premium football tailgating spaces, which have become some of the most desirable game day parking spaces on campus.
The project that renovated four on-campus parking garages won an “Award of Merit” in the category of Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation of Restoration. Officials say this project included three phases of renovation. Additionally, a project to replace existing lighting in all garages with more energy efficient induction lighting has been completed, accessible parking within all garages has been studied and is being brought up to existing codes and new parking control equipment has been installed in many of the facilities, they add.
Transportation Services engaged Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to engineer these two projects. Their organization was recognized as co-award winners by IPI.
The International Parking Institute is the world's largest association representing parking professionals and the parking industry. The IPI Conference & Expo is the largest educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals in the world. Traditionally, more than 2,500 attendees gather for four days of meetings, keynote addresses, leadership discussions, networking, awards, special events, tours of parking facilities and an exhibit hall with more than 225 exhibitors.