Can you reuse a parking structure?
One of the best features of a typical urban stone or brick building is that it’s adaptable. A former clothing store can become a bank, or apartments, or offices.
But what about parking garages? Can an underused parking garage be adapted to other uses in the future, or are we stuck with having to tear them down if we want something else? Can we even convert one or two floors into something else?
Here are three necessities that he says are missing from most parking structures:
- “Adequate” headroom for a range of typical uses.
- Minimum ramps and maximum level floor plates as you don’t want to have to contend with a Guggenheim Museum ramp.
- “Adequate” floor loads as believe it or not cars are not that heavy.