Three Trends in Parking Garage Design in Kansas City

Parking garage and bridge to Exterior of Truman Medical Center

The landscape of American roadways is changing rapidly. For mixed use parking structure developers, this presents a great deal of uncertainty for the future. After all, the future of parking itself should factor into your design and structural choices. With each new project, McCownGordon Construction finds ways to innovate parking garage design. In Kansas City and across our service regions, we keep our eyes on the future.

Keep reading for three of the major trends we’re seeing in parking garage design. 

1. Future-proofing parking garages 

The trend for the future is fewer cars on the road and vehicles that rely on alternative energy sources like electricity. Fewer cars means a reduced need for parking and smaller overall footprints for parking garages. 

Whether you’re a developer building a structure to sell or you’re a project owner who is the final user of your mixed used structure, you want to plan for the future. The usable life of your building can go beyond 50 years, so it’s vital to prepare for the eventuality of needing fewer floors of parking.

As experts in parking garage construction, we understand the need for in-depth planning to easily transition parking floors into office or residential floors. Parking garage floors don’t require the same floor-to-floor heights as other types of structures, so building them taller gives the future adaptability you need. 

The business performance solutions team at McCownGordon keeps up on every detail for potential future-proofing and cost savings in your project.

2. More electric vehicle accommodations

With the electric vehicle market growing, more Americans need convenient access to quality EV charging stations. Forward-thinking mixed-use developers understand the need for adequate space dedicated to charging electric vehicles. 

It’s also worth noting that codes themselves now often require a certain number of charging spots for electric vehicles, and our team keeps abreast of any changes in codes to ensure the proper number of spaces for each build. 

3. Embracing a sustainable approach

In the mixed use space, future adaptability drives the design and cost of projects today. We start early on in projects to ensure everything is compatible throughout the entire lifecycle of construction and beyond. Part of that means future-proofing the designs so the end user can easily transition into other uses as needed in the future.  

These trends mean the future of parking garage design in Kansas City, and across our service regions, won’t look like the parking garages of the past. We can walk clients through different options for renewable energies, materials and processes to consider for their project. One example is a project owner who isn’t ready to install solar panels. Our team helps the design account for installing solar in the future by reserving space on the roof and ensuring the electrical panels and system are robust enough to adequately handle solar power. 

Experts with parking garage design in Kansas City and beyond

McCownGordon is prepared to meet the need for parking garage design in Kansas City and across all regions we serve. We focus on the future, ensuring your structure enjoys a long useful life with design that prioritizes the potential. Our collaborative project delivery methods lead to optimum results for nearly any project through reduced risk, early collaboration, and balanced participation.

At McCownGordon, our team maintains a customer-focused mentality, allowing us to meet or exceed even your highest expectations. Dedicated to promoting integrity, performance and relationships, it’s our people and values that truly make the difference.

Our customers aren’t simply another project; they’re an extension of our team and community. Together, we don’t just build—we bring creative visions to life. From first thought to final nail, we deliver quality work to ensure our builds stand above the rest. 

We have three regional offices around the Midwest—Kansas City, Manhattan and Wichita in addition to our newest location in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Call us at 888-304-4929 or use our free online quote tool to start building today. 

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