My introduction to parking was the Texas Medical Center’s (TMC) parking facility condition assessment program in the summer of 1998. On a quarterly basis, I walked every garage and parking lot TMC operated. I was tasked to develop construction documents for repairs and provide oversight during construction. TMC is the largest medical center in the world with more than 69,000 parking spaces so it was a grand introduction.
During that summer I also worked on the TMC Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) technology replacement project. TMC was upgrading their parking equipment in the facilities by installing state of the art technology. The transition was from a Pay-at-Exit system to a Pay-on-Foot automated system with turn-out lanes. The project required a complete redesign of how the facilities functioned and an overhaul of the wayfinding/signage for operational alignment.
While these two projects were different they had two things in common, they were parking projects and we were the prime consultant leading the team. This experience has become the foundation of my career and has since led to leading four of the last five garages built in Texas Medical Center and hundreds of consulting projects nationally. My passion for parking is fueled through a team leadership approach and a project delivery process called Parking Integration. I am a proud Parking Professional.