Why is Access a Major Problem to be Solved in Shopping Center Parking Lot Design
At C&C Site Development we understand the needs of the shopping center developer, efficiency and cost effectiveness. One of the most important facilities of a shopping center is the parking facilities. This 4 part series concentrates on shopping center parking lot design and how to best serve both the developer and the eventual customers of the shopping center, efficiently and cost effectively.
The site planner and the site developer are most concerned with four stages in shopping center parking lot design. The shopper’s trip from home to the shopping center is of concern to the site developer. The 4 areas we will discuss over the next 4 articles all contained here are:
1) The road the shopper travels to get to the shopping center.
2) The point at which the shopper leaves this road and enters the shopping center.
3) The search for unoccupied parking spaces.
4) The walk from the parking space to the store they are seeking.
Shopping center developers must consider many facts which are not strictly within city planning jurisdiction, such as the trade potential of the area surrounding the shopping center, and the types of stores that should be located in a particular shopping center.
As final plans for the shopping center begin to emerge, showing the size and layout of the stores, parking area, and service areas, the needs of the shoppers begin to be addressed. The planner should become vitally concerned with shopping center parking lot design, and the unique ways different problems can be addressed for different properties.
Shopping Center Parking Lot Design; The shopper’s trip to the parking lot:
Thirty minutes driving time is currently the accepted limit of the market area of a major regional shopping center, which might serve up to 500,000 people. The area enclosed within the thirty-minute driving time has to be calculated according to the condition and congestion of the streets and is not always in direct ratio to linear distance. Five miles of expressway may be traversed more quickly than five blocks of a crowded business section.
Shopping center developers recommend traffic counts of the major streets serving the center. This is not so much as an indication of the business potentiality, but as a check on the congestion already existing and an aid in predicting the traffic situation after the center is opened.
As a matter of self-preservation, developers and architects recommend further studies, including the future road-construction programs in the area. It is also advisable to research future housing developments and population movements in the area, so that other effects on business and traffic may be determined.
Once the gross annual volume of business of the center has been estimated, the average number of cars using the center daily may be estimated. Also the peak traffic, in and out, may be estimated, and the time of day at which peak loads will occur may be determined.
To the normal present and future traffic loads of the roads serving the center must be added the traffic generated by the center, and the totals must be compared with the capacity of the roads. If the roads do not have the extra capacity to handle the future traffic loads, new road construction should be in the offing, or the center should be located elsewhere. If possible, the site selected for a new shopping center should be adequately serviced by existing public roads.
C&C Site Development has handled countless shopping center site development projects in the Central Florida and Greater Florida area. Unique challenges can come up in the shopping center parking lot design process.
Whether it is land clearance, demolition of existing structures, parking lot coverings, curbs, access roads or infrastructure, C&C Site Development is Florida’s go to firm for results. Put your projects site development needs in our hands and be assured the job will be done, efficiently and in a cost effective manner.
For Solutions Call (407) 688-2657
C&C Site Development is ready to assist you today.
- We offer experience and leadership through consulting services for all phases of construction enhancing efficiency and ultimately profitability.
- Our responsible bidding practices along with our efficient and professional administrative services are proven to get projects launched and completed successfully with continued support.
- Our systems and philosophies are on the leading edge of the industry standards and the goals we set using proven tactics enhance projects and their profitability.
Contact C&C Site Development today to schedule a consultation.
For Solutions Call (407) 688-2657