Guelph wins award for innovation in parking operations and programs

Guelph, ON, October 9, 2019 – The City of Guelph was presented with the ‘Innovation in Parking Operations & Programs Award’ by the Canadian Parking Association (CPA) at its annual conference on October 7 in Victoria, BC. The award acknowledges CPA members who have created operational processes, programs or technical innovations that exemplify the experience of innovation, economic results, and benefits to the community.

The City received the award at the CPA annual conference in Victoria, BC. The award recognizes and celebrates the innovative design and building features of Guelph’s new Market Parkade, the City’s first new parkade in more than thirty years and its first energy self-sufficient and self-sustaining parking facility.

Supporting the City of Guelph’s commitment to its corporate 100RE target, through which all City facilities and operations will use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, the Market Parkade has 496 stalls, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, accessible stalls and secure bicycle parking.  The facility is a Net Zero Energy site with more than five hundred solar panels installed on the roof, and is expected to generate nearly 240,000 kilowatt hours per year. The parkade is positioned to address the emerging issues posed by climate change by depending entirely on renewable energy sources to power its EV charging stations, lights, security and parking access and revenue control equipment. The facility starts with four EV charging stations and has the infrastructure to expand to eighty EV charging stations as consumers’ usage patterns change.

Moreover, the facility was built using the CANADACAR Parking Structure System: a pre-engineered, prefabricated building system that utilizes the most advanced, innovative technique of construction resulting in free span modular parking bays. The CANADACAR Parking Structure System offers the following benefits: cost efficient, reduced maintenance costs, driver/pedestrian safe, reduced construction time, increased longevity, greater flexibility and increased volume, all components in reducing the initial and ongoing carbon footprint of the facility and its operation.

About the Canadian Parking Association

The Canadian Parking Association was founded in 1983 by members of the industry, with the primary goal to bring together interested parties to form a cohesive national voice for the parking industry in Canada.

For more information

Jamie Zettle
Program Manager, Parking
Engineering and Transportation Services
519-822-1260 extension 2590
jamie.zettle@guelph.ca