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Parking In A Green Puzzle

There’s More Shades Of Green In A Sustainable World Than One Can Imagine.

Since 1968 Harding Steel, Inc. headquartered in Denver, Colorado, has been manufacturing, installing, and servicing parking lifts in home garages, commercial parking lots, and condominiums. They can fit double, triple, or quadruple the vehicles as a traditional parking lot, allowing a smaller construction footprint.

Harding Steel developed the hydraulic car lift system and is the largest manufacturer of the mechanical parking lift systems. They offer 14 different models of above ground, subterranean, and semi-automated parking system (also known as “puzzle parking” structures). The systems are affordable and provide a quick return on investment. Systems from production facilities in North America and Asia are sent to customers in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Jessica Shaw with the Christie Nye Company told Forced Green, “The nature of this type of parking system is “green” in its purpose – using the space that already exists to fit more vehicles, instead of having to build an additional parking structure, or dig several floors underground for a multi-level parking garage. It’s not only more cost effective for builders, it’s also convenient and quick for people to retrieve their cars (usually 30-40 seconds—much quicker than a traditional parking garage).”

Below is a video featuring Harding Steel’s CarMatrix system installed in The 20 on Hawthorne, a 51-unit building in Portland Oregon that was sustainably designed and built to a LEED Gold Certification standard. Along with the puzzle parking system, the building also utilizes such sustainability features as high-efficiency appliances, glass windows, lighting, recycled materials, and eco-terrace, just to name of few.

It amazing to watch the diversity of sustainability …..

…. as the green future unfolds.

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22 Responses to “Parking In A Green Puzzle”

  1. Theresa Cahill Says:

    That is so cool! I’m a tad confused, but I’d assume they’ve left “one open space” for the shuffle. (I watched but didn’t have my headphones on.)

    What a space saver! The only thing you’d need to worry about would be forgetting your code LOL!

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa …. You’re absolutely right! Just like that little plastic puzzle we all played with as kids (well, us Boomers anyway), with one space left out to manipulate the remaining squares.

    As for as remembering the code, I heard Ginko is good for – what ever we were talking about.

  3. bill Says:

    That’s really neat! Thanks for sharing the video!

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Bill …. you are more than welcome! Come back again!

  5. Ryan Says:

    The good thing about the machine at the 20 is the residents are all given a magnetic swipe card. No need to remember a code! Linda is right. The plastic cereal box puzzle is the exact principle behind this equipment.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Ryan …. So you are telling me that memory is not really necessary for getting your car back! Well, there goes my red ferrari!

  7. Theresa Says:

    Maybe you just get whatever car comes back LOL! “Oh today I’ll take the Rolls…”

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … LOL! I’m afraid I would high-hurdle my fellow geriatrics to slide behind the wheel of a red Ferrari – all electric of course!

  9. Barbara Says:

    That is amazing. I love the idea, and NO memory needed Ha-Ha. I can still swipe LOL!! No need to push any buttons.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … It is pretty neat and your car can get to you much faster than a valet. LOL! memory not needed! 😀

  11. iip albanjary Says:

    this is an innovative low carbon effort?
    I wonder how much it cost of investement?

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi iip …. yes, it can be considered low carbon effort but the cost is really based upon the project needs.

  13. Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles Says:

    Very cool post and very cool video.. I am totally amazed of what I read and see. Thanks for sharing this post. This is so great.

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi LA … thanks and come back again! 😀

  15. Art of RetroCollage Says:

    I’ve seen much simpler versions at many buildings in New York City. Many high-rise apartment buildings have several levels of parking in the basement. However, not many actually use elevators. This will be a great method for brand new buildings that don’t have the deep multilevel basements with long ramps available.

  16. Linda Says:

    Hi Art …. Yes but can be retro-fitted to older spaces and utilized much more effectively in large cities.

  17. C.A.T. Says:

    It may be a good answer for now, but I think the best solution is less cars, so we won’t be bothered with too much issues on parking space or streets expansion.

  18. Linda Says:

    Hi C.A.T. …. True but with so many options of battery operated, hydrogen, etc. cars coming into the arena, this is still very useful.

  19. Eric Graham The Conversion Doctor Says:

    That is just way hip. It is super space saver indeed. and who thought about that idea is a practical genius.


  20. Linda Says:

    Hi Eric … Yes! a genius that took something simple and made it very useful!

  21. Mozelle Says:

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  22. Amber Says:

    Green roofs are a wonderful idea. Is see many from my apartment, and they really help brighten up the look of the city. Great video.

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