Functional Design

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How can an effective functional design reduce construction and operating costs?

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The functional design of a parking facility can significantly impact both the construction and long-term operating costs of the structure.

An efficient functional design can increase the number of parking spaces, and therefore decrease the overall footprint of the structure. As a result, this can dramatically reduce the cost of construction through the reduction of construction materials and the associated costs.

This reduction in the building’s square footage will also reduce the size of the area requiring maintenance, such as washdowns, concrete repairs, etc. While this reduction may seem small initially, over the life of the structure, it can result in significantly lower long-term maintenance and operating costs.

*Federal, State, and Local codes govern most of these requirements and should be thoroughly investigated. Data presented herein should be considered guidelines only.  For more specific information and assistance with implementation of these guidelines, please contact THA Consulting, Inc. via email at