, Nov. 22, 2019
Parking is an often overlooked, but highly critical component of the healthcare experience. Frankly, it can be a constant headache for patients and developers alike. Parking lot design is not often the top priority of facility designers, but it's a key piece of the patient experience. Having too much or too little parking can have a negative effect on the patient and healthcare worker experience, so designing smart parking spaces is important. Highly experienced medical real estate developers, Simone Health, lists 4 ways to provide a high-quality parking experience for healthcare professionals and patients alike.
Increase Available Technology:
With a variety of new breakout technologies to incorporate into your parking lot design, don't hesitate to find out more about how they can improve the overall parking experience for every car entering your facility. With an increasing amount of electric cars on the road, car chargers can be a great addition to a few designated parking spots. An automated parking system keeping track of spaces is another useful technology, especially in a busy medical center parking lot. Signage indicating which parts of the parking lot has the most free spaces can save patients and employees a lot of time from crawling through lanes at a snail's pace.
Improve Design & Improve Efficiency:
While parking lot design seems generally straightforward, there are a lot of pieces to consider, such as easy access, clear signage, compliance with local and federal regulations, and pedestrian safety, on top of wanting an appealing look for facility visitors. Improving the design of your parking lot, in partnership with improving the efficiency, is your medical facility's best course of action. This can involve open parking spot indicators, open design pedestrian space for a pleasant walk to the main building, and thorough signage across every parking lot area to ensure a positive parking experience.
Prioritize Patient Parking Experience:
Given the challenges to mobility and the general poor health of some patients, having allocated parking closest access to the doorways is critical. Employees and staff members should be allotted spots farther away to make way for an improved patient parking experience for patients. There should be specialized spots for expecting mothers and disabled veterans, alongside the legally-required handicap spaces. Ensure there's accurate wayfinding methods, like the aforementioned signage, as well as walking guides to the right areas of the medical building for pedestrians.
Promote Alternative Transportation Options:
Increasing environmental concerns are causing a rise in alternative forms of transportation, and your medical facility's parking spaces should invite these greener options under its roof. Accommodations like bike racks, electric car chargers, carpooling parking spaces, walkable sidewalks, and bike lanes all encourage alternative forms of transportation for patients and employees alike, while saving the environment in small, but significant, ways.
There are many aspects of parking design to consider when building a great parking lot. Using some of the suggestions above, your next medical facility will be able to park smart, ensuring there's room for aesthetics and safety alike.
About Simone Health Development Companies: Simone Healthcare Developers
is a full-service real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition and development of office, retail, industrial and healthcare properties in the New York
tristate area. Headquartered in the Bronx
, the privately held company owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of property in the Bronx
, Westchester County
, Long Island
and New Jersey
. The company's portfolio includes more than 100 properties and ranges from multi-building office parks to retail and industrial space. The largest and most successful development from Simone Health is the 42-acre Hutchinson Metro Center office complex located directly off the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx
. The first two phases of the complex, which comprise nearly 750,000 square feet of Class A office and medical space, are fully leased. Two additional phases totaling 650,000 square feet (370,000-square-foot Metro Center Atrium and 280,000-square-foot Tower Two), are completed and fully leased. Visit www.simdev.com
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