Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Parking garages

The west edmonton mall has the largest parking lot in the world. It has 20.000 spaces for cars.The garages that surround this mall are 3 level or 2 level in most places. Although they don't form one single garage this parking lot is still in the guiness book of records for being the largest parking lot in the world. Seattle Tacoma international airport has the second largest parking lot worldwide (birdview). This seven story parking garage also holds the title for the largest single-roof parking structure in the U.S. There are 13.000 spaces available here. You can see this parking garage quite good in google maps street view:

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Another airport in the U.S has
the third largest parking lot in the world (birdview). This one is on the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and has 11.500 places. One of the 10-level and 500 meters long structure's unique features is an enclosed moving walkway that takes passengers directly to the airport terminal. The fourth largest is a parking garage on the terrain of Universal studio's in Orlando in Florida. The South facility with 10.200 places is the largest of Universal Studio's two mammoth parking garages, but not by much. Its neighbor, the North facility, holds a little over 9,200 cars and is designed to hold an additional story, which would bring its capacity to nearly 11,000 spaces. Together, they make up one of the largest parking complexes in the world.

The Disneyland theme park Mickey and Friends holds the 5th largest parking garage in the world with 10.000 places. It was one of the first garages with over 10,000 spaces. At the time of its completion in 2000, it was the largest parking structure in the U.S. The extensive ramp network allows 3,600 cars per hour, each with direct access to the highway, so there's no winding endlessly around a tight helix when it's time to leave.

O'Hare's parking garage on Chicago O'hare's airport may not be the largest anymore with 9266 places, but it's certainly one of the oldest (birdview). The five-story garage was built in the early 1970s, preceding the mega-trend by decades. In fact, many of today's big parking garages are modeled after the O'Hare structure. The Toronto airport's new glossy Terminal 1 has an eight-story parking garage which is the seventh largets in the world and has 9.000 places.

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