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Philadelphia Museum of Art Parking Facility & Garden


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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In an effort to expand parking to accommodate its growing membership, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) commissioned Atkin Olshin Schade Architects and Walker to design a 442 space below-grade parking structure.

Due to the aesthetic sensitivity of the site, PMA decided to build the structure into a hillside and place a sculpture garden on its roof. Although visually concealed, the perimeter areaways provide light and ventilation, permitting the garage to maintain its open parking structure code classification.

Walker defined the parking supply/demand and the financial impacts for PMA, provided functional design, code assistance, vehicle wayfinding, PARCS and operational consulting.

The Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) is a central pay-on-foot (POF) system with cashiers in the museum, and POF machines in the sculpture garden elevator lobby and at exits.

Vehicular circulation is created by two-way traffic on a single helix with two access points.