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Walkable, bikeable office and residential space continues to be in high demand in Menlo Park, home of Facebook. Therefore, Greystar is developing Menlo Portal, a mixed-use office and residential campus that will offer 335 rental units, 48 of which will be offered at below-market rates, and 35,000 square feet of office space.

As the site for the residential building has a limited footprint for parking and is located in a floodplain with zoning and height restrictions, providing the necessary parking proved to be a challenge. Watry Design's involvement early in design was critical to finding the best parking solution and integrating it successfully into the project design. 

After evaluating self-parking, semi-automated and fully automated parking options, a combination of self-park and a semi-automated puzzle system was chosen to provide efficient parking while maintaining the desired user experience.

Residential users on the upper parking level will self-park vehicles, while the lower parking level will feature the puzzle system. Residents will be trained to park their car on a mechanical lift that can then be raised and lowered and moved left or right to find an open space. Office employees will self-park in two parking levels below the office building.

Project Details

  • Owner: Greystar
  • Design Architect: BDE Architecture & Heller Manus Architecture
  • Parking System Provider: ParkWorks
  • Parking System: Nussbaum
  • Project Status: Construction Documents
  • Parking Capacity: 240
  • Levels: 2