4 S.T.E.P.s in Parking Lot Management
This week’s post will focus on the first step; please check back each week throughout the month of April for information on all four steps.
Step 1 is Set-up. Prior to beginning most paving projects, a map of the area in need of repair should be created and reviewed. This document should include the number and location of entranceways, drive lanes, crosswalks, fire lanes, as well as ADA parking stalls. Once created, a skilled project manager should review the map with the property or facility manager to make certain that all areas are properly addressed and to answer any questions or concerns. He or she should also review this documentation internally so that the crew completely understands the project prior to arriving on site.
Next, the number of project phases are determined. An experienced project manager will phase the project around entrances and accessible parking to maintain clear and definable access throughout the project. Whenever possible, some handicapped-accessible parking spots should be available during all phases. Traffic control goes hand-in-hand with how a project is phased and its importance cannot be emphasized enough. Barricades, flagmen, and signage are all instruments to aid in the process of directing traffic when work is in progress. It should be determined well in advance how many of each should be utilized. Proper signage serves to notify motorists and pedestrians of work areas and alternate routes that should be taken to avoid the construction. Barricades may also be used to block areas that will be off limits (if barricades will remain in place during the evening hours, they should be equipped with lights).
The final phase of Set-up involves a pre-job walk-through. This allows the project manager to walk the site with the facility manager pointing out what work will be performed and at what time. Communication with the manager and to corporate headquarters is the key component for a successful project. Management needs to know what to expect so they can better accommodate customers during the construction phases and notify employees of any procedural changes ahead of time.
Check back next week for a look at the second step in the program for successful parking lot management.
*Article written by David Rivers, Director of National Operations for Rose Paving Company. First published in Retail Facility Business in May 2009.