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Parking & Mobility Features Project Award and Expert Insights

The International Parking & Mobility Institute’s June 2023 Parking & Mobility magazine features three Kimley-Horn parking and mobility experts and presented Kimley-Horn with an Award of Excellence in Mixed-Use Parking & Mobility Facility Design.

Award of Excellence

Kimley-Horn received an Award of Excellence in Mixed-Use Parking & Mobility Facility Design for the Oklahoma City Convention Center Parking Garage. The 413,360 square-foot, six-level garage opened in 2021 and has also received awards from Engineering News-Record, the American Institute of Architects, and the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma. One judge said, 

“Beautiful design and utilization of the space. I like how they planned for future spaces and enhanced sidewalks and lighting bases for pedestrians. Way to link parkers and non-parkers together! The design of the panels looks great from the outside, but I really like how it also enhances the inside of the garage.”

Parking Accessibility

Ben Henderson, PE, SE, co-authored “Making Parking More Accessible: Planning, Curb Management, Design, and Operations.” The story features an interview from Kimley-Horn’s Robert Ferrin, CAPP, and Gerald (Jerry) Schwientek, PE, where they revealed multiple ways municipalities can develop accessible parking, including utilizing the Proposed Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines, establishing ADA-compliant curbside parking spaces, and creating access to EV charging.

Ask the Experts

Ben was also featured in “Ask the Experts,” where he discussed electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the future of autonomous vehicles, and vertical take-off and landing vehicles.   

About the Authors

Ben Henderson, PE, SE

Ben Henderson, PE, SE

Ben is a registered structural engineer with more than 15 years of experience in functional design of parking structures, parking access, and revenue control systems. He brings this unique skill set during the concept development and design phase of each project, leading to well-planned parking facilities tailored to clients’ needs. Ben specializes in structural rehabilitation, remediation, and durable structural design that provides clients additional assurance of parking facilities with lower life cycle costs and longer service lives.

Robert Ferrin, CAPP

Robert Ferrin, CAPP

For more than 20 years, Robert has specialized in smart city solutions, urban and economic development, transportation planning, and asset management. Robert joined Kimley-Horn after nearly five years with the City of Columbus, where he led the Parking Services team as a Department of Public Service Assistant Director. Before his role in Columbus, he held parking and mobility leadership roles in Aurora and Denver, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Robert currently sits on the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) Board, where he advances smart cities, research and innovation, and electrification.

Jerry Schwientek, PE

Jerry Schwientek, PE

Jerry has experience working in and around airport landside facilities. He has worked on planning complex public parking and rental car facilities including customer service, ready return, and quick turnaround facilities. Jerry’s airport work also includes public, employee, and rental car facility demand forecasting, campus roadway networks, parking functional planning, structured parking design, and revenue control systems. Jerry’s experience in structural engineering allows him to uniquely plan facilities by understanding the constraints of operations due to structure and code requirements. Jerry is known for his attention to detail, collaboration, and proactive approach for the various aspects involved in airport landside planning.


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