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Critical Considerations When Expanding Commercial Parking

For many businesses, access to quality parking is crucial to success. Not only is parking convenient for consumers, but the safety and efficiency of commercial parking are a foundational need for any commercial entity. Well-constructed parking lots provide businesses with the ability to meet the needs of their customers and employees without obstacles and stress. 


When commercial parking lots become old, or the space no longer works for the business, it is in the company’s best interest to revamp or expand the parking lot layout. Suppose your business is at the point of needing to update and upgrade parking. In that case, you’ll need to consider several aspects to ensure the finished product serves the needs of your business and your customers.


Determine The Purpose Of Your Commercial Parking Lot

While it may sound redundant, you must identify the purpose of your parking lot before you repave or rebuild it. The parking lot’s design is heavily influenced by its purpose, and depending on your company’s needs, the lot’s design and build will be affected. 


For example, your lot may serve only as a retail parking space where certain aspects would be different than if it is primarily intended for commercial use of daily truck operations. The lot’s thickness, size, and layout will change depending on its intended use, and therefore the lot’s purpose is essential to your parking lot design strategy.


The Size Of The Commercial Parking Lot

Commercial parking lot dimensions vary depending on your type of business, city requirements, and other variables. Your lot will need to provide enough space for your needs, and not all parking spaces may need to be the same size. 


For instance, your parking lot design could have larger parking spaces for customers who need to load their cars with goods or smaller spaces for clients who are not making purchases. Keep in mind the need for bus drop-off areas, emergency parking, and spaces for ADA compliance when determining your lot’s size. 


Plan For Efficient Traffic Flow In Your Commercial Parking Lot

Many factors are at play in the functionality of a commercial parking lot’s design layout. Efficient traffic flow should be a top priority of your overall strategy for your lot. One of the primary aspects of efficient traffic flow in the direction of traffic is optimizing your space and pedestrian walkways. For smaller lots, one-way traffic may be the best way to direct customers and keep clogs at a minimum, and for larger lots, two-way traffic will ensure easy access to parking spaces.


Clear Communication With Commercial Pavers

Once you’ve determined your commercial parking lot’s design strategy, you will need to communicate your expectations to the company that will provide the asphalt paving. If possible, consult with your paver during the lot’s design implementation process to ensure the finished parking lot meets your expectations.