This article focuses on snow removal in parking structures and the challenges posed. During the winter months, operation managers must deal with large snow drifts in interior light cores along with corrosive deicing materials tracked into the structure by cars. The article proposes two methods for the removal of snow. The first is to design a structure so that its core is oriented from north to south in order to maximize sunlight, and secondly, if the structure is already built, managers should use mechanical means to melt the snow. One structure in Grand Rapids, Michigan uses waste steam from a local power plant that has been diverted into pipes that lead to the parking structure. Another option is for the snow to be pushed from all levels into the light core, although safety precautions must be rigorously implemented in this case to avoid mishap. To cope with corrosive deicing materials that have accumulated and which may eventually corrode steel within the structure’s concrete slabs, the article suggests incorporating corrosive inhibitors in the construction of any new garages, noting that preventing this type of corrosion is difficult if a structure has been built without it.

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    American Public Works Association

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    Kansas City, MO  United States  64108-2625
  • Authors:
    • Kinnell, R
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 30-31
  • Serial:
    • APWA Reporter
    • Volume: 72
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: American Public Works Association
    • ISSN: 0092-4873

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01007019
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:35AM