The City of Grand Rapids was looking for creative ways to add parking to a densely built downtown area and find a better use for a small but prominent piece of land. The City engaged Fishbeck and WGI to study innovative ideas for the underused parking lot south of the existing Ottawa-Fulton Parking Facility. The project design ideas included an addition to the parking ramp, ground-level retail, and upper floor office and/or residential.
As the fastest-growing metro area in the nation, the City of Grand Rapids has been working to provide solutions to its parking demand. The City sought to explore alternative options to a traditional parking structure for a surface lot next to the Ryerson Library. Fishbeck teamed with Carl Walker/WGI to provide bold and visionary design ideas that focused on mixed-use opportunities, sustainability, sensitivity to the existing library, and activating the public street.
Fishbeck was part of a design team for a new 6-level parking ramp (4 above grade/2 below grade) providing 1,250 spaces in downtown Grand Rapids. The ramp will be used by Spectrum Health employees and GVSU students in the health professions and nursing programs at the GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.
An inclusive design process contributes to the revitalization of Grand Rapids’ downtown core. Monroe Center No. 2 is the fourth parking facility project to be designed by Fishbeck for the City of Grand Rapids. Through an intensive design charette, the planning team explored a variety of issues and alternative solutions for this important project.