Why Mechanical Parking?

Well-considered reasons for mechanical parking are legion. Among the most compelling are:

  • Mechanical Parking enables urban infill projects that otherwise would not be possible.
  • Mechanical Parking frees up premium ground-level space for higher use, increasing project value and the quality of the urban environment.
  • City planners and environmentalists endorse mechanical parking as efficient use of urban space.
  • Urban living is increasingly seen as good for the planet and mechanical parking concentrates parking, freeing up space for alternate transportation and parks.

What to look for in a Mechanical Parking provider?

Choosing the wrong system provider can compromise the entire development project. Ideally, the provider is experienced in real estate development, construction, and maintenance. A close relationship with the manufacturer is critical as is a well-developed service department; buying from a mere broker is not recommended.

Why Parkworks?

Parkworks, based in San Francisco, is uniquely positioned to provide expert service to all stakeholders in the design, selection, procurement, installation, and maintenance of mechanical parking systems. We work with consultants, owners, architects, engineers, and city officials, to provide soup to nuts support for development projects. We provide patented world-class parking solutions at fair prices.

Why Nussbaum?

Nussbaum manufacturers the best Stacker and Lift and Slide mechanical parking systems on all levels, from component to systems.

Why Sotefin?

Sotefin has been the Gold-Standard for large scale palletless fully automatic parking systems for half a century.

What size project can benefit from Mechanical Parking?

Projects range in size from a single platform to systems that handle over a thousand cars.

Mechanical Valet versus Stacker and Lift and Slide systems?

Smaller projects lend themselves to Stackers and Lift and Slide; beyond 50 cars, the more complex and expensive Mechanical Valet systems become competitive. Stackers and Lift and Slide require user-familiarity and are appropriate for a dedicated user group as found in office and residential projects.

Stacker versus Lift and Slide – Pros?

While they can be used interchangeably on a given project, each has unique advantages. Stackers are the least expensive and simplest systems from a manufacturing, installation, and maintenance standpoint. They are equally comfortable in indoor and outdoor installations. Lift and Slide provide better headroom and are less dependent on pits/pit-depth to provide independent access to cars. Lift and Slide also require substantially less vertical space than Stackers for a given system size.

Stackers versus Lift and Slide – Cons?

Lift and Slide are somewhat more expensive and require weatherproofing of some components for outdoor use.

Is throughput a problem with Mechanical Parking?

It can be for uses where a very large number of drop-offs/pickups occur at the same time. Mechanical Parking systems can offer faster drop off and retrieval times than conventional systems during normal use, but do not lend themselves to the huge influx associated with performance halls and sports stadiums.


Mechanical parking systems provide favorable return on investment; this is especially true when the big-picture improvement in urban space is taken into account.

Feel free to contact Parkworks at any time to discuss your project or mechanical parking in general.