WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs healthcare facility located in Columbia, SC, is a very typical US healthcare facility, with the corresponding typical parking challenges. A large healthcare facility campus, with multiple buildings, thousands of visitors per day and with several hundred staff of staff driving and parking every day, all sharing multiple open surface, covered surface and garage facilities, with over 2,000 total parking spaces.
Visitor/patients Lots 1 and 1a, located right in front of the main entrance to the hospital, presented a particular challenge to the hospital’s parking management team, with very heavy daily traffic, all patients hoping to find parking closest to the entrance to the hospital, leading to traffic regular traffic jams right in front of the facility, frequently blocking access to buses and emergency vehicles.
In addition to regular parking spaces, these parking spaces feature of 30 designated ADA spaces, split among multiple sections of the two parking lots. With the closest area getting full first, this created a similar challenge to ADA drivers – driving around in search of the closest available space, circling between the multiple locations and contributing to the traffic congestion.