The classic Parking Attendant Booth was a revenue collection booth and the occupant executed his/her job functions within the booth and because of the stationary nature of the job, the Parking Booth needed to be designed to meet the ADA requirements for the Attendant Booth itself and for the installation of the Booth as well. Both the ADA design of the building and its installation added cost to the project.
The ADA Approved Parking Booth had to be a minimum of 5’6” wide and 7’6’ long to provide a 60” internal wheelchair turning radius, a wider swing door, a specific shelf or counter height, and a pass thru window. This Booth’s installation had to achieve a “level entry” into the building achieved by either creating a pocket in the concrete to lower the building into, placing the booth on the “first pour” of concrete then using a “second pour” to achieve level entry, or in some cases by using an ADA slow rise ramp.
Given today’s electronic payment systems, today’s parking “attendant” is now the Facility Manager who must be an “Able Bodied Person” able to perform general equipment repair, site security, problem solving, as well as peak time/emergency revenue collection. With the “Able Bodied Person” job description, the Parking Control Booth is no longer required to be ADA compliant in either design or installation.
Today’s Parking Control Booth is simpler and can be smaller. A width of 4’ and a length of 6’ is more normal as is a sliding side door. And the pass thru window is optional as well. This pre-manufactured booth can be installed by placing it directly onto the finished concrete floor or island as a step up entry into the building is normal for the “Able Bodied Person” job description. And a narrower building can move drive lanes closer together and require fewer ADA curb cuts for all new site designs.
The changed role of the Parking Booth attendant really does change the design and installation of a Parking Booth as well as save money in both design and installation.