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Full Spectrum chooses Boomerang for robotic parking garage

JACKSON — Full Spectrum has chosen Boomerang Systems Inc., a designer and manufacturer of fully automated robotic parking and self-storage systems, to provide a 480-space automated parking garage as part of the initial phase of the Old Capitol Green redevelopment project located in Jackson.

The cost of the project was not disclosed.

Old Capitol Green is a 14-block downtown mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment project. It is the largest green community in the state of Mississippi and will be the first to meet LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) standards. Full Spectrum has been designated as master developer for the downtown site adjacent to the Old State Capitol.

Entergy and the State of Mississippi currently own the site.

The Boomerang RoboticValet was chosen as a parking solution for the project because it offers space efficiency versus conventional parking systems and decreases the carbon footprint of the parking garage to support achievement of the high sustainability benchmarks required for the project, according to Florham Park, N.J.-based Boomerang. The fully automated parking and retrieval system utilizes robots to move cars on pallets throughout the structure. The technology eliminates the need for building ramps and reduces the number of drive aisles allowing the cars to fit in roughly half the space required by a conventional garage. Because cars are shut off before being parked in the garage, carbon emissions are reduced and less electricity is used for ventilation and lighting. In addition, substantially less materials are used in construction, and excavation is reduced. The garage will also feature alternative fueling stations for recharging multiple plug-in electric vehicles.

Boomerang’s automated robotic parking garage will be built in the initial phase with office and residential buildings sitting atop of the garage structure. The podium that the garage creates will allow for additional plaza space needed and square footage for installation of a Central Cooling Plant.

Boomerang signed the initial contract to supply RoboticValet in 2011, and the recent approval to release $13 million of the $25 million investment from the State of Mississippi for Phase I of the project is an important milestone in bringing this project to fruition, Boomerang reports.

Chris Mulvihill, president of Boomerang, said, “Together with Full Spectrum, we share a philosophy to create sustainable solutions for communities. We believe this recent funding milestone is a giant step closer to bringing residents of and visitors to Old Capitol Green a parking experience that is safer, more convenient and environmentally responsible.”

Carlton Brown, who is a founding partner and COO of Full Spectrum and sits on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council, said, “Boomerang’s automated parking solution is an integral component of the project, helping us meet stringent environmental standards while furthering our mission to create communities that are not just buildings, but increase quality of life, preserve safety and conserve resources for future generations.”

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