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From Parking Valet to Valued Subject Matter Expert

Cambridge Project Manager Eric Coady Leads Parking Facilities Team

May 19, 2017

Cambridge Architectural project manager Eric Coady looks forward to returning to New Orleans – site of many metal mesh installations – to attend his first International Parking Institute Expo. A graduate of Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington Delaware, he joined our team in 2016 after learning about Cambridge from former coworker – and current Cambridge sales manager - Skip Coleman. In addition to connecting with parking colleagues across the country and enjoying the city’s famed cuisine, Eric plans to visit the National World War II Museum to see our mesh ceiling in the American Spectator Restaurant and University Medical Center, where our Mid Balance, Scale and Shade mesh provide solar shading for three patient towers and a five-story parking garage. We caught up with Eric before IPI to learn about his goals for the show and what parking projects he has in the pipeline. 

Q:    What do you hope to accomplish at IPI this year?

A:       In addition to connecting with past and prospective clients, I’m looking forward to learning about parking industry trends and issues. I recently attended an event for the Texas Parking Authority and had a chance to take classes on the entire scope of garage planning and construction.

Q:       What do architects ask you about Cambridge’s parking capabilities?

A:       One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is what type of mesh and attachment systems are best suited for parking facilities. Because we have multiple options, we design and implement the most desired system that fits most needs. When it comes to the design process I would like us to be able to get more involved in the early stages.

Q:       What are some large parking projects you’ve worked on and do you have any interesting ones in the pipeline?

A:       The Katy Grand Park & Ride in Houston that opened in February was one of the first large scale parking facilities I was involved with. We worked with installer EFI Panels on and have since worked with them on multiple projects. Also, the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) at the Honolulu International Airport was exciting because I had the chance to visit Hawaii for the first time and meet the project installer. While it’s not scheduled to open until early 2019, CONRAC is a massive – 2,250-stall facility - that will consolidate all rental car companies serving the airport. Our project on behalf of ProMedica’s new Toledo facility was a different because we used framed panels. Interestingly, the installer - Thermeq – worked with our conveyor belt division installing furnace belts so we had a nice, cross-company relationship.

Q:       How did your experience at Delaware Park prepare you for this position?

A:       I started as a valet attendant while I was in college so it’s ironic to come full circle to working in the parking field – though in a very different capacity!

Q:       If cost were no object, what would you design for a parking facility from our mesh and why?

A:       I would like to showcase our new Motion Mesh in a feature wall. I also like the idea of the “build a pattern” since it provides visual depth to a building that is typically square or rectangular. Powder coating is another fun and interesting application for parking as it serves dual purposes as both screen/facade and branding for a logo or design.

Learn more about Cambridge Architectural's extensive work in the parking industry as well as our work in facades, solar shading, branding, interiors and elevators here.



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