Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Socio-economic Impact of Introducing a Sustainable Multilevel Mechanical Parking Garage to Resolve the Shortage of Parking Spaces for Serdang Hospital with Minimal Hardship to the People
by Azizan, Noor Hanis Zainul, M.S., The American University of Paris (France), 2018, 126; 13871685
Abstract (Summary)

Parking shortage in hospitals are a pivotal issue that often finds itself without a suitable solution for many hospitals in Malaysia and worldwide. The continuous lack of parking spaces in hospitals has contributed to illegal parking, significant road obstructions, vandalism, all of which causes hardship to the people. Rising car ownership and the lack of public transportation incites emotional turmoil among people and provides further grief.

The thesis entitled 'The socio-economic impact of introducing a sustainable multilevel mechanical parking garage to resolve the shortage of parking spaces for Serdang Hospital with minimal hardship to the people' tries to evaluate the impact of pricing optimization, consumer behavior, and the strategic relevance technology plays to Serdang Hospital.

This thesis intends to recognize the importance of collecting data for qualitative research and gaining insights of the public regarding the introduction of a new concept with minimal hardship to the people. The applicability and acceptability of this new technology in the study are measured using survey data, on-site data collection, personal observation, and interviews.

In this research, the parking issues and the drawbacks of conventional parking techniques are highlighted, and new concepts of parking used in other developing countries are identified. There is a gap in discussing the socioeconomic impact in the evolution of parking structures in Malaysia and how pricing impacts the decision for change. The research hopes to add to this gap by examining Serdang Hospital as a case study.

This research aims to pave the way for a better future for hospital parking not only for Serdang Hospital but all Malaysian hospitals in general. There are parking garages that operate at a profit, break even, and also at a loss.

A simple assessment of the financial feasibility had proven to be an economic gain to the hospital with additional revenue acquired from the rental of billboards. Nonetheless, it is imperative to view the multilevel mechanical parking garage as a long-term solution because if not now, at some point the reality is, they will still need to build a parking garage to resolve the shortage of parking spaces even if the hospital takes a loss.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Civil engineering, Sustainability
Keywords: Automatic parking, Hospital parking, Multilevel mechanical parking garage, Parking shortage, Sustainability
Publication Number: 13871685
ISBN: 978-1-392-03833-8
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