AutoParkiT Wins Contract to Build Large Automated Parking Facility as Linchpin for the Helms Bakery District Expansion in Los Angeles

Fast on the heels of the February launch of AutoParkiT, LLC (, the first company to open a fully automated parking structure in Los Angeles, the company has been contracted to build a 200-stall parking facility for the innovative Helms Bakery District, 8800 Venice Boulevard in Culver City.

The AutoParkiT system at Helms Bakery will be a four-level, 68,000-square feet subterranean facility for use by tenants and employees. The AutoParkiT system will be topped with a surface parking lot to maximize the available parking spaces for an expansion project at Helms.

“We are honored to be selected by Walter N. Marks, Inc. to be their parking provider for the expansion at the Helms Bakery District,” said Christopher Alan, AutoParkiT founder and president. “This landmark destination, notable for its high quality and reverence for history, features award-winning restaurants, unique design and home furnishing retailers and very soon, a fully automated parking facility for the employees who make Helms Bakery such a special place.”

An AutoParkiT system, while state-of-the-art, is surprisingly simple. A driver will enter the building, turn off the car, walk a few short steps to a kiosk, tap a few keystrokes and their car is safely whisked away by the industrial-proven, commercially adapted high tech system. Once parked, cars are safely secured in the structure. 

Retrieval is just as easy. Tapping keystrokes on a flat screen monitor initiates the process and a few minutes later the car is delivered nose out ready to drive away. The dreaded practice of slowly driving on endless ramps, hunting for a space, climbing stairs or crowding into elevators burdened with belongings at all hours is a thing of the past with an AutoParkiT system. 

The Helms Bakery AutoParkiT will be much more environmentally friendly than a conventional parking deck. Because cars are turned off when in the system, automobile emissions and gasoline usage are significantly diminished. Additionally, 24-hour ventilation and security lighting are no longer necessary because people are not in the storage area. This reduces ongoing energy consumption by as much as half, further decreasing operating costs and increasing energy savings.


An AutoParkiT uses structural steel so the need for concrete is substantially reduced. Thanks to modular building design, the facility’s framework will be built at a pace of nearly 100 stalls per week. This means the construction schedule at Helms Bakery will be significantly shorter, saving time and money when compared to a traditional concrete parking structure.

According to Alan, Walter Marks spent two years investigating automated parking. He saw a number of facilities and dissected each before choosing AutoParkiT. AutoParkiT is supported by strategic partners, including Omron, a world leader in automation and safety controls with $7.5 billion in annual sales and in business for more than 75 years. The Omron partnership provides AutoParkit a distinctive advantage thanks to decades of experience in automation and safety.

Starting with the LA Building Department, Alan and his development team earned LARR (Los Angeles Research Registration) numbers. This is a bellwether designation recognized around the country as being similar to an approval from Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Having Omron and other strategic partners (ConXtech for structural steel, SEW Eurodrive for electric motors and Design Systems Inc. for system design, integration and project management) made the LARR designation only a matter of process.

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