Document Type


Publication Date



Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering | Industrial Technology

Course Number and Title

TSM 416: Technology Capstone


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Industrial Technology (Beckman, Rauenhorst); Agricultural Systems Technology (Beckman, Murphy)


Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel

Problem Statement

Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ames, Iowa added a two-level parking structure in fall 2012 to allow for more parking for parishioners ( The lower level has 78 parking spaces and the upper level has 94 parking spaces. To access the lower level, there is an entrance on Lynn Avenue. To access the upper level, there is one entrance on Ash Avenue The parking structure has allowed more parishioners to park and attend services, but there are still not enough parking spots for everyone. Currently, there are no control devices limiting who can and cannot park there, a dead end on the top level, and no way to effectively communicate when the lot is full. Parishioners are allowed to park in the Memorial Union Parking Ramp for free. Parishioners waste valuable time looking for a parking spot in the parking structure if it is full.