Where can I get parking information about the NIH campus?
> Check the NIH Parking Information Web Page.
The URL is: http://dtts.ors.od.nih.gov/parking_info.htm
What is Attendant-assisted Parking?
> With attendant-assisted parking, unlike valet
parking, first arriving employees will self-park and
cars in the existing striped spaces (as currently).
Once the facility is full, attendants will direct employees
to established parking locations where parkers
car and ignition key, and receive a claim ticket.
Vehicle keys will be secured by attendants using key
locks. As self-park spaces open, stacked cars will
be moved into available spaces. Departing stacked employees
will present ticket and attendants will unsecure
move any blocking vehicles.
What hours will the attended lots be operational?
> Projected attendant operating hours for the
employee lots are 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM, Monday-Friday.
booth will remain open at each facility (and
hold any remaining keys) until 1:00 AM. Employees
and lock car at any time there are available
spaces in the lots (before, during and after operation
Will all NIH lots become Attendant-assisted Parking?
> No. There are no plans to make all NIH lots
Attendant-assisted parking. The NIH Employee Parking
lots scheduled to be
converted to attendant-assisted parking include
part of MLP-8 and Lots 31B, C, D, E, F, G, H. Additional
parking will be added as necessary at Lot 41.
Are the attendant-assisted contractors insured?
> When you leave your key with Colonial Parking,
they are fully responsible for the vehicle as well
as any items
secured to the car (i.e., radios, telephones, etc.).
They are not responsible for personal property left
car; in fact, they will remind you to remove and/or
store any personal belongings before leaving the car.
is licensed and bonded. They manage numerous facilities
in downtown Washington, where they park an average
of 100,000 cars a week.
What should I do in the event of loss/damage/theft from my vehicle while
parked in an Attendant-Assisted Parking Facility?
> In the event a theft from your vehicle occurs, you
should contact the NIH Police at 301-496-5685 to file a
police report. If you are reporting a crime in progress
within a parking facility, "Blue Light Emergency Telephones" are
located throughout the various levels or by contacting
the NIH Police emergency telephone number 115.
In the event that your vehicle is damaged or you
incur a loss while parked at an "Attendant Assisted" Parking
Facility, you should also contact an attendant from
Colonial Parking at the location. They will complete
a Colonial Parking Inc., Attendant's Claim Form and provide you with
a copy. ALL monetary claims are to be filed with Colonial Parking, Inc.
Will the attendant-assisted lots get priority during snow removal periods?
> The parking contractor will make every effort
to ensure timely snow removal at the stacked lots.
The increased capacity
of these lots is a direct function of the ability
to stack-park cars, and this in turn requires a parking
lot clear of snow
and ice. At the same time, the demand on the lots
usually decreases during adverse weather which allows
for some additional
Why was MLP-8 Chosen for Attendant-assisted Parking?
> MLP-8 is a large, yet compact facility that lends
itself to "stacking" and provides us the
numbers of spaces we need.
Where have the Visitor Parking lots been moved to?
> All visitor parking has been consolidated in four
Attendant-assisted Parking areas: Natcher Building temporary
lot, the top 2 ½ levels of MLP-8, part of Lot
4A, and the P3 level of the ACRF garage.
Is all Visitor Parking now paid parking.
> Not all. Patients, patient visitors and authorized
users will be able to park for free in the ACRF-P3
level. Handicapped visitors with appropriate tags
can park for free at all visitor lots.
Why have the Visitor Parking lots been moved?
> Our efforts in this entire parking approach
are geared to the NIH employees. By providing adequate
we expect to reduce the overflow of illegal parkers
into the employee lots and free up some parking capacity.
you have probably heard, Federal policies limit
the number of spaces we can build on the campus. Attendant
parking (including some visitor parking) is a way
to keep our capacity constant as construction continues
its toll. We will continue to evaluate this and
Can employees park in the paid visitor parking?
> Yes. They can park in the paid visitor parking
and will be required to pay for parking in the paid
Can ICDs get parking vouchers for use at the Paid
> Yes. ICDs can purchase vouchers that can then
be given to visitors to cover the cost of parking
in the paid parking
lots. There will be no free visitor parking on the
campus, except for handicapped visitors with appropriate
hangers. The ICDs can purchase pre-validated stamps
for their visitors by calling 1-888-NIH-PARK. The
$2.00/hr for the first 3 hours, and $12.00 for 4-12
hrs. Usual Government purchasing mechanisms will be
card, purchase order, etc.).
What are the Hours/Days during which the parking
meters are to be used?
> The hours of operation for metered parking
spaces is 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through
holidays. Likewise, the attendant assisted lots are
in operation from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except
Large numbers of contract personnel visit the campus,
sometimes for prolonged periods of time. We have been
informed that the cost for parking will be passed on
to the Governemnt
under their contracts. What provisions have been made
to accommodate these contractor personnel?
> Currently, contractor staff visiting the campus
will be required to park in the visitor lots and pay the
rates ($2/hr or $12/day). If the ICDs wish to, they
can purchase validation stamps for their visitors by calling
1-888-NIH-PARK. However, we are also considering
reduced rate for contractor personnel that work on
the campus on a permanent basis. This was discussed at
an EO meeting
a few months ago, and met with some resistance, due
to the fear that the contractors would in turn bill NIH
for the charge through their contracts. We are currently
in the process of assessing the number, type and
duration of stay of the contractor staff on the campus,
return to the EOs with a new proposal. In developing
the parking plans, we are making every effort to ensure
best reasonable accommodation for all employees coming
to work and the visitors doing business at the NIH campus.
Please feel free to share with us any suggestions
your ICD think would help address these issues.
What will happen to assigned spaces (reserved/red/handicap)?
> Reserved and red spaces located in Lots 31B/C will
be maintained in their current locations. The six (6)
reserved spaces in Lot 4A will be located some rows to
the south, outside of the new pay visitor lot. Cars will
not be "stacked" in the reserved/red areas.
Handicapped parking for employees will be maintained
at or close to current locations in these lots.
Of the visitor parking lots being converted to employee
lots, how many spaces will be designated red sticker
> With the exception of 40 carpool spaces in MLP-8,
all other spaces converted are for general employee parking.
These 40 spaces were added to compensate for 180 carpool
spaces lost in Lot 13C due to Bldg. 50 construction, and
60 spaces in Lot 4A which were converted to visitor. The
carpool spaces do not "negate" use by other
employees. They are available for general parking after
9:30 AM and,
in fact, provide an option for employees who must
arrive later for some reason. The total number of carpool
is being monitored and will be adjusted as necessary,
so that these spaces continue to provide an incentive
commuting without unduly impacting the general parking