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St. Thomas Aquinas Parking Ramp
TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects
  • John Beckman, Iowa State University
  • Colton Murphy, Iowa State University
  • Joseph Rauenhorst, Iowa State University
  • Joseph R. Vanstrom, Iowa State University
  • Jacek A. Koziel, Iowa State University
Publication Date
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.

Citation Information
John Beckman, Colton Murphy, Joseph Rauenhorst, Joseph F. Vanstrom, and Jacek A. Koziel. St. Thomas Aquinas Parking Ramp. Final Report. TSM 416 Technology Capstone Project, April 28, 2017.