New Garage Regulations for North Rhine-Westphalia (GarVO)

Increased parking spot widths as of 2017 

The legislative body has taken action. As of 4 January 2017, North Rhine-Westphalia has, as first federal state, implemented with legal effect new regulations concerning the construction and operation of garages (Garage Regulations – GarVO). The new regulations will focus on providing for wider parking spots stipulating  a new minimum width for new parking garages of 2.45 as the previous width of 2.30 m is no longer sufficient for many new vehicles. To provide for easy manoeuvring, the driving lane width of 6 m, which has been customary to date, will only be permitted for a parking spot width of 2.55 m (previously 2.30 m). 

dip parking garages comply with this new standard. The dip ceiling permits parking spots with flexible widths of up to 2.70 m. This will ensure that future generations of cars will have more room to park and make getting in and out of vehicles safe and convenient.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new parking garage for the Parkhaus of Kölner Messe

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new parking garage for the Parkhaus of Kölner Messe

dip | Deutsche Industrie- und Parkhausbau GmbH is building the new parking garage of Kölner Messe that will be completed by the end of 2017. more It will provide a total of 3,260 parking spaces - 280 of which are for women, 35 for disabled persons and 10 electric charging spots.

In addition to parking spaces, the 80,000 square metres of useful area also provide logistics areas for assembly and disassembly. The new building will cost 27 million euros.

“This is an important milestone as we prepare our property for the trade show business of tomorrow”, explained trade show CEO Gerald Böse at the groundbreaking ceremony.

For the construction, Kölner Messe organised a “Design and build” competition. The winner was the Cologne Schulte-Architekten firm together with dip | Deutsche Industrie- und Parkhaus GmbH. press release photos



Marktcenter Uelzen parking garage opens

After nearly two years of construction, the new shopping centre on Uelzen’s historical Marktplatz in the city’s centre was inaugurated on 30 June. Ten stores with a total sales area of nearly 8,000 square metres as well as an integrated split-level parking garage are located in the Marktcenter, which boasts full commercial occupancy.

Jürgen Markwardt, the mayor of the city of Uelzen, expressed his enthusiasm: "With its vast selection of goods and services, I’m confident the Marktcenter will become a local attraction in no time.”

dip | Deutsche Industrie- und Parkhausbau GmbH was responsible for the construction of the parking garage, which provides 300 free permanent parking spaces and 376 parking spaces for the customers of the Marktcenter.

Marktcenter Uelzen parking garage opens

"European Gold Standard Parking Award" for the parking garage of the Jena University Hospital

As the general contractor, dip constructed the parking garage in roughly 15 months. The builder and future operator Contipark opened it according to plan on 4 May 2016. GIVT mbH planned the structure.

The modern parking garage for the planned university hospital covers 37,000 square metres with more than 1,300 parking spaces on four levels. The parking spaces have an individual width of 2.50 m wide and are designed for convenient, easy diagonal parking. Four entrances, three exits and two helical ramps also keep traffic going during peak hours.

Michael Kesseler, CEO of the Contipark Group expressed his full satisfaction with the successful result: “We are especially proud that together with our project partners Deutsche Industrie- und Parkhausbau GmbH, GIVT Gesellschaft für Innovative Verkehrs Technologien mbH und Specht, Kalleja + Partner Beratende Ingenieure GmbH [...] we were the recipient of the second ESPA Gold certification ever awarded in Germany”.

Bundesverband Parken e.V. awards the “European Gold Standard Parking Award” to public parking garages, which meet high quality standards both structurally and operationally and provide their customers with safe, convenient parking services.

Parking garage of the Jena University Hospital

Job openings at the Hanover dip location

We are looking to expand our team at our location in Hanover:

(Junior) site manager | project manager for turn-key construction.

Further information.

New dip location in Hanover

dip moves into a new office to expand its operations in Hanover and continues to intensify its regional presence.

This allows us to take a more flexible approach to serving our customers in Central and Northern Germany as best as possible. Effective immediately, branch head Benedikt Zepp and head of sales Olaf Frodermann are your contacts for the Hanover branch. 

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dip at the 7th “Colloquium” for traffic structures

The Technical Akademie Esslingen (TAE) puts on the 7th Colloquium for “Traffic Structures”. The colloquium enables the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience in the area of parking garages and is firmly established in the parking garage sector.

As a leader for quality in the business of turn-key parking garage construction, dip was on location this year as an exhibitor. The results speak for themselves: The dip ceiling not only the solution of choice when it comes to current technical guidelines, but also future requirements for the construction of parking garages. Furthermore, objectives in terms of the planning and construction of parking garages are getting increasingly complex. dip supports architects and builders in every stage and offers service with genuine added value.

dip at the 7th “Colloquium” for traffic structures
from left to right: Mr Benkert (branch head in Stuttgart), Mr Sanner (sales manager South Germany)

Focuses of the Colloquium:

Professional planning
Expert speakers unanimously emphasised the importance of professional planning based on technical building regulations (ETB)  as the foundation for quality and longevity. Complex planning tasks can only be solved by a team.

Investment versus maintenance costs
The transparent itemisation of costs is also crucial. Even early on in the planning stage, it helps the builder make long-term decisions such as whether to take a standard or custom construction approach. The planner’s task is therefore to inform the builder early on about the usable life and lifecycle costs of its building project.

“Parking garages and underground garages” leaflet
The new leaflet from the German Deutschen Beton- und Bautechnikverein (DVB) is expected to be published in 2016. It provides information on planning fundamentals and provides solutions for construction details as well as information on sustainable construction.

For more information on the colloquium, visit:

The new dip parking garage opens at Stuttgart airport

P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport
P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport
P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport
P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport
P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport
P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport
P14 parking garage at Stuttgart airport

After a construction time of two years, the new P14 parking garage is opening on time in December 2015. The new dip parking garage is located right next to terminal 3 and combines exclusive architecture with sustainability and convenience.

Six parking decks offer a total of 1,560 parking spaces including XL parking spaces. At 3.50m, they are extra wide so visitors to the parking garage can get in and out of the parking space easier. A photovoltaic array on the roof of the parking garage supplies the building with energy.

As the builder, Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH has invested approximately 35 million euros in the P14. wulf architekten worked as the planner in collaboration with the engineering firms Ingenieurbüros Mayr + Ludescher (supporting structure) and Thurm & Dinges (TGA).