Mt. San Antonio College
Drone Data used for Campus Parking and Circulation Study
Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) is a large two-year college in Walnut, California with significant concerns about their parking capacity. In addition to evaluating their existing 8,900 parking spaces, the College needed a plan to address the growing student population and the shrinking availability of parking as new facilities replace existing parking lots. Beyond parking, Mt. SAC was also looking for recommendations to improve circulation, access, safety, and the traffic-related campus atmosphere.
To provide a detailed overview of existing conditions, parking counts were simultaneously collected by a single drone pilot and 16 on-ground technicians. The collected drone photos provided a clear visual of conditions on the ground, helping to illustrate site conditions useful in analysis as well as when communicating with the client and other stakeholders.
The final plan provided a path forward for the College, including recommendations for several parking structures on campus, which are phased to match projected parking demand. Additional recommendations included pedestrian bridges, bicycle facilities (including potential bike share and new bike parking), wayfinding, and circulation/safety improvements at the major campus entries.