Quad Garage Parking Guide

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Warren Albert Building “Quad Parking Garage”

The Warren Alpert Building “Quad Parking Garage” is both a self park and valet assisted parking facility. In order to maximize parking spaces, the garage is equipped with Vehicle Lifts. The Vehicle Lifts are used to raise vehicles to create additional parking space below the raised vehicle. Please see the Vehicle Lift Parking Instructions below for additional information.

Should you not wish to park your own vehicle on a Vehicle Lift platform or below a raised Vehicle Lift please see a parking attendant for assistance.

Parking is available on a first come first served basis. The garage is used by both permit holders (issued by the Commuter Services and Parking Office)  and visitors reserving a One Day Parking Pass through our online reservation system.

Due to the use of the Vehicle Lifts, Sports Utility Vehicles, Minivans and Pick Up Trucks are not allowed at the Quad Garage due to height and width limitations. The vehicle height restriction at the entrance and exit of the Quad Garage is 6’8”.  The vehicle height restriction for vehicles on or under a Vehicle Lift is 5’0”.

An attempt will be made to find alternate on campus parking for vehicles restricted from the Quad Garage but is not guaranteed.

Entering the Quad Parking Garage

  • The Quad Parking Garage is located at 200 Longwood Avenue. The garage is accessed by turning right at the bottom of the ramp leading to the Warren Alpert Building Loading Dock.
  • Proceed to the garage entrance gate barrier.
  • To raise the barrier please swipe your Harvard issued Identification Badge or the One Day Parking Pass received from the Booth attendant at the top of the ramp to the Loading Dock.
  • The garage height limitation at the entrance for vehicles is 6’8”.  The height limitation for vehicles on or under the vehicle lift is 5’0”.  As you enter the Garage please lower your antenna, and be sure that your vehicle is not equipped with a roof rack, ski rack, or storage unit. These items need to be removed prior to entering the garage.
  • After you pass through the card reader there will be a sign directing you to either the Lower Level or Upper Level of the garage. A parker may choose any available parking space. Please acknowledge the signs that designate certain spaces for compact cars.
  • All first time users to the garage should seek assistance from a garage attendant.  If you do not see an attendant dial 2-4440 at any of the beige house phones located throughout the garage.

Stairwell or Elevator Access

  • After parking your vehicle or leaving the vehicle with an attendant, you may use the stairwells or garage elevator to exit the garage. The garage stairwells are clearly marked with illuminated EXIT signs. The garage elevator is accessed by walking up the pedestrian walk way adjacent to the vehicle ramps.  Your One Day Parking Pass or Harvard ID used to enter the garage is also used to activate the elevator call button.  Swipe your Pass or ID through the reader located adjacent to the elevator button, then press the button to call the elevator. 

Exiting the Quad Parking Garage

  • When returning to the garage, if you left your vehicle with an attendant, proceed to the Garage Office on the Lower level of the garage and give the valet parking ticket to the attendant and your vehicle will be returned to you.
  • When you return to the garage and your vehicle is on a raised vehicle lift platform, please request a garage attendant to lower the platform so that you can retrieve your vehicle. If you do not see an attendant, please dial 2-4440 at any of the beige house phones located throughout the garage or proceed to the Garage Office on the Lower Level
  • To raise the barrier at the garage exit, please swipe your Harvard ID Badge or the One Day Parking Pass(received from the Booth attendant at the top of the ramp to the Loading Dock).

Vehicle Lift Parking Procedures

Parking diagramShould you not wish to park your own vehicle on a Vehicle Lift platform or below a raised Vehicle Lift please see a parking attendant for assistance.

Please view the diagram at right

  • Vehicle Lifts are raised and lowered by the garage parking attendants.
  • If you park underneath a raised Vehicle Lift holding another vehicle, you must leave your keys in the small black key box on the column to the left of your car.  Lock the key box and take the key box key (the key with the red tag) with you.  When you return, use your key box key to access your keys.
     
  • Instructions for parking on a Vehicle Lift
    • Step 1: Drive by the Vehicle Lift or space you wish to park in and turn towards the first space next to your desired space.
    • Step 2: Ask all passengers to exit your vehicle
    • Step 3: Back up slightly so that your vehicle is now in front of the desired space.
    • Step 4: Drive forward to park, keeping vehicle straight and even within the platform or space.
    • Step 5: Before exiting vehicle please look for any potential hazard. If you feel uncomfortable with the space, back your vehicle out and drive to the Garage Office to seek help from an attendant
    • Step 6: Watch your step exiting your vehicle and onto a Vehicle Lift, the space for footing will be narrow.
  • Instructions for pulling off a Vehicle Lift:
    • When driving from a Vehicle Lift, if you pulled forward onto the Vehicle Lift, please backup straight from the stacker until your front wheels are completely off the Vehicle Lift then proceed to turn your wheel towards the exit.
    • When exiting from a Vehicle Lift, if you backed onto a Vehicle Lift, please pull forward straight from the stacker until your back wheels are completely off the Vehicle Lift then proceed to turn your wheel towards the exit.
    • Allow any passengers to enter your vehicle when your vehicle is off the Vehicle Lift.
    • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to go to a beige house phone and dial 2-4440 for assistance.

Should you not wish to park your own vehicle on a Vehicle Lift platform or below a raised Vehicle Lift please see a parking attendant for assistance.