Garage Parking Guide

Garage Parking Guide

Warren Alpert 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 that raise vehicles in order to create an additional parking space below the raised vehicle. Please see the vehicle lift parking instructions below for additional information.

If you do 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.  If you choose to self park your vehicle on a vehicle lift, PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING AND EXITING YOUR VEHICLE.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Garage use is reserved for permit holders (issued by the HMS Commuter Services and Parking Office) and visitors with a one-day parking pass that was reserved through the online reservation system by authorized department representatives.

Because vehicle lifts are used, SUVs, 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 parking is not guaranteed

Entering the Quad Parking Garage

The Quad Parking Garage, located at 200 Longwood Ave.The entrance is located between the Harvard School for Dental Medicine and the Warren Alpert Building; proceed down the ramp and turn right before the Warren Alpert Building loading dock.

To raise the entrance gate barrier, swipe your Harvard-issued ID card or the one-day parking pass that you receive from the booth attendant at the entrance.

As you enter the garage, 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, a sign will direct 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 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. Garage stairwells are clearly marked with illuminated EXIT signs. The garage elevator is accessed by walking up the pedestrian walkway adjacent to the vehicle ramps.  

Use your one-day parking pass or Harvard ID card to activate the elevator call button.  Swipe your pass or ID card through the reader located adjacent to the elevator button, then press the button to call the elevator. 

Exiting the Quad Parking 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 who will retrieve your vehicle.

If your vehicle is on a raised vehicle lift platform, please ask 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, swipe your Harvard ID card or one-day parking pass.

Vehicle Lift Parking Procedures

If you do not wish to park your vehicle on a vehicle lift platform or below a raised vehicle lift, please see a parking attendant for assistance.

Please view the diagram on this page.

Parking diagram

Vehicle lifts are raised and lowered by garage parking attendants.

If you park below 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’s parking space.  Lock the key box and take the key box key (the key with the red tag) with you.  When you return, use the 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 potential hazards. 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 when on a vehicle lift, the space for footing will be narrow.

Instructions for pulling off a vehicle lift:

If you pulled forward onto the vehicle lift, backup straight from the stacker until your front wheels are completely off the vehicle lift and then turn your wheel towards the exit.

If you backed onto a vehicle lift, pull forward straight from the stacker until your back wheels are completely off the vehicle lift and then 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.

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