This total precast project features a two story showroom area, an elevated exterior ten car “jewelry box” display case visible from I494, a second level for inventory and service bays, and a third story roof top parking for up to 140 vehicles. Additionally, there are more than twice as many service bays as the previous dealership.
While the “jewelry box” draws shoppers from the highway, the dealership hopes to draw shoppers who are passing by with sidewalk frontage that created a small town window shopping experience. Richfield Bloomington Honda is the only dealership in the Minneapolis Metro area to have sidewalk frontage and access.
Wells Concrete produced and installed architectural and structural precast product for the yearlong project. Construction of the 165,000 sq. ft. RB Honda dealership began in June 2014.
The new building was built on an adjacent site, where RB Honda bought a trio of buildings formerly occupied by LaMettry’s Auto Body, USA Baby and Tires Plus. Tom Wood Automotive Group also built a 26,200-square-foot facility for Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi on part of the current RB Honda site.
The total construction costs for the new Honda and Mitsubishi stores to approximately $27 million. Sustainable features include LED lighting, a car wash system that reuses a majority of its water, and in-slab radiant showroom and service floor heating.
“Early on, the Design Team and Contractor put forth a sizeable effort to consider and evaluate the best fit structural system for the project. Looking at the Owner’s timeline and realizing that the majority of bulk framing needed to occur in the winter, precast concrete prevailed as the best choice to make it through the harsh Minnesota weather while maintaining schedule.”
“The goal was to beat the severe Minnesota winter. A precast structure including walls, floors, and roof was the only way to make it happen. With the ability to park vehicles on the roof it was a win-win situation. We fast tracked the design of the precast and went into production before our final drawings were even completed. The precast solution was a perfect fit to our Design/Build process.”
-Neal C. Bronder, Vice President, CEO
“Going to precast for this project made total sense. We were able to get dried in far sooner by using an all precast structure, walls, and floors as compared to other construction methods. The precast materiality informed the design other than just making a ‘bullet proof’ building. Because we went to precast, parking on top of the roof was a somewhat of a natural decision, which also allowed us to extend our rear jewelry box from a single story into a double story volume. The extra coordination done ahead of time to process and fabricate the precast prior to obtaining a building permit paid dividends on the project schedule and enhanced the building design.”
-Dave Kaldy, Principal, Architectural Alliance
|Product||# of pieces||Linear Ft||Square Ft||# of pours|
|Insulated Sandblast Walls||328||6,445||52,440||61|
The total precast solution was a perfect fit to our Design/Build process of this project. Looking at the owner’s timeline and realizing that the majority of bulk framing needed to occur in the winter, a total precast concrete system prevailed as the best choice to make it through the harsh Minnesota weather while maintaining schedule.
Traditionally, Minnesota weather conditions can prove challenging for contractors because weather affects project schedules, construction quality and employee safety. However, the precast concrete building process used addressed the challenges as the panels were fabricated indoors and in a controlled environment.
In addition, as the panels were erected, they provided load-bearing support, giving the construction manager more flexibility over the schedule and providing immediate barrier to the elements, including insulating properties against the cold, allowing work to be done inside the building.
Key Design Challenges
The majority of framing occurred during the Minnesota winter, so precast prevailed as the best choice to maintain the schedule. Traditionally, Minnesota weather conditions can prove challenging for contractors because weather affects project schedules, construction quality and employee safety. However, the precast concrete building process used addressed the challenges as the panels were fabricated indoors, in a controlled environment.
In addition, as the panels were erected, they provided load-bearing support, giving the construction manager more flexibility over the schedule and providing an immediate barrier to the elements, including insulating properties against the cold, allowing work to be done inside the building.
A unique, yet challenging feature of the dealership was the 140 car rooftop parking design. The ramp was a structural topping, water proof membrane. Wells Concrete created an internal ramp to get to the roof. The roof also included hoist point loads.
A car wash system that reuses the majority of its own water was included in the design, as well as an in-slab radiant showroom and service floor heating.
The elevated exterior jewelry box display was truly an innovation for this project and can be seen by all those that travel along the busy highway along the project. LED lighting was used to highlight this feature even further.
High Performance Attributes
A very tight site presented a huge challenge for the owner and contractor to get a building that satisfied their many needs. The contractor approached Wells Concrete for assistance in laying out a car dealership that had two levels of service area plus car parking on the roof. Precast met the challenge for structurally handling the multi-levels, but also provided a satisfying budget and timeline.
The precast concrete insulated wall panels provided continuous insulation with an effective RValue of R-16.67, there were no solid concrete zones. The envelope system also provided a continuous air-barrier, as well as a vapor barrier.
The precast concrete structure used for this dealership integrated easily with other the systems and inherently provided the versatility, efficiency, and resiliency needed to meet the multi-hazard requirements and long-term demands of high performance structures.