KEN GARFF PORSCHE AUDI DEALERSHIP
Project Confirmation Number: 0093J
Commercial: Office Buildings, Warehouses, Hospitals, Big-Box Store, and Strip Malls
3245 N. Digital Drive
Lehi, Utah 84043
Brief description of the project:
The Ken Garff Porsche Audi Dealership is a state of the art automotive dealership located in Lehi, Utah. The project offers a high level of contemporary design combining two premier automotive manufacturers: Porsche and Audi. The two showrooms are linked together through the common shop and parts area.
Size of Building:
37,777 Square Feet
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
Natural: 18,549 units Ebony
96 units Ebony Honed
10,956 units Ebony
Split Face: 1,099 units
Project completion date: 2015
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques.
The Ken Garff Porsche Audi Dealership is a two story, 39,777 SF state of the art automotive dealership located at the crossroads of SR-92 and I-15 in Lehi, Utah.
The project offers a high level of contemporary design, combining two premier automotive manufacturers: Porsche and Audi. The complexities of linking these prominent brands together with complimentary materials and colors while meeting the manufacturers’ branding requirements made this project challenging, exciting and successful.
Meeting the factory branding and image requirements for both Porsche and Audi was very demanding and pushed the design team to find innovative solutions to bring these two entities together. Each factory showroom and service drive had unique branding element requirements, however the common shop and parts area (the in-between space) was required to be a neutral building element to link the two brands together.
The use of concrete masonry units (CMU) as the material choice for the shop and parts area was a key decision that served to provide a neutral interface between the Porsche and Audi manufacturers’ specific design features and unique materials. The local jurisdiction supported this decision to use CMU because it met local ordinances of using exterior materials that related to the surrounding built environment and offered earth tone colors.
The design team used insulation foam inserts within the CMU to meet energy code criteria. This was an alternative approach to using continuous insulation that allows exposed finished masonry faces on both the exterior and interior spaces. These spaces included the following areas: service drives, shop, wash bays, parts storage and other interior and exterior support spaces.
The primary color of CMU selected was Ebony; which is a dark grey. The material allowed for a variety of surface finishes including smooth, honed, and split face. Split face was used as the accent band, while the honed and smooth faces were used for the field regions.
The dark grey color complemented the adjacent metallic materials used for the show room exterior finishes. Durability and low maintenance were also important characteristics of CMU that met the needs of the owner.
The CMU finish provided an effective paintable surface for various areas of the building. Finishes included epoxy paints at the wash bays and shop interiors, block filler and exterior grade paint at the exterior Porsche wash bays, and interior paint consistent with branding colors in the shop.
The CMU was also practical as a substrate for metal cladding at the service drives. CMU was a highly economical and environmentally friendly wall system versus the alternative materials which were being considered by both manufacturers: corrugated metal and aluminum composite panels.
The decision to use CMU allowed the owner to stay within the budget while presenting an acceptable alternative material for the manufacturers to approve.
The material was readily available and locally made which also helped reduce material and transportation costs. Utilizing the CMU material for the common support areas greatly enhanced the overall success of the project by neutrally linking the two brand showrooms together.
CURTIS MINER ARCHITURE
R J MASONRY
KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
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