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Thinking big

image The largest Volkswagen dealership in the U.S. required big planning.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Designing and building the country’s largest freestanding Volkswagen dealership requires thinking on a large scale. Fortunately, Corbet Design + Build knows all about making big plans.

    The scope of Hendrick Volkswagen Frisco, located at 5010 SH 121, was extensive. The plans called for a two-story, 61,481-sf dealership to sit on a 14-acre site with 981 parking spaces. It also included a 26,118-sf service area with 31 service bays and a 29,418-sf customer/office area.
    To complete the project in 14 months, Corbet Design + Build CEO Bryan Garvey, project managers Clem Myers and Richard McCord, and project superintendent Curtis Gahagan kept consideration of the clients’ requirements a top priority.
    “Throughout the design and construction process, we kept coming back to “What best represents Volkswagen?” and “How do we build a dealership that encapsulates Volkswagen’s brand and values?” Volkswagen is known for design, efficiency and sustainability, so those were always at the forefront of our minds during the process,” Garvey explains.
    The team had to keep the City of Frisco’s permit and aesthetic requirements at the forefront, as well.
    “There were a few main challenges to this project,” says Garvey. “Primarily, it was on two sites with two separate entitlement packages, which required two different permits with two separate [special use permit] approvals. This also required two separate project schedules. Ultimately, it was permitted under SUP.
     “Another challenge was the fusion of criteria and concept. The development district has specific design criteria, which did not match the Volkswagen concept,” Garvey continues. “To overcome this challenge, we blended the natural stone exterior required by the development district with the modern design of Volkswagen. We replaced the brand-specific white frame system with a stone panel system to appear like a white frame. This included using tile, stucco and stone.”
    The white stone found by the firm melded the two seamlessly, with linear stone/masonry block structure utilized on the exterior. In the interior, the firm used ceramic tile and wood laminate for the flooring and klinker tile for the service drive/bay.
    Corbet Design + Build’s ability to serve as the single point of contact for clients and act as coordinator for the project’s many moving pieces also saved time.
    “Through coordination, project design and management with our architect and engineer, we were able to manage the complexity of this project, including staggered timelines, and deliver the final project successfully,” Garvey says. “This demonstrates the benefits of using our design and build process.”
    The finished project made a huge impression on the client.
    “The client, Volkswagen, was very satisfied. The size of the facility allows for outstanding service to the client, which is a high priority for Volkswagen,” Garvey says. “It has been a pleasure working on this great project, and we are thrilled to unveil the finished Volkswagen dealership to the North Texas community. This is truly an amazing facility that was designed to meet Volkswagen’s high level of customer service and satisfaction.”
    Dallas-based Corbet Design + Build is a boutique design firm specializing in designing, strategic planning, building and construction. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net