The Buerkle Honda project more than doubled the size of the existing facility. The all new and greatly expanded showroom, sales and finance offices, customer lounge, and service reception areas were added to one end of the existing dealership. Easy to follow customer circulation was essential, as was the visual connection between the showroom and the added pre-owned vehicle sales lot, both for customer convenience and sales staff efficiency. The new showroom and service reception combine the Honda corporate design elements with the finish and comfort upgrades desired by the dealer. Particular attention was paid to the customer lounge, where a variety of spaces were created: a fireside lounge, club chair groups and a specialized high tech bar area with built in charging stations. The service side of the facility also received major attention with a doubling of service stalls, added car wash and detailing bays, all new lifts, and a complete fluid distribution system. Windows and skylights were added to both the existing and expanded bays to provide a significant improvement in daylight within the service department.
Inspired by a subtle blend of modern and industrial aesthetics, Robbinsdale’s municipal liquor store features a carpeted wine area with custom oak shelving, an open sales floor area with cream colored walls and leather-brown stained concrete flooring and 25 cooler display doors with LED lighting. Customized millwork faced with a dusty gray wood grain laminate and caramel white solid surface countertops are accented by industrial pendant lighting. Energy efficiency is achieved with lighting controls and motion sensors in customer areas as well as the office, break room, restrooms and distribution/storage area.
The new North Country Bottle Shop was designed to generate better cash flow by attracting new customers and reducing costs through efficient systems.
Welcoming customers starts on the site where the parking lot accommodates cars, pickup trucks with trailers and RVs for convenient access to the store. A bright and spacious interior reduces visual clutter to emphasize the product for sale. A trellis covered wine area, large retail floor and walk-in beer cave provide for plenty of selection and easier circulation throughout the store.
Geothermal heating and cooling, occupancy sensor controls, LED lighting and other high efficient building systems substantially reduce the overall cost of operating the store. Along with these systems, the store is laid out and shelved to reduce handling a larger volume of product and allowing staff to spend more time with customers.
Completed in 2008, this project was the first project in Minnesota to receive a Green Globe certification. The Green Building Initiative recognized this project with a “Two Globe” rating, and the building is also Energy Star certified. Using a highly efficient geothermal heat pump system and ventilation exchange allows this building to greatly reduce energy usage. The beer coolers are also integrated into the geothermal system.
This project included providing retail fixtures and lighting design for a snowboard and skate store remodeling. The design was developed to give an edgy, urban alley feel to the shopping environment. Features include a fire escape, curbs, dock door, graffiti lined streets, and a plaza.
This 7,000 square foot free standing optometry clinic was designed to maximize the use of a small site on the edge of Apple Valley’s downtown core. It is organized to blend the retail feel of the eyeglass sale and dispensary area with professional offices and exam rooms. The vaulted ceiling brings daylight and volume into the center of the space, and extensive use of oak trim creates a feeling of warmth. Durable stucco and stone finishes were used on the exterior.
The scope of this project included total renovation of an existing truck garage into the new office for JTH Lighting, a lighting product rep serving the five-state area. The building now houses a reception area, conference/training room, private offices, storage room, and large open office work space that doubles as display area for many of the product lines that JTH represents. A new entry plaza and a metal screen create a dramatic entrance to the building, further enhanced at night by exterior lighting.
This project consists of adding a new 10,000 sf collision repair building and full remodeling the existing 5,000 sf automobile service function. The building includes hoists, spray booths, racks, and fluid distribution systems.
This project took full advantage of GM’s image upgrade program. In addition to updating their appearance inside and out, improvements that addressed work flow issues and repairs to the facility were made. CNH represented and advocated for the dealership when dealing with General Motors and their corporate architectural representatives and coordinated furniture and signage vendors. As a result, the finishes used comply with the new standards, the customer lounge was expanded and modernized, and lighting was updated to low energy, long life LED fixtures.
Situated on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, this upscale project consists of a convenience store, fueling island, service stalls and car wash. These functions are placed into two buildings tucked into this tight site creating a diagonal vehicle flow that was reflected in the angled portions of the buildings. The Owner’s philosophy of developing an atmosphere of success to draw customers in was expressed with the high quality materials and interesting image.