EGC teamed up with VOCON architectural firm, Heapy mechanical engineering, and GOP structural engineer to design and deliver a new state-of-the art facility with approximately 60,000 square feet of space for the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Burlington, Massachusetts. The facility included the latest in technology, from computerized lighting controls to an integrated, radiant and forced-air mechanical system. The facility utilizes 100% LED lighting and includes a nail salon adjacent to a specialized café for a complete customer experience.
The facility was built on approximately 6 acres. Two existing office buildings (approximately 45,000 square feet) were removed before starting construction. Due to the natural granite rock in the area, the elevation of the new building and its location onsite were critical to minimize the amount of blasting of granite ledge. Demolition of the existing buildings started on June 1, 2014, and was completed by June 30, 2014. Site excavation started July 2, 2014, and occupancy was awarded on Jan. 21, 2015 (204 calendar days).
Among many other first-time designs for a Mercedes facility, the building interior included a 2-story elevator, a 30-foot tall by 18-foot wide waterfall, 19 service bays, a full-service automated car wash, three detail bays, a four-car express lube, and a service reception area capable of handling 12 cars at a time.
The exterior of the facility was enhanced to meet the town’s street requirements, creating a harmonious blend of a brick façade and wall of glass (31 feet tall by 105 feet long) surrounded by a lush landscape area. Stone walls in the landscaping bring some of the heritage of the area into the appearance of this new facility, along with more than 20,000 square feet of brick pavers and limestone surrounds. Final paving was completed just before Christmas and the first shipment of cars started arriving the second week of January 2015.