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Automotive Dealership Reimage with Fast Turn Around

Posted by Cory Sursely on Mon, Nov 02, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

Automotive Dealership ReimageFord Motor Company reimage program is in full effect. Dealers had to be committed earlier this year and now have until the end of 2016 to complete their design. Rick Keith, Wolgast Corporation’s Architect, is ready to assist dealerships however he can. Rick has been through corporate design programs before with other dealerships, hotel chains, and restaurants, so he knows the protocol involved.

Additionally, Wolgast’s construction team has built or remodeled a number of dealerships in the past 5 years. We apply a systemized, professional and speedy approach to completing construction.

Meeting corporate requirements while serving the dealer’s needs can take some time and in certain circumstances, some negotiation. We will work with both of you to navigate through the program and make sure that you get your money’s worth for an outstanding showpiece, quickly. After all, it’s all about selling more cars and a beautiful building will draw the traffic, so being at full capacity sooner, will gain you more sales.

Contact Rick Suitor or Mike Shepard, Wolgast’s Business Development Team, to get started on your design.

800-WOLGAST

989-790-9120

rsuitor@wolgast.com

mshepard@wolgast.com

Tags: Professional General Contractor, the Wolgast Way, Auto Dealers, Good for Business

Construction Tips for Auto Dealerships

Posted by Cory Sursely on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Auto Service CenterCurrently, many Michigan auto dealers are feeling varying degrees of pressure from auto manufacturers to modernize their stores, some of which have never been renovated since they were originally built 50 years ago.  While remodeling can be an expensive investment in your business, there are several benefits that go along with the improvements.

We want to share with dealers what they can expect and tips about their reimage:

  1. You can stay open during most or all of construction activity.  We understand that service is the key to your success whether that is your sales team meeting with customers or your service team working on cars.  Through phases of construction and flexibility, you’ll be able to maintain business (almost) as usual.  We discuss this further in our blog, ”Staying Open During Construction”. 
  2. You’ll have to work closely with corporate and their architect to create a design that matches their requirements.  Our architect, Rick Keith, is highly experienced in deciphering the brand requirements and creating a design to keep costs low for the owner.
  3. You can look forward to your service area being spruced up with nicer service drive lanes and service write up areas in a separate, quieter environment.  This change will provide a more relaxed atmosphere for customers.
  4. Many reimage programs can be costly, but the good news is that the construction costs can be depreciated for federal income tax purposes.  You may want to consult with your tax advisor on ways to maximize the depreciation including a cost segregation study.
  5. Being under construction draws attention to your business and you’ll likely attract customers into your dealership just to see the changes once construction is complete

As more information becomes available about manufacturer’s programs, Wolgast will be right there with you (as we have done for all our automotive dealer clients) to determine what's needed to get the job done right, economically and swiftly.  Please call us if you have questions or when you’re ready to start your reimage, 800-965-4278 (800-WOLGAST).

Tags: Design/Build, Scheduling, Auto Dealers

To Use or Not to Use a Pre-Engineered Metal Building

Posted by Cory Sursely on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 @ 08:15 AM

Pre-engineered metal buildingWe have had all kinds of business owners from varying professions ask us about using a pre-engineered metal building when they’re fact finding about new construction for their business.  We tell them a general rule of thumb to consider is that metal buildings are best for businesses that want an industrial look, or have a big enough budget to dress up a pre-engineered building with brick or EIFS (for example) to mask the industrial façade.

It’s certainly a viable and economical option when a business owner is looking for new construction.  However, the expense of masking the industrial look can be cost prohibitive and could actually make it more economical to choose building a stick-built building instead.  To see examples of how a pre-engineered metal building can be “dressed up” visit Kirby Building Systems website. Additionally, the larger the building, the better the economies of scale become for metal buildings.  The price per square foot gets more attractive the bigger the building vs. stick-built construction.  On the same note, the smaller the building, the bigger the square foot price will be, which can make stick-built construction the more economical option.PreEngQuote

The time you have to complete construction can also play a factor on your choice between metal and stick-built construction.  Both methods start with an architect designing the building and getting through approvals.  Once the contractor has a signed contract with the owner, stick-building construction can start, however, when using a pre-engineered metal building this is the point where it gets ordered from the manufacturer.  From there, it takes time for the manufacturer to complete their engineering and planning for the support of the structure per your design.  Then they put it into production.  Your contractor can begin site work and foundations prior to the arrival of the metal panels, but that could take 8-12 weeks for most jobs (simple jobs can take less time).

A final consideration is future expansion.  If your site allows it and you have plans for expanding your building in a few years when you’ve doubled your business or another reason, then starting with a smaller metal building can provide cost savings during an expansion.  If you design it with the intention of adding space later, it should be easier and more economical to do so with a metal building compared to a stick-built building.

In summary, if you’re looking to build a large building and don’t mind that it looks like an industrial building (such as operations for warehousing, manufacturing and some retail), a pre-engineered metal building will be your most economical choice.  For those who need a smaller building, less than 10,000 s.f. or so (doctors, dentists, restaurant owners, service providers), who'd rather not have an industrial look, or don’t have the budget to mask an industrial look, then a pre-engineered metal building most likely isn’t your best economical choice.

Either way, Wolgast is skilled in designing and erecting pre-engineered metal buildings as much as we are in designing and constructing stick-built buildings, so please contact us with your questions about what type of construction will work best for you.  800-965-4278.

Tags: Medical Office Construction, Professional General Contractor, the Wolgast Way, Auto Dealers, Design, Dental Office Construction, Good for Business, Manufacturing Construction