Sierra Construction recently completed the new Titus-Will Toyota dealership in Tacoma. The project involved the construction of a new 53,000 square foot dealership to replace an existing new car sales building. The new facility includes showrooms for both Toyota and Scion, a 3-lane service drive up, a 3 bay quick-lube pit, a 25-bay service facility with in-ground lifts, a 9,000 square foot parts storage area on two floors, administrative and dealer office and conference/training areas.
Our team broke ground in mid-winter 2010 and the owner moved into the building on October 23, 2010. We were brought on board early to participate in the design process to help direct project focus and to control construction costs. The complex building was constructed in 8 months from start of construction to owner move-in. The building is a structural steel frame with aluminum-composite metal panel and tilt-up concrete skin. It was designed and constructed in accordance with Toyota and Gensler’s (Toyota’s corporate architect) requirements to ensure compliance with Toyota’s Image 2012 program, whereby dealers are to update their buildings to meet corporate aesthetic and functional requirements.
It was initially assumed that the existing Titus-Will new car building would need to be demolished to allow for construction. However, we worked with the civil engineer to produce an overlay drawing of the new and existing structures, and were able to develop a partial demolition plan which allowed the existing building to remain operational during construction. This was a major benefit to Titus-Will, with literally no downtime at all during construction. Sierra and the design-build MEP subcontractors worked together with Helix Architects, the structural and civil engineers and the Toyota personnel to coordinate all design detail and facets of construction to ensure timely delivery of the project.