Charleston, SC

Completion: 2012

Size: Sales, 23,000 sf; Service, 20,300 sf

Located on two pieces of property divided by a public road, the nationwide prototype design for this auto dealership had to be adapted to accommodate the unique site as well as the City of Charleston Design Review Board (CCDRB). Programmatically, the new design broke from the prototype by separating the Sales and Service divisions, placing one on each property. Also differing from the nationwide prototype, the use of brick, aluminum curtainwall and brick pavers met CCDRB’s desire to create a more ‘Lowcountry’ feel that blends with the surrounding area. The materials, use of the same colors, and site layout were used to ‘connect’ the two sites as much as possible for the benefit of the customers.

The sales center maintains the owner’s priority to provide high-quality, customer-oriented service. The main area of the building is inviting, offering a café and bar, an internet area and state of the art bathrooms. The large, open spaces also help to encourage an enjoyable experience.

The service center’s utilitarian design includes service bays and work areas. Instead of using the cement or chemical sealants that the prototype incorporates, clinker tiles, known for their significant durability and long life, were installed in anticipation of less upkeep and cost in the future. Clerestory windows in the service bay invite natural light and create an enjoyable working environment.