Competition BMW of Smithtown selected H2M to design the expansion and update of its facility to provide the new customer amenities, meet overall facility square footage requirements, and building program standards.
H2M worked with the owner to update the facility’s design. We removed the existing showroom and constructed a new larger showroom with double height ceilings and clear story glass to accommodate more vehicles on BMW’s raceway display. H2M also added a secondary showroom area for pre-owned vehicle display and feature areas for displaying special model vehicles.
The showroom incorporated floating sales stations for overall flexibility of business operations, expanded customer soft seating, and lounge areas for a more casual, relaxed shopping experience. A partial basement and second floor were added to meet the administrative, storage, and training area program demands of the enlarged facility. A new vehicle service drive to streamline the experience for customers delivering vehicles for service was also added.
H2M’s initial design approach incorporated a passive-house design solution. Through this approach, we investigated high efficient curtain wall systems and the detailing of a robust thermal building envelope to cut off all potential for air-movement through doors, windows, exterior walls, floors, and ceilings. The owner eventually determined this design approach was cost-prohibitive due to the cost of specialty systems available on the market at that time. Throughout the construction phase we attended meetings, reviewed submittals for quality assurance and compliance with design documents, and worked with the BMW corporate office and representatives to deliver a project that complied with the new corporate identity standards.
Throughout the project, H2M worked with the owner and local municipality to remedy environmental issues related to a typical automotive dealership. We were tasked with developing a design that complied with the new corporate standards and also met the bulk requirements of the local zoning code. Our structural engineering consultant developed a compact design that emphasized the horizontal features of the building, rather than building vertically, to meet height restrictions imposed by the local municipality.
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