Bill Dodge BMW
“Vigilance in the early stages and quality control throughout will lower operating costs in the long term and provide exponential savings. That is the value that Ouellet brings to the table.”
Bill Dodge, Automobile Dealership Owner, Bill Dodge
The 28,000-square-foot facility, located in the Bill Dodge Auto Park, includes a showroom and service center that reflect BMW’s exacting design standards and state-of-the-art energy efficiency.
The Ouellet team broke ground in August 2014 and worked steadily through the epic winter of 2014/15. They completed the job in July, one month ahead of schedule.
“This is the sixth project that Ouellet has done for the Bill Dodge Auto Group,” said General Manager John Mallia, speaking of the Bill Dodge BMW project, “and it’s the pièce de résistance. Not only is it an architectural showpiece, but the design reflects our needs—down to the placement of electrical outlets. The Ouellet team thinks from the owner’s perspective. They’re always asking questions about how the space will be used, and working with the design team to make it flow even better for us.”
Per BMW’s design guidelines, the building is clad in an exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), similar to stucco. But as Guy Labrecque noted, BMW’s expectations required an extremely high level of craftsmanship and product control throughout the application process. A red flag popped up when the design team visited a Cape Cod BMW dealership that was nearing the end of construction.
To meet BMW’s standards and overcome weather-related EIFS installation restrictions (it cannot be applied in direct sunlight, rain, or in temperatures exceeding 40°), Ouellet built a 60-foot, mobile enclosure to create the ideal controlled environment in winter.