In yet another example of the turnkey Architect-led Design-Build delivery method so popular with our clients, Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction announce the commencement of construction of the new Michael Jordan Collision Center in Durham, NC. This project represents the culmination of a 3-year process of investigating several potential sites and existing buildings to examine the feasibility of locating a collision center near the existing Michael Jordan Nissan dealership. Many greenfield/brownfield sites and existing buildings were reviewed, finally settling on this existing medical records warehouse just a few miles away from the dealership.

Existing

Existing

This project involves renovating the existing warehouse for the collision center and indoor storage of new cars.  The split-level building is situated on a steep slope, tight site.

For the collision center, a new customer area will be constructed, with reception area (with complete view of shop area), offices, restrooms, and other administrative spaces.  The shop area will house shop bays, metal bays, prep deck areas, and paint booths.

On the exterior, a new drive around the rear of the building will provide service circulation as well as at-grade access to both levels of the building.

One of the more challenging aspects of the project will be adding an NFPA 13 sprinkler system to the building, currently unsprinklered. (An auto body shop of this size is required by Code to be equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system). A new 12″ fire line will be installed along the long driveway to the building.

In addition to the sprinkler requirements, many plumbing, mechanical and electrical requirements associated with body shop equipment and operation.  As part of the electrical package, all new lighting will be CREE LED fixtures to provide substantial energy and long-term maintenance savings.

Finally, a new “front porch” entry feature will be installed to provide a more commercial, retail and professional feel to the warehouse building.

Construction is anticipated to be complete in June, 2016.