CASE STUDY

Engineering Excellence at Wondries Toyota – Alhambra, CA: A Two-Phase Dealership Project

PROJECT OVERVIEW

LOCATION:

Alhambra, CA

CLIENT:

Goree Whitfield Architects

PROJECT TYPE:

Ground-up Toyota Car Dealership

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Pro Engineering Consulting spearheaded the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering design for the Wondries Toyota dealership in Alhambra, CA. This comprehensive project unfolded in two phases, with Phase 1 focusing on sales and service buildings and Phase 2 dedicated to additional parking lot design.

Phase 1: Service Building

  • 41,000 SF of service area
  • 42,000 SF of parking
  • 11,000 SF of parts storage
  • 11,000 SF of service drive

Phase 1: Sales Building

  • 12,800 SF showroom
  • 2,400 SF new car delivery
  • 4,200 SF retail parts and storage
  • 10,800 SF office and support

CHALLENGES FACED

COOLING OF SHOWROOM WITH NEW CAR DELIVERY ACCESS:

Challenge: Cooling the showroom while accommodating new car delivery with a roll-up door allowing outside air flow, requiring an interlock between the door and the HVAC system.

Solution: Our team implemented a sophisticated interlock system controlling HVAC and an air curtain to manage air flow during open-door scenarios.

UTILITY TRANSFORMER LOCATION COORDINATION:

Challenge: Coordinating the location of the utility transformer within the limited site area.

Solution: Our engineers collaborated closely with all stakeholders to optimize the utility transformer location, considering space constraints and operational efficiency.

LIMITED LOCATIONS FOR SERVICE AREA DUCTING AND LIGHTING:

Challenge: Limited locations for exhaust ducting and lighting in the service area due to specific car lift placements.

Solution: Our team worked in tandem with architects and structural engineers to strategically place exhaust ducting and lighting, ensuring optimal functionality and safety.

TAILORED MEP SOLUTIONS FOR VARIED CEILING HEIGHTS:

Challenge: Different ceiling heights and types in each area required customized ducting and lighting solutions, demanding extensive coordination with the architect and structural engineer.

Solution: Pro Engineering Consulting meticulously tailored MEP solutions for each area, ensuring seamless integration with diverse ceiling configurations.

TITLE-24 COMPLIANCE FOR SHOWROOM GLAZING:

Challenge: The showroom’s extensive glazing posed challenges in meeting Title-24 energy efficiency calculations.

Solution: Our team implemented innovative design strategies to meet Title-24 compliance, balancing aesthetics with energy efficiency.

CONCLUSION

Pro Engineering Consulting successfully navigated the intricacies of the Wondries Toyota dealership project, overcoming challenges in cooling systems, utility transformer placement, service area limitations, varied ceiling heights, and Title-24 compliance. Our collaborative approach with Goree Whitfield Architects resulted in a state-of-the-art dealership that seamlessly blends functionality and aesthetics.

We value the partnership with Goree Whitfield Architects and look forward to future collaborative ventures.

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