Montana Honda & Marine
AT Architecture, Inc.
848 Main Street, #7, Billings, MT 59105
Date Bid: Feb 2008
Construction Period: Apr 2008 to Nov 2008
Total Square Feet: 22,963 Site: 4.41 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 22,963; total, 22,963 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 34’; total, 34’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-engineered building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade, monolithic
slab/foundation. Exterior Walls: Metal siding, EIFS. Roof:
Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Steel stud
drywall, 26-gauge liner panel.
Structural Engineer: Krivonen & Associates - 725 Grand Avenue,
Billings, MT 59101
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Hulteng, Inc. - 234 Moore
Lane, Billings, MT 59101
Electrical Engineer: Con'eer Engineering, Inc. - 1629 Avenue D,
#7C, Billings, MT 59102
Civil Engineer: Engineering, Inc. - 1300 N. Transtech Way,
Billings, MT 59102
AT Architecture and Hulteng, Inc. teamed up to design/build the new
headquarters for the Montana Honda & Marine project which sells and
services outdoor recreation vehicles and accessories.
The new building had to be attractive and economical yet meet the design
restrictions of the County zoned "Entryway Corridor" zoning. The metal
building was the choice for construction of the facility due to the
economy of construction and flexibility for design creativity. The
facility was also close to the freeway located behind an overpass.
Visibility was important. The design incorporated two towers with
contrasting color as entry points and vertical elements, which would be
visible from the freeway. The tower facing the freeway would display the
U.S. flag as an additional vertical, moving/attracting and visible
element for the new structure. The main body of the building would be a
single slope to provide greater contrast for the towers. The towers and
the building portion surrounding the towers were sloped to provide
greater interest to the passerby.
The front of the facility houses the display and sales areas. The
motorcycle display is separated from the boat display by the sales and
reception area. Accessory and parts are a contiguous part of the
motorcycle and front display.
Next to the parts area are the service areas for motorcycles and boats.
The service areas are separated by a work area common to both sides for
easy access to equipment and benches needed for service from either
side. Indoor cold storage is accessed via the common work area as well
as overhead doors to the exterior.
The site has the public access side, which is nicely landscaped to meet
the zoning requirements. The public, display/sales side of the facility
also has larger walks to facilitate the dealer's outside display at the
front of the building. The backside is fenced with a maintenance-free
vinyl fence to meet the zoning requirements. The backside is the outside
storage with a truck dock for easy loading and unloading of their cycle,
boat and parts deliveries.
As a final touch, the owner had an interior designer work on the
finishes in the showroom. The floor was stained dark with Honda
motorcycle logo in the Honda red placed on the floor between the main
entry and the reception counter. Honda's colors are incorporated into
the interior design.
The project was an affordable, creative design that turned the metal
building into a wonderful project for the owner and the design/build