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  Montana Honda & MarineMontana Honda & Marine


AT Architecture, Inc.
848 Main Street, #7, Billings, MT 59105

General Description

Location: Billings, Montana
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.

Construction Team

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 team.  

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