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  Ed Hicks Mercedes-Benz USAEd Hicks Mercedes-Benz USA

WKMC Architects, Inc.
909 South Tancahua Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

General Description

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to May 2011
Total Square Feet: 25,273 Site: 4.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 25,273; total, 25,273.
Building Height: First floor, 26’; total, 26’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, EIFS, metal panel. Roof: Built up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Bill Reiffert & Associates, Inc. - 136 Sagecrest Drive, San Antonio, TX 78232
General Contractor: Barcom Commercial, Inc. - 5826 Bear Lane, Corpus Christi, TX 78405
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: NRG Engineering - 5656 South Staples Street, #360, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Civil Engineer: Bass & Welsh Engineering - 3054 South Alameda Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Landscape Architect: Gignac Landscape Architecture - 3833 South Staples Street, #N-119, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Since 1959 the Patriarch of the Hicks family, Mr. Ed Hicks, has been affiliated with the automotive industry in one form or another. From owning a Phillips 66 gas station in Austin to working his way from salesman to manager at Patterson Chevrolet in Detroit. Less than a decade later Mr. Hicks moved the family from Michigan to Corpus Christi where he obtained his first Texas Auto Dealer License. That was the beginning of the Hicks family legacy of single and multi-franchise dealerships including Datsun, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and Infinity.

Seeing vibrant growth, the Hicks family began their extended relationship with the construction industry in 2004 when they broke ground on their Nissan facility. A few years later they expanded their operations with a stand-alone pre-owned facility. Fully accustomed to the benefits of global branding the family decided it was time to build a Mercedes-Benz Autohaus facility.

Design started after a thorough analysis of the program and the use of BIM software to create a 3D model of the proposed design was complete. On April 22, 2010 construction began on the 25,273-square-foot facility following a series of meetings with the family: Mr. Ed Hicks (Founder), Mrs. Gloria Hicks (Partner), Mr. Charles Hicks (Dealer Principal) and Mrs. Debbie Layton (Controller). The doors opened for business in June 2011.

The building features key design elements of the program that portray a sense of welcome, familiarity, transparency, openness, unencumbered product representation and customer convenience. Some of the key branding elements incorporated in the building include the triple-finned capital at the columns, entry portal, 45 degree angles at the exposed beams, signage, Autohaus furniture, lighting, colors and finishes throughout.

Once you enter the showroom doors you step into a two story space surrounded by full height glass. The "skeleton" of the building is exposed throughout the showroom. Surrounded by structural steel and glass the 6 display vehicles on the showroom floor stand out as the primary focal points. To your right you see a glass enclosed New Vehicle Delivery and to your left runs the "spine" of the building leading the customer from sales through a warm apricot enveloped customer lounge and boutique to the service department.

A delightful kid's play area is visible from both sales and service areas and directly across from Mrs. Gloria Hicks' office where she greets each customer with a warm smile. The lounge is equipped with business stations and a café. The openness of the plan extends further with a view into the service shop through a large window from the customer lounge. The enclosed service drive has visibility the length of the drive into the service writer's area and lounge.

The building shell is a combination of steel framing and concrete masonry units on a suspended concrete foundation. Behind the service shop is a freestanding car wash.

The site features concrete pavement with brick pavers at the sidewalk. Vehicle display pads showcase vehicles along the front of the property surrounded by coastal landscaping.

Product Information
Metal Wall Panels: Centria  Metal Composite Wall Panels: NOW Specialties
Drywall: USG.  Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong
Doors & Frames: Frameworks Manufacturing, Inc., Ceco Doors
Paint: Sherwin Williams  Cold Formed Metal: Dietrich
Roofing: Firestone  Building Insulation: Owens Corning
Gutters & Downspouts: Berridge Manufactuing
Show Room & Service Area  Floor System: AutoStone
Carpet: Durkan Glazing: Oldcastle
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer


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