Hicks Mercedes-Benz USA|
WKMC Architects, Inc.
909 South Tancahua Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to May
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.
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
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
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.
Metal Wall Panels: Centria Metal Composite Wall Panels:
Drywall: USG. Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong
Doors & Frames: Frameworks Manufacturing, Inc., Ceco Doors
Paint: Sherwin Williams Cold Formed Metal: Dietrich
Roofing: Firestone Building Insulation: Owens
Gutters & Downspouts: Berridge Manufactuing
Show Room & Service Area Floor System: AutoStone
Carpet: Durkan Glazing: Oldcastle
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer