Fast Lane Convenience Store
Posted: January 20, 2020 | Projects
During the first design meeting, the client stated they did not want this store to look like just another convenience store. What they did want was a design to help it stand out from the others. The LaBiche Architectural Group developed a modern design, incorporating building materials not typically used in this building type, to provide this convenience store with the look the client wanted.
Photo Courtesy of Angie LaBiche/The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
Porcelain tile panels and aluminum panels were used in combination for sections of the exterior, along with an EIFS wall system. The cream colored porcelain tile and the teak-brown aluminum panels are complemented by the bold red of the aluminum canopy, sun-shading devices, and the large wall extension that provides the backdrop for the building signage.
Walking inside, you realize again that this is not a typical convenience store. Brightly colored decorative ceiling sails are prominently placed in the center of the sales area in a floating ceiling system. These sails tie in with the kaleidoscopically hued and curving ceiling fur-downs over the coolers and check-out counter.
Decorative glass tiles and LED back-lit signage also provide the interior a modern look not seen in other convenience stores. The public restrooms are not forgotten in the design either – the bright colors continue along the wall tile at the lavatories.
The building was designed to meet the requirements of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in a Climate 2 Zone. Spray foam insulation and a separate continuous insulation system achieved the required R-values for the exterior walls, and a continuous insulation system above the metal deck satisfied the roof insulation requirements.
The new Fast Lane convenience store is located at an extremely busy intersection along an Interstate 10 feeder road in Beaumont, Texas. The building area of the site is constrained to a triangular piece of land that required the 4,035-square-foot building to be negotiated in place to maximize curb appeal to the feeder road and Laurel Avenue – a major artery from a densely populated area connecting to the interstate. The building actually has two façades, one to service Laurel Avenue and one for the feeder road.
The final touch that sets this convenience store apart from others is the arranged landscaping that borders the perimeter and then continues to interact with the building along the façade, providing harmony and symmetry with nature.
Building Envelope: Knotwood™, Gold Bond, Demilec, Dow THERMAX ™ Sheathing, Laminam® by Crossville, Dryvit
Roofing: IB Roof System
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Daltile, Interceramic, Armstrong
Interior: Sherwin Williams, Wilsonart, Daltile, Formica, MSI, 3 Form, Schluter
Lighting: Metalux, Sure-Lites, Halo, Lumark
The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101
Beaumont, TX 77706
Fittz & Shipman
1405 Cornerstone Court
Beaumont, TX 77706
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
E & C
1010 Lamar Street, #650
Houston, TX 77002
Daniels Building & Construction
2898 W. Cedar Street
Beaumont, TX 77702
Hollon + Cannon Group, LLC
11800 Highland Oaks Trail
Austin, TX 78759
Date Bid: Nov 2017
Construction Period: Jul 2018 to Jul 2019
Total Square Feet: 4,035
Site: 2.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 4,035; total, 4,035 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’; total, 20’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam.
Exterior Walls: Metal studs, EIFS, aluminum panels.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.