Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stadium Nissan Grand Opening

Stadium Nissan, our latest tenant and Greg Smith's newest business venture, opens its doors to the public today.  During a special kick-off event, Governor Gregoire will visit the dealership and test drive the all new Nissan Leaf.  As Governor Gregoire notes in the above press release, "Today's opening of Stadium Nissan and the roll out of the first electric car means a green highway will be a reality for Washingtonians." 

The dealership, which is targeting a LEED Gold designation, was built with sustainability in mind; for starters, the dealership is an adaptive reuse of an existing industrial warehouse.  The interior was sandblasted throughout and existing materials were reused wherever possible, preserving much of the embodied energy.  Salvaged materials from other Urban Visions' projects were brought on site, including old growth wood for the stairs and cladding, and old sliding doors taken from the Reedo Building project for office doors (similar to the doors featured here). Large holes were sawcut into the concrete structure to add storefront systems; this allowed natural light inside the space to warm the materials. 

One noticeable feature in the dealership is the HVAC system.  Large electric fans were placed throughout the space to cool (and move air); a few reznors were then strategically placed throughout for heating needs.  Though minimal, smart design makes the current thermal package sufficient for occupant comfort.  High efficiency lighting (reused) and occupancy sensors were also placed throughout.  

Another interesting feature in the showroom side of the dealership is the office; essentially its a large metal box clad in a stainless steel product.  The final product is stunning and highlights the Olson-Kundig design.  

Please check back for a full photo collage later this week.  

A special thanks to the project team which finished a challenging project in an amazingly fast time line:
Urban Visions
McCullough Hill
Foushee Construction 
Stellar Structures LLC
Nelson Construction
Fawcett Painting
Master Millwork, Inc
GC Flooring
Northwest Door, Inc.
Generation Glass
Insulation Contractors, Inc. 
GS Mechanical
Universal Mechanical Service
Precision Electric