CarMax Auto Super Store
- Civil Engineering
- Landscape Architecture
This 13.6-acre project was the site of a former hotel and water park. Redevelopment plans included a 53,800 SF CarMax main sales/service building with a detached car wash, sales lot, staging area, and customer parking. The owner’s team found immediate challenges in making the development acceptable to the city and neighbors who wanted a development similar to the existing hotel. Not being local to the area, the owner chose Westwood to assist, based on the firm’s retail/commercial development experience and full complement of services – a one-stop-shop approach to help navigate them through approvals, final design, and related construction services.
Maximizing Visibility with Respect for the Neighbors
The client needed to maximize visibility from the adjacent Interstate 94 while respectfully screening the project from neighbors on the other two sides. Westwood’s team worked with other design professionals to tie existing berms into the privacy wall, along with implementing significant landscape for desired buffering.
Gaining access to the site proved challenging due to county road specifications, but through joint collaboration the teams found acceptable locations for entry points. Design also required secure separation of the sales lot and staging area that included detailed design of security gates, special guard rails, and decorative fencing.
Coordinating Many Moving Parts
The efforts of Westwood’s survey, civil engineering, and landscape architecture services required coordinating lengthy team meetings and providing additional interim plans to help with construction staging.
Time to work with the city, the county, the watershed district, and MnDOT needed to figure into the project’s time table. Westwood was also tasked to coordinate with multiple project consultants to develop the various site elements, including operations, signage, lighting, fueling, re-conditioning services, and carwash reclaim and sanitary connections. The placement of each site element entailed a design that met both the client’s and fire marshal requirements involving fire lanes and utilized the site’s unique underground stormwater infiltration system.
Westwood's methodical and collaborative approach with the development team, community, and various agencies led the way through the permitting processes, kept construction issues to a minimum, and held the project on track.