18 Jun Rod Baker Ford – Plainfield, IL
Rod Baker Ford has been a part of the Plainfield, Illinois, community for over 50 years. During that time, they have become known as a reputable dealership and service department. Their good reputation has meant significant growth and their current facility no longer allows them to serve the needs of their customers.
The Redmond Company is working with Rod Baker Ford to design and build a new 66,000 sf facility in Plainfield that will better serve their community. The new facility will be located on an undeveloped 14-acre site closer to many of the area’s newest amenities. It will have a better commercial presence and allow for a larger vehicle inventory. It will include a new showroom, office area and service area. The new service area will triple their current service operation with nineteen standard service bays, two alignment bays, twelve oversized service bays and eight wash and detail bays.
The new Rod Baker Ford has been designed to include some of the most unique and advanced features. The main showroom will have the ability to fit at least six vehicles. A secondary showroom provides space for four accessorized vehicles or Baker’s customized and collector vehicles. The service write-up area will have some of the most advanced service equipment and allow the service department to quickly check important service items before the customer gets out of their car. Finally, the service area will feature in-floor radiant heat and air conditioning to provide extra comfort for the technicians.
The façade of the facility will feature metal panels and curtainwall, to meet Ford design requirements, and the remainder of the building will be constructed of precast concrete wall panels. The panels are aesthetically pleasing, durable and quicker to install. The use of pre-cast concrete will speed up construction and allow the building to be enclosed quickly, alleviating some of the potential for winter conditions cost.