Redmond’s automotive design and construction team transformed a former expo center into a 36,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art dealership for the Fox Valley Volkswagen team. The vacant building, measuring over 24,000 square feet, sat on about 7 acres and was ideal for the owner’s goals. By identifying targeted cost savings items prior to the start of the design phase, it was determined that a significant cost reduction could be achieved by reusing a large portion of the existing expo center and by renovating the facility to reduce its size. An addition of 12,000 square feet was also incorporated into the final design. By cutting the expo center’s square footage, the owners reduced their project costs and realized fixed operations savings.
Redmond’s designers collaborated with Volkswagen’s corporate design team and, as an advocate of the Fox Valley Volkswagen Automotive Group, Redmond’s design professionals worked with Volkswagen, negotiating with them to consider design modifications that would be both in compliance with brand standards and corporate operational requirements.
Redmond’s real estate consulting team was also an essential part of this project as they worked with the developer, owner, the City of St. Charles and Volkswagen Corporate to coordinate the many approvals needed to proceed with the project. Redmond’s site planners considered the potential future development of the neighboring parcel on the backside of the Fox Valley Group’s property, which, in turn, influenced the dealership’s landscaping and exterior lighting choices.
The Redmond Company recently finished a second project for the Fox Valley Auto Group: Fox Valley Volkswagen in Schaumburg, Illinois.
“The Redmond Company was essential to the success of our projects. We first used them for the design and construction of our VW facility in St. Charles, and after that was a huge success, we selected them again for the renovation of our VW facility in Schaumburg.
They’ve been an indispensable partner as we’ve worked through VW’s compliance process. Redmond worked with Volkswagen’s architectural representatives to ensure that while we met the brand standards, our needs as a business were not lost. The Redmond team helped to make sure that our processes were considered and the way our dealerships function were incorporated into the buildings’ designs. They’ve done a great job of re-purposing existing spaces to fit our needs, and renovating old spaces to look brand-new.
I would highly recommend The Redmond Company to any dealer group who expects and accepts only the best of the best. Redmond delivered on exactly that.”
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