Name: Chevy Chase Cars
Location: Bethesda, MD
Role: Architect

Brief Description:
Ponte Mellor Architects developed a comprehensive plan for the expansion of an existing single brand dealership facility (built in the late 60's) into a multi-line auto sales center. Ponte Mellor prepared an initial feasibility study with cost proposals to determine a budget and scope of work. In the initial planning stages meetings were conducted with the client and local building and fire officials to determine the extent of life-safety upgrades required. The staging of such work was paramount since there were no plans to shut down the facility and all service areas needed to continue functioning without any loss of business or diminished life-safety protection.

Ponte Mellor prepared alternate design schemes for client approval along with cost and completion estimates. A complete ADA and fire-safety package was prepared to include upgrades to the existing service area and the completely re-built showroom. As part of the showroom expansion, several key functions were to be relocated to allow for a multi-line showroom and sales areas. Standards required and mandated by GM Facilities Standards were incorporated into the design. Finish selections and a standardized signage program were coordinated by Ponte Mellor to meet the requirements of GM's "Vision 2000" Program.

Ponte Mellor provided pre-design, design, life-cycle costing, construction documents and construction administration for the complete project. Our work also included complete interior design and extensive construction administration. Areas of work consisted of 4 floors of renovated showroom areas, complete re-build of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security and fire alarm systems. The exterior of the building was updated with new entrance and storefront glazing and site lighting/signage upgrades.