Expansion of Richfield Bloomington Honda Ahead of Schedule
As winter sets in, expansion of Richfield Bloomington Honda ahead of schedule
By Andrew Wig
The structure in place for the expansion of Richfield Bloomington Honda has been “buttoned up” for the winter, as workers turn their attention to the interior of the project.
The expansion of Richfield Bloomington Honda is ahead of schedule, with the structure sealed up for winter.
As the cold sets in, construction crews are now working on the inside of the building as they look toward a July or August 2014 ribbon cutting, according to the dealership’s president Tim Carter, who gave the Richfield City Council an update on the project late last month.
The 160,000-square-foot expansion, built of precast concrete, is set to standout in Richfield at its location on 77th Street between Nicollet and Penn avenues. It will reach three stories tall, its most notable feature a two-story “jewel case.” The display case will hold 10 vehicles at a time and be visible from Interstate 494, 70 feet above the ground.
“It’ll bring a lot of attention to the city, without a doubt,” Carter said.
Construction is two weeks ahead of schedule, Carter added, noting the city has helped the project hum along. Richfield’s building inspectors and public works department – the project involved the replacement of a 50-year-old water line – have been patient, according to Bob Harlan, superintendent of the project. In his view, Richfield has been more accommodating than some other cities when it comes to the various project matters.
“I have worked with other cities where it takes three weeks to get something done,” Harlan said.
Aside from the “jewel case,” also bringing distinction to the expanded dealership will be rooftop parking, a two-story service department and a two-story show room. “No other Honda dealership has that in the state, and very few have it in the country,” Carter said.
Further setting the dealership apart is the positioning of the building up close to 77th Street, he said.
“Most dealerships have a sea of cars, and the building way in the back,” Carter explained.
With the building up against the street, Carter is aiming for a “window shopping effect.”
Renier Construction, the project’s general contractor, is based in Columbus, Ohio, but the construction workers are contracted locally, Carter noted.