Grappone Toyota Completes Renovation
Focused on Customer Convenience, Green Efforts
When the Grappone Automotive Group planned for the renovation of its Toyota dealership and corporate headquarters, it maintained clear focus on constructing a building that not only provided a state-of-the-art facility for its customers and team members, but was also environmentally sustainable.
Through this 77,000 square-foot renovation, Grappone Toyota now features a drive-in service department, larger sales and service areas, customer lounge with complimentary wireless access, play area for children and more parking. With this project, Grappone nearly doubled its available service capacity, which will provide greater scheduling convenience for its customers.
|The Grappone family is excited about the state-of-the-art Toyota facility. Through this renovation we maintain our commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality of service within a building that makes less of an impact on the environment. It's a facility we're proud to share with the entire New Hampshire community we serve," Amanda Grappone Osmer, fourth-generation owner, said.|
In addition to providing a better facility for customers and its team members, it was important to the Grappone Toyota team to ensure the renovated building makes as little impact on the environment as possible.
By renovating the entire existing facility, over 60 percent of the existing building was saved thereby reducing the need for new building materials like steel and concrete. No additional paved parking areas were created so as not to increase surface run-off into the bordering Turkey River.
Because of this commitment, the dealership is vying to become the only Toyota facility in New England to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED Certification requires buildings to meet extremely high sustainable standards across six different categories spanning from water efficiency and environmental quality to innovation and design.
New sustainable features at Grappone Toyota include 32 400-foot-deep geothermal wells to help heat and cool the building and will greatly reduce the building's consumption of natural gas.
Further, the dealership has added 36 water source heat pumps, seven recycling stations, 14 bicycle racks along with shower facilities for employees and two electric vehicle-charging stations available for public use.
The renovation took 18 months to complete. Jewett Construction Co., Inc served as the general contractor and Margaretten Architectural provided the facility design strategy for the renovation.
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