The newly constructed Acura dealership is located in Wichita, Kansas. The building owner, designer and architect are from out-of-state, so all communications were done via phone conference. This project posed several installation challenges, the largest challenge being the circular accent in the middle of the showroom. This defined space is utilized to showcase the newest car model and was the focal point of the entire installation.
Self-leveling material was used to smooth the surface in the two 280 sq. ft. areas designated for carpet The original rendering called for reducer metal between the carpet and ceramic floor tile. We communicated with the owner and architect brought the carpet flush with the edge of the tile.
The branding of the dealership was a key point in the building planning and design. The Acura logo was installed over mosaic tiles, installed horizontally on a prominent wall. Our installation crew used 30 ft. scaffolding to reach the peak of the entry wall. The result of planning and collaboration of everyone involved in the new Acura dealership was a beautifully completed, accurately branded showroom which evokes grandeur and class.
Unique Installation Challenge Strategy
The architectural spec originally called for the radius cut by water jet. After much discussion and planning, it was agreed upon to lay the entire floor with the selected field tile and install the circle accent once the field tile installation was complete. In order to maintain the exact location of the circular accent, we worked with the general contractor to identify the center point and transferred that point to the ceiling and a string line to define the circle. Once the field tile was installed, we hand cut the radius, saving the owner time and money over the originally proposed installation method. Each radius with a 4” grinder. After all cutting was complete, the accent tiles were individually cut and installed in a circular fashion.