The Audi Exchange

Client

The Exchange Auto Group

Architect

Charles Vincent George Architects

Role

Construction Manager

Building upon a relationship developed through the construction of two previous dealerships, ICI was awarded the new Audi Exchange Dealership in Highland Park, Illinois in early 2018.

ICI partnered with multiple entities throughout the preconstruction process (The Exchange Group, the owners representative, the corporate design architect from Audi and the local architect of record) and completed pricing and phasing options on 17 iterations of the dealership model ranging in scope from $10 million to $55 million. The extensive effort eventually led ownership to a solution that blends renovated/expanded elements of the existing campus with additional new construction components.

During the bidding process, ICI managed complex trade contractor bid packages that allowed the client to select from 39 different “a la carte” options. Additionally, our team coordinated, expedited and managed the permitting process for more than 15 municipal permits. Last, ICI coordinated the burial of overhead cabling.

The 6 acre dealership campus contains four buildings and a car display plaza. The buildings are each renovated and expanded versions of existing structures. Of note, ICI completed structural updates and the installation of a second floor within the existing 70-year-old masonry building on campus.

Additionally, Audi brand updates were incorporated throughout the campus structures; including double wall ‘honeycomb’ metal panel systems, large format tiles, extensive metal ceilings and an indoor display area. ICI also performed all necessary structural modifications to allow for an all-glass staircase in the existing showroom.

The display plaza on campus is new construction and contains a 3,000 square foot cantilevered roof structure with a tiered retaining wall system.

The 6 acre site underwent significant infrastructure upgrades consisting of 1.5 acre feet of underground detention, site lighting, curbs, asphalt and landscaping as well as ¼ mile of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) road-widening and utility modifications.

Maintaining operations throughout construction was essential for The Exchange Group. Therefore, ICI phased the project into nine segments to minimize disruption.