The new 350,000 square-foot vehicle processing facility for Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, is the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles that distributes vehicles, parts and accessories to 177 Toyota dealerships across multiple states. The tilt up project is located in Commerce, Georgia. The facility includes a new vehicle processing facility that will improve operational efficiency and add amenities for its employees like a nature trail, health and wellness center, and an enhance café, as well as many additional features.
The facility’s design incorporates more than the architect’s ideas. Associates were encouraged to provide feedback on the ways their current environments operate and what could be improved to make them more comfortable, productive and efficient.
As part of the company’s efforts to minimize environmental impact, the new facility will feature LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-mounted glass windows to take advantage of daylight harvesting by bringing in ample natural light. Trending to receive a LEED certification, the property will also include water retention ponds that will serve as natural bio-swales in place of concrete retention walls. A total of 804 tons of concrete was recycled during the construction process, as well as 399.6 tons of recycled steel.
All 8 buildings were constructed and lifted with 3 crane mobilizations. The building features 144 tilt panels that measure 8.5" thick with 4500 psi concrete. Foundations, 12" structural pits, pit walls, booth pits, and over 350,000 sf of slab on grade was needed to create this Toyota campus. The new operation will also include 6 rail spurs capable of accommodation 90 rail cards at once, car wash facilities, tuck wash areas, and an administrative building.