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Fletcher Jones Audi/Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz dealerships, Chicago


When Fletcher Jones' Audi/Volkswagen needed a renovation they called upon industry giant, Dri-Design, to transform their dealership into a modern automobile showroom.

At the Audi/Volkswagon dealership, Fletcher Jones' chose Dri-Design's new Texture Series panels to create a sleek, accented design. The Texture Series is created by attaching a 2 3/4-inch-deep perforated corrugated grill to the surface of a traditional Dri-Design rainscreen wall panel. The grill is separated from the panel with a 2-inch airspace to provide dramatic shadowing and depth. The total system depth is 6 inches and is delivered factory assembled and ready to install to the job site.

To separate the Audi and Volkswagen portions of the dealership, approximately 11,500 square feet of Texture Series of Texture Series 0.080- and 0.063-aluminum panels finished in Clear Anodized were utilized on the exterior of the Audi portion, while approximately 4,000 square feet of traditional Dri-Design panels finished in White and Gray Velvet were used in both exterior and interior applications on the Volkswagen portion of the dealership.

mercedesbenzThe 100,000-square-foot facility located on Chicago's near north side consists of three interconnected structures, the oldest of which was constructed in 1928. "The first floor showroom required the removal of substantial load-bearing walls to achieve the open plan as well as the addition of supplemental steel to support floors," said Angela Harper, project architect with Chicago-based Gensler, the architect of record. "The exterior was completely reconstructed and more than 60 percent of the exterior brick piers were removed. The new envelope using the Dri-Design system provides a unique look." For the Audi/Volkswagon dealership renovation, the design architect was CR Studio Architects, New York, and the structural engineer was Chicago-based Thornton Tomasetti.

The LEED Silver certified space utilizes 12,846 square feet of CENTRIA's 22/26-gauge, 2-inch horizontal Formawall Dimension Series, metal wall panels in Regal White, Sky Blue and custom Mercedes Benz Dark Blue with an embossed Flourofinish coating. The project also incorporated 9,755 square feet of CENTRIA's 22/26-gauge, 2-inch horizontal Formawall Dimension Series panels with Steep Slope Drain Shelf in Gray Velvet and Platinum with an embossed Sundance Mica coating. Additionally, CENTRIA supplied 3,178 square feet of its 22-gauge Profile Series Exposed Fastener Style-Rib panels in Platinum with a smooth Sundance Mica coating. All of the CENTRIA panels are Cradle to Cradle Silver certified.

In creating a luxurious shopping experience for customers, the architects were attracted to metal for its endless color choices, quick installation, affordability and the aesthetic quality it helped them achieve, in addition to its modern and elegant look.


Fletcher Jones Audi/Volkswagen Dealership, Chicago

Architect of record: Gensler, Chicago

Design architect: CR Studio Architects, New York.

Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago

Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.,


Fletcher Jones Mercedes Benz Showroom, Chicago

General contractor: Skender Interiors Group LLC, Chicago

Architect: Gensler, Chicago

Dealer: G&L Associates Inc., Des Plaines, Ill.

Installer: Nations North Roof LLC, Waukesha, Wis.

Metal wall panels: CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa.,, Circle #xx