Holman Automotive’s New Lauderdale Imports On Track to Bring Upscale Style to Downtown’s Northern Gateway
Miller Construction is transforming a high-profile site just north of Downtown Fort Lauderdale to create Holman Automotive’s new, 210,361-square-foot Lauderdale Imports dealership, showcasing three iconic luxury auto brands.
The new construction and renovation project at 900 East Sunrise Boulevard includes a 29,657-square-foot sales building with distinct showroom areas for the Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce brands, plus a garage with two elevated parking levels and a state-of-the-art service department. The project is on track for summer 2019 completion, according to Miller Construction President Brian Sudduth.
Designed by Robert Reid Wedding Architects of Deerfield Beach, the new Lauderdale Imports will establish an elegant, contemporary design profile at the site, just east of Sunrise Blvd.’s curve onto U.S. 1 toward Downtown.
“This unique location enables us to make a strong design statement about both the cachet of these automotive brands and the status of Fort Lauderdale as an exciting international market,” said Holman Automotive Executive Vice President Glenn Gardner. “Teaming again with Miller, we’re on track to produce a landmark that’s luxurious and convenient for customers.”
Miller is renovating and expanding an existing 11,859-square-foot building that fronts Sunrise Boulevard, adding 17,798 square feet for the showroom structure. Immediately south within the site, Miller is constructing the new parking garage and service facility. Lauderdale Imports will move from its current, far smaller location at 200 East Sunrise Blvd.
Miller’s crews must construct different exterior faces and interiors for each of the three brands within the showroom building. “Every aspect of Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce design specifications is different, from exterior materials to interior treatments,” said Sudduth. “Delivering on those specifications is crucial in conveying the appeal of each brand.”
Additional project challenges include building complex MEP infrastructure for the service bays, plus installing heavy electrical systems and a full back-up generator. Designed to speed workflow and maximize efficiency, the service department will include 20 lifts, two scissor lift racks and two alignment lifts. The Lauderdale Imports project team includes engineers FAE Consulting of Deerfield Beach (MEP), McCarthy & Associates of Delray Beach (structural) and Winningham & Fradley of Oakland Park (civil).
Lauderdale Imports is Miller Construction’s fifth major project for national auto retailer Holman Automotive. Just blocks south on Federal Highway (U.S. 1), Miller recently built Holman’s sleek, 283,430-square-foot Lauderdale BMW, which is BMW’s largest dealership in the U.S., as well as the new, black metal-clad Lauderdale MINI showroom.