The new Eagle Honda of Clear Lake dealership, located off I-45 and League City Parkway in Clear Lake, TX, was completed in fall of 2018.
The dealership sits on 26 acres and is 47,000 SF in total. The showroom is two levels, with the first one being 15,871 SF of showroom and the 2nd floor consisting of 5,467 SF of administrative office area, training rooms, and conference rooms. The service center is 40,545 SF and the adjacent express center is 4,203 SF. The dealership will also have a 1,200 SF car wash.
The dealership is a tilt-wall structure with a brick facade, painted concrete and an extensive lighting package.
Ridgemont interviewed the Project Team who worked on the Eagle Honda of Clear Lake project, below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.
WHAT was THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?
It rained for two months prior to the start date of the project, including having the project under construction during Hurricane Harvey. There was a total of 80 rain days with the John Eagle project, resulting in a lot of temporary enclosures including a temporary road to transport a transformer to the job site.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?
The client is happy with the project, and would like to repeat business with Ridgemont!
WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?
We had a few issues with opening sizes for the tilt wall panels. The door size was too big, resulting in purchasing new doors that fit. Moving forward, detailed coordination will be top of mind to eliminate potential errors.
How would you like to thank your team members that worked on this project with you?
“Ray – Thank you for putting up with me onsite in Houston for 7+ months and sharing your job trailer. I learned a lot being out on the project every day and I owe a lot of that to just observing you and your interactions with all of the different levels of this project’s team members. You answered all of my questions and really helped facilitate my growth within the construction industry.”
“Greg – Thank you for trusting me to handle a lot more on this project compared to previous ones we’ve worked on together. While I was on site in the beginning, this job was my main focus, so I got to dig deeper than normal and really apply my construction knowledge. You gave me more responsibility on this project and I’m a much better APM for it.”
- Jade Erck, Assistant Project Manager
WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?
The weather conditions.
ANY FUN/EXCITING MOMENTS OUT IN THE FIELD DURING THE PROJECT?
“The most fun part of this project was seeing the faces of the clients the day after tilt walls were raised and set. They just couldn’t believe how one day the building wasn’t there and now it’s standing. Not to mention how they were astonished on the constant progress during visits.” - Ray Taylor, Project Superintendent
HOW DO YOU THINK THIS PROJECT WILL IMPACT THE COMMUNITY IT IS IN?
Clear Lake is an up and coming community. There are a lot of new retail developments in the area, John Eagle adds an attractive appeal to the upscale environment.
WHAT UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THIS PROJECT ENABLE IT TO STAND OUT FROM OTHERS LIKE IT?
Size and scope of the property is larger than other dealers in the area. The high end finishes are unlike a traditional Honda dealership which makes it unique.