Richfield Bloomington Honda

Richfield-Bloomington Honda has grown to be the second largest Honda dealer in the United States. The dealership moved into this new, state-of-the-art, light-filled facility in September 2015.

Empirehouse was awarded the glazing contract for Richfield-Bloomington Honda project because of our established relationship with the contractor and recent experience with another car dealership. Empirehouse also provided the lowest responsible bid which means that it is our business practice to be forthcoming and thorough in our estimates in order to minimize change orders that can blow budgets and delay project schedules. Clients often return to the Empirehouse three-generations of experience for their next project because of our integrity to do what we say, say what we do, and prove it.

During latter stages of schematic design, Empirehouse extended our system design assistance to refine constuctibility details. By clarifying these important architectural glass and metal details early in the project, Empirehouse is able to save our clients time and money throughout the project, because the RIGHT systems are set in motion after bid awardance which minimizes change orders.

Richfield Bloomington Honda arched curtainwallOur glazing package features interior storefront, curtainwall, and doors that were glazed with 1,102 square feet of clear uncoated monolithic glass; exterior curtainwall and doors; an arched curtainwall; a unique two-story jewelry box car display; and 1,800 square feet of storefront which was glazed with high-performance neutral low ‘e’ coated exterior glass. This glass provides a low SHGC and u-value to allow 60% visible light transmission. The 10,801 square feet of exterior glass brings in natural daylight and provides a more positive purchasing atmosphere.

During construction, the Empirehouse glazing team led by Foreman David Thorson was challenged with a busy job site on a small footprint with little staging area. He worked with other trades on site to develop a working schedule.

Field staff saved time by using the Empirehouse Total Station robotic computer to collect precise measurements before fabricating the arched curtainwall. This state-of-the-art robotic device perfectly read the measurements needed for break metal fabrication of ten-foot mullions weighing over 250 lbs. each.


Richfield Bloomington Honda jewel box

The two-story jewelry box displays ten automobiles to attract passing I-494 motorists.

The glazing team operated one material tele-handler to move each 3,000 lb. case of glass across the job site and two 86′ JLG boom lifts, two 66′ JLG boom lifts, and a boom crane with a power vacuum cup to set glass units weighing as much as 350 lbs. The glaziers used hand signals to communicate between the booms and ground crew to safely install the glass lites over six months of brutally cold winter days as low as -22ºF and squelching hot summer days as high as 95ºF.

“Our glaziers showed great team work by working quickly and safely,” said Empirehouse Foreman Dave Thorson. “Pre-planning and communication within our crew made this possible.”

Owner: Wood Minnesota RE, LLC
Glazing Specialty Contractor: Empirehouse, Inc.
General Contractor: Renier Construction
Architect: Architectural Alliance
Completed: September 2015

For your next project, trust a Certified NACC Architectural Glass and Metal Contractor for quality results. Call Empirehouse at 763-535-1150 or contact us.

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