Tom Bush Family Partners with Stellar to Renovate Volkswagen Dealership
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 29, 2018) — Stellar, a firm providing award-winning construction management at-risk, design-build and general contracting services for a range of commercial and public sector markets, has been selected as the construction manager for the modernization of the Tom Bush Volkswagen dealership in Jacksonville.
The renovation is the latest project by the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships as they continue updating their facilities to better serve their customers. Stellar is again teaming with R. Wulbern Architect, PA. The two companies partnered to deliver two other successful projects for the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships: the Tom Bush Collision Center and Tom Bush BMW Jacksonville on Atlantic Boulevard.
The Volkswagen dealership on Atlantic Boulevard was Tom Bush’s first facility in Jacksonville and, until recently, housed both Volkswagen and Mazda brands. The proposed renovations will provide a more open showroom floor and update the exterior to align with the Volkswagen brand.
The scope of work for the 10,000-square-foot facility includes:
Creating a redesigned, comfortable customer lounge
Expanding the showroom, including the addition of a vaulted ceiling to accommodate Volkswagen’s line of SUVs
Adding illuminated, exterior metal panel framing to create a “picture frame” effect across the front of the building
Reconfiguring the sales offices
Installing new floor tile, paint, glazing and millwork
Installing pre-wiring for electric car chargers to accommodate Volkswagen’s future offerings
The dealership will remain open for business throughout construction, which is expected to be completed in Fall 2018. The dealership plans to host an “Under Construction Sales Event” soon.
“We are extremely pleased that the automobile industry is thriving, and we want to pass this success back to our customers in the form of improved sales and service centers,” said Megan Bush Del Pizzo, Vice President for the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships. “This building and renovation is especially close to our hearts because this is where it all began for the Bush family in Jacksonville.”
“Like Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, Stellar is a locally established business that has remained in Jacksonville to serve our community,” said Tim Jenkins, Project Manager at Stellar. “We are proud to be selected once again to work with John, Megan and Brian as they continue to grow and contribute to the Jacksonville economy.”
“We pride ourselves on serving our customers, not only when they purchase vehicles, but also in proper maintenance of their automobiles. Our mission is to cultivate long-term relationships with our customers, and these improvements will provide an even better customer experience,” said Telis Assimenios, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Tom Bush Volkswagen.
Recent Project History
This project is the fourth phase of recent efforts to modernize the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships’ various facilities. The first three phases included:
Retrofitting the old Champions building into a new state-of-the-art Collision Center
Renovating the former Collision Center and Auto-Plex Used Cars facility into the new Tom Bush BMW dealership
Relocating Tom Bush Mazda to the vacated BMW building, providing separate facilities for the Mazda and Volkswagen brands
About Tom Bush Family of Dealerships
The Tom Bush Family of Dealerships has been operating in the automotive business for nearly a century. The late Tom Bush Jr. first arrived in Jacksonville with a Volkswagen dealership in 1970. The family group has grown to offer Volkswagen, Mazda, BMW, MINI, pre-owned vehicles and a Certified Collision Center now under the leadership of Tom's son, John Bush. John's children, the fourth generation of family members, have also joined the business. Brian Bush is Vice President of eCommerce and Megan Bush Del Pizzo is Vice President of Business Development. They have been voted the “Best Car Dealership" in Jacksonville the last three years by the Bold City Best and one of the “Best Places to Work” from 2016 to 2018 by the Jacksonville Business Journal. For more information visit www.TomBush.com.
Stellar provides award-winning construction management at-risk, design-build and general contracting services for a range of commercial and public sector markets across the United States. A 750-plus-employee global architecture, engineering and construction firm, Stellar has proven experience in projects of all sizes, from continuing contract work to major projects. The company serves public and private sector clients in the automotive, education, faith-based, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, military, office/retail, recreation, and housing markets. For more information, visit stellar.net/commercial.