Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Quick Auto – South Bend, Indiana

Enterprise Rent-A-Car  (website)
1420 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN

This site was formally a Quick Auto location that had gone through several other former lives including one as a laundromat.  While this site was in better condition than the first Enterprise site, it still required major renovations to bring it up to their standards.  We reconfigured the office layout, removing interior walls and much of the interior ceiling system.  We installed new lighting, new carpet, ceramic tile, acoustical ceiling tile, doors and finished hardware.  The existing bathroom was reconfigured and brought up to ADA accessibility standards.

In the garage, we removed the existing concrete floor and installed a new concrete floor, changing the slope and adding a trench drain.  A new overhead door with a time controlled electric operator was installed as well as a new enclosure for the electrical panel and lighting contactors.

On the exterior, we relocated the existing chain link fence and changed the entrance points.  We cleaned up the landscaping and overgrowth in the parking lots.  The existing perimeter columns were straightened and new steel cable was strung to define the perimeter.  A new stacked block, retaining wall was install to define the parking lot.

We completed engineering, obtained permits, obtained materials and completed installation within two weeks, despite frigid temperatures (below 0 at times) and high winds.

Generally, Enterprise takes care of signage themselves.  Late in the project they discovered that the City of South Bend would not allow them to place a sign on the roof top, nor use the existing freestanding sign.  Working with the City, it was determined that installing a fascia on the west face and partially along the south face would allow them the area needed for installation of their sign.  With the opening day deadline looming, we completed engineering, obtained permits, obtained materials and completed installation within two weeks, despite frigid temperatures (below 0 at times) and high winds during January, 2009.  Butler Manufacturing Company fascia structurals were used for the frame work.  In order to match Enterprise’s corporate colors, black, Kynar coated, ribbed panels were used with custom made trims.

Roger Thews was our site superintendent on this project.  His efforts made completion of this project, and particularly the fascia work possible.

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