Representing 13 premium motor vehicle brands including Bentley, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes and others in a state-of-the-art Auto Mall complex, Inskip Auto
Center is a member of the area's Penske Automotive Group. The facilities, which house the sales and service operations for all the brands, are some
of the region's newest and most up-to-date.
The Penske Group purchased some existing automotive sales and service facilities and operations, along with adjacent property and buildings. In an
effort to expand, while constructing new facilities, an existing structure was to be renovated to house multiple dealerships. Space utilization and
speed of competition were given the highest priority.
Working closely with the construction-engineering firm's electrical design team andthe electrical contractor, the Crown Supply team was charged with
determining how best to provide the required systems and equipment. Given the allowed size and layout of the electrical room, suggestions for
improved space utilization would be considered. Working with the installing contractor, the Crown Supply team decided on a project approach that
successfully addressed the owner's and designer's needs and requirements, along with the code requirements for clearances. Reviewing the designers
approved plans, several approaches to equipment placement were considered, including hanging the transformers, relocating or redesigning the panel
and switch boards, all in an effort to achieve these objectives.
Crown Supply's design team identified a newer system that allowed for the integration of many commonly separate distribution components into a single
constructed unit. The system would also increase available clearances, which would better utilize the allowed space. This approach would save the
electrical contractor time installing the system and help meet the demands of the aggressive schedule. It would also provide the owner with
additional space for other equipment or future expansion.
The Crown Supply team, working closely with the installing contractors, completed the project on time providing a single integrated system that met
and exceeded the customer's needs. The project's goals were met by eliminating multiple stand-alone products and providing a pre-wired electrical
distribution system that utilized a single wall (leaving only inches to spare at either side). The installing contractor estimated that this solution
saved more than 120 man hours. The result was an on-time and time-saving installation of a fully integrated electrical system with a clean, finished
look that pleased the owners.