The facilities at Marion Body Works were, by their own account, distressing. Located in the middle of a town of 1,200 residents, the campus was surrounded by single-family homes and consisted of two disconnected production facilities. MBW used a large, open area for product vehicle parking and material storage. In the northeast corner two doublewide office buildings that resembled ranch houses and suffered from low suspended ceilings, old brown paneling, sloped floors, and most disturbingly, water damage and mold.
The setup didn’t reflect their technical expertise, their industry, or their vision for the future. Customers had trouble finding the MBW campus and it was difficult to recruit engineers to work in such an unattractive setting.
Consolidated sequenced the three-phased project to meet the aggressive construction deadline (10 months), while working around MBW’s ongoing business operations. Design was purposely reminiscent of a small-town fire station, to blend into the residential surroundings.
This project earned a Projects of Distinction Gold Award from Associated Builders and Contractors.