Although Greg Bruner and his father, Dwanye Bruner, had operated Auto Dealerships in Central Texas for over 50 years, they were excited at the prospect of building their first new facility since 1969. The Castles Design Group was selected for the Design work, due to their familiarity with Dealership design. Waldrop Construction, having built numerous dealerships, was selected as Construction Manager, at the Pre-design stage. Over the next year, the Waldrop-Castle team worked with Greg and Dwayne, to develop a program that addressed the requirements of five manufacturers.
The final design consists of a 33,000 square foot Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac full service dealership; a 22,000 square foot Toyota full service dealership; and a 9,500 square foot collision center. The front lots also have space for more than 400 vehicles.
The Bruners also wanted to take the community into consideration as they planned the details of the two dealerships, making room for a community area on the complex which offers a place for activities such as car shows, musical events, or soccer practice for those who needed a place for their event.
Waldrop began construction of the buildings, and used several components to finish the building on time. First, we prioritized
construction of the buildin pad areas. Then, as we pour the concrete building slabs, we also began forming and pouring the concrete tilt-wall panels on the ground at the slab perimeter. Soon, it was time to bring in 80 ton cranes, to lift the 30 foot wide by 25 foot tall concrete panels into place. From there, Waldrop was able to quickly erect the interior steel structure, put on a roof, and get started with the interior.
Over the course of the year, we used over 400 subcontractors, many of them drawn from the local community, to finish out the project. Greg Bruner considers the project a phenomenal sucess.
“It’s really gratifying to see how hard everybody has worked for the past several years to get us to this point,” said Bruner. “It’s humbling too, to see how many families this facility will impact, not only of the employees but also in the community.”