Value engineering pays out

When Elwood Anderson, owner of ERA Chevrolet in Iron Mountain, wanted to merge two locations into one, he knew who to call upon: Carey Contracting.

“I made my decision based on Mike’s reputation and how he was able to fine-tune the project to lower costs, ” Elwood said. “He worked with all the trade contractors to find the best economic solutions, yet did not compromise on the space I needed for our consolidation of two locations into one. ”

The new building was an ambitious undertaking of 11,650 square feet. The well-appointed office area is 1,650 square feet; the showroom is a generous 1,800 square feet. Parts and repair fill out the remaining 6,550 square feet, ample room to fulfill the dealership’s commitment to after-sale service.

To lower the original estimates, Mike Carey worked with the HVAC contractor to redesign an air handling unit. The electrical estimates were lowered through a different lighting system, both interior and exterior. The steel erector found savings through a creative suggestion.

“Everyone worked together to find ways to get the same outcome using more commonly accepted materials and practices to overall save money, get faster deliveries and achieve an overall completion date, which allowed ERA to open earlier and start making money, ” Mike said. “We had a great working relationship with the owner, architect and trade contractors. ”

The new location and expansion is expected to add an approximate 20-25% increase in revenue for the dealership, according to Elwood. He has already added new employees to his staff.

“I am extremely pleased with working with Mike, ” Elwood said. “He communicated with me each week, keeping me up to date on progress and any issues. I’ve heard horror stories about building, but this was actually fun. Mike is tremendously honest and meticulous. He finished the project on time and on budget. ”

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