Work starts today on new Berthod Motors dealership
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Construction is slated to begin today on the Berthod Motors Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership at the corner of 27th and South Grand, the former site of the Knotty Pine Lodge.
D.M. Neuman Construction Co., also a Glenwood Springs company, is the contractor for the 21,000-square-foot dealership facility, which will include sales, parts and service departments.
When the project is finished in mid-2013, Berthod will move its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram lines to the new facility. The existing location at 2914 S. Grand Ave. will house Berthod’s GMC and Buick lines, used vehicles, farm and construction equipment and related service departments.
“The idea of a new dealership was conceived at least 10 years ago, so we’re right on schedule,” said Don Gerbaz, vice president of Berthod Motors. “We’re very excited to get started and look forward to serving our customers from our new building.”
Construction of the new location is not expected to interrupt day-to-day operations at the existing location.
“We’ll keep on taking care of folks just like we’ve done for more than 40 years,” said Fred Gerbaz, president of Berthod Motors.
In addition to using a local company as the general contractor, the Gerbaz family is committed to using local subcontractors and suppliers, even if it means spending a little more.
“The local community has been so loyal to us over the years and we are happy to return the favor,” Fred Gerbaz said.
The new facility will take advantage of D.M. Neuman Construction Co.’s expertise in green building.
It will include a repair center for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. For building energy efficiency, the design includes high efficiency glass spanning the exterior to reduce winter heat loss and to provide passive solar heating of the interior.
Plans for the future include a high-efficiency car wash and solar electric panels on the roof.
“Most of these energy saving features are also long-term cost saving features for the dealership,” said Jason Neuman, a certified Green Professional and president of D.M. Neuman Construction.
“Several years ago, these features may have been thought of as details above and beyond what may be required. Now they make sense environmentally and financially.”
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