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Ford Dealer Demolishes Showroom to Open Green Facility
The GBB congratulates Green Business Bureau member Waterloo Ford for their continued pursuit of the highest green levels in the industry. Waterloo Ford recently announced that their latest green business certification efforts will result in a new, environmentally friendly facility. While not all cars are as environmentally friendly as we would like, we know that awareness in the auto industry and dealer network is of continued importance to encourage consumers and manufacturers to further develop efficient vehicles.
Congratulations to another GBB member that is leading their respective industry and getting nationwide recognition! For additional information, see the press release below:
WATERLOO FORD LINCOLN TO DEMOLISH EXISTING SHOWROOM TO PREPARE FOR NEW ‘GREEN’ FACILITY
Edmonton, AB, March 29, 2011 – Work has begun on the deconstruction of the Waterloo Ford Lincoln Showroom, to make way for a new facility which will feature environmentally-sound practices, materials and systems.
The new building will be built on the site of the existing dealership, at 11420-107 Avenue in Edmonton. During construction, the used car sales team will be located at 11318-107 Avenue on a temporary lot. New cars will be sold from a temporary location on the existing lot.
Following the deconstruction of the existing showroom, construction will begin on the new building. Here are just a few of the sustainable choices that will be part of the project:
- Landscaping: using indigenous plants, trees and flowers that require little watering
- Paint: all paints being used are low VOC
- Lighting controls: timers for internal and external lights, as well as sensors that monitor movement and turn lights down when rooms are not in use
- Carpet: flooring includes carpet that is manufactured in a sustainable way and that can be recycled at the end of their lifespan
- Tile: tile choices include those that contain 30 to 50 per cent recycled content and others that minimize or eliminate waste during the manufacturing process.
“We want to be a leader in Edmonton, not only in the automotive sector, but as good corporate citizens,” commented Randall Purvis, president and CEO. “We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously because successful businesses are concerned not only with the challenges of today, but also take into consideration the world we leave for our grandchildren.”
The new building is part of Ford of Canada’s Millennium facility program that incorporates sustainable and environmentally friendly construction choices. Waterloo Ford Lincoln is working with Sara McNeil of Eco Wave Consulting, who evaluated the company’s existing carbon footprint, and is developing sustainable business practices for the dealership, its staff and their families.
The dealership’s new architectural features will include floor to ceiling windows to allow ample natural light to flood the showroom, entrances and service departments will be well-marked and welcoming, and the overall look will reflect Waterloo’s forward-thinking attitude and attention to detail.