Snell Motors

Mankato, MN | Commercial

Overview

ISG designed a renovation for Snell Motors’ new facility that converted a former retail store to a full-service auto center.


Opportunity

Snell Motors purchased a vacant Menards building that would be the site of its auto center, requiring significant multi-disciplinary design support.

Solution

First opening its doors in 1951, Snell Motors has been dedicated to exceeding their customers’ expectations through better products, services, and facilities for nearly 70 years. Continuing to expand their outreach and success, Snell Motors purchased a vacant Menards building in the area after years of steady growth. ISG completed the interior and exterior renovation of this former Menard’s retail store, converting it into the Snell Auto Center.

The 35,000 sq. ft. facility has space for over 70 vehicles, offices, conference rooms, refreshment bistro, reception and customer waiting area, and a separate conference training room that can be utilized by the community. Exterior renovations included replacing the existing metal roofs with new architectural metal panels, and adding overhead doors for car access. Glass curtain walls were also added to flood the showroom floor with natural light. EIFS panels create vertical elements to help identify the new entries, and also provide a water resistant finish. This facility is now the largest indoor showroom in southern Minnesota, and its opening was used to launch the company’s new concept in the automobile buying experience.

In 2009, ISG helped Snell Motors add the Snell Auto Wash, offering a full service car wash to the community. This state of the art in line car washer is capable of washing a vehicle in only two minutes from start to finish, giving it a capacity of up to 120 vehicles per hour or 2,000 vehicles per day. The facility boasts a water reclaim system, which recycles 40% of water used, and an Express Lane for VIP customers. Clerestory windows and glass panel garage doors add natural light to the six detail bays.

Most recently, Snell added the Snell Powersports and Equipment store, providing all season lawn and yard care equipment and powersports and marine products. While also offering new and pre-owned inventory, the site offers full small engine repair services. Through these ongoing additions, Snell Motors achieves their mission in delivering superior services.

Market News

ISG Strategically Advances Environmental Service Expertise

July 23, 2020 (Bloomington, Minnesota) – ISG, a professional design and engineering firm made a strategic advancement to expand its services by welcoming Julie Blackburn as its new Environmental Practice Group Leader, out of the firm’s Bloomington office. Joining 300+ employee-owners including a team of in-house environmental scientists, Julie, the former Governor’s appointee to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, brings over 25 years of passion for identifying environmental solutions and will guide the firm as it takes the next step in becoming an industry leader in environmental services.
Read More

ISG Named Business of the Year by Grow Cedar Valley

June 22, 2020 (Waterloo, Iowa) – Based on its growing presence in eastern Iowa and efforts to give back to the community, ISG has received the 2020 Business of the Year Award from Grow Cedar Valley, an organization devoted to the growth of businesses in the region. ISG’s Waterloo office was honored as one of two businesses of the year (1-50 full-time employees), marking the firm’s growing impact in the region since expanding its footprint to Waterloo in 2018.
Read More