Newport Lexus

Location: 3901 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA

Client: Dave Wilson and A.J. D’Amato / Wilson Automotive Group

Year Built: 2006

Project Specifics: This project was developed as a design/build at the “Gateway” to Newport Beach (the corner of MacArthur and Jamboree). The eight-acre site features two separate buildings connected by an 11,000 square foot service canopy. The showroom building includes 47,000 square feet of finished space and a covered vehicle display portico.  The 2 ½ story showroom features three interior water “walls,” a full-service coffee bar and cafe, two fireplaces, a Tommy Bahama Boutique, a VIP lounge, and a kids game room.  The interior finishes include Italian tile, granite, marble, wood ceiling tiles, and cherry wood finishes on the custom millwork.  The lighting system was tailored to highlight three vehicle display areas.  The project features a fully integrated audiovisual system with multiple plasma TVs, including TV over the urinals in the men’s restroom.

The three-story service building features approximately 270,000 square feet of shop and vehicle storage area.  The first level includes an 80 bay service facility and a full-service commercial car wash that can wash 600 cars per day.  The service facility features in-ground hoists, Klinker Tile, air conditioning, and custom tool benches with continuous stainless steel tops.

The site at Newport Lexus resembles that of a five-star resort.  There are ten varieties of palm trees, including a multi-trunk Phoenix Reclinata specimen tree.  The buildings are surrounded by decorative pavers and stamped, colored concrete.  The highlight of the site is a dramatic water fountain at the corner of MacArthur and Jamboree and a 1,600 square foot professional-quality putting green.

Despite the above features, the showroom building was completed four months ahead of schedule.  The service building was completed to allow partial occupancy of the building during construction.