The unified exterior of this 19,169 square-foot mixed-use development building belies the multi-faceted interior, containing residential units, a car stereo retailer, an auto shop facility and accompanying storage. The design prioritizes butte views for residents on the second floor and easy customer access on the commercial street level. A freight elevator into the full-height basement provides transport for tires and auto parts stored below grade.
The proximity of residential units to the auto servicing space necessitated custom-engineered systems such as self-contained, dripless motor oil and glycol receptacles and includes carbon monoxide filtering systems to exhaust toxic fumes. Architects went beyond simply creating safe work and living environments and included an EPA-approved boiler system that runs on used motor oil extracted from vehicles during servicing.
The structure is a horizontal form articulated with log columns and clad with a cedar/ farmer stone finish. A large butterfly roof supported by structural columns opens the interior towards opposing butte views while carrying rainwater to a cistern that meters it into an overflow storm drain. Located within walking distance of residential amenities, green space, and a transportation hub, the Brake and Alignment Building epitomizes Jackson’s “Town as Heart” urban design philosophy.