Construction Progress

 
We are excited to announce plans for the construction of a new building! Please check this page  in the future to view updated images of the construction progress.

In order to limit the impact of the construction, we will continue to operate from our existing building, so there will be only minor changes to our day-to-day operations. We expect there to be space constraints during some phases of the construction, but we will do our best not to let this effect our ability to continue to provide exceptional service.


 
On Thursday, November 29th, Portland Volvo Cars, located at 9 U.S. Route 1, in Scarborough, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the building of a new facility. The new dealership will be state-of-the-art in terms of efficiency, technology, and customer service potential. At the ceremony were owner, Bill Waldron, dealership staff, and representatives of Allied Cook Construction, which will oversee the project.

 
The new dealership will be built on the same property as the current one, after which the original building will be razed. "Doing it this way, business will go on as usual," said Mr. Waldron, "and although there will be space limitations during some phases of the project, customers shouldn't be impacted too much. Hopefully it will be a seamless transition." Expected completion is late 2019.

Construction Update (Dec 7 - Jan 11)

 
Just a few days after our Groundbreaking Ceremony on December 7th, a construction fence was put up and excavation for the new building began! We felt the ground move and the building shake in the first few days, as the pavement was pulled up, and the light poles in the lot were removed and set aside for later use.
  
The next phase saw a lot of fill trucked in, and area that will be the footprint of the new building has been worked on ever since. There have only been a few breaks in the action during some of the recent snow storms, but other than that, things are progressing according to schedule.


Construction Update (Jan 12 - Feb 6)

 
As I'm writing this, its nearly 60 degrees outside, but that hasn't been the case for the past few weeks, as we saw numerous snow storms and at one point temperatures dipping into the single digits. Needless to say, the excavating crew has had to brave the elements, so today was a welcome break from winter. 

When we left off, the crew was working within a much smaller fenced-in area, but that has since expanded closer and closer to the existing building, and its reached quite a ways toward the back of the lot as well. Large holes have been dug along the Northern perimeter and along the back for drainage and other utilities, and the land is beginning to take shape. 

 
As was the case earlier in the project, we felt the building shake as they broke through and peeled up pieces of pavement, and especially when they hit objects in the ground, such as rocks, and at one point, a large granite slab was pulled up. A lot of fill has been brought in, and is piled up and presumably compacting some of the ground that was previously worked on. 


Construction Update (Feb 7 - March 5)


A lot has been accomplished since our last update almost a month ago. The most notable of these has been the placement of large concrete drainage / sewer components in a trench near the Route 1 side of the property, and the burial of underground conduits for utilities. Some large pieces of heavy equipment have also been brought in on flatbeds to help with this new phase of construction.


Late last week, the first footings were poured as well. The one pictured above is along the western side (back) of the new building. Before long we'll have a good idea of what the footprint of the building will look like. As I write this, construction progress has come to a halt due to several inches of snow falling overnight, but considering its March, it shouldn't stick around too long anyway.


Construction Update (March 6 - March 19)


The weather turned more Spring-like by mid March, and this was met by a flurry of activity, most importantly, a transition from what was mainly an excavation project, to something that more resembles building construction. The blankets came off the footing along the back of the new building, and its been back-filled with stone.


Many more footings have been poured since our last update, and we can now discern details such as where the service drive will be located, and some of the side walls. More utility work has also been done, and pipes for floor drains have been added in a few places. The photo above shows what will be a 3-bay service drive area. Visitors during the last month probably noticed that the construction fence was moved further north to allow work on this area.


Although the days have been warmer, the nights are still quite cold, and a machine called the "Heat King" has been seen, along with its grid of coils, that warm the ground, presumably over an area that will soon be dug up for another footing.


Construction Update (March 20 - April 5)


The weather has been wonderful of late, and since our last update, we've seen things taking shape nicely. The construction fence has moved even closer to the old building, and has also been extended almost to the street to allow for the underground drainage and sewer pipes to be put in the ground. 


The first step was the removal of the old pavement (see the pile in the background), and since then, significant work has been done installing large concrete sewer components. 


Since our last update, almost all of the forms have been poured, and we really do have a sense of what the footprint of the entire building will be, instead of only parts of it. Outlines of the shop, car wash, service drive, and showroom are all visible now. 

We can also see the driveway for the new building taking shape, since they've been carving this out as well. Above is a picture of what will become the main entrance to the new dealership.




Contact

Portland Volvo Cars

9 US Route 1
Directions Scarborough, ME 04074

  • Call: (207) 883-5568
  • Parts: (207) 274-6750

Sales Hours

  • Monday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
  • Tuesday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
  • Wednesday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
  • Thursday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
  • Friday 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Saturday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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