La Fontaine Automotive Group
7120 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd.
Dexter, MI 48130
LaFontaine Automotive Group has been owned and operated by Michael T. and Maureen LaFontaine for over 25 years. Their vision to grow the LaFontaine Automotive Group started in 1980 with LaFontaine Toyota in Dearborn, MI. That location now accommodates not only the Toyota brand but Honda, KIA, Suzuki, Scion, Hyundai, Volkswagen and of course a large selection Mr. Lafontaine’s passion for quality Pre-owned vehicles.
In 2005 the LaFontaine Family and their vision continued with the addition of LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, MI. LaFontaine Chevrolet quickly took on the passion and focus of the family turning around sales, customer service, parts and service. LaFontaine Automotive Group also acquired its first Collision Shop when buying Dexter Chevrolet. Matt LaFontaine, one of Mike and Maureen’s Nephews expanded his role in the organization by taking over as the General Manager at this location.
June of 2008 LaFontaine moved its Buick Pontiac GMC Cadillac Dealership down the road to its new 65,000 square foot facility on 34 acres in Highland, MI. This Dealership is not only the #1 Buick Pontiac GMC dealerships in the country it is the 1st Gold L.E.E.D Certified Dealership in the country for General Motors. The vision behind building an environmentally friendly dealership was not about just going GREEN, it was about doing the right thing
In 2012 LaFontaine Chevrolet dealership, the second new dealership the Lafontaine’s have built to LEED standards. The dealership is also the first Chevrolet dealership in the country to be LEED Silver certified and uses advanced LED lighting, HVAC, and renewable energy systems to cut energy and environmental costs, which are then broadcast to customers real-time in the showroom. By using lux sensors provided by GridNavigator, a leading provider of intelligent energy management systems, the dealership can control interior lights and allow use of day lighting to reduce energy demands and forecasting analytics that automatically optimize rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.
Sustainable Business Practices
SUSTAINABLE SITE DEVELOPMENT
*ROOF HAS A SOLAR REFLECTANCE INDEX (SRI) VALUE GREATER THAN 78
-Benefits of cool roofs include reduced building heat-gain and savings on summertime air conditioning expenditures. By minimizing energy use; cool roofs do more than save money – they reduce the demand for electric power and resulting air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
*LIGHT POLLUTION REDUCTION
- Full cutoff site lighting fixtures will be used to reduce light pollution and light trespass will be minimized from both the building and the site. (Foot candles will be less than .01 at 15 feet beyond the site)
-Full cutoff fixtures ensure that light is only directed below the horizontal, which means less light is wasted through directing it outwards and upwards.
*STORM WATER DESIGN—QUALITY & QUANTITY CONTROL
-Storm-water is pre-treated with a bioswale and a forebay retention pond prior to discharge from the site.
- A sustainable environment can be promoted through the encouragement of alternative forms of transportation, which this site will do by providing:
*Preferred Parking for carpool and low-emitting, fuel-efficient vehicles
*Bicycle storage & changing room
*WATER EFFIEIENT PLUMBING FIXTURES
- Low Flow toilets & urinals will be used and water efficient plumbing fixtures in all showers, lavatory faucets and kitchen sinks.
*LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION
- Landscaping will be completed with native indigenous species acclimated to this region; therefore reducing irrigation requirements. All water for the irrigation system will come from the forebay retention pond. No potable water will be used.
- The carwash system will recycle 85% of the water normally wasted in a conventional carwash.
ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
* All HVAC equipment will be 90+ efficiency units. The building will utilize an energy management system for efficient operation. We are going to use energy efficient light fixtures and R-40 insulation on the roof.
MATERIALS & RESOURCES
- All of the masonry used in this project will have 40% recycled content with a mortar mix that will have a fly ash mixture not to exceed 30%
-Steel bar joists are to be made of 90% recycled steel and made locally.
*EIFS WALL COVERING
-Exterior Insulated Finish System (EIFS) has been specified for the building that is made of a recycled synthetic material. The material has low VOC’s and improves building insulation and life cycles costs.
- We have also pulverized the existing asphalt for use as the sub-base aggregate under new pavement.
*REGIONAL MATERIALS & RECYCLED CONTENT
- Appropriate materials are being used and re-used in the design and construction of the new facility. Use of recycled con-tent supplied by firms within a 500 mile radius also promotes the local economy.
-To encourage environmentally responsible forest management, a minimum of 50% wood-based materials used will be certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Principles and Criteria for wood building components.
*STORAGE & COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLES
-The facility is being designed with onsite area dedicated to the collection and storage of non-hazardous materials for recy-cling, including paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics and metals.
-This program alone will greatly reduce the waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
-The naturally ventilated building will meet minimum IAQ (indoor air quality) performance and outdoor air ventilation will be increased greater than 30% above the minimum rates required.
*NATURAL LIGHTING & LINE OF SIGHT
-The facility will have 29 skylights and solar tubes to provide natural daylight for over 75% of the occupants.
-The building glazing system as designed, along with full glass overhead doors, will provide line of sight for 90% of the building occupants.
*SERVICE DEPARTMENT HYDRAULIC LIFTS
-The Service Department Hydraulic Lifts will utilize vegetable oil based fluids rather than caustic ones.
-Low-emitting materials are being used to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.
(Adhesives / Sealants / Paints / Carpet Systems / Composite Wood and Agrifibers)
*THERMAL COMFORT DESIGN & VERIFICATION
-The HVAC Central Control System will provide a comfortable thermal environment that supports the productivity and well-being of building occupants.
*ADDITIONAL IEQ INTEGRATIONS
-Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control will minimize exposure of building occupants, indoor surfaces, and ventilation air distribution systems to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS).
-Carbon Dioxide Detectors
-Indoor Air Monitoring
-Individual controllability of lighting systems to promote the productivity, comfort and well-being of building occu-pants.