Nanaimo Inland Kenworth dealer wins green acclaim for innovation in site development
NANAIMO, B.C. — Arguably, Canada's most successful Kenworth dealership, Inland Kenworth keeps expanding in B.C.
The franchise says its newest location — Inland Kenworth Nanaimo –has succeeded in all accounts, and recently marked its first year of operation with a grand opening event.
The facility has been recognized for its innovative green design and features by the City of Nanaimo. Al Gendron, Nanaimo’s branch manager, noted that the dealership was highlighted as a leader in the city’s “Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation” program.
“We’re very proud of our new facility in Nanaimo,” said Jim Beiderwieden, Inland Group president in Burnaby, B.C. “By incorporating green measures into the dealership’s design and operation, Inland Kenworth also leads the way in helping to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.”
Inland Kenworth Nanaimo uses an innovative water run-off reclamation system, which carries rainwater and snowmelt from the roof via a sluice box onto a rock garden, then through a man-made streambed to the local drainage system. Parking lot run-off is stored in large settling ponds. The facility has a high-intensity lighting system that saves energy by automatically adjusting to ambient outdoor lighting conditions. Washroom lights are activated by motion. The facility also retains the existing tree buffer.
Inland Kenworth Nanaimo maintains its Pacific Northwest heritage with its new location on a 9-acre wooded site. The new facility is more than 33,000 sq ft in size, or nearly three times larger than the former facility, and provides enhanced support with 12 service bays, 1,200 square-foot parts department, increased parts storage, and a large, indoor showroom with a truck display.
“We’re very pleased so far with the increase in business compared to the former location,” said Gendron. “We expect to see even more customers come through our doors, particularly as more people learn about the many new Kenworth products and convenient access.” The Nanaimo dealership is located off Provincial Route 19 (also known as the Nanaimo Parkway) at 2365 Northfield Road in Nanaimo.
For a detailed story on the Inland Kenworth developmetn, please click on this link to ‘Green Value’ solutions achieve ‘Design with Nature’ outcomes at three Vancouver Island commercial developments: Projects are the latest to be profiled as part of the Real Estate Foundation Green Value Series
Reprinted with permission from Today's Trucking Online.
Originally published on November 20, 2007