Hillsboro, Oregon

Lithia Motors challenged LRS Architects to find a way to meet the manufacturer’s requirements for inventory parking on a small, narrow lot with great visibility on Canyon Road, in conjunction with the renovation of an existing building into a new Mercedes-Benz dealership.

Site constraints, including the very steep slope to the north facing the adjacent residential neighborhood, severely restricted the area on grade for vehicle storage. LRS recognized the advantage of the natural slope of the site and proposed a multi-level garage that used the slope on grade for ramped connections to three separate levels. The sloped drive area also provides on-grade vehicle inventory display along Canyon Road.

The concrete parking structure design is economical, yet provides design accents that complement the dealership design. Steel cable railings, with galvanized metal supports, allow visibility of the inventory and continue the design of the dealership display with an industrial flair. The finished garage totals 47,100 SF and provides parking for 154 vehicles on three levels.