Rusnak Mercedes Benz

Arcadia, California




  • Worked in collaboration with HOK to develop the design of this complicated space
  • New 300,000 sf, two story building with parking at the roof
  • Designed for extremely high seismicity (about 70% larger than LAX International Airport area)
  • Project included a circular glass showroom that tripled the size of the current showroom, a modern vehicle service/workshop with underground lifts, a parts department, a car wash on the second floor, offices, and a multi-level parking garage for new cars, employees and customers




  • Full structural engineering and construction administration services for the showroom, customer and office areas, partial parking area, and parts department
  • Parking garage portion was design-build by contractor




  • Provided options for several structural systems for the owner and contractor to select
  • Investigated the impact of designing building for future levels
  • Utilized steel special concentrically braced frames (SCBFs) with limited perimeter frames to accommodate open design
  • Recommended special shrinkage reducing and synthetic fiber admixtures in elevated concrete slabs to limit cracking due to drying shrinkage
  • Long span composite steel framing was selected over a proprietary gravity system and cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete
  • Renderings courtesy of Rusnak and HOK