The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Local news

February 3, 2013

Ferguson Buick-GMC invests $2 million to improve dealership facility

NORMAN — A $2 million modernization project at Ferguson Buick-GMC has been completed, officials with the dealership have announced.

“Every customer touch-point is either brand new or has been completely refurbished,” general manager Gary Burton said. “The show room, manager and finance offices, whole new climate-controlled service drive and customer lounge.”

The dealership at 1015 Interstate Drive anchors the north end of what’s traditionally referred to as the Miracle Mile of Cars. Now a seasoned automotive sales professional Burton has been employed by Ferguson since he was 19. He oversaw the recently completed $2 million modernization of Ferguson’s flagship store that was done by Oklahoma City-based Clark Construction Inc.

“It was a year and a half project from start to finish,” Burton said. “We have all new air conditioning/heating, roof, plumbing, bath rooms, carpeting and furniture.”

Brad Bales was Clark’s superintendent and Burton gave him high praise for the job and daily work interactions.

The dealership’s outside façade facing west significantly contributed to the project’s 18-month length. It’s a metallic skin made of aluminum composite material (ACM) that glints attractively in the afternoon sun. For a long time drivers over the Robinson Street bridge saw an unfinished insulation face on the building. The Ferguson team were concerned the general public would think they’d started the job and run out of funding.

“That wasn’t the case,” Burton said. “We were always very well-capitalized.”

The snag was that façade had to first be framed-in and accurately measured before the ACM could be ordered, manufactured and shipped for installation. The plans for virtually the entire upgrade were to General Motors Corporation specifications.

“They had requirements like the interior paint colors, carpeting and tiles,” Burton said. “GM did a great job selecting everything and it’s awesome.” Coincidentally the Detroit-headquartered Corporation announced their dealership upgrade program at the same time Ferguson had made the decision to renovate the place. “It was just time for improvements,” Burton said. “We needed new everything and definitely embraced the concepts and specs GM brought to the table.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Police arrest man connected to homicide

    Norman Police have arrested Abid Sandhu, 37 years old, of Norman, on a complaint of Murder in the First Degree. Formal charges have yet to be filed. At approximately 3:35 a.m. Saturday, the Norman Police Communications Center received a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Cody’s Run raises $14,000

    Cody Ponder’s positive attitude was infectious even while he struggled with esophageal cancer. He always worked to help others and his giving spirit inspired a 5k race to benefit struggling patients. Last year Cody’s family organized a run ...

    April 20, 2014

  • movieposter Movie about Moore tornado survivors premieres May 16

    MOORE — Exploring ideas of faith and hope, an Oklahoma faith-based documentary on the May 20, 2013, EF-5 Moore tornado is scheduled to premiere at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16....

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former mayor files for county office

    Local physician and former Norman Mayor Harold Haralson recently filed his candidacy for the Cleveland County Commission District 3 seat....

    April 20, 2014

  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber welcomes new members

    The Norman Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sales volunteers and welcome our new Chamber members from our recent spring membership drive.  Suzanne McAuley was this year’s membership drive chair....

    April 20, 2014

  • It’s easier than ever to be your own movie producer

    Things have certainly come a long way since 1988, when the first stand-alone audio CD recorders outside of CD manufacturing plants started showing up. At that time, do-it-yourself CDs were the province of the rich and famous, as the ...

    April 20, 2014