GBT Realty Corporation




Engineering, Planning, Site Development

Firestone Complete Auto Care has been serving customers for nearly 100 years, offering a convenient one-stop-shop for car maintenance. As America’s auto care needs have grown so has Firestone’s presence, and the company relies on a successful preferred developer prototype site program comprising approximately 6,000-square-foot stand-alone retail stores. Gresham Smith has worked with developer GBT Realty Corporation to provide site planning, civil engineering, and permitting services for 10 stores and counting. From brakes and batteries to tune-ups and new tires, the new stores provide a total car care experience.

square-foot buildings
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a Firestone Complete Auto Care store and parking lot

Understanding the Lay of the Land

While the program’s building prototypes are similar, each project site is different. Our team works with local municipalities to obtain proper permits and entitlements, assist with necessary re-zonings and identify local variances, such as setbacks and driveway spacing. Working with the pre-selected site’s unique location and space constraints, the Gresham Smith project team completes the puzzle of drainage, utilities, parking, site access and stormwater management while keeping value engineering and sustainability practices in mind. For example, salvaging existing pavement when the opportunity presents itself saves the client time and money and is environmentally friendly.

Stormwater infrastructure in front of a Firestone store

Addressing Stormwater Concerns

If not managed properly, fluids such as motor oil, antifreeze and brake fluid can contaminate local water sources. We pay special attention to the sites’ stormwater infrastructure to comply with local stormwater management regulations.