Transforming the Typical Car Wash

If you’re looking for the template of how to start a car wash business, Gleam Car Wash might be the standard. The Denver-based car wash opened on August 24 at W 38th Ave. between Wolff and Xavier streets, and is looking to separate itself from the competition through modern amenities and community focus. Gleam hopes to transform the typical car wash experience from an unpleasant inconvenience into a comfortable, valuable involvement that leaves customers and employees proud of their work. Gleam paired with General Steel to accomplish this ambitious vision. Here’s how Gleam’s investment in its facility is paying dividends in the community.

Gleam Car Wash Vehicle Detailing Building

Building Details

The final product is a state-of-the-art open bubble design that allows Gleam to get the most out of their space. “One of the things that we love is if you look down the center, or anywhere in the middle of this building, there is no support beam,” Lemieux added. That clear span design “allows maximum usage of the space” for Lemieux and all Gleam employees.

Building Size 82 x 58 x 12
Roof Pitch 2:12
Walls Insulated Stucco Panels
Location Denver, CO
Project Consultant Denny Kirk
Project Coordinator Billy Burnham
Insulated Stucco Panels on Car Detailing Building
Designed for Sustainability

Gleam’s environmental considerations include variable frequency drives (VFDs), which ensure that all of Gleam’s motors use only the energy required for top performance. VFDs allow individual motors to increase power gradually and in tandem with surrounding motors so that no energy is wasted.

All of Gleam’s lighting applications are LED. When compared to fluorescent lights and traditional bulbs, LED lighting applications are much more energy efficient, usually measured in lumens per watts. LED lights typically measure almost 100 lumens per watt, while a fluorescent light measures around 65. A traditional bulb registers just 15 lumens per watt. Combined with their eco-friendly steel facility, Gleam is seeking to leave a lighter footprint than competitors.

Opening a Sustainable Car Wash

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