Hyundai Asia Resources Incorporated (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, has inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art facility that promises to change the landscape of automotive industry property development in the Philippines.
Located in Calamba City in Laguna, the Hyundai Logistics Center (HLC) was built to answer the call for sustainable development, paves the way for an eco-friendly work environment, upholds the well-being of employees, and catalyzes growth in both the automotive and property development sectors.
Situated along the Mount Makiling Forest reserve and Tagaytay mountain ridge, the HLC aims to deliver efficiency and sustainability, while also bringing tranquility to the workplace.
The 10-hectare site, which previously housed a textile factory, used to be derelict and dark. The inspiration was to bring light into this darkness, and to make old become new again. To achieve this, the architects behind the HLC employed the principle of adaptive reuse, which emphasizes sustainability, economy and even history. The method considers the past uses of a structure; that a structure’s history adds to its unique identity and must be preserved, while enhancing it with a new use in mind.
HLC follows the standards of the Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI), a group of professional development associations formed through the shared concern for the environment. “GREEEN, with three Es, standing for Geared for Resiliency and Energy Efficiency for the Environment,” explained architect Mel Punsalan, PGBI vice president.
As a testament of its commitment to its green design objective, HLC received a special certificate from PGBI for having implemented design standards equal to that of “Kamagong,” the highest distinction for green buildings.
The Hyundai facility saves energy with its various features in lighting and ventilation. The facility uses only LED lighting fixtures, which reduces energy consumption by up to 52.2 percent. Add to that the use of light monitors in the warehouse to capture natural light and the use of artificial lighting during daytime. A number of solar panels are also installed in some areas of the HLC, with more to be installed in the future.
The HLC also has its own water facility to reduce consumption of piped water. The water facility enables HARI to reuse water from the car preparation areas, and collect rainwater through siphoning for irrigation or other uses. It also treats wastewater to reduce harmful chemicals that may have a negative effect on the environment.
No trees were cut during the construction of the HLC. Existing trees were incorporated into the design, while existing walls, trusses and roads were all kept and refurbished. Materials used were also of high quality to minimize replacement in the future.
Access to ventilation in the indoor spaces of the HLC was also made optimal for top-quality air exchange within. The materials have zero or reduced volatile organic compound, giving the occupants a pristine working environment.
To maximize its potential, the landscape architects of Espina, Perez-Espina and Associates strategically used the features of the Hyundai Logistics Center to fill it with greenery. First is through the roof gardens. These gardens reclaim the land that is occupied by the building footprint, and brings more insulation to the buildings, reducing temperature in the area by up to 5 degrees Centigrade. The architects will also use the low-maintenance, native grass cogon for the garden.
HLC also houses a chapel garden, which provides an outdoor room of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the busy facility. Its design capitalizes on the existing tall walls. These walls were vegetated to create more greenery.
The Hyundai journey
The HLC is the new home for all Hyundai cars and features innovative facilities to take care of every Hyundai vehicle.
The Complete Built Unit (CBU) Receiving Area is the temporary holding area for all cars before they undergo the journey. Next, the car is brought to the CBU Preparation Area 1 for the first phase of the process. This includes detailing, in which the vehicle is prepared according to local market specifications; and washing and drying, to keep the cars in pristine condition.
Next, the Hyundai vehicle is brought to the CBU Preparation Area 2. This is the area for tests and final touches. The unit is checked inch-by-inch and from every angle to ensure top quality. Every part of the car is inspected, including but not limited to its engine, electrical circuitry, interior cabin and body paint.
When a Hyundai car is ready for release, dealer representatives may wait at the Buy-off Area for the turnover of the car. Clients can relax at the lounge to keep themselves comfortable while waiting.
As the car leaves the Buy-off Area, it goes through the Circle of Benediction. This skylight is designed after the Hyundai logo. The embellishment of the logo allows the entry of natural light, which then shines on the car that signifies that it is complete and ready for the road.
If there is a need for parts, the Parts Warehouse is the complete hub for all genuine Hyundai parts and accessories. It caters to dealer and customer needs nationwide.
More than half of the Hyundai Logistics Center, or 6 hectares, is dedicated to the Stockyard. This is roughly equivalent to 9 football fields, and can accommodate more than 2,400 vehicles.
Showroom to the world
HLC is also home to the Global Dealership Space Identity (GDSI) model showroom. GDSI is the new standard of Hyundai Motor Company for all dealerships worldwide, paving the way for a unified design for all showrooms in any part of the world.
The goal of GDSI is to strengthen the Modern Premium brand identity, and to provide quality customer service. The new GDSI dealerships will be labeled as “Centers of Excellence” of Hyundai.