Owner: Michael Wattis
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Year Completed: 2014
Architect: Rob Paulus Architects
How We Dug In
Mister Car Wash has locations in 16 states and selected Tucson, Arizona for its headquarters location. In doing so they also wanted to take advantage of the thriving urban and University environment near downtown Tucson. Considering their perceived business model of consolidating existing car wash locations and reviving them into profitable Mister Car Wash assets, it only made sense that they choose an existing, abandoned historic building near downtown Tucson to re-purpose into their new headquarters. This project is was a re-development of the existing First Baptist Church building built in 1952. The building had been used as a school previously but had been vacant since 2007. As a school, the development had previously benefited from shared parking with an adjacent church and on-street parking. Now that the Project was being re-developed as office, the City required full parking code compliance. CYPRESS utilized a creative approach to both the engineering and entitlement aspects of the parking challenge resulted in a favorable outcome for the owner.