In January 2015, Hi-Performance Wash Systems removed a Mark VII rollover automatic located at Edwards Station in Edwards, Colorado. The bay was lengthened to 75 feet to allow for interior loading, and a mini-express tunnel with Sonny's equipment was installed.
In November 2012, Hi-Performance Wash Systems converted an Automatic Bay with a Hydrospray Rainmaker, into a SONNY'S Mini Tunnel, quadrupling the hourly throughput. Check out the full project spotlight! Below is the photo album of the site conversion.
Mountain Post Car Wash located at Ft. Carson, Colorado.
Concrete at the bay entrance and exit was removed in preparation for grading, expanded floor heat and conveyor installation
The rest of the facility remained open during construction.
Site preparation and grading for the conveyor trench is of critical importance to insure that vehicles track properly through the tunnel, and to assist in floor and trench self-cleaning.
Water reclaim tanks were added for the reclaimation system. The reclaimed water is used in all high pressure applications during the wash process saving water.
Floor heat is laid out in specific patterns to eliminate any ice build up during the winter. In a mini tunnel with the higher wash volumes, water carry-off is of greater concern and must be dealt with proactively.
Floor heat at the entrance is provided to prevent any overspray from freezing, providing a safe working environment for car wash employees.
Mini tunnels have a subtantial amount of underground plumbing and electrical conduits. HPWS was able to provide expert guidance to the architect and electrician to ensure all necessary conduits were included in the design and construction phases.
The conveyor trench is designed to by HPWS to be self cleaning, eliminating the need for workers to get in the trench to shovel mud, saving valuable payroll dollars, as well as reducing the chance for employee injuries.
Because of the complexity, the conveyor trench is poured in stages. After the trench is poured, the conveyor is installed using laser transits to verify correct placement.
HPWS observes each concrete pour to ensure floor heat tubing is set at the correct height and that system pressure is monitored for any leaks.
The bay floor is designed and poured to 1/8" tolerances. This allows correct vehicle tracking through the tunnel, and optimal water flow and drainage to the trench.
In order to make additional space in the equipment room, the old atmospheric floor heat boilers were replaced by high efficiency Lochinvar boilers. Not only did this reduce the space required by over 50%, it reduced gas usage substantially.
Innovative Control Systems provided the tunnel controller with 48 outputs. The tunnel controller activates each function at the proper time, and squences vehicles in the tunnel.
During construction, the bay was also lined with Reline panel from Nuform. This paneling provides a bright, fresh appearance, while making cleaning by wash personnel a quick and easy task.
The SONNY'S car wash equipment includes wheel scrubbers, a top brush, wrap around brushes, presoak, wax and rinse applications, as well as a 40 HP dryer.
Customers pull up to the ICS Auto Sentry for their wash selection and payment. The Auto Sentry includes a touch screen with video instructions, credit card reader, bill acceptor and coin acceptor. It also provides change from $1 and $5 bill dispensors, as well as a backup $1 coin dispensor.