Arki Construction Plants a Cactus in Ft. Lauderdale

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Arki Construction builds a Cactus Carwash in South Florida

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What was an empty lot only a year ago, is now one of Arki Construction’s newest developments, Cactus Car Wash. It took a little over five months to build the 15,000 square feet top of the line car wash.

On September 10, 2011, the Southwestern themed chain opened its doors in their latest location in Ft. Lauderdale. The project was shaped with the help of Arki Construction.

Two of the Owners and Co‐Founders Antoine and Marwan Iskandar founded Arki Construction in 1995, followed by the expansion in South Carolina in 1999 and recently in the State of Georgia. The decision to open a construction company was inspired after they realized their passion for the industry following their professional background as Architect and Engineer and coupled with a gap of quality and performance in numerous construction developments taking place during that time.

The company’s ultimate goal is to provide great service to the clients, all while the customer’s vision is respected. Their drive is to transform the construction industry by providing clients with the best service all while maintaining the traced budget. What called Arki Construction’s attention to the Cactus Car Wash project were the concept and the design ideas that the owners Frank and Linda Lynch envisioned. This particular location was collaborated with the team of CNNA Architects, Inc. an award winning full‐service architecture, urban design/planning, and interior design firm based out of Atlanta Georgia and provides services throughout the South East.

“It is a unique project, not your regular square box,” said Marwan Iskandar. Arki Construction took the challenge and gave life not only to the vision, which the owners had wished for, but provided some details to improve the new car wash. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch were ecstatic about the ideas presented by the development firm. “Each Cactus Car Wash we do we try to do better than the last one and this one is the best one,” said Mr. Lynch. “I’m very happy with the final project.” Mr. and Mrs. Lynch desired to maintain the same structure as the car washes they provide throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Therefore, before the construction started, before the authentic Mexican Saltillo tiles were placed or the White Pine wood logs were set and before the first brick was even positioned, Arki Construction traveled to Georgia to do their research.

After Mr. Iskandar’s first visit to Georgia, he was encouraged to start the project in Florida.“This car wash will trump all other car washes in Ft. Lauderdale,” he continued by saying, “That is what caught my interest, to learn more about Cactus Car Wash and to better assist their end result and goals” Mr. Iskandar, took the hour flight to Georgia five times to guarantee that the similarities of the carwashes within Georgia were never lost.

“Arki Construction made some improvements,” said Superintendent Mark West. “Cactus Car Wash in Ft. Lauderdale is not exactly the same layout but very similar to the ones in Georgia.” One of the improvements, according to Mr. West, was the 5,000 square feet canopy, where the vacuums are located. Under the canopy, there are six aisles; each aisle could withstand a total of three cars. “We added tiles to the front porch entrance,” said Mr. West. As one walks into the tiled porch and open the doors to the lobby, they will find the comfort of an air‐conditioned building, with a coffee shop, a section where one can browse the Internet with their courtesy iPads or simply wait in the living area, as you watch television or enjoy a good read by the fireplace. “Cactus Car Wash attracts because it is not usually seen.

Everything built was built for speed and convenience to the customers. Exactly what the client wished for,” said Mr. Iskandar. Part of the design and construction was the car wash system that supplies 750 gallons of water that filter and clean the water and cars that visit. The method in Cactus Car Wash is to deliver not only a nice washed car in a short period of time, but to also provide comfort during one’s wait, not forgetting a very reasonable rates.

“We are the Taj Mahal’s of car wash,” said Mr. Lynch. The team at Arki Construction was pleased with the final outcome of their new project. They fulfilled the clients’ needs, even when they were 600 miles away. Nonetheless, their main accomplishment of this project was that, yet again, they made another client proud. “We feel we have fulfilled their expectations and exceeded it at times. And it’s a greatfeeling to have done that for our costumer,” says Mr. Iskandar. “I feel great as long as our client feels great about it and they do. We are building another project in Georgia for Cactus Car Wash and we hope more in Miami.”

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