SUMO (Sustainable Urban Mobility) was a car-sharing service in Fayetteville that offered commuters and pedestrians an alternative form of transportation. Their goal was to "lower high-speed auto-dependence and enhance walkability" by utilizing low-speed electric vehicles (LEVs). DEMX Architecture worked with SUMO founders, Mikel Lolley and Bob Munger, to successfully pursue a conditional use permit for their project, the first permitted intermodal shipping container project in the City of Fayetteville.
The SUMO headquarters building was located on the site of an abandoned fill-station in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. Consistent with SUMO’s devotion to sustainability, the building was designed to have a minimal footprint and environmental impact. Situated to fit directly beneath the abandoned fill station's rooftop, the primary structure is a recycled shipping container. Windows were placed along the southwestern side of the shipping container to bring light into the space and frame the bold orange interior wall. The juxtaposition between new and existing encapsulates SUMO’s effort to contribute “to a more resilient and livable city.” To see what the mind’s behind SUMO are up to now, visit their Facebook.