SCTLive Webinar

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I am speaking on the topic of sustainability for a webinar hosted on May 7 from 2-3pm by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Shopping Centers Today magazine. This is part of a new series of short retail events, called SCT Live, to be held in targeted regions throughout the country…

NEWIRE Tour of Chestnut Hill Square

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Here are some photos of the recent NEWiRE tour of the Chestnut Hill Square project we’re working on for New England Development.  As a member of the project team for a couple of years now, I enjoyed hearing from NED’s Doug Karp about the project, and hearing feedback from attendees about the project’s design. And we even received a reward for attending – the retailers contributed to amazing gift bags, Wegmans provided beverages and light appetizers, and the evening was capped off at neighboring Capital Grille. Some of the stores are open now, with more opening this month and Wegman’s scheduled to open next spring (2014).

Freeport Village

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Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

Freeport Maine has long called itself the outlet shopping capital of New England. LL Bean’s Flagship store has anchored the town for over 100 years, and the shoe store Cole Haan was built into an international success from its humble beginnings by its CEO, George Denney, a Freeport native and lifelong resident…

NEWiRE Tour of Chestnut Hill

Construction

I’ll be helping lead a project spotlight tour tonight of Chestnut Hill Square with  NEWiRE. The event details are below; I hope to see you there…

Brooklyn Boulders Grand Opening

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Photo by Ed Wonsek
Photo by Ed Wonsek

We’re so happy to join Brooklyn Boulders at the Grand Opening of their new rock climbing gym tonight. The 38,000-square-foot gym has 45-foot tall climbing walls (the largest bouldering walls in the Northeast!), yoga, weights, treadmills, and copious ways to join in the fun – from kid’s programs to climbing classes to commercial incubator space for business start-ups…

Shades of Green

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What do you do when your grocery business generates 55,000 tons of food waste every year – the leftovers from the store aisles that aren’t either sold or donated? If you’re Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., you build an anaerobic digester to convert all that food to usable energy.

Green Cooperation: Speaking on the
Boston SCT Panel

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Image courtesy of http://www.icsc.org/sct-live/
Image courtesy of http://www.icsc.org/sct-live/

ICSC and Shopping Centers Today magazine are starting a new series of short retail conferences, called SCT Live, to be held in targeted regions throughout the country. They just announced the programs, which start this month. I will be one of the panelists on the program in Boston in November on the topic of how retailers and shopping center owners can partner to create more sustainable facilities, entitled “Green Cooperation.” For more information, see below or go to the website: www.icsc.org/sctlive

Scala Shopping Center

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Arrowstreet designed a new shopping center in the Cumbayá district of Quito. Scala consists over 170 shops and restaurants wrapped around a beautiful open-air plaza, effectively turning the mall “inside out” to create a vibrant, active shopping experience. High-end finishes and details appeal to both sought-after tenants and visitors. As part of the development’s commitment to sustainability, the shopping center features an energy-saving passive ventilation system and over 90,000 square feet of vertical gardens.

Designed in partnership with local architect Marco Coello.

ICSC Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas

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Arrowstreet has attended the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Real Estate Convention (RECon) for over 20 years. With all of the major shopping center developers, real estate brokers and retailers present, the convention is THE place to be for anybody in retail real estate development. Some years, more than 40,000 people descend upon Las Vegas to plan projects, broker deals, and network. This year, the convention ran from May 19 through May 22. We were there and the mood in the convention hall was enthusiastic…

LEED Goes Shopping

Design

Our LEED Certification portfolio is full of retail projects, but one retail building type has been elusive: the mall in-line store. That is, until this year. With a project on the boards now (sorry, confidential), we have worked out a path to the LEED plaque. Getting LEED certification for a retail store in a mall setting can be difficult. If the mechanical system is an extension of an inefficient, centralized mall boiler or cooling tower, getting LEED points for the store’s mechanical system can be difficult or impossible. Similarly, if there is no space in the mall’s service areas

Reach for the Stars

Construction

It’s been a long time since I saw “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” the German expressionist movie from 1920, but I’ll never forget the strange stage sets with their outlandish, angled buildings and furniture. Walls curve up, doors and windows are turned, and no two lines are parallel. The performers dance more than they walk, swinging their arms with emphasis and force.

On a recent site visit to the Somerville Brooklyn Boulders rock climbing gym, I snapped some photos as I usually do. When I returned to the office, I was struck by these two photos. The curving walls, mix of textures, angular light, and the construction machinery all mix together to bring back memories of Dr. Caligari’s set. Of course, that’s where the similarity ends. The movie is about a sleepwalker. I assure you that nobody will be sleepwalking in this facility when it’s open!

New Retail in
White Plains, NY

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Rendering by Arrowstreet
Rendering by Arrowstreet

On May 7th, our design team received the site plan approvals for a new retail project on Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, New York. Led by our fantastic new clients, Faros Properties and Caspi Development, we designed the building to work with the challenging topography of the site by placing all of the parking on top of a single floor of boutique retail shops. Our goal for the project has been to provide a pedestrian-driven shopping center with an outdoor sidewalk bustling with window-shoppers, café seating, and lush landscaping. An existing office building on the site was the former headquarters for Nestle, and is now home to several private and government offices. The new parking garage will serve the offices as well as new retail shops. The Common Council of White Plains approved the project unanimously!

Stay tuned for updates. We’re working on the retail marketing campaign now, and construction will start soon.

Do People Actually Shop in Stores?

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(Part 2 in a series – Magic Beans)

The use of mobile devices to make purchases is still a small fraction of the total sales in the e-commerce world. But it’s rising. Per the New York Times, “last year, people spent $25 billion on purchases made from phones and tablets,” and that’s an increase of 81 percent over the previous year. I was curious how that affected my retail clients, so I reached out to them. This post is the second in a short series of responses. My questions were: how does mobile spending affect your retail business? What about show-rooming? How do you either fight it or work with it…

Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Profiled

Construction

The Brooklyn Boulders rock climbing gym is profiled in New England Construction News . They are holding hard hat tours on May 5th for anyone interested in checking out the soon to be completed project. We have taken some photos of our own and will be posting them soon.

Site Visit to Chestnut Hill Square

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Recently, the Arrowstreet staff accompanied me to the Chestnut Hill Square project for a site visit. The four new structures are each at different phases of construction, but enough is there to get a good sense of the massing, spatial relationships, and envelope finishes. Building A, the largest structure, is the one furthest along, with the brick veneer and storefront being installed and partitions and cores going up on the interior. Buildings B and C have the steel up and the exterior is starting to be framed out. The parking garage is far along- it went up quickly, within the past five weeks, with prefab concrete components…

Do People Actually Shop in Stores?

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(Part 1 in a series – Milton’s)

The use of mobile devices to make purchases is still a small fraction of the total sales in the e-commerce world. But it’s rising. As the New York Times said, “last year, people spent $25 billion on purchases made from phones and tablets,” and that’s an increase of 81 percent over the previous year. I was curious how that affected my retail clients, so I reached out to them. This post is the first in a short series of responses. My questions were: how does mobile spending affect your retail business? What about show-rooming? How do you either fight it or work with it…

State of the Industry: Brick and Mortar vs. Internet Retail

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[Part 4 of a series of posts from ICSC's RetailGreen conference. Posted in response to The Wall Street Journal's article "Malls Get Face-Lift to Pull In Shoppers", which stated that "the era of new-mall development in the U.S. is drawing to a close."]

Brad Hutensky, ICSC Chairman, gave an interesting talk about the state of the retail industry, and he debunked a common refrain of the last five years, that the internet is killing bricks and mortar stores. His evidence was compelling. First, in 2012, retailers have opened over 5,000 stores, not a small number. And for good reason, as customers still value the human experience and the instant gratification of a cash purchase. Moreover, twelve of the top 20 online sellers in sales revenue have physical stores, among them Apple and one of Arrowstreet’s clients, LL Bean…

Green Thoughts from Walmart at ICSC RetailGreen

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[Part 3 of a series of posts from ICSC's RetailGreen conference.]

Last year, at ICSC’s RetailGreen conference, Don Moseley from Walmart gave an amazing 15 minute presentation on how codes differ from one municipality to another, and especially how they vary even more from the new International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Although it sounds wonky, Mr. Moseley used the specific example of how the prescribed number of plumbing fixtures can vary from code to code, with the delta being as much as 20 fixtures for the same size Walmart store. Same store footprint, same demands, totally different plumbing requirements. Importantly, when a retailer has thousands of locations across the world, it’s more difficult to plan, and it hits the bottom line in myriad ways.

This year, Mr. Moseley showed what Walmart has been doing on their roofs…

We Have Thrown Away The Keys To This Place

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Now and then, I like to revisit a past project and see how it’s doing. Sometimes when you create a building, you spend so much time with it that you grow attached to it and almost think of it as a family member. The L.L.Bean Hunting and Fishing Store in Freeport, Maine is one of those projects. I remember working hard not only to create great retail space but also on the little things, like shelves, nooks, and other special places for the taxidermy displays and heritage pieces like original rifles used by L.L. Bean himself…

An Update on Chestnut Hill

Construction

Chestnut Hill Square’s long journey is becoming reality. The foundations are poured, the steel is erected, the exterior brick and limestone facades are being installed, storefront and curtainwall glass is underway, and the parking garage precast erection starts this week. Soon tenants like Wegmans Food Market, the health club Equinox, and restaurants Seasons 52 and Brio Tuscan Grille will begin their fit-outs. The hard work, collaboration, and vision of so many Arrowstreet team members was vital to the creation of this dynamic mixed-use development and it’s very exciting to watch it all come together. There’s still work to be

How Play and Humor
Help Us Innovate

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[Part 2 of a series of posts from ICSC's RetailGreen conference.]

In a unique presentation at the ICSC RetailGreen conference, Professor Barry Kudrowitz of the University of Minnesota demonstrated “How Play and Humor Help Us Innovate.” My friend and fellow conference committee member Ed Doyle of Target discovered Mr. Kudrowitz at a company team-building retreat and was so impressed that he brought Mr. Kudrowitz to our conference. Now, this presentation was not directly about sustainability or retail development. Instead, it was about “innovation.” It was fantastic! Via a series of hands-on activities, Mr. Kudrowitz led the audience through mind-mapping exercises, word games, and even a game called “the bears and tigers”. The most interesting thing we learned was that more ideas equals better, more creative ideas…

Disrupt and Interrupt: Thoughts from Retail Green

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[Part 1 of a series of posts from ICSC's RetailGreen conference.]

In the first General Session of the ICSC RetailGreen conference in Phoenix last month, I moderated a panel discussion called “Disrupt and Interrupt”.  Since it was the beginning of the conference, we wanted to speak broadly about sustainability issues that retail developers encounter when planning projects and business initiatives.  The panel consisted of Audi Banny of Estée Lauder, George Caraghiaur of Simon Property Group, Jim Hanna of Starbucks, and Riggs Kubiak of Honest Buildings.  Some of my questions were pre-planned, but we had fun taking live questions through an email account and a scrolling twitter-feed which we projected above the stage.  It all worked quite well.  Audience members kept me well-stocked with comments and questions.

Speaking at ICSC RetailGreen

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RetailGreen Conference & Innovation Showcase
RetailGreen Conference & Innovation Showcase

ICSC’s RetailGreen is the premier annual conference that gathers leaders in sustainability to focus on the retail development industry. Those of us on the programming committee have seen the conference grow, largely due to the interest shown by the developers and retailers in attending, and also because the program content is so strong. Along with highly technical workshops and “big-picture” roundtable discussions, we’ve had amazing keynote speakers. Last year, Jane Poynter spoke to the conference about living in Biosphere 2 for two years. This year, Woodrow Clark, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2007, is speaking on climate change.

Arrowstreet at the
Bisnow Retail Summit

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Scott Pollack with panelists
Scott Pollack with panelists

Arrowstreet Principal Scott Pollack recently moderated a panel of real estate giants at Bisnow’s Annual Retail Summit. Terry Brown, CEO of Edens, joined Barry Rodenstein, SVP of Brixmor; Michael Jammen, Principal of UrbanMeritage; Ed Mitchell of Legal Seafood; and Steven Kelly of Timberline Construction to discuss the current state of retail development. Panelists agreed that deals are happening, but financing is only available for “A” or “B” locations.  Top developers and retailers are building quality projects while they shed their “C” properties and locations. In many cases, deals take longer than in the past. Michael Jammen, who works exclusively

Chestnut Hill Site Visit

Construction

This past week I was able to join an Arrowstreet group to get a tour of the Chestnut Hill site from Jason King and Mike Manship. The project has had a long history in the office but I’ve only recently joined the team, working on the 350+ space pre-cast garage scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. In addition to the parking garage, the first phase of the complex includes three buildings which will house retail, medical offices, a Wegman’s grocery store, a health club, and restaurants. Currently the foundation walls are complete for the lowest level of Building A, which