Retail Center Transforms from 1950 to 2010

Posted On: December 11, 2010
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The Demolition has begun.

How do you take  50 years of Retail history and transform it into a dynamic, marketable and convenient Neighborhood Retail Center? For Mummaw’s Architectural Design Team, it always begins with the end retailer and customer in mind. Customers are drawn to high energy, convenient access & service related stores. Time is continuing to shrink for families on the move. Therefore, creating the right mixture of support services, food & shopping choices in one location creates a highly successful Destination Retail Center.

Successful Retail Architecture today requires undulating facades with multiple signage location opportunities, unique “front door” entrance details and maximum glass windows. The 1600 North Federal Highway Retail Center in Boca Raton, Florida incorporated these  architectural strategies. Combine these with high impact colors and quality materials and you have a very attractive design composition.

The Mummaw CREATE Team collaborated with the Owner to determine multiple tenancy subdivision possibilities, then found common denominators in how the overall facade could be ordered. This evaluation resulted in multiple store arrangement opportunities in the future.

Visibility from parallel street frontages was maximized by creating prominent Architectural “Towers” on the corners and raised parapets across the front and sides. Adjacent landscape areas were transformed into outside cafe areas to promote a pedestrian friendly experience.

The Project is currently under construction by local prominent General Contractor, CJM Construction. Chuck Marchitello, president, his superintendent Armond and the rest of the experienced CJM team are well underway to transforming this 50 + year old building into a dynamic, re-born Destination Retail Center.

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Transformation is always exciting. This Retail Center  is already attracting National Tenant interest.  What will the end result look like? Stay tuned for more CREATION progress photos…….

Douglas A. Mummaw, AIA, NCARB, Member of the American Institute of Architects