Awards

Mall of San Juan Wins ICSC D&D Award

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The country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC’s 2017 RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale.

SCOTTSDALE, November 30, 2017 – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards competition, recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in the U.S. retail real estate industry. ICSC has named 505Design, located in Boulder, Colorado, as a Commendation winner in the New Developments category.

The Mall of San Juan is centrally located in the Puerto Rico capital within minutes from the city’s hotels, resorts, international airport, and cruise ship port, with easy access from two major highways. The upscale shopping and dining destination is anchored by the Carribean’s only Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue and houses nearly 100 retailers and restaurants––60% of which are unique to market–– alongside many of the world’s most in-demand merchants. The center’s airy and open design concept is elegant yet relaxed, and features natural stone and wood mixed with bold Caribbean accent colors, underneath a 900 foot-long serpentine shaped skylight that provides an abundance of tropical sunshine throughout the concouse areas. Dining options are plentiful and include a variety of exterior-facing restaurants and a third-level alfresco dining terrace with spectacular views of the lagoon.

Professional recognition for this program was given to Carl Okazaki, Partner, 505Design.

The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition was open to shopping center owners, developers, management companies, architects, designers, retailers, and other professionals responsible for retail projects or retail store designs that demonstrated outstanding development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused on four general categories: Renovations and Expansions; New Developments; Sustainable Design and Retail Store Design.

ICSC announced the winners during an awards ceremony at ICSC’s RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale.

2017 AIA CLT Design Citation Award Winner

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Nexton is a 4,500-acre mixed-use community, in Summerville, SC. With quality of life, efficiency, and connectivity as drivers, the Nexton development is inspired by the lowcountry with a distinct focus on the future. Nexton is primed to be the gateway to the Lowcountry, located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and Highway 17A, with over 6 million sf of commercial space, 10,000 homes, and 2,000 acres of green space.

A key component to the Nexton vision is connection to green spaces, trails, and the outdoors. The Brighton Park Pavilion celebrates Nexton’s commitment to healthy outdoor living. The park folly celebrates a multi-use trail that will eventually connect a 50-mile network of meandering paths through wide stretches of forestland, ponds, and wetlands.

The Brighton Park Pavilion is a fresh interpretation of vernacular lowcountry agrarian outbuildings. This community landmark provides a shaded respite that invites runners, walkers and cyclists to pause and enjoy framed views of the landscape.

Sunlight is filtered during the day, and strategic lighting transforms the pavilion into a beacon at night; the pavilion welcomes travelers at all times of day. In a context with such a rich sense of place, basic elements of shade, shadow, comfort are accommodated by a form that simultaneously feels fresh and familiar.

The 505Design team included Brandon Johnson, Taylor Milner, Jim Babinchak, and Kevin Kern. Pictured above Brandon, Taylor, and Jim accepting the award with their spouses. We’re proud of our team and the project we get to utilize daily in our backyard.

2016 ICSC D&D Awards

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505Design received a commendation for our Design Architecture and Graphic Design for Springfield Town Center located in Springfield, Virginia. Congratulations to the members of the team!

Springfield Town Center is a super-regional, enclosed mall in Fairfax County, Va., a densely populated, wealthy community outside Washington, D.C. The mall opened in 1973 and became a premier shopping center in the region. Over the years, following lack of investment in the property, the mall lost its traction with customers, who were gravitating to other destinations. Redevelopment began in 2012. While the center’s department stores remained opened throughout the project, the two-level enclosed mall was shuttered, demolished and completely rebuilt.

The property was brought up to a new standard, combining several uses into one environment with new aesthetics and finishes suited to attract a sophisticated clientele. The shopper experience was completely enhanced with a luxury movie theater, fitness center, destination dining, entertainment offerings, off-price retailers, fast fashion purveyors, junior box, lifestyle tenants, and high-quality small shops. New shopper-friendly amenities brought comfort to consumers – including soft-seating areas, charging stations, children’s play areas, same-day delivery, package stow, and valet parking.

When the property reopened in October 2014, it was received with fanfare by the community, shoppers, and media. Another three million sq. ft. of developable land has been approved with future phases to include office, residential units, hotel space, and additional retail over the coming decade.

505Design was also a member of the winning design team providing Conceptual and Environmental Graphic Design Services for the renovation and expansion of St. Johns Towns Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

20 Under 40 Award

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505Design Associate Samantha “Sam” Buell was selected as a recipient of ICSC Centerbuild’s 20 Under 40 awards program, which recognizes young architects and retail industry leaders showing leadership to their firms and communities. Sam exemplifies the characteristics of a true leader, her curiosity and desire to understand the essence of a place is intoxicating to those around her. Sam has been with 505Design for over three years and we wish her heartfelt congratulations on her prestigious award.

Sam Buell goes to Centerbuild

By Sam Buell

It was a real honor and a great experience to attend ICSC CenterBuild 2015 in Phoenix, AZ as a member of this year’s class of ’20 under 40.’ As a ‘newbie’ I was struck by the warmth of other attendees and the relative ease of conversation. Across many disciplines – from developers to fabricators, contractors to architects, there was a real sense of camaraderie and closeness of the conference. With the explicit intent of networking and relationship-building, it seems like ICSC has achieved its goal of reinforcing close working relationships and forming new friendships.

From inspired keynote speakers to casual, yet focused round table conversations, I was impressed by the range of educational opportunities, without an academic ego. Discussions on driverless cars were followed by recommendations on positive psychology, while a forum on construction in the Caribbean was preceded by a presentation on designing Food Halls. The warmth and accessibility of this conference, paired with great learning opportunities, made for an environment that I felt comfortable asking questions, approaching the speakers, and making connections with leaders in our field.

A huge thank-you to the partners of 505design for this excellent opportunity to be introduced to a ICSC, a real force in the Shopping Center industry. I look forward to continued involvement in this outstanding organization.

505Design Wins Commendation in the ICSC 2015 U.S. Design and Development Awards

505Design Wins Commendation in the ICSC 2015 U.S. Design and Development Awards

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The country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC’s 2015 RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix.

PHOENIX, December 4, 2015 – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2015 U.S. Design and Development Awards competition, recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in the U.S. retail real estate industry. ICSC has named 505Design, located in Boulder, Co, as a Commendation winner in the Renovations and Expansions category.

The Kendall Wing expansion to the Dadeland Mall transformed the front door of the center by demolishing a wing that housed a series of brands under “one roof” and replacing it with a place that reflected the ambiance and design character of modern Miami. The project created an expanded new front door for the project, linked a luxury wing with a second level of restaurants, animated the project to Kendall Boulevard, and created an enhanced image for the center. A lower level internal entry connected the wing to the existing level of the center while a dynamic two-level exterior connection linked the expansion to the primary entrance in the front of the center. The new addition also contains an elegant second level valet entrance to the restaurants accessed through the parking garage. The new Kendall Wing creates an integrated indoor and outdoor luxury retail and dining experience evocative of South Beach. It’s an attitude expressed through the character of the exterior architecture and in the cool contemporary South Florida aesthetic of the interior featuring warm wood ceilings, sleek stone floors, a main court with mosaic flooring, modern furniture and a custom chandelier.

Professional recognition for this program was given to Jim Babinchak, Partner, 505Design.

The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition was open to shopping center owners, developers, management companies, architects, designers, retailers, and other professionals responsible for retail projects or retail store designs that demonstrated outstanding development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused on three general categories: Renovations and Expansions; New Developments; and Retail Store Design.

ICSC announced the winners during an awards ceremony at ICSC’s RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix.