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A Successful Formula.

 

The most compelling retail environments both engage and entertain the consumer, becoming destinations that consumers continue to revisit.  Retailers are consistently looking for ways to create a unique experience within their stores.  This requires retailers to re-evaluate how their stores present their products and to rethink how their brand differs from the competition.  MMA has the thought process, skillset, and technology to create that unique BRAND experience while being ADA compliant and accessible to all customers.

RETAIL ARCHITECTURE SERVICES

Site Evaluation

Assist Real Estate teams in site selection decisions by providing pertinent information based on our research and findings

Project Entitlement

Applicable zoning regulations, municipal codes, General Plan, and neighborhood council requirements – resulting in project approval from a Planning Commission or City Council.

Branded Design

Design and development of a space to fit within the guidlines of any brand that balances the environment it occupies.

Prototype Development

Detailed prototyping of the space is conscientiously constructed, bringing the viewer as close to their final product as possible before its final design stages take place.

Documentation

We prepare dimensioned architectural drawings and detailed specifications for construction which describe the materials, sizes, and relationships of built components.

Construction Admin

During construction, we serve as your advocate to interpret the construction drawings, answer questions and work out details as necessary.

Walmart – Georgia Ave.

Our project team’s architectural design process is what sets Georgia Avenue apart from a prototypical store. Incorporating the history of the Brightwood neighborhood into the design was a major priority throughout the project. The overall material palette of the interior vestibule and sales floor, structural system, and many of the geometric forms highlight the architecture of the area’s past and even reuse components from a car barn that was built on the site in 1909. In fact, the skylight atrium that runs the entire length of the store is supported by harvested trusses that were taken directly from the historic car barn. Reclaimed brick (taken from the actual car barn itself, in addition to brick created to resemble the historic brick) plays an important role in the construction of the interior of the store as well as in the patterns across the interior and exterior walking surfaces along the front of the store.

In its completed state, the design of the Georgia Avenue Walmart successfully integrates historic themes into a modern design, while providing the added environmental benefit of sustainable design through the use of reclaimed materials. Upon entering the store, the carefully articulated interior transports the visitor not into a Walmart, but into a Brightwood neighborhood shop.

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ACME – Middletown

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MMA worked closely with the ACME / Alberstons on 19 projects. These projects include supermarkets ranging from 38,500 to 67,500 sq.ft. The Middletown, DE store was a new 60,000 sq. ft. supermarket with a convenience stores, fuel centers and carwashes. The ACME exteriors vary in design, and are designed to blend with the surrounding community.

Walmart – H Street

The H Street Supercenter represents a contemporary approach to the way retail architecture is envisioned. By rethinking traditional design practices, MMA has set a new precedent for big-box retailers. The most challenging aspect of the project was taking a suburban/ rural client and efficiently adapting it to an urban context.

The successful collaboration of the project team led to Walmart’s first LEED Commercial Interiors Silver Certification in their entire global fleet of stores. In order to meet the requirements for both operational and LEED Certification, H Street was designed to fit within a mixed use building that houses residential apartments, retail space, and below grade parking. The floor area is less than half of a prototypical supercenter, which only amplified the performance of the sustainable design methods employed to meet the DC Green Building Act.

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