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Suppliers Go Above and Beyond
With eight finalists, this year’s Above & Beyond Awards program
is the most competitive ever. The customer service award was
established in 2006 by A.R.E.’s Retail Council to recognize supplier
member companies that have exceeded their retail customers’
expectations. The 2013 winner will be announced at A.R.E.’s
Design Awards in Chicago on April 16.
Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage was nominated by Shelley Prael, visual manager of
Pendleton Woolen Mills, for supplying both antique pieces and designing wood elements
with reclaimed lumber. “The largest challenge was to find enough of the same reclaimed
lumber for all of our needs. They not only achieved this task, but then prepared the wood
for me under very tight timelines.”
The Carlson Group, nominated by Nike’s Cindy Linebaugh, project manager for branded
spaces, developed engineering and manufacturing options to simpify a large, complex,
and complicated-to-install fixture. “The Carlson Group came up with a modular solution
that allows us to match the design of our main program while cutting manufacturing costs
by 20 percent and installation time by half,” she says.
Impressions Marketing Group, a two-time past winner of the Above & Beyond Award, was
nominated this year by Ken Chance, director of store design and construction for Total Wine &
More, for the company’s contributions to a new visual communication strategy for 34 stores
on a very ambitious schedule. Says Chance,
“Impressions’ consistent ‘can-do’ attitude to
all of our changes and additions was a major
Rose Display, last year’s Above & Beyond
Award Winner, was nominated this year by
Katie Penn, design manager for The Gap.
The project involved a large hanging T-shirt
display for more than 250 stores. Penn says
that Rose provided multiple mock-up tests
to make sure the system would work for
all ceiling conditions and had the flexibility
needed for the various store layouts.
Móz Designs Inc. was nominated by Tiffany
Mosher, director of visual merchandising and
store design for Marshall Retail Group, for the
company’s assistance in developing a signature look for prototype brand Ruby Blue. Mosher says that Móz coordinated panel layout and
pattern direction based on a complicated layout. “The unique quality of the hand polishing
and color coating process creates an amazing three-dimensional effect,” she says.
Pacific Northern was nominated by Brad Lenz, vice president of Juicy Couture, for
ever-evolving custom fixtures that require a high level of detail and artisan-style finishing.
Lenz says the fixtures incorporate brass, which is not commonly used, as well as custom
fabrics and custom cast moldings.
Synsor was nominated by Tom Blanchard, senior manager for architecture at Jamba
Juice, for the company’s 2012 contributions to a new store prototype that reimaged the
Jamba Juice brand. Blanchard recognized Synsor’s ability to bring together a variety of
disciplines including fixtures, technology, graphics, materials, and installation for a holistic
Triad Manufacturing, nominated by William Pretzel, director of design and construction
for T-Mobile USA, helped the retailer with nearly 600 full-store remodel projects in a seven-month period in 2012. Triad produced inventory, stored hundreds of complete store fixture
sets, managed inventory of third-party suppliers, managed logistics, and managed the
installation teams. “We were averaging about 40 stores per week for most of the program.
Any disruption to the program in terms of supply, quality, or resources would have derailed
the entire program, not just the stores impacted,” Pretzel notes.
A W A R D S
Pacific Northern was nominated for an
Above & Beyond Award for the company’s
work on custom fixtures for Juicy Couture
Judging of A.R.E.’s 2013 Design Awards was held
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February. Front row,
from left: Tracy Dillon, Steve Kaufman, Sherif Ayad,
Tony Camilletti, and Marianne Wilson. Back row:
Marc Riera, Robert Higgins, Jim Weimer, Alison
Embrey Medina, Karen Doodeman.
2013 Design Awards Judging
Judging of A.R.E.’s 2013 Design
Awards took place February 7 and
8 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Based on
the judges’ decisions, 72 awards will be presented
in 23 categories of retail design, including Fixture of
the Year, Visual Presentation of the Year, and Store
of the Year. This year’s program also includes awards
for store fixtures, visual presentations, lighting,
in-store communications, and wall treatments.
Judging the competition were: Sherif Ayad, id&design
international; Tony Camilletti, Design Fabrications
(D|Fab); Tracy Dillon, Retail Environments magazine;
Steve Kaufman, VMSD magazine; Robert Higgins, Fossil
Inc.; Alison Embrey Medina, DDI magazine, Marc Riera,
Nike; and Marianne Wilson, Chain Store Age.
A list of winning projects and contributing companies is available online at www.retailenvironments.
org; awards will be presented April 16 at the awards
program in Chicago during GlobalShop.
A.R.E.’s Sustainability Awards
will be presented at the same
time. The only competition focused
on sustainable retail design, the
Sustainability Awards program
will honor two retail projects for outstanding green
building achievement. Entries were judged online by
A.R.E.’s Sustainability Council, a group of designers
and suppliers with various perspectives and expertise in sustainable retail design. Judging this year’s
sustainability entries were: Lisa A. Wynne, LEED AP
BD+C, EDAC, EcoScapes Sustainability Solutions LLC;
Bob DeGroff, LEED Green Associate, Miller Zell Inc.;
Nancy Everhart, AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP, Little;
Michael Payne, AIA, NCARB, Callison; Richard Shelley,
LEED AP, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork; Rick Troxel,
Roseburg; and Wesley Woelfel, Greneker.