Top 10 must-haves for a remodeled grocery store

  1. A good refrigeration engineer with grocery store experience
  2. A good MEP engineer with grocery store experience
  3. As-builts of the existing conditions
  4. A good concrete saw with expensive diamond blades
  5. Preparation for lighting replacement throughout
  6. A good stainless steel vendor for hiding those things you just can’t fix
  7. A contractor that understands how to work during open hours and/or after hours
  8. A good equipment buyer to make sure new cases or fixtures are delivered on time
  9. A creative architect
  10. Patient customers

~Barron Schimberg, AIA, LEED AP

Top 10 must-haves for a newly-designed grocery store

1)   Consistent bulbs throughout to minimize maintenance issues

2)   Proper lighting over specific foods such as meat, seafood, produce, etc.

3)   Smooth flooring on the sales floor

4)   MMA or Epoxy in the back of house

5)   6’-0” minimum aisle width

6)   Thoughtful location of check-out counters for easy circulation

7)   Well designed and aesthetically clean restrooms

8)   Perimeter cases with grocery in the center of the store

9)   Appealing and interesting soffit signage and décor to attract customers and create a comfortable atmosphere

10)   Easily accessible customer service desk

~Barron Schimberg, AIA, LEED AP

Whole Foods Naples, a Schimberg Group project.

Take a 360-Degree Look at Your Next Building Improvement Project

By Barron Schimberg, AIA

Barron SchimbergAt some point, every building should be updated–either to adapt its functionality or preserve its economic value as the real-estate market changes.  For example, to make the Marina Bay condominium complex more appealing to prospective residents, The Schimberg Group coordinated a lengthy, collaborative project that enhanced the existing buildings while modernizing the entryways, fountains, and lobbies.

We kept the cost of the project under control by implementing a 360-degree approach to architecture. This approach is nothing new. In fact, it’s widely used by architects and professional building managers.

But we’re explaining our 360-degree approach on this blog, because I don’t think the 360-degree master-planning concept is fully understood by individual homeowners, office managers, or condominium associations who ask The Schimberg Group for help with renovation projects

Taking Off the Blinders

Basically, with our 360-degree approach to architecture and interior design, we look beyond your immediate needs to help you take a more holistic view of your project.

For instance, if you want to upgrade your windows, have you considered how that might affect the overall look of the building? How will changes to the exterior of your building affect landscaping requirements?

Instead of calling in various contractors and making piecemeal decisions for improvements as your budget allows over the years, The Schimberg Group encourages you to develop a master plan first.

Even though you may not currently have the budget needed to tackle all of the upgrades your building might require over the next few years, a master plan will give you a clear vision of what all of the building improvements will look like as a whole. In other words, each improvement you make each year will take you one step closer to a more harmonious end result.

Starting with a master plan also decreases the risk that each contractor who works on a specific improvement will encounter technical difficulties caused by the work of a previous contractor.

Expanding the 360-Degree Planning Concept

At The Schimberg Group, we take the concept of 360-degree architecture further than most architecture firms. We firmly believe that a master plan for a building renovation can be infinitely more successful when we ask contractors and subcontractors for their ideas early in the planning process.  For example, instead of just seeking ideas from a landscape architect, we have also sought the expertise of the subcontractors who specialize in building retaining walls.

Many construction experts we consult with are pleasantly surprised when we ask for their ideas. Often, when a contractor shows up on a job site, they realize that the project could have been built so much better and for far less money—if only they had been asked for their opinion while the project was still being designed.

When The Schimberg Group develops a master plan for a client, we gather insights and expertise from the most appropriate contractors and subcontractors for a renovation project and incorporate the best ideas into the plan.

To learn more about how our 360 degree master-planning process might benefit your next building renovation project, give me a call!

Is it Feasible?

(clockwise from above: Transportation Diagram, Super Market Conceptual Layout, Super Market Interior Design Concepts)

Definition of Feasibility Studies: A feasibility study looks at the viability of an idea with an emphasis on identifying potential problems and attempts to answer one main question: Will the idea work and should you proceed with it?

-Lahle Wolfe, About.com

Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling once said, “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.  The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.”  In order to determine the best solution for a given space, we recommend hiring an architect.  Tenant spaces ranging from 1,000 to 50,000 SF or more, require attention and space planning.  Architects assess the needs of the client or tenant to lay out a floor plan or multiple floor plans to determine the feasibility of the proposed use in that particular space or building.

Barron Schimberg, AIA LEED AP