Gus Mayer Relocation Spotlight

Birmingham, Ala. (June 17, 2016) – We are ending the work week with a spotlight on one of our older projects, the relocation of the Gus Mayer!  The owners at Gus Mayer approached CMH regarding design of their new store at The Summit, asking for a new store that would clearly define their position in the Women’s Clothing market with a higher profile location and architectural style that helped them stand out among the other tenants in the Summit community.

The new 19,000 SF store required combining three existing tenant spaces with three separate electrical, plumbing and mechanical fire protection systems into one new tenant space.  During programming, CMH realized that the most cost-effective solution to provide the tenant with their required square footage was to build a new expansion on the rear of the store to house non-public uses such as storage, alterations and visual in a lower cost area.  The new exterior façade was designed as a simple, black and white elevation that would clearly distinguish it from the other more decorative architecture at The Summit.  The hardscape façade includes large glazed areas for fashion merchandising displays including changeable rotating graphic displays within the Women’s Shoe area.


CMH Uses Innovative Fabric Design in Galleria Renovation

Birmingham, Ala. (Sept. 6, 2013) – When the owners of the Galleria explained that they wanted something “to add color and interest” throughout the interior of the cavernous skylighted structure— something of significant size that would not interfere with access to the sprinkler, HVAC, electrical, security, or lighting systems—the design challenge was set. The CMH team began brainstorming and… Continued

Saks Fifth Avenue – San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico (March 18, 2016) – This project is one of the two main anchors for The Mall of San Juan in Puerto Rico.  Strategically located in the center of the San Juan metro area, the urban site presents a number of spatial, logistical, construction and design challenges.  The buildings adjacency to the mall,… Continued

8 Cost-Effective Exterior Improvements That Will Transform Your Retail Property

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the shift from brick-and-mortar retail sales to online shopping, including the addition of contactless, curbside, and drive-thru options. The pandemic also brought with it an economic downturn, social isolation, and quarantine challenges. Experts predict consumer confidence will rebound as people enthusiastically return to a more social and interactive shopping experience.