Report: Samsung hires Apple store designer
San Jose, Calif. – Samsung has reportedly hired a high-level store designer from Apple. According to multiple media reports, the U.S., telecom unit of Samsung recently hired Tim Gudgel, a five-year veteran store designer at Apple, as VP and GM of retail sales operations.
Gudgel also spent six years at the Gehry Partners architecture firm. While at Apple, he was designer on a patent filing related to the curved glass roof of the Apple Store in Manhattan. Samsung does not currently have any free-standing U.S, stores, although it does have some stores-within-a-store at U.S. Best Buy locations. Neither Samsung nor Apple has made any official comment.
Schimenti completes ground up construction of two Target stores
Ridgefield, Connecticut — Schimenti Construction Company completed ground up construction of two Target department stores, in Huntington and Staten Island, N.Y. — overcoming unique challenges exacerbated by Super Storm Sandy along the way.
While the hurricane did not cause major damage at either project, it did destroy fencing, displace materials and flood excavations. Both projects experienced fuel shortages, suffered delays in material supply, and required subcontractors to set up carpools to reach the worksites.
The $33 million, 140,000-sq.-ft., Staten Island project began in May 2012, was completed in September 2013, and opened to the public in October. All site and building work for this store was completed within the tight constraints of an existing mall with active retail tenants on all sides. Schimenti relocated the existing mall electrical feed prior to breaking ground and created an underground detention pond under the parking lot. The project architect was Robert M. Lucius Architects of Minneapolis.
The 151,000-sq.-ft. Huntington Target store was constructed on an 18-acre site in twelve months, concluding in October 2013. The scope of work for this $21 million project included building a 60-by 700-ft. evergreen retaining wall, a first for Schimenti.
Over six months, the company created the wall using a pre-cast structure, which eventually will be completely overgrown by ivy. The store’s walls were made of 230 pre-cast concrete panels, enabling the company to erect the building in just 10 days. To meet final elevations, Schimenti exported 50,000 cubic yards of soil. Architect was Mulvanney G2 Architects, Seattle.
Both Target stores are LEED-certified. Schimenti has completed more than 100 projects for Target.
Rose Paving donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Bridgeview, Ill. — Rose Paving Company, a provider of complete parking lot management solutions to commercial and industrial properties nationwide, announced it raised $7,000 during its year-long, multi-event fundraising campaign benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The donation, presented to St. Jude in December, will help support the lifesaving mission of one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.
Fundraising for this special cause kicked off in February, 2013, at the BOMA (Building Owners & Management Association) Suburban Chicago show and concluded at the NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Expo in Atlanta in mid-October. Conference attendees from around the nation visited Rose Paving’s booth at various industry events and autographed a banner in support of St. Jude. Rose Paving donated $5 for each signature received and made a combined contribution of $7,000 to St. Jude.
“It was an honor and privilege to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at many high-profile conferences and expos this year. We are grateful to all the attendees who lined up to sign our banner. Because of you, we filled four banners and met our goal to obtain over 1,000 signatures,” commented Ed Campbell, president.
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude has changed the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude freely shares its research discoveries with medical communities everywhere, so one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. With a daily operating cost of $1.9 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions.