Restoration Hardware transforms landmark building to RH gallery/store
Corte Madera, Calif. – RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings) has opened RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office, in Greenwich, Connecticut. After years of planning and preservation to honor its singular place in the town’s cultural landscape, the building’s exterior has been completely restored, while the interior has been reimagined and a second story conservatory and rooftop park has been added.
The loading dock that fronted Greenwich Avenue has been transformed into a beautiful garden courtyard and grand entrance. The new space will serve as an architectural canvas for artistic installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting. Encompassing nearly 23,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, the gallery was imagined to inspire new and evolving ways to design a home.
“Great architecture is at the core of our design ethos,” says RH Chairman and CEO, Gary Friedman. “Our vision is to reclaim and restore the building’s original design, and then reimagine the space, making it once again relevant and inspiring to the community.”
The transformation marks Friedman’s continued collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger.
Upon arrival, customers will encounter the landmark’s distinctive radiating plan. Its main facade is defined by a sweeping concave arch, decorative balustrade and a classical loggia, supported by six grand 19-ft. limestone columns topped by hand-carved Corinthian capitals. As they pass through the stately main entrance complete with five sets of French doors, they will see the loggia’s three original pendants of glass and cast iron suspended overhead – each of which has been fully restored.
Visitors will ascend a grand double staircase with custom-designed iron handrails. Nine oversized birdcage chandeliers suspended by weathered rope and natural light emanating from a skylight soaring nearly 40 ft. above will illuminate the way.
42,000 hires in Walmart’s first year of veterans commitment
During the first year of Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company hired more than 42,000 veterans. The commitment, launched last Memorial Day, guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty. Walmart projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in five years.
The Walmart Foundation also announced it is doubling down on its commitment to veterans by pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs. In 2011, the Walmart Foundation pledged $20 million through 2015 to help veterans and their families get through those challenges with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition support and education. It met that goal one year early.
“We have a generation of veterans who have built a legacy of incredible service and sacrifice to our nation,” said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO and U.S. Navy veteran. “We have hired veterans at every career stage and in every part of our company, from stores and distribution centers to the home office and Walmart.com. Veterans bring invaluable skills including leadership, commitment and hard work, which make our workforce even stronger.”
Walmart provides a great opportunity for veterans to transition from military to civilian life,” said Casey Mormen, an army veteran who was hired in Jan., at the Warren, Mich., store. “People don’t realize how hard it is for veterans to find employment, and I received a call almost immediately after applying. I started as a fitting room associate and have already been promoted to a department manager. I truly believe that you can go as far as your hard work will take you at Walmart, and the leadership team supports you along the way.”
Cone Communications launches social return analysis tool
Boston – Cone Communications has launched its new social impact tool to help companies assess, communicate and prove their progress against addressing critical social issues. The Cone Social Return Assessment is a proprietary, diagnostic tool that uncovers gaps and opportunities within three elements critical to a company’s successful program: awareness, engagement and impact, and provides a plan to optimize its business and social return.
The Cone Social Return Assessment was developed based on a combination of best-in-class standards, Cone’s social impact strategies and its proprietary research.
"Our research shows consumers are increasingly demanding proof that companies are creating viable solutions and achieving substantial results from their social impact commitments. Most companies are implementing programs in the marketplace, yet there is a growing need for companies to better gauge the impacts of those programs," says Rich Maiore, senior VP of social impact at Cone Communications. "Cone’s Social Return Assessment will enable companies to assess their efforts, course correct to deliver greater effectiveness and efficiencies and communicate results to all stakeholders."