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Verizon seeks LEED certification for new store

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Verizon Wireless’s first store to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for commercial interiors recently opened for business, in the Eastridge Mall Shopping Center in Casper, Wyo.

Gruskin Group, Springfield, N.J., developed Verizon Wireless’ latest store design and adapted the prototype to existing retail tenant space in Caster to create a model for green commercial interiors.

Specifically, Gruskin Group worked with Verizon Wireless’s internal corporate design team, as well as Paladino and Co., the team’s sustainability consultant, to design the store with the goal of achieving a LEED Gold rating.

“We evaluated every material that went into the prototype, lighting design, mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing fixtures, construction process, as well as the sourcing of all building materials, with the goal of developing a dynamic retail environment that reduces its impact on the environment,” explained Kenneth A. Gruskin, principal and founder of Gruskin Group. “Our intent was to demonstrate that ‘green’ stores could be built without significantly increasing the cost of the project, or impacting the customer experience or look and feel of the Verizon Wireless brand.”

The Casper store offers customers a hands-on experiential shopping environment where they can sample cutting edge voice, data, music and video technology.

The store is not only expected to be certified as the first LEED-certified retail store in Casper, it will be one of only six LEED-certified projects in Wyoming. Among its key environmentally conscious features are water and lighting power savings; the diversion of construction waste from landfills; Verizon Wireless’ longtime “Hopeline” program which recycles unwanted wireless phones and equipment and reduces e-waste from entering landfills; recycled content in building materials; regionally manufactured materials; use of Energy Star equipment and appliances; improved indoor air quality due to reduced VOC paints, as well as “green” cleaning products, carpeting and systems furniture, and a green education program conducted by Verizon Wireless.

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Office Depot announces availability of Windows 7

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BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced the retail chain will offer Windows 7. Customers will be able to purchase the highly anticipated software at any one of the Office Depot retail store nationwide or online at www.officedepot.com/windows7.

Customers who currently own a PC can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium for only $119.99 or Windows 7 Professional for only $199.99. To help customers select the suitable software, Office Depot store associates have undergone Windows 7 training.

As part of the Windows 7 launch, Office Depot are offering their customers deals such as free installation until Jan. 2; over $1,000 worth of software after instant, mail-in and/or upgrade savings when purchased with any Windows 7 or Microsoft Office software, valid until Dec. 26; a coupon book with over $300 in storewide savings when a customer purchases Windows 7 valid until Nov. 21; and free online tutorials to help customers get started using Windows 7

Office Depot’s Tech Depot Services is offering support for Windows 7 customers such as Windows 7 data backup service; Windows 7 optimization and protection services, priced at $59.99; and personalized, 1-on-1 Windows 7 tech support for 90 days, including 1,500 how-to tutorials to help guide you through Windows 7, available 24/7 and priced at $59.99.

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Target gets ready for Carlos Falchi

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MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. Target is partnering with designer Carlos Falchi to launch a limited-edition handbag collection, Carlos Falchi for Target.

This collection is the ninth handbag launch in a series of limited-time-only accessories at Target. The Carlos Falchi for Target collection will be available at most Target stores nationwide and at Target.com beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 27.

The Carlos Falchi for Target collection features the designer’s combinations of color, pattern and texture in deep hues and jewel-tones on signature silhouettes.  The line also includes hobos, satchels, shoulder and messenger bags in shades of plum, teal, brown, black and gray with interior compartments and everyday-sized pockets.  The collection features Falchi’s collage techniques and python-inspired solid prints finished with stitch detailing.  The Carlos Falchi for Target collection ranges in price from $19.99 to $49.99.

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