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Hello New “Sub-Urbanism:” Market & Design Trends Before, After, & Way Way After COVID19 Part IV?

Five Signs That Stores (Not E-Commerce) Are The Future Of Retail
Are big Box retailer going too small with new concept stores?
Survive Now, Thrive Later:  Brick-and-Mortar Retail After Coronavirus…
From dead mall to Amazon warehouse: ……
Physical Retail Isn’t Dead.  Boring Retail Is
RETAIL:  2020 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook
Post COVID-19 lockdown retail trends predictions
8 Ways the Retail Landscape May Change After Coronavirus
Expert Opinions:  Retail Predictions 2020
Reimagining stores for retail’s next normal
We’re in it Together – Identifying Who is ‘Essential’ Curing COVID-19
New trend report:  Frontier(less) Retail
What will bring consumers back to brick-and-mortar stores?
Brick and mortar’s next chapter
Why Digital Retailers Are Opening Brick-and-Mortar Stores
Why web retailers are so keen on physical stores
ICSC Keynote:  Opportunities in the Ever-Changing Retail Climate
Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings
COVID-19:  The ultimate wake-up call for bricks & mortar retail
Leaving the Nest:  One Good Tern is Closing its Doors
Where Will TJX Companies Be in 5 Years?
Cprpmavoris Changed Everything.  Except T.J. Maxx
7 retail and CPG predictions from Nielsen for 2020 and beyond
Retail 2020:  Seven Trends Impacting Brick &amp:  Mortar Retailers
Brookfield Properties Introduces Contactless Fitting Experience At Three Malls
Nancy Pollard reflects on la cuisine’s legacy
The Optics Conundrum
Why Brands are Converting to Click and Mortar
Cheap real estate sours Chuck E.’s cheese
Sterling Bay Ramping Up Industrial Development Even In The Face Of COVID-19 
2020 Retail Trends
Stability Amid Uncertainty
3 Ways Retail Can Survive the Impact of COVID-19
Expert Opinions:  Retail Predictions 2020

Despite Covid19, Gaddis Architect has completed a project for a startup business

Cynthia Cole, Ph.D. Founder of Fontanelle Academy of Early Learning had a vision for a new infant care and early childhood education facility.  One which, last fall, ran directly into a vacant plumbing warehouse on Dove Street in a lesser known semi industrial section of town.  The building, at just over 13,000 sq. ft, was spacious.  With access too public transportation, both on site and legal street parking, room for an outdoor play area, and even adjacent to a small city owned lot that had potential as a “pocket park,”  there was nothing to dislike about the site.  That is, until one was faced with bringing an old warehouse into compliance with Local Code and Childcare Regulations.

Cynthia, on a recommendation from the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, asked us, since we often work with small businesses, to carry out the conversion, i.e.,  the miracle of assimilating old and new bricks n mortar, public safety, expert advisors, skilled tradesmen, products, services, technologies, and most of all a client’s dream into an artful, safe and inspiring place for a child to be.  It is what today’s architects must do.

There were many challenges, not the least being the consequences of an unexpected pandemic.  There were delays due to, reduced access to city staff, slow delivery on products, limit hours of building material suppliers, the necessity of implementing new work safety precautions, and just plan worry about the future.  The team nevertheless persevered until now there is a badly needed, lovely new childcare facility in Alexandria just in time for the “Phase 3” business reopening in Virginia.   It is encouraging news at a time when positive outcomes are in short supply.

The team members:
Ralph Badette
Cayes, LLC

Rich Curry
BC Engineers

Randy Granzow, PE