Hospitality and Retail Design Update

Some of the latest trends appeal to owners, architects, users, and budgets alike
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Sponsored by Amerlux, Doug Mockett & Company, Inc., Hawa Group Americas Inc., Inpro, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, NanaWall Systems, Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions, and Planters Unlimited
Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
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Hospitality and retail facilities continuously renew and refresh their design and operations to remain appealing to customers. Motivated by better performance, enhanced image, and operational cost savings, many owners look for features to be incorporated into their facilities that are the latest available options. Architects and designers who take advantage of the variety of building products and systems on the market can help meet owners’ business needs, incorporate innovation into their designs, and create buildings that are durable and sustainable in the long run.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP is an architect and green building consultant who has authored more than 120 continuing education and technical publications as part of a nationwide practice.

End Notes

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3“ABC, AIA & NAHB: Residential, Nonresidential Construction Growth Expected in 2016.” Building Design + Construction, 3 Nov. 2015. Web. May 2016.


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in June 2016


Hospitality and Retail Design Update
Buyer's Guide
Standard Plus: The Best Alternative to Made-to-Measure
Amerlux® Standard Plus field-customizable systems are changing the way the industry approaches linear run lengths. Standard Plus works with Amerlux Grüv® 1½-inch to 6-inch installations and snaps right into place, without adding expense or lead time. Walls and ceilings have no gaps or inconsistencies—they are just smooth and beautifully lit.
Levity Task Light – PCS55
The Levity combines flexible, directed lighting with power and USB charging, plus the ability to be stowed away. Simply pull up on the lid, and it rises automatically to 5 inches to activate two LED lights. Lift up to a maximum height of 21 inches or anywhere in between, and rotate in any direction.
Doug Mockett & Company, Inc.
For Lightweight, Stackable Sliding Glass or Wood Walls
The HAWA-Aperto for wood or glass is specially designed for lightweight partition walls that stack doors into the smallest of space, parked parallel or perpendicular.
Hawa Group Americas Inc.
PC® Heavy-Duty Wall Protection
Back-of-house areas, like loading docks, warehouses, kitchens, and storage areas, take a lot of high-impact abuse from forklifts, carts, dollies, and other wheeled traffic. IPC® Door + Wall Protection materials are specifically designed to absorb and deflect heavy impact from anything that gets thrown at them.
CITY MULTI® L-Generation VRF Systems
Save money, space, and energy with Mitsubishi Electric’s latest CITY MULTI VRF system. Reduce energy usage and save money on utility bills with an up to a 54 percent increase in system efficiency. The smaller system footprint and reduced refrigerant charge requirements provide more design and installation flexibility.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
NanaWall Opening Glass Walls
NanaWall Systems provides a wide range of opening glass walls for commercial environments that stand up to the daily commercial grind, as well as the challenges of wind, water, extreme temperatures, forced entry, impact, and structural load.
Pella® Architect Series® Monumental Hung Windows
The performance ratings (CW30 to CW50), sizes (up to 6 feet wide by 12 feet high), Class 5 balances, and triple-pane insulated glass options you need are available in historically correct wood windows.
Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions
Marek Custom Fiberglass Planters
The Marek planter modernizes any environment with its geometric appearance. They are customizable, available with illuminated toe-kicks and castors in more than two dozen colors. They are lightweight, durable, and impervious to insects and made to withstand all seasonal elements. These stylish planters are perfect for any restaurant, backyard, hotel, or office.