How Can Design Accomodate Public Transportation in the Suburbs? by ci design

In a recent issue of the New England Real Estate Journal, ci design Vice President and Principal Rich Rankin answers the Question of the Month: How can design accommodate public transportation in the suburbs?

Mr. Rankin turns to the 4 million s/f, transit-oriented community of Metropica in Sunrise, FL as a current example, for which ci design is serving as master site planner and architect for the commercial portion of the project.

"We as architects and designers previously planned primarily around the automobile from a transportation and site circulation aspect. Those of us who work to create these transit-oriented mixed-use environments have learned we must accommodate a different essential aspect: convenient, efficient, environmentally friendly public transportation, " explains Mr. Rankin.

Citing the current demographic trends of millenials favoring urbanization, and a growing dependency on public transportation, Mr. Rankin believes that Metropica is set to become a benchmarck for future mixed-use developments.

Mr. Rankin continues:

"The goal of Metropica is to create an urban core for Sunrise incorporating high-rise residential towers, office space, retail and hotels, while linking to the more suburban style shopping, office parks and arena nearby. The key to all: public transportation, both within Metropica and throughout Western Broward County."

To read the full story, access the article online. For more information about Metropica, visit our portfolio.


Ellsworth Place: "Renewing an Industry Pioneer" by ci design

Ellsworth Place

This month, our work on the redevelopment and rebranding of Ellsworth Place in Silver Spring, Maryland can be found in the Shopping Center Business magazine. 

"From urban retail pioneer to after-thought and back again to vibrant community cornerstone: Such will be the story of  Ellsworth Place, the reconception of City Place Mall in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, when it celebrates a grand reopening this fall," writes ci design President John H. Larsen.

ci design is currently leading the renovation and design of the 350,000 s/f shopping mall, owned by a joint venture of Petrie Richardson Ventures and RockWood Capital. 

"[Our] role was to reconfigure the center to draw shoppers to anchors on multiple levels, renovate a well-kept but dated interior, and create more activity on the street-level exterior," explains Larsen.

To read the full story on the Ellsworth Place project, access the article online. To learn more about Ellsworth Place, visit our portfolio

Tysons Galleria Center Court Renovations Featured on Signs of the Times Magazine by ci design

Our recent renovation at the Tyson's Galleria in McLean, Virginia was featured on the cover of the Mid-March Signs of the Times magazine.

The internally-lit elevator enclosure, located in the mall's center court, includes an integrated LED display for advertising. The feature was designed to complement the three-level shopping center's upscale tenants and premier luxury shops for owner General Growth Properties. 

The accompanying feature article, Making a Fashionable Impression, describes ci design Principal Chris Bauer's role in designing the concept behind this installation, and the coordination with Daktronics and AdVice to complete fabrication.