Watch Now: ULI Case Study of North Hills by ci design

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently completed a case study of North Hills, a 2 million sf mixed-use development located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The case study highlights our team's experience with the planning and architectural design of the project and its impact on the downtown area.

An excerpt from the case study reads:

A staid 1960s mall and its surroundings have been transformed into a $1 billion, 94-acre urban destination—located on two major parcels separated by an arterial street—for one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. At North Hills, a finely balanced mix of uses surrounds parks, plazas, and walkable streets. In all, visitors will find 988,500 square feet of lifestyle and convenience retail, dining, and entertainment uses; 1,056,000 square feet of office space; 920 residential units; and 366 hotel rooms. The arrangement of uses—both vertically and horizontally—allows boutiques and fine dining to coexist at North Hills with parking garages, office space, and large-format retailers. In 1999, local developer Kane Realty began the project by repositioning a modest retail strip and then demolishing the mall and assembling adjacent parcels for redevelopment. In the years since, the project scope has steadily evolved to encompass a broad, long-term vision of a 24-hour, high-rise urban district.

For more information about North Hills, view the ULI case study video or visit

Keene State College's "The First-Person Project" with Izabela Kennedy by ci design

ci design would like to congratulate our very own Izabela Kennedy for her feature in Keene State College's "The First-Person Project". This special issue of the Keene State Today magazine highlights 25 of the college's graduates as told in first person perspectives.

In the article, Ms. Kennedy describes her journey into the world of architecture, discussing her decision to join the profession, her passion for design, and her commitment to her work and projects at ci design.

"Architecture, to me, is a noble field where we strive toward efficient and meaningful designs and the hope somewhere along the way our efforts will influence future generations. Architecture is often called a “labor of love” – for me I could not agree more with this statement as I love what I am doing, " writes Ms. Kennedy.

You can read Ms. Kennedy's full feature on the Keene State Today magazine website. 

WoodSpring Suites Breaks Ground at First Location in Northeast Region by ci design

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We are pleased to announce the commencement of construction at WoodSpring Suites Signature Hotel in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. ci design is currently serving as architect for the brand’s inaugural hotel in the Northeast region.

WoodSpring Hotels is the nation’s fastest growing extended-stay hotel company with two brands and nearly 200 hotels across the country. The new four-story, 48,600 square foot extended-stay hotel will boast the chain’s “Signature” brand designation, offering premium amenities and features. Located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, the Cranberry hotel marks the first WoodSpring Suites location in the state.

"It’s been a pleasure working with the WoodSpring Suites team on this flagship project in the Northeast. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the future and assisting in their expansion goals,” stated Project Manager Keirsten Deegan, AIA

ci design is currently providing design services for additional WoodSpring Suites locations throughout the United States. You can learn more about our hospitality experience here.

Renderings of WoodSpring Signature Suites in Cranberry, PA

Renderings of WoodSpring Signature Suites in Cranberry, PA