1: Renovate a
post WWII outmoded shopping strip into a vibrant community shopping
center, while keeping the businesses open for existing tenants during
Our Solution: Develop a
phased construction plan and create an image for the shopping center
that reflects the personality of the neighborhood.
Chestnut Hill Reality called on Sid
Kumins, Inc. early on when they made
the decision to bring their 1948 strip shopping center into the 21st
century. And as Owner/Developer Ed Zuker knew, Kumins would not
disappoint them. "With
Kumins,” explains Zuker, “we
knew we would be working with a contractor who understands the
Collaborating with the architect Gary
Lowe, of Lowe Associates, Sid Kumins,
Inc. was able to execute the design exactly as drawn.
“We reconfigured the whole center,” says
Kumins’ Principal Rod Gilbert, “first
by tearing down the original below-grade parking garage, then filling in
that area. Next, we removed the center's original theater, tore down
several stores, and created a bigger, better parking area,” he
Kumins and the developer were very
sensitive to the needs of the current tenants. When one area of the new
center was complete, the tenants would be moved to that area so their
businesses would have minimal interruption and could stay open during
construction. The result is a building that the neighborhood is proud of. And for the
owner/developer, he has attracted stores representing the top chains in
the country and most of the existing tenants have seen an increase in
firewall, add 15,000 sq. feet to an existing 40,000, for one of the
country's larges women's apparel warehouse chains, Frugal Fannie's.
Solution: Create an
open floor environment. Then, design the construction plan around the
merchandise display and customer flow through the store.
Frugal Fannie’s has been working with Sid Kumins, Inc.
for several years in building new stores and renovating existing
properties. The work on the Framingham store was the seventh location
that the architect, JCA Associates, Sid Kumins,
Inc. and Frugal Fannie’s management have teamed up to work
This project involved a real challenge in remodeling 40,000 sq. ft. of
space and expanding the overall retail area to 55,000 sq. ft. by
adding 15,000 sq. ft. And keeping the store open during remodeling and
expansion. The new 15,000 sq. ft. was right next to the existing 40,000 sq. ft.
However, in between was a firewall. Rod Gilbert,
President of Sid Kumins, Inc. had the solution but what
he needed was the approval of the architect, the owner, and most
critical, the Town of Framingham and the Fire Marshall. His solution
was rolling fire doors installed overhead in two sections; 10'x10' and
18'x10'. The fire doors would be automatically wired with the fire
alarm so they would close in the event of a fire.
According to Orin
Doxer, owner of Frugal Fannie’s,
“Rod Gilbert really went to bat
for us with the Town in getting the approvals necessary and meeting
all fire and city codes. It looked like that firewall would be a
stumbling block to the project, Rod turned that negative into a real
positive to create the interior openness we were after.” Doxer
continued, “when working with Sid Kumins,
Inc., you also get more than what's on the blueprints.”