1149 East Restaurant
Following the success of their collaboration on the 1149 Restaurant in Warwick, RI, The Food Group commissioned RGB to design their new restaurant in Seekonk.
1149 East is a modern design composition of horizontal elements bisected by a dramatic vertical shale stone wall. It incorporates a wealth of traditional materials, such as stacked stone, bronze framed windows and stucco to give it a warm and inviting feel; critical to their mission of casual elegance.
Inside, patrons are greeted by a shimmery glass tile mosaic wall, flanked by back lit floor to ceiling wine cabinets rendered in a rich walnut. A dramatic amber colored chandelier appears to float overhead.
Midnight blue booths, cobalt shaded pendant light fixtures, dark chocolate ceilings and a limestone tile wall set the tone for the dining experience. A quartz stone bar sits beneath a softly glowing light box with panels of seagrass, trimmed in dark walnut.
Preston Lifestyle Center
RGB, serving as design architect on a team of a Massachussetts-based commercial retail developer provided schematic designs to transform an abandoned brownfield site of a former state-owned hospital into a prosperous high-end mixed use development.
The plan called for replacing 54 dilapidated structures on the 420-acre site along the Thames River in Preston, CT with a mix of 1,350 residences in a seven New England villlage-style neighborhoods, a pair of hotels, offices and retail shops. The project also addressed pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow patterns.
Fruit and Produce Mixed Use Development
RGB was commissioned to design a new mixed use development at the Historic Farmer’s Market site in Providence Rhode Island.
The development is made up of 100,000 square feet of retail space at street level, a 350 bed hotel housed in a 9 story tower at the west end of the site and 100,000 square feet of office space located in a 6 story tower located at the east end of the site. Parking for the retail component is developed at street level paralleling the storefronts. Hotel and office parking is integrated inside the primary building design with a additional parking located in a 4 story enclosed parking garage located at the eastern most edge of the development .
With its proximity to Interstate 95 and the Route 10 – Route 6 interchange, the buildings form is inherently responsive to commuting motorists with dynamic and interchangeable large scale signage and way finding. Linear strip windows and the simple implementation of Brick, Metal and Glass allow the building to fit into its context in downtown Providence and at the same time add a contemporary flare to the city’s skyline.
Puerto Rico Mixed Use Development
RGB was commissioned to design and prepare planning and renderings for a mixed use development.
The proposed development consists of 300,000 s.f. of retail, 26,000 s.f. of residential condominiums and 630,000 s.f. of residential high rise, along with a 350 - bed hotel and conference center and 900,000 s.f. of office space.
The property makes up approx 18 acres of developable land and fulfills the need area within the island limits. This half billion dollar development is currently going through planning and is expected to break ground in Summer of 2010.
Its architecture is captured by various elements of the surrounding context but separates itself from other mixed use by its use of materials and relationship of the pedestrian and vehicular movements. This planned development also takes into consideration spaces which involve pedestrian resting areas and meeting places as well as bus stop off places.
This modern lifestyle center also utilizes office components and towers as elements which will retain commercial and retail clients alike.
Canopy covered walkways and a centrally located common with a shingle styled gazebo, sets this user friendly community shopping center, with attractive landscaping and dramatic lighting, apart from the competition.
Located in Smithfield, RI, this $50M project boasts such retailers as the Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, American Outfitter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes and Noble, Michael’s, Staples, Famous Footwear, Panera Bread, amongst others.
Incorporating a wealth of rich materials, including stacked stone base, traditional wood framed columns, and period light fixtures, each unique retail design blends seamlessly into the pedestrian friendly New England styled streetscape.
Situated on a prominent crossroads in the burgeoning town of Westerly, along the picturesque coast of Rhode Island is the 161,000 square foot community center called Westerly Crossing.
Residential scaled windows and roof lines set into concise volumes of brick and stone are enhanced by classic steel and glass canopies combine with turn of the century light fixtures to create a pleasant retail main street.
Piazza’s lined with park benches, paved in brick and surrounded by local flora act as way points for the patrons along their path.
Shaws Worcester (LEED Certified)
RGB has completed it’s first LEED Certified building by incorporating several environmental features in the project design. Shaw’s Worcester Superstore has become LEED Certified with 26 points approved by the U.S. Green Building Council.
• Completed January 2005
• Projected water savings of 112,000 gallons per year
• Energy savings of approx. $41,500.00 per year
• 4,730 tons of construction debris was diverted from landfills
• Over 80% of materials were of high recycled content
• Over 80% of the materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project, saving on trucking and associated fuel costs
• A carbon dioxide monitoring system tied into the sales floor HVAC units helps operate the equipment more efficiently and ensures healthy indoor air quality for building occupants.
Garden City Shopping Center
The renovated and modernized Garden City Shopping Center in Cranston boasts prominent national retailers including Williams Sonoma, Crabtree & Evelyn, Laura Ashley, Borders Book Store and The Gap.
Since the renovation of Rhode Island’s premier upscale outdoor shopping center, Garden City has often been named “Best Shopping Mall in Rhode Island” by Rhode Island Monthly magazine.
RGB developed the prototype for the renovations of shopping centers.
RGB has designed numerous CVS stores for various clients including in Barrington RI, Westerly RI, Burrillville RI and downtown Providence.
With over 1,000,000 SF of retail and commercial design experience, we work closely with our clients to successfully develop stand alone and strip mall developments throughout New England.
From individual sites to national developments, our Retail Design Group offers a complete range of architectural, engineering and interior design services.