Walgreens Stockton, March Lane
This project features an all new look for Walgreens. Working as an Associate Architect for Stantec in Sonoma, Doug worked closely with Walgreens' corporate design team and the local Developer to evolve this timeless modern style, complete with a floating roof and solar shade fins. As part of the new trend in pharmacy design, the space is open and lofty, with an emphasis on wellness and preventive care to bring a new image and new services to a popular company. The polished concrete floors, exposed structure, LED lighting and thoroughly modern and clean feel make this a modern retail experience. Located
"At the Corner of Happy and Healthy", this is not your father's Walgreens.
Walgreens Alameda, Park Avenue
Originally designed and entitled as a CVS pharmacy, this project was redesigned to fulfill the requirements of Walgreens, who assumed the lease. Working as an Associate Architect with Stantec, directly for Walgreens Inc., Doug started with the schematic design by John Malick & Associates, reworked the proportions and layout and developed the authentic details to bring this neo-historic design to life. Doug created the believable illusion of an historic brick building with correct proportions and detailing while constructing it from a steel frame. Located in the heart of the retail corridor of downtown Alameda, the building sits comfortably with its truly historic neighbors, the Alameda Marketplace. As part of the public art component, the extensive exterior display windows feature old photographs of the site when it was adjacent to the historic train depot, Alameda Station.
MacDonald 80 Retail Center
Working directly for the project Developer, SPI Holdings, this urban redevelopment site of the old Montgomery Ward's in Richmond proved to be the longest and most challenging project of Doug's career. Working closely with the corporate Target Design Team and carrying the project through a tortuous Design Review process, they were ultimately able to transform a blighted area of Richmond into a thriving retail center. From relocating storm drains large enough to drive a car through and satisfying the neighboring BART officials to negotiating the eminent domain process and complying with the Richmond Streetscape redesign, this project consumed over four years of effort and perseverance. To see this run-down "gateway" parcel of the proud and independent City of Richmond become an active and productive part of the community was well worth the effort.
McDonald's across Western Canada
Working as an Associate Architect with Stantec Inc. in Sonoma, Doug was charged with redesigning over 200 McDonald's locations in Western Canada. This was not something that Doug ever thought he would do. The project and the process, however, became quite intriguing. Starting with the drawings and photos of the existing restaurants, they sketched alternative methods of bringing the "Destination 2012" design pallette to the ubiquitous red roofed and Canadian-themed buildings. The intent, and result, was a complete re-imaging of the traditional McDonald's architecture. Using 3D computer models and on-line conferencing, Doug reviewed the designs with the McDonald's Corporate Design leaders, obtained rapid approvals and kept this program moving through the process. To quote the McDonald's Director of Design; "I'm Lovin' It!"
Best Buy Power Center, Pleasant Hill
Working with the project developer, SPI Holdings, as well as directly for Best Buy, Doug re-imaged an aging Breuner's Furniture store site into a big-box power center featuring Best Buy, Office Depot and Bassett Furniture. Responsible for both the shell remodeling and interior tenant improvements, Doug overcame challenges including structural seismic deficiencies, asbestos abatement, disabled access issues and fire sprinkler upgrades to make this a vibrant and successful center. This project was also closely scrutinized by a very demanding Design Review Board, who required imported Italian blue tile in place of the standard blue stucco, and specific placement of the pylon sign visible from the freeway. Each tenant, all corporate giants, also had their individual demands ranging from the comparative height of their buildings to parking and loading requirements. Satisfying all of the diverse requirements of the various stake- holders was a huge challenge and a great reward.