Walmart completes work remodeling Alliance location

a sign on the side of a building: Walmart storefront

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ALLIANCE  Walmart has completed remodeling projects in its store at 2700 W. State St.

The changes offer a new look and help customers save time, said Sarah Hall, store manager, in a press release. 

“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another and our customers will immediately notice the exciting updates when they walk through the door,” she said.

Changes covered the basics: new signs, lighting and flooring throughout the store, remodeled bathrooms, new shelving and lower fixtures, and an increased number of products in the home, pets, sporting goods and hardware sections.

text: Walmart has put in place safety protocols including mask wearing and social distancing.

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Walmart has put in place safety protocols including mask wearing and social distancing.

The layout of the grocery has changed. There are new produce tables, a hot case and ready-to-go items in the new deli counter.

The electronics department now has interactive displays that allow customers to test products before making a purchase.

The store also has made changes to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It includes adjusted store hours — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. — to allow employees to clean and stock shelves. Store employees now undergo screenings and temperature checks before starting work and are required to wear masks.

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Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion completes

The expansion and renovation of the 1,435,000-sf Miami Beach Convention Center has recently completed. 

The project was designed with the goal of making Miami Beach Convention Center the most technologically-advanced center in the U.S. and to provide upgraded show needs and increase the potential for the city to market the center on an international basis. Achieving this goal involved complex renovations and replacements of virtually all the building’s electrical and mechanical operating systems. 


Miami Beach CC at duskCourtesy Fentress Architects.


The project includes a new 60,000-sf ballroom and 127,000 sf of new meeting spaces. The completed project will accommodate 500,000 sf of exhibit hall space with increased power and improved IT connectivity capacities, increased ballroom and meeting areas, and renovated back-of-house spaces. Additionally, over six acres of parking lot space has been transformed into space for a public park and landscaping and infrastructure improvements, including a tropical garden, game lawn, shaded areas, veterans plaza, pavilion, and a water feature.


Miami Beach CC ballroomCourtesy Fentress Architects.


The renovation concepts were inspired by modern designs incorporating natural elements of the ocean, beach, and underwater life. Waves, manta rays, and coral reefs were studied as part of the design process. The building envelope is designed with linear forms that create a curvilinear undulation inspired by ocean waves. The facade has hurricane resistant connections meant to withstand even the largest storms. The project was built with the future in mind by using steel construction with composite metal decks for raised floors in the case of rising sea levels. The interior design finishes emulates receding water, sea foam, and patterns relating to various typed of local coral reef.

The completed project earned LEED Silver certification.


Miami Beach CC facadePhoto: Robin HIll.

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Appleton Eagle Scout completes major UWO Fox Cities campus community garden renovation

Though it’s near the end of the growing season, a large community garden on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus is shining brightly as 15 years of overgrowth was removed and new fencing installed.

Garden beautification efforts―two years in the making―were led by Eagle Scout candidate Elijah Eisen, 17, a junior at Appleton North High School, along with support from Bill Bultman, an emeritus faculty member and Rose Marie Lewis, senior technician on the UWO Fox Cities campus.

Eisen provided much-needed tender loving care to the area and installed new fencing to keep deer and other animals at bay. The garden plots allow individuals and families in the community to grow their own food and flowers. The previous fencing was missing and broken and allowed deer to feast on the garden “like a buffet,” according to gardeners.

With various delays―not the least included the coronavirus pandemic―Eisen is happy the project has finally been completed. He says he was 14 years old when he started planning the garden updates. He had talked to Lewis, unofficial scouting coordinator on campus, about potential Eagle Scout projects.

“Since the beginning, this (Eagle Scout) was my goal,” Eisen said. “I didn’t feel I  accomplished it if I did something small. I wanted one of the biggest projects she had.”

Though Eisen wondered really how hard the project to put up an eight-foot wire fence could be, he soon learned it would take hundreds of volunteer hours digging through layers of clay―and a lot of money.

Pushing through

“I was very up front with him (Eisen) about the scope and complexity of the project, but he has proven to be a very capable and diligent scout,” said Lewis, senior laboratory prep technician at the UWO Fox Cities campus.

Lewis, herself an Eagle Scout mom,

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Unico completes renovation of Crystal Building

Unico Properties LLC has completed a $4 million renovation of 1401 S. Pearl St., a building known as the Crystal Building.

The four-story, 71,216-square-foot building includes an expansion of food hall Avanti, which has taken two floors in the building.

“Pearl Street Mall continues to be the social heartbeat of Boulder, and the Crystal Building has long been a defining landmark on the east end,” Austin Kane, vice president and regional director for Unico, said in a statement. “With the new renovations, the Crystal Building now features a more welcoming façade, seamlessly integrating into the surrounding built environment and improving the pedestrian experience. Multiple upgrades have created a blank canvas for the next era of tenants.”

The building formerly housed The Cheesecake Factory, which closed its Boulder location at the end of 2018.

Avanti operates on both the first and fourth floors, including a rooftop patio with views of the Flatirons. The new food hall and restaurant incubator features six concepts, including Quiero Arepas, Rye Society, Boychik, Pig and Tiger, Rooted Craft Kitchen and New Yorkese.

In addition to supporting the buildout of Avanti’s new space, Unico made a number of upgrades to the interior and exterior of the building. Hampton Architecture created the designs for the renovation. The interior was gutted and remodeled to accommodate the needs of office tenants.

Unico acquired the Crystal Building in 2012. The building was constructed in 1984 and renovated in 2000.

Unico, which has 1.4 million square feet under ownership and management in Boulder, is also renovating the Citizens National Bank Building at 1426 Pearl St., which is expected to be completed this year.

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Europa Hotel completes first phase of renovation programme

THE Europa Hotel has completed the first phase of an extensive renovation programme of its guest bedrooms.

The programme, which will be completed by March 2022, will see the 100 front-facing Superior bedrooms, 80 Classic bedrooms and five Suites redesigned and upgraded.

The hotel’s general manager James McGinn, said: “We are pleased to open the first two floors of eight floors of newly rejuvenated bedrooms as part of our renovation programme.

“The work, which started in September 2019, represents a significant investment by Hastings Hotels, and despite the challenging times we are all currently facing, we are committed to ensuring we continue to offer the highest of standards to our guests and will complete this phased project over the next year and a half.

“No detail has been overlooked and I am confident that our guests will love the new urban chic feel, which comes complete with bevelled mirrors and on-trend brushed brass.

“It’s a stunning new look for the world-famous Europa Hotel and we’re looking forward to checking in our guests to experience the new rooms for themselves.”

The project has been designed by RPP Architects and Interiors and Floor Design, with Graham Construction delivering the renovation programme.

Amanda Ramsey, director of Interiors and Floor Design said: “The Europa Hotel has a strong presence and character in the heart of Belfast city centre and when it came to redesigning the bedrooms, Hastings Hotels had a clear vision on the direction that should be taken. The rooms are functional, yet clever in design, with elements of glass and mirror creating a spacious feel within each bedroom.

The fabrics that have been selected pay homage to Belfast’s Linen Quarter, where the hotel is located, and the textures and earthy tones help create a restful sleeping space.

“Soft geometrics and carpet

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