One year from meet-and-greet to opening the doors of 200,000 m2 retail space. A great challenge for SYNRG project managers. 11 Hudson’s Bay department stores, 2 Saks of Fifth stores, 2 Topshop stores. Including 10 La Place stores with whitebox integration, 500 shop-in-shops and 10 Purepoint sanitary facilities.
SYNRG managed construction site logistics, juggled complexity of customized build and dynamics of inner-city construction. We exceeded deadlines, opening all stores in less than a year.
Often one city store was divided across multiple buildings. And each building provided a unique set of challenges. These ranged from different facade structures, various monumental statuses and, in some cases, the battling environmentally hazardous upholstery. The construction was characterized by a wide range of building materials used, location specific customization, construction quality and maintenance.
Collaboration was across borders, companies, and cultures. We worked closely with the English architects; designed with Canadian head office requirements; while our Belgian branch managed budgets, quality, and lead time; and our German branch led the purchasing.