Extreme Retail Makeover and Revitalization
A former Sears store in the Rideau Centre in Ottawa received a facade restoration, transforming it into a very upbeat Nordstrom location making it the new anchor store for the shopping center. Located directly between Canada’s national capital buildings and along the Rideau Canal, the entire Rideau Centre went through a $360 million dollar modernization and expansion, turning the site into a premier shopping destination for tourists and locals alike.
CallisonRTKL combines the legacy of two great design practices into an even stronger, more distinct voice that is characterized by the strength of their ideas and the passion of their people to make the world a better place. Since 1975, CallisonRTKL’s collaborative relationship with Nordstrom has delivered distinct shopping experiences in more than 250 new and remodeled stores. The designs for Nordstrom have won numerous awards from VMSD, Chain Store Age, A.R.E. and others.
For this project, an internationally renowned Seattle, WA architect was looking to achieve an extreme facade makeover for a large retail location on a heavily trafficked street in Ottawa, ON. The challenge was to find a facade system that would withstand harsh thermal cycles yet have the ability to meet the projects elaborate design specifications including: multiple panel colors & textures, offset joints, and miters of 90 & 136 degrees. It also required a collaborative team with the ability to coordinate shipment and installation of this multi-story project without shutting down the busy thoroughfare. Elemex provided the solution.