ZWA has started working with Dior in what is expected to be an ongoing relationship. Our first project is a ready to wear store at the Mall of America Nordstrom. We are working with the Dior store designer in Paris, and their project manager in New York, and coordinating work with Nordstrom’s internal design and construction teams.
To kick off this program of work, we set out to build an internal team that would learn the specifics of the client and their projects, and that could grow effectively with the work. The core members of the team are two architects who have already demonstrated an ability to learn quickly and lead other team members.
My role is to establish internal processes and document standards specific to this client, and train and guide our project architects as we learn the Dior approach to design from an aesthetic and technical perspective. This includes understanding how the minimalist Dior aesthetic is built by studying Dior standard details, drawings from other Dior projects, and getting insights from the client about pain points on past projects and how to avoid them in the future.
In addition, I serve as internal QA/QC, and once construction starts I will be training our project architects on CA.
Project Information and Credits:
Firm: Zimmerman Weintraub Associates
ZWA Project Team: Pamela Howell, Team Lead; Richard Avery, Technical architect; Beth Leabru, Project Architect; Maggie Sigwalt, Project Architect; Roland Solinski, Architectural Intern
Dior Project Team: Alexander Phung, Designer; Lena Hamlin, Project Manager
Location: Bloomington, MN
Scope: New Dior ready to wear store within Nordstrom
Services: Architecture: design development, construction drawings, bidding, construction administration
Size: 750 sf
Budget: Approx. $450k for all construction & FF&E
MEP Engineer: Cartland Kraus Engineering
Project Duration: Nine months, start of design to opening