KTGY Principal Simon Perkowitz, AIA Presents “What Should I Do With My Vacant Big Box” at 2017 ICSC CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale, AZ

Real Estate Rama

November 13, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. – (RealEstateRama) — International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Simon Perkowitz, AIA, PE, a principal in the firm’s Retail Studio, has been invited to participate as a roundtable facilitator at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) CenterBuild Conference held from November 28, 2017 – December 1, 2017, at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Perkowitz will present “What Should I Do With My Vacant Big Box,” on Thursday, November 30, at 12 noon, as part of the lunch roundtable program. The CenterBuild Conference is the industry’s premier retail design and construction conference.

“What to do with a vacant big box, especially a multi-story one, is a very complex question and there are many paths that lead to failure and very few that lead to success,” said Perkowitz. “Do you tear down the building and build something from the ground up or repurpose it to give it a new life? Do you divide up the retail space to accommodate multiple tenants or push out beyond the walls to create a multi-use environment that might include residential, hotel, shopping, dining and/or office uses? What do you do if the building has a basement?”

According to Perkowitz, there are many important factors that need to be considered when making the decision to tear down the building or reuse it including zoning, building codes, visibility, customer entrances, signage, fire and vehicular access, vertical transportation, loading conditions, tenant access, utility service, trash and recycling programs and parking requirements. “Seamless integration and unity with surrounding developments are key considerations as is walkability, which is crucial to developing a sense of place. How you blend the architectural aesthetic, signage and branding to respond to both the community and the developer’s vision are also important considerations.”

Perkowitz notes that his lively roundtable will also focus on how to effectively identify the creative options for the property, make the best choice for achieving the highest rate of return and execute the plan.

Brandon Wernli, director of production in KTGY’s Retail Studio, will also be presenting a roundtable, “Building in a Material World,” which will be held on Thursday, November 30, at 12 noon, as part of ICSC CenterBuild Conference’s luncheon roundtable program.

Perkowitz’s experience includes every facet of retail architecture — from master planning and entitlements to design of ground-up commercial projects, retail tenant buildings, vertical mixed-use development and various repositioning projects. Perkowitz is dedicated to creating vibrant places that enhance the community and achieve the goals of its stakeholders. With over 40 years of design experience, Perkowitz’ comprehensive knowledge and industry-wide expertise have been invaluable to the successful planning and design of thousands of built projects on behalf of numerous clients. In addition to his work in the architectural profession, Perkowitz served as a member of the City of Palos Verdes Estates’ Planning Commission for 11 years having chaired the commission for six years. He has also provided services to the legal community appearing as an expert witness to support litigation on design and construction related matters.