NEW YORK CITY—Shawmut Design and Construction’s luxury retail unit was recently honored by the Association of Retail Environments with its Outstanding Merit Award for construction of the LACOSTE Fifth Avenue Flagship Store. Shawmut received the honor in the category Softline Specialty Store 3,001 to 7,500 sq. ft. in the Association’s 2012 A.R.E. Design Awards.

The design features a floating, illuminated concrete staircase in the center of the store. The staircase features polished stainless steel, low-iron star fire clear glass balustrades, inset concrete treads, illuminated metal pans and leather-wrapped hand rails.

Other key design elements include a faux crocodile upholstered wall treatment and custom chandelier fixtures. More than 1,000 sq. ft. was added to the retail floor by redesigning wall units and fixtures, and relocating an elevator. The store also features 30 LCD screens and a new sound system.

The A.R.E. Design Awards is an international competition which honors all aspects of retail design from across the globe. 2012 winning projects were located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, India, Singapore and Brazil.