To many of the judges, executing this project alone deserved a distinguished nod. Department stores have fallen short of creating new and innovative designs for their mammoth buildings, so judges are hoping that Cooper Carry & Associates' design of Macy's Orlando store will give developers something to strive for. The exterior of this three-story building is highlighted by broad horizontal bands and niches, golden metal panels, glass and a storefront framing system that enhances the geometrical shape. Large oak trees ring the site, and plant-filled pedestrian zones provide warm entries. “This was well-detailed, a stellar example of what this type of department store can give as a visual,” says James Ryan of JPRA Architects.

Project Name: Macy's

Location: Orlando, Fla.

Square Footage: 275,000

Architect: Cooper Carry, Atlanta

Client: Macy's/Federated Department Stores

Construction Cost: $13.5 million

Credits

Contractor: Harrell Construction

Structural: Uzun & Case Engineers

Mall Architect: JPRA Architects

MEP/FP: Barrett Woodyard & Associates

Interior Architect: Pavlik Design Team

Lighting: The Lighting Practice

Landscape & Irrigation: Budd Landscaping

Masonry & Tile Installation: Masonry Arts

EIFS System: Proformance Plastering

Signage: Universal Signs

Resteel: Southwestern Suppliers

Curtainwall: Architectural Glass

Roof System: Nu-Tec Roofing

Concrete: Florida Rock