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RetailDesignPartners, ltd.: services

roll-out implementation

simply put: give us your best example set of drawings, the landlord contacts for your site, and the possession date- we can start from there. we regard this relationship as one that is purely transactional, and we are here to help. our staff has proven expertise in all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. we have performed work in some of the most difficult municipalities in which to get permitted. we won't be "another cook in the kitchen". we will be advisors, but we do realize your time is valuable. we have the capacity to:

-work with national permit processor contacts
-work effectively with your design and construction management teams
-understand and maximize DOB turnaround times
-survey the site
-perform space plan test fits
-effectively work with a team of consultants, including MEP, lighting, structural, site civil, land-use legal counsel, your storefront vendor, your millwork vendor, etc.
-upon your final review and approval, generate drawing deliverables for DOB/LL submission, bid, construction, etc.
-construction administration
(note: upon complete example drawings set/design package, site survey, and approved final space plan, it may be possible to get submittals into the DOB in 3-4 weeks, minimum depending on project type)

high-end residential, hospitality design and implementation

although we are primarily retail-oriented, through RDP's Residential and Hospitality Studio, we have the design expertise to identify opportunities and maximize them to enable a residence, entertainment/athletic/health club facility, restaurant, spa, or hotel to become a destination. we don't design ephemeral 'theatrical' spaces; we design spaces that convey character, whose designs endure. we have the capacity to:

-thoroughly evaluate existing facilities
-identify and understand targeted end-users of a space or facility that will determine how it is to be branded
-create a unique environment that will enable a space to be a lasting experience for visiting or permanent occupants
-create a space like no other, whose design success will be quantifiable, be it in terms of resale value, consumer loyalty, increase in membership, or occupancy

corporate interiors

we understand that work is important. where you work can make all the difference in the world in terms of quality of life, and it can also define the difference between activity and productivity. leveraging our retail and hospitality experience, we have the design expertise to identify opportunities and maximize them to enable any office, any workspace, to become a dynamic place for collaboration and productivity. we design spaces that convey the brand identity of the organization of the occupants, and also reflect the culture of how those persons do business. we are extremely adept at making these spaces highly functional for occupants, considering amenities and everyday facilities that most firms only think about during punchlist time. we have the capacity to:

-thoroughly evaluate existing facilities and proposed budget
-identify and understand day-to-day functions of occupants and how they receive clients
-create a unique environment that will convey the culture of that organization
-create an office that fosters creativity, encourages efficiency and productivity, and can be place to spend extended time as needed, in order to be at a place of comfort, while getting the job done

existing facilities management/brand refresh

we will work with you to assess your current concept, and integrate it into your existing store facilities and sites. we have the capacity to:

-work effectively with your design and construction teams
-take as-builts of your existing store and perform DOB analysis as applicable
-work with your landlord
-work with local municipalities as needed
-develop the documents to enable the appropriate refurbishment/refresh of a site as needed
-work with your vendors to make this happen

owner's representation/construction/project management

our staff is adept at facilitating the management of a construction/development project.  we have the capacity to setup directories, establish conduits of communication, establish decision trees and critical paths, and all tools necessary to keep the "eye on the ball" throughout the project.  we work with microsoft project and heavily in excel.  we can also monitor for deliverable dates, monitor permit times, review contracts and bids, level bids, assist with awarding contracts, and perform construction administration.  we will also host teleconferencing as needed, with weekly call-in job numbers.  we also have the capacity to work with your outside third-party vendors, to assist in FFE procurement, as well as QA/QC other architects work, under your employ.

expediting/national permit processing

our lead associate in expediting has over 25 years of experience working with the NY DOB.  our department is highly adept in the new ABAT program offered by NY DOB, to accelerate the permitting process for new restaurant and new retail tenants.  from changes in C of O, to new Alt 1 and Alt 2's, we are a resource and a powerful and effective asset at your employ.  nationally RDP is teamed up with a national expeditor who is highly experienced in submitting for permit in all 50 states and the US Virgin Islands.  they have relationships with local municipalities, and are incredibly knowledgeable about each of the varying protocols with each municipality.  building codes may be the same across several states in a region, but even within several counties or cities within a single state, there are nuanced differences in code interpretation that may create delays, if unforeseen.  our lead permitting associate and department works hand-in-hand with our national expeditor to alleviate such delays.

photo-realistic 3D rendering

our rendering team excels at creating photo-realistic 3D presentations of concepts, to help in visualizing an idea, or a plan, or even a concept that needs to be grounded in the reality of an actual live space. we can produce the tools that you need, to sell an idea to your internal design teams, to attract capital, or even to address a municipality. we incorporate photography of surrounding context, as well as insert photos of people, or rendered products, to give a sense of scale and visual merchandising.

private equity capital offering documents exhibit

we are partnered with a private capital equity strategy group, who will advise on structuring, advise on business plans, offering documents, and will assemble documents relative to offering memoranda. RDP works hand-in-hand in creating concepts, photo-realistic 3D renderings, naming, graphics, and other collateral which helps to support an offering document. exhibits may serve as attachments to PPM, and help to successfully present your concept to sources of private equity capital.

CapEx strategization

we will work with your development teams to configure an implementation strategy, and make recommendations for a successful regional or national implementation of your brand's identity through its built retail presence. we have the capacity to: -assist your real estate teams in providing test fits for a potential space -review leases for potential tenant improvement issues -assist in due diligence -recommend construction management structures and sequences that would best fit your needs


we have proven expertise in finding opportunities within a brand, that can be maximized to enhance that brand's presence. for us, this relationship between you and our firm is one that is transformational- we will creatively work with you in understanding the retail culture that you hold valuable. we will imbibe our design expertise with your brand's ideals, to convey this product into the language of the drawings and documents that make this a tangible reality. in this case, we are another "cook in the kitchen", but doing so in the understanding that this kitchen is YOUR kitchen, and we have the capacity to:

-be effective listeners, with the attention span that our clients find is lacking in large corporate design firms
-synthesize your brand's history and hidden opportunities
-convey into drawings, not just abstract concepts
-deliver instruments that can be conveyed into the field
-identify early on the iterations that it should take to get yours and our team there

use of these assets as needed

we will endeavor to do what it takes to deliver your project. included in the list of services above, our extensive use of:

-autoCAD (all of our principals have used autoCAD since 1988, and continue to do so)
-microsoft project (or we can PDF it to anyone who does not have this application)
-both mac and PC platforms (we are adept in both, and our office is run on both platforms)
-microsoft outlook, word, excel
-GoToMeeting (for when faxes and emails are not enough)
-hand drafting (in the field, or if the power goes out- we will move your project forward as needed)
-secure FTP distribution of drawings (bid, set for construction, etc.)
-our entire office is iPhone and blackberry enabled

provide a boutique firm service, with a corporate set of tools

frankly put, we are artists, architects, and designers. but first and foremost, we are service providers. with all of the services listed above, included is listed below:

-we will maximize relationships between your real estate and design teams, your vendors and general contractors, municipalities, and your landlord, etc. as needed to deliver a project
-we will be effective listeners
-we will not give you low-billable junior staff that in the end adds time and money- everyone you are getting to work with you on your project is our "A team"
-we will endeavor to understand that your time is valuable- no matter what discipline is involved, we will get the job done, and be respectful of all teams involved, in ways that large corporate firms cannot