Buildrite Construction recently completed building DSW’s latest shoe store location at Merchant’s Walk shopping center just north of Atlanta, Georgia, between Marietta and Roswell. Buildrite built the “white box” or “shell” for the property landlord, preparing it for DSW to finish. This shell included a new storefront entrance, rear loading dock, new sprinkler and fire alarm, new electrical service, new HVAC and back-of-house restrooms, offices and stockroom. Buildrite had a very tight timeline to deliver for DSW’s store opening and Buildrite met the schedule with time to spare. The storefront was the biggest challenge since it spans 60’. The store opening is supported by seven structural steel columns and a horizontal beam. The building required all new structural steel set from the inside. Additional challenges for the project included the front of the building being open for five weeks during winter construction, requiring large propane heaters running to keep pipes from freezing and bursting.
DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) is a retail shoe store with more than 500 locations in 44 states (and DSW Inc is a public company and offers additional international stores as well as an active e-commerce site). DSW opened its first store in Dublin, Ohio, in 1991 and has continuously grown since then. It is a leader in footwear and accessories, selling many brands and products from tennis shoes to high heals to boots, serving both men and women, as well as offering scarves, handbags and other accessories.
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