Stories on An Unlikely Story

September 30, 2015
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With a vision to breathe new life into their adopted hometown of Plainville, Massachusetts, author Jeff Kinney – of the popular Wimpy Kid series – and his wife Julie purchased an abandoned commercial property. Big ambitions and a goal to connect people to their neighbors, their community, and the world through literature led the Kinney’s to revive and re-invent the model of the local bookstore. Just a few months after its opening, the building at … [Read More]

Green Building Focus in ARE’s Retail Environments

September 11, 2015
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A recent Bergmeyer project epitomizes environmental and social responsibility. Designed for Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid books, and his wife, Julie, the project has had a significant impact on the community and the local economy.

Historic Symbol

The Kinneys purchased a long-abandoned historic building in their small Massachusetts hometown of Plainville, planning to restore it. Their intended new use for what had once been a general store was a civic center to reinvigorate … [Read More]

New Study on the Energy Use of Big Box Retail Stores

September 8, 2015
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As a signatory to the 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment, Bergmeyer is always seeking ways to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of our projects.

We believed there were opportunities to reduce the energy consumption of a client’s big box stores to save on operating costs. From its early days as a home-based business more than 50 years ago, the company had grown into a national retailer with a portfolio of 65 … [Read More]