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Projects

Large Retail

Brunel Does It Differently

Our longer term view on profitability revolves around building enduring business relationships and repeat projects, where our competitors might be more concerned with maximizing profits on a project-to-project basis. This way of thinking leads Brunel to meet the needs of each client on each job at hand, looking beyond what is most economical or profitable for us.

Calary Co-Op Auburn Bay

Challenge

Delays and unforeseen obstacles happen in the construction business. In this instance Brunel was faced with an unusually abrupt time-crunch due to a building delay, a new design from Co-op’s corporate offices and a lack of information due to the different new design. Brunel and our expert staff met these challenges and stepped up to ensure this Co-op retail and liquor store would be ready for its opening date.

Solve

At Brunel we appreciate the value in effective communication between our company, external contractors, and the client’s needs. In this situation we worked closely with the design teams of all parties involved for an optimal result.

Since we were incorporating a new design, we had to interpret what was expected from the small amount of details provided and determine the manufacturing methods needed to achieve these expectations.

In turn, tight coordination between our ground crews and the general contractor was upheld to ensure the most efficient timelines possible. We performed to provide transparency in the entire building procedure, efficiently moving towards a completed store.

Result

  • The store was opened on time, allowing the client to stay true to their advertised date and avoid any lost sales as a result of an opening delay.
  • Client feedback was positive, they were thankful for the efficient work done, and amazed that the challenging timeline was met.
  • In the end we retained a long-standing client in Co-op who were completely satisfied, which is always the ultimate goal at Brunel.  

Brunel Does It Differently

Our longer term view on profitability revolves around building enduring business relationships and repeat projects, where our competitors might be more concerned with maximizing profits on a project-to-project basis. This way of thinking leads Brunel to meet the needs of each client on each job at hand, looking beyond what is most economical or profitable for us.

Boutique Retail

Brunel Does It Differently

We are always working under strict timelines, as the last trade to operate before a store opens. Because of this we make sure to staff each site accordingly, with as many people as necessary to guarantee a prompt install and an on-time opening date.

Our ability to adapt any design based on ideas and input from our clients in order to transform them into real world, usable retail fixtures sets us apart from the competition. Our experience is the determining factor in all our decisions, and that experience is only gained from 50 years of continually improving our practice.

Bricks Wine Company Store

Challenge

Occasionally we encounter unrealistic designs from an external contractor. Often these designs are attractive and innovative but the practical, real world usage/functionality presents a challenge. In the case of this Bricks Wine Company store, we were met with several design components that were not feasible for the client once operating in the expected retail space.

Solve

Brunel prides itself on our ability to work well with professionals in every aspect of the retail manufacturing trade. In this case we were able to make adjustments needed in the design scheme that would give the client a more efficient workflow, while still preserving the majority of the designer’s original vision.

Further, we went above and beyond to make different material recommendations where appropriate, which saved the client money while still accomplishing the visual aspects the designer was after. We aim to please our clients first and foremost at every opportunity.

Result

  • Bricks Wine Company was thrilled with the results and the project was completed on time.
  • All of the logistical design elements remained in place to the client’s satisfaction, while operationally the workspace flowed better for employees.
  • Plans to build another store with Bricks are in the development stage.

Brunel Does It Differently

We are always working under strict timelines, as the last trade to operate before a store opens. Because of this we make sure to staff each site accordingly, with as many people as necessary to guarantee a prompt install and an on-time opening date.

Our ability to adapt any design based on ideas and input from our clients in order to transform them into real world, usable retail fixtures sets us apart from the competition. Our experience is the determining factor in all our decisions, and that experience is only gained from 50 years of continually improving our practice.

Service Counters

Brunel Does It Differently

Often our design adjustments become integrated into future store layouts from the same clients. We take pride in the knowledge that our fixture designs are recognized as being built smartly and from the perspective of what will work best for our clients.

Knowing our clients’ business inside and out means we can adapt when necessary. Where others in the industry often do not have the foresight to understand their clients’ operational challenges, we have worked hard to ensure this is part of our process on every project. Our experience and knowledge in this area allows us to make proactive suggestions for how to overcome or avoid unexpected setbacks. At Brunel we see this as a key opportunity to grow and become better at what we do.

Tim Hortons - Retail Counter

Challenge

Brunel was given the unique opportunity to be involved in the planning stages of a smaller, mall food court Tim Horton’s store. The design input process began earlier than it typically would have, due to our ongoing work relationship with a respected client who understood that involving us as soon as possible would be an advantage to the process. Limitations from both a shortened timeline, strict corporate design guidelines, and restrictions on store size presented additional challenges.

Solve

We created comprehensive design drawings that the client submitted to Tim Horton’s corporate offices for approval; these effectively demonstrated the best approach for this small retail location.  We then spent time looking at the operational processes in relation to design. This proactive approach made the project proceed faster and smoother by saving any operational negotiation with Tim Horton’s designers.  

Result

  • By working tirelessly to understand the requirements and constraints of running a real world retail space, this allowed us to build in unique recommendations to support client’s day to day operations.
  • We preserved a lasting partnership with the client, by proactively getting involved early. This ensured the project went through the client’s corporate approval processes as smoothly as possible.

Brunel Does It Differently

Often our design adjustments become integrated into future store layouts from the same clients. We take pride in the knowledge that our fixture designs are recognized as being built smartly and from the perspective of what will work best for our clients.

Knowing our clients’ business inside and out means we can adapt when necessary. Where others in the industry often do not have the foresight to understand their clients’ operational challenges, we have worked hard to ensure this is part of our process on every project. Our experience and knowledge in this area allows us to make proactive suggestions for how to overcome or avoid unexpected setbacks. At Brunel we see this as a key opportunity to grow and become better at what we do.