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PHOTOS BY MARK STEELE. WAlMArt to go, bentonville, arkansas APi(+), tampa, florida The canopy covering the gas filling area is branded with the Walmart logo, as is the store that is reached via a covered walkway. The Association for Retail Environments has honored api(+)'s prototype design for Walmart To Go with a gold award in the convenience store category. Walmart To Go is the giant retailer's first small format convenience store and it is now open near the company's Arkansas headquarters. The basic program required eight fuel pumps, 5,129 square feet of store space, striking curb appeal, a signature identity, costeffective construction and a design that compels gas buyers to shop the store. florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | summer 2015 The site has limited access from the busy intersection where it is located and site constraints limited the number of fuel pumps and store square footage. Angled siting proved the best design solution for vehicular flow, pump and building placement and maximum visibility for the project. Walmart To Go was designed as a juxtaposition of planes supported on eye-catching elements that motivate customers from the fuel stations to the shopping area. The new prototype features angled columns supporting wafer-thin canopies. Illuminated exterior branding expresses Walmart's signature logo in the form of splayed "W" columns and logo sparks on the underside of the canopy. An expansive glass storefront offers views of the interior where displays focus on fresh and traditional grocery items, popular convenience store items, polished concrete floors and exposed finishes that create an urban loft theme. To an audience familiar with Walmart megastores, the new minimalist prototype is contemporary and inviting. ■ 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2015

President’s Perspective
Editorial
Legislative Update
My Perspective: The AIA Florida Citizen Architect-in-Residence Program
Mark Hampton, FAIA
South American Restaurants’ Headquarters
Blue Dog Holler
Center for Architecture Sarasota
Walmart to Go
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals/ Patrick Thorpe, Assoc. AIA
Books
Work-in-Progress
Advertisers Index

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