LDG Retail Team: Reflections on ICSC+Centerbuild

LDG Retail Architecture Directors from across the country attended the recent ICSC+Centerbuild event to collaborate, foster relationships, further learning and development, and share expertise.

This year’s program, the 40th anniversary of the retail and real estate professionals-focused event, included a variety of seminars, ideation labs, and roundtables to provide attendees with opportunities to connect and share ideas. The event also offered several get together activities for more casual networking such as golf, walks, and yoga.

Below, the LDG team shares what had the most impact on them at this year’s event:

David Balzer: ICSC+Centerbuild is an all-around great event and I thought the programming was well done, from engaging keynotes and small-group collaboration to the thoughtful networking opportunities and fun, 80’s-themed anniversary celebration.

Andrew Dorin: Our team was really focused on maximizing our time at the event. Not only were we able to benefit from attending the great seminars, but we also had the opportunity to lead important discussions about the challenges and strategies impacting our industry right now.

David Drouhard: I enjoy the face-to-face time with colleagues, partners, clients, and industry peers. This event always brings something special through the live discussions that are relevant in today’s atmosphere!

Alex Ramon: The event this year had great energy. I love the fact that attendees are from many facets of our industry. I found the keynote speaker, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run DMC, incredibly insightful and motivating as he shared his perspective on diversity and challenging the audience to unite and move forward together.

Alex and Andrew, who lead our Phoenix and Orlando offices, respectively, each hosted one of the roundtable discussions aimed at helping attendees navigate current challenges in the market.

Alex’s session, The Benefits of Selecting a Fully Integrated Architectural and Engineering Firm, focused on cost escalation, municipal navigation, and supply chain disruptions. Alex leaned on his 25 years of experience on a variety of projects, including new construction and remodel projects across many markets, to host an insightful and thought-provoking discussion.

“There are many benefits to working with a fully integrated architectural and engineering firm and having all disciplines working together – some of the most critical being the ability to accelerate your project, reduce costs, and get it to market faster,” Alex said. “LDG is proud of our unique position to offer a one-stop shop experience for our clients.”

Andrew – a registered architect who believes in taking innovative approaches – led a session focused on Adaptive Design & Construction Solutions. The roundtable aimed to discuss the current equipment and materials trends impacting project schedules and costs and the immediate and long-term impacts. Teams were encouraged to share what creative solutions have been pursued and how those lessons could be applied to other challenges in the future.

“Our table was diverse, with perspectives from contractors, architects, financial professionals, and developers,” Andrew said. “The open discussion in this session helped attendees gain a broader understanding of the challenges faced beyond their specific recent projects. Everyone can benefit from the insight into the variety of issues that came up, how we are accommodating, and what the risks are moving forward.”

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