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Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors wins design award for Santa Monica Bloomingdale's redux

Accolades given for converting old Macy's

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Macy's Inc. and Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors won a global retail design award at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas Sunday.

The award honored the companies' work on a Bloomindale's store that opened in 2009 in Santa Monica, Calif. Here¹s what the judges had to say about the project:

"Bloomingdale's is an integral part of Santa Monica Place, the conversion of an enclosed mall into an open-air fashion retail and entertainment destination. Created from the shell of a 1970¹s era department store, the result changes a fortress like building inside and out, creating a 'new' Bloomingdale¹s that integrates with the shopping center."

The VIVA "Best of the Best" award recognizes projects that demonstrated vision, innovation value and achievement in retail development. To win the global prize, projects compete against regional and national winners from
the prior year.

Hixson and Macy's are both headquartered in Cincinnati.

Hixson Senior Vice President Bruce Mirrielees accepted the award at the opening session of ICSC's RECon 2013 event May 19. He talked to WCPO Digital Reporter Dan Monk about the honor. Monk is in Las Vegas this week reporting on the conference, with an eye toward retail trends and spotlighting Cincinnati developers, city leaders and others attending form the Tri-State.

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