Hemming Retail Pad

This building represents the first completed new building on an important block within the boundaries of the City of Rexburg that has been identified and zoned as a special redevelopment pedestrian friendly zone.  The block is primarily owned by the Hemming family who have resided and owned much of the block since the early days of Rexburg.  The Hemming family has done much to preserve key historical homes in this part of Rexburg as well as set aside key areas of land for redevelopment of multi-use commercial, retail, office and residential uses.  This project and ultimately the entire development will become a great benefit to the community as it will bring commerce, work, and living together and fits the City’s and community’s vision of a pedestrian and vibrant zone.  The design and construction is of high quality and sets a standard that will elevate the quality of commercial development in the area.  This building in particular provides potentially three new tenant spaces with one being filled immediately by the Jimmy John’s sandwich shop.  The shop reported sales surpassing other stores in similar markets and attributed the success to location and design of the building.

Because this was the first building in this redevelopment effort, the design of the building needed to remain cost effective while establishing a design aesthetic that would begin to define the entire development.  The design uses of simple and natural materials that were reminiscent of the utilitarian farm structures that are and have been so prevalent to the area and in particular to the original Hemming farm.  The form of the building incorporates two large opposing shed like roofs with large overhangs which are also a nod to the shed-like “out” buildings found in this agricultural community.  These roof elements extend out to create a pedestrian friendly covered walking and seating area that brings down the scale of the building while providing a comfortable transition to the interior of each space.  Exposed steel beams and trellis express honesty in materials and simplicity in their use.  An element of wood slat siding and soffit brings warmth to the composition with each of the materials playing a key role in expressing the form of the building while giving it a rich agrarian feel.  At the same time, the building becomes a strong visual backdrop for tenants wishing to conduct business in a simple but elegant structure that has been designed specifically to be inviting to pedestrians and vehicles alike.

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