Functional spaces for convenience retailers.
Home Run Dugout
HFA was honored to lead the concept design for Home Run Dugout in Katy, TX. The 40,000-square-foot sports and entertainment complex includes 12 simulated hitting bays, a dog park, a music stage, and a Wiffle Ball field. Our Hospitality + Entertainment Team used the Matchstick process throughout concept design, schematic design, design development, and construction administration. The collaborative process with the client led to spaces where the end-user feels comfortable and engaged with sports amenities throughout the facility that appeal to patrons looking for a destination experience, as well as those wanting a neighborhood feel. Our team was serious about the mission to make anyone at Home Run Dugout feel like they can hit a home run.
Happy Dave’s is a convenience store located on 35 acres in Midland, TX, and owned by Arrington Oil. Our Hospitality + Entertainment Team used Matchstick's end-user-focused design process from concept design to schematic design to create a unique user experience tailored to the people using the space. This nontraditional c-store features 60,000 square feet of distinctive spaces including a mezzanine level, classic car display, a drive-in theatre, and other uncommon c-store attractions that delight its patrons.
Alltown Fresh Market
HFA collaborated with Moseley-Bona to breathe new life into the Alltown Café and Market concept, reinvigorating the design to reflect the fresh, local, organic, and made-to-order offerings that customers have since come to know and expect from Alltown Market. Built to be both aesthetically pleasing and easy to shop, these new and re-branded stores gave off purely New England vibes, thanks to the natural tones of the materials applied throughout and the use of locally available building products. Each location provided the opportunity for the team’s creativity to shine by utilizing interesting, reclaimed materials to give each store its own unique look and feel, while still retaining the same brand recognition that loyal customers know and love.
The HFA team was brought in to finish out this project with Seasons, our first collaboration with them. Because we were brought in after the project began, the timeline was expedited, however that didn’t stop our team from getting quickly up to speed on both how the client operates and specific brand guidelines that need to be incorporated in the design and build. Before we came on board, Seasons was working with two separate firms for architecture and engineering services, so the unique benefit we brought to the table was our ability to merge both disciplines under one umbrella, allowing for ideal collaboration and consistent communication with all the different stakeholders working alongside us on this project.
HFA recently collaborated on an innovative drive-through-only (DTO) project for Wawa in Morrisville, PA. Our team was able to bring our internal expertise in architecture and engineering to the table while working with trusted contractors to ensure we adhered to Wawa’s building and design standards every step of the way. This test project, which was a first for Wawa, was especially exciting because it allowed our team to collaborate on a new store prototype that was essential for keeping customers and employees safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
HFA partnered with Stripes prior to its merger with 7/11 to develop a new prototype design, while simultaneously providing full services for their successful new store and remodel roll out program. HFA collaborated with design firm Chute Gerdeman to help the Stripes team redefine the way customers interacted with the Laredo Taco Company, taking it from a minor establishment hidden away from view to a destination within the c-store environment itself. HFA was also responsible for implementing a full project administration system to include all facets of a project from real estate investigation through construction, including real-time project tracking and documentation.
At the onset of our partnership with Love’s Travel Stops in 2014, we were tasked with providing fueling design services with CNG pumps. Fast forward to today and our dedicated team now provides full-service architecture, engineering, and fueling support for the new store program (which includes franchise-based restaurants combined with a traditional c-store layout), as well as tire service facilities across the country. As part of our growing partnership with the Love’s team, HFA actively develops and manages the new store prototype, maintaining consistency and providing Love’s the ability to scale at a more rapid pace.
HFA collaborated with the team at Chute Gerdeman to revisit MAPCO’s previous prototype to bring a new efficiency and streamlined flow to the space, while simultaneously refreshing and modernizing MAPCO’s brand identity and customer experience. HFA provided architectural and engineering services for the prototype as well as fueling design, which included implementing an all new fueling canopy. Our team was also behind the creation of MAPCO’s new design standards, created to streamline project work and design direction in the future.
EG America (Cumberland Farms)
Our partnership with Cumberland Farms (now under the banner of EG America) began in 2013, when our team was brought on to develop and manage its new store prototype rollout. The team at HFA has since provided full architecture and engineering services to help better support the EG America team and this recently included merging the Cumberland Farms prototype with EG America’s branding, in terms of look and feel when it comes to not only Cumberland Farms but other formats, as well. Our work with EG America has also included a virtual reality tour of the new prototype so our clients could better visualize their customer’s in-store experience prior to construction, allowing for real-time updates to the prototype that limited schedule and cost implications.
Over a four year period, 7-Eleven added over 1000 stores to their chain through ground up construction, mergers and acquisitions, tenant finish outs and business conversions. HFA developed a new prototype that included value engineering items while designing to meet the client’s goal of 25% energy reduction. Developed a program to provide automated material takeoffs through the use of BIM technology, which was provided to pre-negotiated vendors for material procurement, facility maintenance and operations. HFA provided 7-Eleven with site development services for this complex and fast paced program encompassing over 250 stores in locations across the country. The full-team approach to serving 7-Eleven included permitting, landscape, irrigation, drainage, site design, and construction administration. nd design phases.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Five years ago, our team was approached by a local developer that was also a Freddy’s franchisee, to design a multi-tenant development with a Freddy’s restaurant anchoring the development as the end cap, flanked by two other tenants. Our team took the Freddy’s prototype and provided the client with high-quality construction documents that incorporated their individual design style, ultimately avoiding any potential RFIs that might complicate the construction process. We also built a client-specific REVIT prototype for this client, as well.
Tacos 4 Life
From the very beginning of our conversations with Tacos 4 Life, rolling out locations quickly throughout the region was always top-of-mind. Our team partnered with Tacos 4 Life to help make this dream a reality by supporting them through the creation of their first location in Little Rock, AR thanks to value engineering support on the current building design and prototype they were working with. By providing them cost-effective solutions that kept the look and feel they were looking for, they were able to expand at a faster rate, which allowed them to deliver on the motto of giving back meals to those less fortunate for every taco or bowl sold.
Throughout our work with Sonic, we’ve worked on corporate and franchisee restaurant locations, both new ground-up and retro-fitted locations, and each time our team has been careful to keep designs consistent with the prototype, while still incorporating the needs and creativity that franchisees would like to see in their locations. One such Sonic location melded the prototype with new and interesting developments, like a dog park placed front and center at the restaurant, allowing customers to eat on the patio with their families, four-legged family members included.
Our partnership with Slim Chickens has evolved over the years from prototype development and site adapt work. In recent years, we partnered with a local franchisee on four local restaurants that have unique kitchen designs and are some of the top grossing locations Slim Chickens maintains. This strong, successful partnership has also allowed us to take a larger part in prototype development and management for Slim Chickens corporate, as well. Being near Slim Chickens headquarters in Fayetteville, AR also allows our team even more in-person opportunities to meet with new franchisees and corporate clients prior to construction.
Rockin & Roastin
Combining the spirit of rock n’ roll with an unmatched coffee shop experience, our team worked with Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer to design his flagship cafe for the Rockin’ & Roastin’ brand of premium coffee. We were responsible for the exterior and interior design, custom millwork, graphics, signage, equipment, and furniture design and selection. To really bring Joey Kramer’s rock n’ roll vision to life, we incorporated music memorabilia from his own collection into the interior, including a full drum kit with display case, stage lighting, and illuminated platform.
We partnered with The Moseley Group to combine western quick service design elements with Saudi cultural standards to create a unique prototype design that differentiated them from western competitors like McDonald’s. With respect to Saudi cultural standards, we utilized tall screening walls to integrate privacy into the booth design, allowing for a more comfortable dining experience. Our team provided design support for all exterior materials, interior materials, lighting, furniture, and casework, and we coordinated with their kitchen designer to develop a new free-standing prototype that was used as the basis for their national rollout program.
HFA has worked alongside the Bojangles Design and Construction Teams since 2020, and as the program architect, we developed the architecture, MEP, and structural standards for the ground-up prototypes. Our team has created multiple prototype designs based on lot size, preferred kitchen and dining room square footage, and a new DTO (drivethrough only) design. For these prototypes, we utilize traditional stick built, modular, and panelized construction processes based on square footage.
Chick fil A
Chick-fil-A sought to partner with an architecture firm that could provide a centralized prototype design, helping them save on costs and promote consistency across their restaurants nationwide. HFA was selected due to our change management process and experience handling large-scale projects with other major restaurants and retailers. As our relationship grew and the scope of work increased, we became more heavily involved in the long-term planning and execution of Chickfil-A restaurant projects. Unlike traditional client-architect relationships, HFA partners with Chick-fil-A as an extension of their internal team. We are regularly involved in corporate meetings to provide expert knowledge of both the Chick-fil-A restaurants and industry thought leadership.
HFA has worked alongside Black Rock Coffee Design and Construction Teams since 2019, collaborating together to create a prototype that is cost and timeline conscious while maintaining the consistency of their community-driven brand experience. Our team provides site analysis + evaluation, restaurant design, kitchen layout, exterior design visualizations required for approval by local jurisdictions, construction documents, permitting + entitlements, and construction administration to franchisees of Black Rock Coffee.
Au Bon Pain
Working in conjunction with our strategic partner, The Moseley Group, we provided design reimaging services to refresh existing locations and created a new prototype concept that was rolled out to new stores and franchisees. We developed designs based on new kitchen layouts and food offerings, creating new design standards that were implemented across their branded stores. These standards included interior design, flooring, lighting, and casework design. We also developed a kiosk prototype, and these smaller footprint designs were rolled out at airports and other large function areas.
Ferrari of New England
To truly achieve success with the renovation of the Ferrari Maserati Dealership of New England meant that our team had to create and execute a design as high-end as the cars for sale within the building. To do so, every single detail was massively important to us, from the immaculate white walls to the illumination built into the ceilings and every nook and cranny, providing the right lighting to highlight each car’s sleek design. Thorough and consistent communication throughout the project led to the successful completion of this unique and luxurious space, a feat that was achieved because every tradesman involved brought their best ideas and collaborative effort to the project each day.
Boch Auto Salon
This 17,000 sq ft project includes a car detail bay, open gallery, modern kitchen, bar, and private suite. The building can be thought of as two structures, the A-frame area has a full basement, concrete floor slab on deck, Douglas fir glulam trusses and structurally insulated roof panels. The main gallery is slab on grade with a steel joist and metal deck insulated roof. The glulam structure and all the decorative wood beams in the main gallery where hand stained after install to coordinate with the white oak wall treatment. The interior stair is a custom design made from painted architectural quality steel that floats away from the interior stone wall. The structure has a museum quality fire protection system and mechanical system.
Part of a much larger office space that is still under construction, the Ledger Showroom project was unique in that it has provided our team with a place to test out designs, textiles, furnishings, and other functionalities that will one day be used in the larger Ledger Building. This space is made even more unique because of its intended use as a bikeable, high-density coworking space, so our team had to be very creative and incorporate wall hooks for accessible, yet aesthetically pleasing bike storage, allowing people to bike to and from work. Our team even worked to incorporate elements like phone booths in the showroom for a sense of privacy within the open plan coworking space. By test fitting furnishings and design elements while the space is being used allows our team to make real-time changes and further informs the overall design of the larger building, slated to open in mid-2022.