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CRAWFORD McWILLIAMS HATCHER ARCHITECTS INC. THE SUMMIT * Birmingham, Ala. In the category of New Open Centers, Crawford McWilliams Hatcher Architects Inc. (CMH), Birmingham, Ala., received an Honorable Mention for its design of The Summit, also located in Birmingham.

CMH conquered a mountain, as well as the variety of uses required for inclusion in The Summit. More than 3 million cubic yards of dirt were moved to construct 490,000 sq. ft. Phase I on top of a small mountain. The center was divided into three zones - a department store zone, an entertainment/power center zone and a neighborhood center zone, which is located closest to a residential community.

The center offers traditional mall-type retailers in an open-air format with an abundance of landscaping, customer amenities and architectural design features that go beyond offerings at traditional open centers.

The architecture captures the vitality of a Mediterranean hill town, complete with a vibrant streetscape. The tenants, which range from a freestanding flagship for Parisian to all four of Gap Inc.'s concepts, have individual looks.

Landscaped seating areas, intermingling with statues and fountains, also recall the old city squares of Europe.



Birmingham, Ala.; Everett Hatcher (executive vice president); Joe Keeton (project architect); Thomas Goodman (vice president of design)


Birmingham, Ala.

Product Manufacturers/Suppliers: Brice Building Co., Birmingham, Ala. (general contractor); Lane Bishop York Delahay, Birmingham, Ala. (structural engineer); Bhate Engineering Corp., Birmingham, Ala. (geotechnical engineer); McWilliams Associates PC, Birmingham, Ala. (mechanical engineer); Jackson/Renfro & Associates, Birmingham, Ala. (electrical engineer); Nimrod Long and Associates Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (landscape architect); Landscape Workshop, Pelham, Ala. (landscape/irrigation systems); Kirkpatrick Concrete, Birmingham, Ala. (ready-mix concrete supplier); Alabama/ Gate City Steel, Birmingham, Ala. (reinforcing steel and wire mesh); Garrett Masonry Inc., Bessemer, Ala. (masonry); Ellis Steel Co., West Point, Miss. (structural steel and joist); Temerson Steel Detailing Services, Birmingham, Ala. (structural steel detailer); The Arbor, Birmingham, Ala. (fountains/precast architectural items); Quality Architectural Metal & Roofing, Birmingham, Ala. (roofing and sheet metal); Cochrane Roofing, Birmingham, Ala. (tile roofing); Wilkens Baird, Birmingham, Ala. (caulking/waterproofing); Wagstaff-Taylor & Associates Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (metal frames, doors and windows); Birmingham Drywall Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (drywall and acoustical); D.M.I. Tile & Marble Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (ceramic tile); Paradiso Painting Co. Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (painting); Brown Mechanical Contractors, Birmingham, Ala. (plumbing); Joiner Fire Sprinkler Co., Birmingham, Ala. (automatic sprinklers and halon systems); Haymaker Electric Ltd., Birmingham, Ala. (electrical)

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