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Join Us at the 30th Annual ICSC CenterBuild Conference!

by Steve Miazga 20. November 2012 08:55

Ahhh, the holidays are upon us! It truly is a great time to be with friends and family. And if you are in the retail construction industry, it is time to get to the premier retail design and construction conference –

CenterBuild. The conference, put on by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), will be held November 28 – 30, 2012 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. If attendance is an indicator of a positive up-tick in our economy, then 2013 will be a great year as our conference attendance is approaching 1,300 professionals, up substantially over 2011.

This is the 30th anniversary of the CenterBuild Conference. Architects, retailers, developers and construction experts look forward to attending each year and the opportunities to stay current on retail development trends, expand their networks and share ideas on how to improve the projects they deliver. This year’s conference promises to once again provide a great agenda for learning. There will be more than 275 roundtable discussion topics offered (nearly all with AIA CEU approval), 12 dynamic educational workshops, as well as interactive case studies of great projects and their development. And don’t forget about the great networking at the conference! Networking receptions are held each evening and the format of the conference allows for plenty of connecting with friends and colleagues throughout the day.

With the larger attendance, we have once again brought back our Friday morning sessions. This year you may choose between two great concurrent sessions featuring leaders from top companies in the retail development world. The first will feature Walmart, Limited Brands and Target in a panel discussion regarding the use of in-house design staff versus hiring consultants. If you are more interested in how the major retailers roll-out their projects, you can attend the other session which is being presented by six national developers, retailers and contractors.

As co-chair of this year’s conference, I encourage you to attend if you have not made the decision to already. The R.A. Smith National team will be in attendance for the entire conference and we look forward to connecting with other professionals in this dynamic industry. Send me a note if you want to meet with one of us at the conference in Phoenix.


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Make Plans to Attend the 2012 ICSC CenterBuild Conference

by Steve Miazga 19. June 2012 09:01

Setting the wheels in motion for a successful 2012 ICSC CenterBuild Conference. I’m co-chair of the planning committee and just returned from two days of planning in Dallas. In August we’ll announce some great speakers you won’t want to miss. The 2012 conference will be held at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, November 28 – 30, 2012. The conference is the premier retail design and construction conference. For the second year in a row the conference will be held together with the ICSC RetailGreen conference which focuses on sustainability. RetailGreen opens on November 27 at the same venue. For information on both conferences, visit or


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