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Mall of the Future Webinar Series

October 11, 2023

As malls continue to face challenges post-pandemic, they offer an opportunity to be reimagined into spaces that serve the needs of their communities

Across North America, developers, planners, and local governments are exploring new ways to repurpose malls—from creating new walkable mixed-use neighborhoods to bringing critical housing supply to communities to health and wellness destinations to serving as micro-distribution hubs—helping to unlock significant economic, social, and environmental benefits. 

So, what does the mall of the future look like? Join us for a three-part webinar series with industry experts on how communities and mall owners can take advantage of these sites to address the economic development, equity, and inclusivity challenges facing 21st-century communities.

Webinar 1: Setting the Stage CM | 1

How did we get here? What are the trends impacting malls and retail? How are communities and owners responding? In this webinar, our panel of experts will answer these questions and help set the stage on the current state of the market. Using case studies, they will explore both challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned in transforming outdated malls.

Moderator: Jason Beske, Suburban Retrofit Sub-Sector Lead, Stantec

Panelists: Bryan Kaminski, Senior Vice President, RedLeaf Properties; Katie Kemezis, Planning Manager, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County; Tommy Miller, Managing Director and CIO, Trademark Property Company

Webinar 2: Strategies for Activation and Placemaking

In this webinar, our panelists will discuss how through design, placemaking, and site activation, malls can create new enriching public experiences, while adapting to shifting preferences. Our diverse panel of industry experts will share insights on how retail is changing in suburban and urban areas to keep up with market demands and discuss future-proofing retail developments through mall revitalization/conversions, traffic drivers, and emerging technology.  

Moderator: Shannon Jones, ViBE Studio Leader, Stantec

Panelists: Kourtny Garrett, President and CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership; Simon O’Byrne, Community Development Business Line Leader, Stantec; Betty Duffy, AVP Design, Macerich

Webinar 3: Tools for Transformation CM | 1

There are a variety of approaches and tools the public and private sector can utilize in the transitioning of a mall to their next useful life. From municipal financing tools and public private partnerships to public grants and traditional project financing for different product types, our panel will discuss successful strategies and which tools are appropriate for different types of projects.

Panelists: David Dixon, Urban Places Fellow, Stantec; Sarah Woodworth, Managing Member, W-ZHA; David Roppel, Principal, BCN Projects and former Vice President, QuadReal Property Group)

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