Gap Inc. tapped Schimenti Construction to build the company’s flagship Athleta store in New York City.
Athleta, which features ultimate performance apparel and gear for the active woman, is located in a landmark building on Columbus Avenue, in Manhattan. The 3,922 square foot store was completed in just thirteen weeks from construction start to opening.
The warm rustic brick and wood décor reflects the Athleta brand, which looks to connect like-minded women in every stage of their fitness journey. The store has three specific sections - yoga, running and exploring - and offers in-store fitness lectures, yoga and Zumba classes.
The Schimenti project team, working closely with Athleta’s design team, overcame significant project obstacles and challenges. The landmark building storefront had to be reconditioned and the entire project was within an occupied residential building. This meant maintaining a strictly monitored work schedule while minimizing any possible disruptions for building residents. In addition, the construction team had to coordinate new M/E/P systems within very tight ceiling spaces while keeping the structural integrity of the landmark building intact.