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Retail spaces – and brand activation – demand a high-level of innovation. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design plays a critical role in those designs, working behind-the-scenes to create an engaging, memorable experience.  


We’ve designed retail spaces for hundreds of brands over the past 30-plus years, collaborating with partners to bring their visions to life. Our engineers understand that retail spaces need to lean into trends with MEP designs that anticipate what’s next. 

Dialectic’s team of experienced engineers bring their commitment to clear communication and nimble design to each retail project. Because their experience is vast, they can draw on solutions from adjacent sectors to solve complex problems efficiently and effectively. 

MEP design needs to be considered from the beginning of a project, whether it’s a new build or an adaptive reuse. Inexperienced teams may think of MEP as an afterthought to a retail space’s layout but to deliver a seamless experience, it needs to be integrated holistically from the beginning. We also help retail clients manage the myriad of regulations a retail build requires. Because we work in every state, we’re well-versed in navigating local regulations. 

Delivering a retail space that’s designed to engage its users and activate brands requires constant communication, which is our strong suit. Retail spaces blend everything we love about design work: creativity, collaboration and communication.

Success Story: The Capital Grille

JKRP Architects called on Dialectic to solve a plethora of unique challenges as The Capital Grille moved to a new location in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza district. The 100-year old building previously housed a retail location, requiring significant renovations. The new design featured two kitchens on different levels of the building, bringing another level of complexity to the project. Consistent communication led to proactive planning and quick resolutions to deliver a world-class customer experience.

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