Covington native receives design award


NEW YORK — Brad Barbee, a 1997 graduate of Covington High School and a 2002 graduate of Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design, was recently announced as a member of design:retail’s 2018 “40 Under 40” class.

design:retail is the industry’s leading resource for tracking trends, products and projects that are crafting tomorrow’s most innovative retail environments. Brad was selected for the accolade after being nominated by clients and industry peers.

Brad currently works at MG2 in Seattle, Washington, and is the son of Tom and Diane Barbee of Covington. He will receive his award on May 21 at an honors event held in New York City.

The magazine described Barbee as “a valued resource to clients and colleagues.”

“He has been involved with a variety of project types, including full-scale remodels, historic renovations, tenant improvements and ground-up developments for specialty retailers and financial institutions. Prior to joining MG2, he spent nearly a decade with another firm where he worked on numerous Nordstrom projects as large as 300,000 sq. ft., with budgets nearing $100 million. He helped Nordstrom open full-line store in Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, and Nashville, Tenn., and coordinated a remodel of a full-line store in Tampa, Fla.,” the magazine wrote.

Barbee recently led a ground-up design project for HomeStreet Bank in Tacoma, Wash. For his next project, Barbee will lead the future design direction of another banking company.

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