Oaks Mall Redevelopment and Plaza|
Trogon Construction Management, Inc.
70 Oakwood Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Location: Apr 2011
Construction Period: June 2011 to Aug 2012
Total Square Feet: Mall Retail Space Reconfiguration, 49,800.
Plaza & Site: 105,000. Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: Retail reconfiguration, 49,800; plaza, 89,000;
building pads 2-5, 16,000 square feet. Building Height: Mall
entrance, 40’; mall exterior façade, 25’. Basic Construction Type:
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, cement
plaster. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Architect: Callison Architecture, LLC - 1445 Ross Avenue, #2600,
Dallas, TX 75202
Development Manager: Development by Design, Inc. - 232 East 68th
Street, #100, New York, NY 10065
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers - 6080 Center
Drive, #300, Los Angles, CA 90045
General Contractor/Cost Estimator: VCC, LLC - 600 E. Las Colinas
Boulevard, #1225, Irving, TX 75039
Code Consultant: Code Consultants, Inc. - 2043 Woodland Parkway,
#300, St. Louis, MO 63146
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Glumac - 1325 4th Avenue,
#1515, Seattle, WA 98101
Civil Engineer: Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. - 2925 Briarpark
Drive, Houston, TX 77042
Lighting: Candela - 9191 Towne Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Signage & Graphics: Scott AG - 1275 North Dutton Avenue, Santa
Rosa, CA 95401
The existing West Oaks Mall (WOM) building was designed and constructed
circa 1982 as a covered mall building located in Houston, Texas, at the
intersection of Highway 6 and Westheimer Road. The structure is a
1-story steel structure with clearstory and skylight typically running
down the center core of the structure. Steel wide flange girders and
steel wide flange columns support the typical roof, and space frame
trusses support the skylight system.
In an effort to revitalize the WOM property the Owners envisioned an
open-air lifestyle center, or mixed-use commercial development, that
combines the traditional functions of a shopping center with leisure
amenities. The Lifestyle design components are one of the latest trends
in retail development and are commonly seen in mall additions/expansions
throughout the United States. The key to the open mall concept is to
have everything a covered mall building would have, except for the roof
over the mall area.
To create an attractive, inviting environment for mall visitors to
experience, the new landscaped pedestrian plaza, with valet and drop
off, is located adjacent to the cinema and the existing mall. The plaza
is connected to shopping and the food court in the center of the
existing mall through a newly featured clearstory glass entrance. The
plaza, visible from inside the mall promenade includes a wood gazebo
structure, a water fountain, three (3) concrete pads for kiosks, and a
covered area with a shade structure that features a performance stage in
The project required the demolition of a portion of the western
extension of the mall, remodeling the remainder of the western extension
of the existing mall, reconfiguration of two mall entries, three new
stand-alone buildings, and a new 14 screen multiplex cinema anchoring
The civil-site work extended to include site utilities, storm and
sanitary piping to pick up and service the new plaza, buildings and
reconfiguration of the exiting mall tenant spaces. Re-grading of the
existing parking lot areas, new curb and gutter configuration to
accommodate new parking layout, traffic pattern around the plaza,
approaches and main entrance drive, new sub-base and asphalt pavement.
With respect to the existing building reconfiguration, through a process
of value engineering by the project team, the demolition line was
strategically chosen, extending along major existing column lines to
minimize the extent of added support steel and strengthening structural
work required, while maximizing the remaining leasable space defined by
the new building line.
Within the plaza three pad areas are defied for future buildings. As
part of the redevelopment a new exterior facade for the truncated end of
the existing covered mall was replaced, forming new tenant spaces on
both sides of the existing mall promenade. The new mall exterior facades
includes storefronts, trellis, awnings and exterior patios for new
tenants. In addition to the new facades, new monumental canopy entry
system and curtain walls complete the transition from the existing mall
interior to the new plaza area.
In the interior mall wing that extends from the plaza back to the food
court, the interior space was updated with new floor tile infill areas,
the existing storefronts and adjacent surfaces were modified and
refinished to tie into the new construction and matching to the existing
mall interior design.
The open air design, natural patron flow and connection to the existing
mall, creates a distinctive shopping and entertainment destination that
features locally inspired architecture as well as inviting landscaping
for everyone to experience.
Roofing: Firestone, MBCI
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle
Hardware: ASSA ABLOY
Lighting: Forms + Surfaces, Metalux, B-K Lighting, Lightolier,
Focal Point, GE, AuroraLight, Lithonia, Architectural Area Lighting