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  West Oaks Mall Redevelopment and PlazaWest Oaks Mall Redevelopment and Plaza


Trogon Construction Management, Inc.
70 Oakwood Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

General Description

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: Renovation/New construction.
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.

Project Team

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 plaza.

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 plaza.

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.

Product Information
Roofing: Firestone, MBCI
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle Building Envelope
Hardware: ASSA ABLOY
Lighting: Forms + Surfaces, Metalux, B-K Lighting, Lightolier, Focal Point, GE, AuroraLight, Lithonia, Architectural Area Lighting


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