The field team implemented an aggressive phasing plan while maintaining safe access to all retail stores and restaurants, using a proven systematic approach of modular barricades to simplify and expedite the process of changing pedestrian traffic patterns. Activities were closely coordinated with mall management and tenants to minimize the disruption associated with the relocation all existing kiosks and RMU's. Virtually all of the work was completed at night.
The scope involved the replacement of ceramic floor tile at all storefronts and overlay of tile in all remaining common areas. New tile column covers were also installed. The food court received new porcelain floor tile, coordinated wall and column coverings, and ornamental work. Additional upgrades include replacement of lighting fixtures and wiring, all new sprinklers, and modifications to HVAC systems. New mall management offices were created from former storage space, and the former office area was converted into a restroom suite with new family restroom facilities.
At center court, a glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) dome with cold cathode lighting was put in place. The remainder of the ceiling was removed and replaced with a continuous GFRG barrel vault. The vaulted ceiling was installed using prefabricated, arced panels along a center spline. This was identified as the most efficient and cost effective method based on our team's value engineering assessment. It facilitated the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment above the ceiling prior to panel placement, and accelerated ceiling installation, resulting in a shortened overall schedule.
Purchase savings enabled the owner to proceed with additional modifications. Three entrances were reconfigured with new structural steel, GFRG columns, spandrel glass facades, ornamental EIFS, canopies, and signage. Aluminum storefronts, vestibules, and doorways were installed at two of the entrances.