In November, Swinerton OCLA wrapped up work on the Westfield Valencia Town Center Renovation project. After starting work in February, the project was completed in time for the crucial holiday season.
Perhaps most impressive, the project featured the removal and replacement of 110,000 square feet of existing mall tile flooring. The remaining scope was equally impressive. The existing water feature in the middle of the mall was removed and infilled. Wood cladding and stone bases on the Level 1 interior columns were installed. Design upgrades were made to the exterior façade of main mall entrance, including new wood cladding; removal of glass canopy and installation of sheet metal slats; and new paint. An existing family lounge was renovated to meet ADA standards and two sets of restrooms were remodeled as well.
One of the biggest challenges was installing expensive, high-end, owner-supplied decorative features. Work also included upgrades to all A/V technology, including WiFi, closed captioned television, and sound/music systems. Mall-wide lighting upgrades were made as well. The team self-performed drywall, demolition, concrete, and specialties.
Preconstruction efforts focused on developing a phasing plan to allow a smooth transition of work throughout the mall concourse. To complete the project before the holidays, upfront development of the GMP and early material release ensured success. Since the team was working in an occupied mall, they could only work from 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Despite the off hours, the site needed to be left clean and safe at the end of every shift so the mall could open and operate normally during the day with no sign of construction activity.
Congratulations to the team for their hard work in meeting the tight timeline requested by this valued repeat client.