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'I'm proud that we've been able to do
this with little impact on the shoppers.'
The center will continue to be anchored
by Bloomingdale's and Macy's, and will have
more than 100 of the world's most coveted retail brands. Additions to the retail lineup will
be announced over the course of the project.
However, Swinerton and Jacobsen are not
doing anything with the stores or retail spaces, but instead are focusing their work on the
common areas, corridors, parking garage and
new food hall and restaurants.
To help with this, they're working with
about 350 skilled laborers and craftsmen.
"It's a completely collaborative effort
between developer, owner, architect and
ourselves," Nelson explains. "As a team, we've
made a selection on who would be the best
subcontractors to perform this renovation."
One of the biggest challenges for the $500
million renovation has been keeping the
Beverly Center in operation while the reno-
vations happen. "You've got 350 men inside,
trying to do a renovation and trying to keep
the shoppers happy and the mall happy, and
that's been a major undertaking," Nelson says.
"We've accomplished it through coordination
with the mall and our people working nights
to have as small of an impact as possible on
the shoppers' experience."
Safety remains both Swinerton and Jacobsen's highest priority for both the workers
and shoppers. The companies have a safety
coordination meeting every morning, along
with a full-time safety coordinator on site
for both the day and night shifts. Every supervisory position is tasked with reviewing
safety efforts, task planning and mapping
out potential risks and hazards, depending
on the work to be done that day.
"We spend a lot of time and effort on barricades and signage, trying to keep the patrons
away from the construction and always maintain a safe work environment," Nelson notes.
The collaborative effort between mall
management and the construction crews has
been extremely beneficial to the success of
"We can't believe just how much pre-planning it has taken to pull this off," Nelson says.
"We do it on a daily basis, coordinating what
we're going to be doing, the areas that will
be affected to keep their management aware.
As we're doing our shutdowns of power or
water, that coordination process is extremely
important and time sensitive. It takes a lot
of time and planning to pull that off, and we
can see this process being applied to many
projects in the future.
"I'm proud that we've been able to do this
with little impact on the shoppers, along with
no incidents or injuries," he continues. "And
I'm also excited with the way it's turning out.
The look and quality for the final product
is extremely high. That's very satisfying not
only to us, but to our client as well."
Jacobsen and Swinerton
ensure safety is top priority
until the project is complete.
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