Originally constructed in the early 1980s, Fair Oaks Mall is a two-story indoor shopping facility just west of Fairfax, Virginia. This project involved extensive renovations, modifications and upgrades to the existing facility. The work space was over 1.7 million SF, and it included:
- Renovation and expansion of all five exterior mall entrances
- Landscape/hardscape improvements
- Interior courts and seating area modifications
- Lighting upgrades
- Painting of the entire mall ceiling
- HVAC and security upgrades
- Renovation of the mall's restrooms
- Replacement of corridor finishes and ceilings
The entrance renovations included the complete demolition of the existing structure and a rebuild of larger entrances, which were extensions from the existing building line. The new entrances include high-end finishes, canopies and storefront systems. The main entrance to the mall was rebuilt to be a full-height, two-story stone structure with a metal panel and curtainwall façade, as well as new escalators to the lower level. Additionally, core and shell work was done for restaurants that anchored the new entrances.
The renovation of the interior courts included full demolition of existing recessed seating areas and existing finishes. The Grand Court had a large fountain that was demolished, and the court was rebuilt with an open layout using high-end finishes such as imported stone, tile, kiosks and a new customer service center. Custom technology stations were also added throughout the mall. The ceilings for the entire mall were redone with the addition of new glass fiber reinforced gypsum covers and LED lighting.
All construction had to be completed at night during off-hours to avoid any disturbance to mall customers and tenants. This was especially difficult at each of the five entrances of the mall. As new additions were built, we set a new steel structure, while maintaining access and egress at all times.