Hixson has worked with Brookfield Properties on multiple projects throughout the United States, including Southwest Plaza, Park Meadows Mall, and Willowbrook Mall:
- Southwest Plaza, Littleton, Colorado. Hixson provided design, engineering, and construction administration services for the conversion of a 62,500 SF first floor of a vacated two-story department store into a shell space for a national arcade and bowling retailer. The work included design and coordination of new utility services and code compliance for the conversion of mercantile to assembly use. Hixson also supported the demolition of a major parking deck, new landscape design and redevelopment of the surface parking field.
- Park Meadows Mall, Lone Tree, Colorado. When Dick’s Sporting Goods wanted to add a lower level entry from the mall to its two-story anchor store, Brookfield tapped Hixson for assistance. Hixson designed a new mall entry to Dick’s by re-purposing existing in-line tenant space into a new mall corridor to Dick’s from the mall concourse. The project involved obtaining a variance from the local building and fire authority for the new corridor, including redesign of exiting pathways for the lower-level tenants, coordination of demolition and relocation of existing tenants, and design and finishes compatible to the existing mall concourse as well as suitable for Dick’s signature branding. To streamline design review and approvals with Brookfield and Dick’s, Hixson created multiple life-like color renderings of the new corridor, including Dick’s branding.
- Willowbrook Mall, New Jersey. For this project, Brookfield wanted to capitalize on the growing trend of reducing anchor square footage and converting it for restaurant tenant use. Hixson enabled this adaptive reuse of space by designing and engineering two new, 7,500 SF, restaurant tenant shells. One shell was tailored to meet the specifications of the executed lease agreement of a major national restaurant brand and the other shell was designated for future lease. The project included creating supply and return air ducts for each shell from roof-top equipment located three stories above through active anchor retail space; separation of existing anchor utilities from new shell space; the design and coordination to provide all new, and separate, utilities to each shell; redevelopment of vehicular service access; creation of shared restaurant tenant service rooms within the building; and exterior service structures and new landscaping. In addition to design work, Hixson’s civil engineers provided documentation to complete a complicated zoning amendment agreement in cooperation with a local attorney and the client. Finally, Hixson created life-like, color renderings of the façades for the two spaces visualizing future restaurants with outdoor seating and signage as a marketing tool for Brookfield leasing.