Bergmann designed a one story “Avenue of Shops and Restaurants” to replace a vacant 165,000 sq. ft. anchor department store, along with designing an attractive new mall entrance. The front bays of structural steel from the empty department store were removed to allow for a shallower store footprint in the redevelopment, making the property more attractive for restaurant and shop tenants.
The new façade of the building was created by stepping the planes back from the entry canopy, to allow visibility to the main road.
The mall entrance utilized a combination of glass curtain wall and cultured stone unified under a large cornice to provide the mall a new identity on the highly-trafficked Ridge Road. Pedestrian common areas were provided along the new façade to encourage outdoor gathering and dining. Inside the mall, the concourse was redesigned to replicate a city streetscape with benches, stone fountains, and a wall of kiosks topped with awnings and second story windows. The existing 38’ tall concourse provided a wonderful back drop for large murals depicting regional scenic sites from New York City to Niagara Falls.