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Clackamas Town Center Expansion & Renovation

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    • General Growth Properties, Inc.
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Design Achievement - General Growth Properties identified the opportunity to radically improve the shopping experience at Clackamas Town Center, and to recreate the enclosed mall as a regional activities hub for the community. DLR Group's design reorients the mall to face outward to shoppers and visitors, using lifestyle center additions to create a welcoming front door image.  By placing two lifestyle villages on either side of a slope on the mall's southern side, and introducing pedestrian pathways between, the design creates a new walkable lifestyle experience and achieves leasing equity between upper and lower level spaces. This exterior pedestrian experience extends to the center's east end where a new Barnes and Noble store has reinvigorated a formerly underutilized area. Renovated entries provide architectural wayfinding cues from across the site, and interior renovations create a brighter, cleaner and timeless shopping experience with subtle accents supporting the "Northwest Metropolitan" design concept. The focal point of the interior improvements is a contemporary food court and theater level that cascades down an escalator to the main floor koi pond. With its organic shape and bubbling water, the pond provides a natural respite for shoppers and families with young children.

Scope Summary - The master plan outlines the full transformation of the mall site into a mixed-use development including retail, hospitality, workplace, residential and convention center functions. This first phase of that master plan focused on retail upgrades, including the addition of 324,000 SF of new retail space as well as complete interior renovations of the existing mall. Additional work improved transit parking and transit access for the center. Clackamas County committed $25.7 million in public funds toward site development, including sidewalks, plazas, parking, street improvements, the parking deck, and the transit center. Rather than conduct two separate projects on the site, the team was able to proceed under an alternative contracting agreement with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, enabling the public/private partnership to treat the retail and transit improvements as a single project. DLR Group provided master planning, architecture, interiors, and engineering services.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Silver Award

    International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), U.S. Design and Development Awards

Clackamas Town Center Expansion & Renovation

General Growth Properties, Inc.