Construction companies are always improving their capabilities and offering better services to meet the needs of their customers. What about construction at malls? Have you ever thought about it? Construction is perhaps one of the most well-known company s ventures. Among its recent projects are the Time Square East Shopping Center in Fargo, North Dakota, and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Rowers Construction provided construction, engineering, development, and land management for the nearly 65,000 square-foot commercial center. The mall project was developed by award-winning landscape architect Peter Eisenman. The mall project was executed under the leadership of Bob Edwards, former president of the Bloomington Company, and John Tunney, a former vice-president of the Bloomington Landscape Company. The mall has an integrated design incorporating state-of-the-art technology and world-class furnishings. The time it took to build the mall was nearly double that of a traditional mixed-use facility. The construction of the mall was financed by a combination of public and private sources, with financial commitments from the United States Department of Education and Caterpillar, Inc.
The time taken to complete the project was much less than any other retail construction firm’s time frame, and it cost approximately half as much per square foot as other firms. What makes this outcome significant is that this shopping center is located in an already established community, which gives the developer tremendous flexibility in terms of location, design, and financing. This mall is part of a large mixed-used development that also includes a county park. The construction of the Time Square East site occurred in just six months, making it one of the more rapid construction projects undertaken by this general construction company.
Another noteworthy aspect of Time Square East’s construction is that despite the relatively short duration of the project, significant construction progress was observed. In fact, the mall construction was finished in less than two months, which is a significant reduction in time compared to what is normally required for mall construction. A key factor behind the relatively quick pace of the project is that the firm working on the project is associated with a reputable construction and design company, which bring with it significant experience and capabilities in high-end retail properties.
The general contractor responsible for building the mall employs a diverse set of professionals from a variety of disciplines. They include engineers, architects, fabricators, carpenters, painters, plumbers, stone masons, roofers, and many more sub-professionals from various fields. These workers are primarily employed in the construction of buildings ranging from residential dwellings to large-scale corporate complexes, commercial centers, and office parks. The combined expertise of all these specialists provides this big-a construction firm the ability to build anything from multi-story buildings to shopping malls.
As previously stated, The Mall at Westport is owned by the Schnells Group, which is a prominent property development and management firm. The principals of the company are Joni McCarthy, John K. Schnells, Jr., and Donald L. Schnells III. Joni McCarthy is the president of the company while Donald L. Schnells is the senior vice president and director. The entire management team is made up of executives from several different retail chain companies, including Hooters, Sears, JC Penny, Wal-Mart, and Macy’s, as well as other prominent business conglomerates.
The firm also has an International Council that is composed of a board of directors, consisting of representatives from a variety of countries. This International Council assists the company in getting contracts overseas, in developing local communities, and assisting with social development in underdeveloped countries. The International Council has helped develop positive outcomes for the lives and livelihoods of those individuals who have become a part of the construction process. The construction workers that are employed by the Schnells Group employ about 4.5 million people, many of whom live in or around Florida.
The total area of The Mall at Westport will be about two hundred thousand square feet, which includes two hotels, a convention center, multiple restaurants, and at least one movie theater. This mall is the latest addition to the luxurious malls being constructed at sea. Construction on the project began in 2021, and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The mall will be the second largest single construction project to take place in Westport, Florida, and it is the largest project to ever be completed by a private individual as well. The Schnells Group is currently working on the second phase of their international strategy, which will encompass multiple new developments in China and throughout the Caribbean.