This 12-month project is one of seven blocks developed on the old Villa Italia Mall site in Lakewood. The master development plan for the entire site includes retail and office space, residential units, community parks, plazas and several parking garages.
Saunders built Block Two which consisted of all site work and construction for two multi-story mixed-use buildings, a parking garage and partial demolition and remodel of an existing three-story retail structure. The exterior building finishes included an assortment of brick, precast and glass storefronts with awnings giving a new urbanism feel.
Building 2M3 is a 152,000-square-foot, four-story retail and office building featuring an underground parking garage and LEED silver certification. Building 2M4 is 30,000 sq. ft. of retail and/or office space. The existing 139,000-square-foot retail structure, Building 2D, was remodeled and tied into the 465,000-square-foot Parking Garage 2G. The 1,000 stall parking garage also features retail shops on the ground floor.
Belmar 2G is a prominent 423,000 sq. ft., 1,000 stall parking structure. This four-story garage is constructed of post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete with a scissor ramp system. Interior structures include four open staircases – one at each corner – and three elevators. Special features include a 120-foot lightwell, which adds natural illumination to the lower levels, and thin vehicle barrier cables that complete the visibly open feel. The North and South ends of the garage are anchored by ground level retail spaces. These spaces are built of precast concrete, steel panels, and storefront. The East and West facades display striking, 30-foot tall perforated composite panels.