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Santa Monica Place - Santa Monica, California


The Santa Monica Place project has achieved LEED® Gold Certification, the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) second highest level of certification for a green design project and has won ICSC's 2013 VIVA award for "Best-of-the-Best" in Design/Development.Santa Monica Place - Santa Monica, California

Turn a suburban, enclosed mall inside out? That is exactly what real estate investment trust and owner Macerich Company did at Santa Monica Place.

The redeveloped shopping destination offers several open-air, sit-down restaurants and a dazzling indoor/outdoor rooftop dining deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The mall offers 80 to 90 retail stores and several entertainment options. The development also includes two new anchor stores, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. All at an unbeatable location; Santa Monica, California, the world-famous city by the beach.

Santa Monica Place – a historical three-level, traditional indoor mall designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and built in 1980 – was drastically transformed into a major open-air entertainment and dining destination in downtown Santa Monica. The project’s location two blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and the beach creates a seamless extension of the pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade.

R.A. Smith National provided site design services to Macerich Company for the redevelopment of the existing mall into a unique 550,000-square-foot, open-air entertainment/dining destination.

Critical Design Challenges
R.A. Smith National designed Best Management Practices (BMP) structures and new storm drain systems to treat and release stormwater runoff in a highly urbanized and developed site. The systems were designed around the mall’s existing structural foundations, while minimizing conflicts with existing utilities.

Redesign of the existing loading docks to accommodate the lowering of the first floor of the mall, which sits above, provided additional design challenges. The owner was opposed to the lowering of the existing foundations due to schedule impacts and wanted to maintain truck access. R.A.Smith National’s design accomplished the task through a series of investigative surveys and targeted grading design to minimize the disturbance.

R.A. Smith National’s scope of services further involved preparing a Stormwater Pollution and Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP) for approval by the City of Santa Monica, as well as retrofitting stormwater management BMP structures to the existing, city-owned parking decks.


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