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Santa Monica Place - Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Place - Santa Monica, CaA historical three-level, traditional indoor mall designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and built in 1980 – was drastically transformed into a 550,000-square-foot major open-air entertainment and dining destination in downtown Santa Monica.

R.A. Smith National provided site design services to Macerich Company. Services included designing 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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