raSmith has worked with national developer Simon Property Group on various projects at Ontario Mills in California. This mall experienced its largest redevelopment project in 2016 with an expansion of 10 retailers, including Uniqlo, Ulta, The North Face, Blaze Pizza and others. The new tenants occupy a 91,000-square foot space formerly occupied by a single tenant, JCPenney Outlet.
In addition to providing civil engineering services, raSmith provided landscape architectural and irrigation design services for this most recent expansion. A variety of team members with different needs and opinions necessitated that raSmith remain flexible while keeping an eye on the client’s bottom line by recommending the most cost-effective solutions possible. A bioswale was designed for bioretention purposes, minimizing the amount of rainwater that ends up in the storm sewer.
The expansion project at Ontario Mills ultimately resulted in the landscape and irrigation design adding value to the mall and the developer hitting their overall project budget goals.