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February 2018 — Retail Properties Quarterly —

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Retail Highlight

past – you’re putting up drywall, you’re

painting it; you’re putting up ceiling

tiles; you’re putting in light fixtures;

all that type of stuff, which is all the

same, but in a completely different

sequence of work and timeframe.”

The biggest challenge from a project

management perspective was securing

the manpower, he said. They needed

to get enough tradesmen to the site at

a very quick pace in order to meet the

project’s outlined goal to be reopened

before Black Friday. Not only were

they dealing with an extremely tight

construction labor market, but also

the project required work in practi-

cally every part of the retail center. The

most in-demand trade: drywallers. At

times, there were over 350 drywallers

on site, he said.

At the busiest times of the proj-

ect, fromAugust through the mall’s

reopening, there were more than 550

workers on site. Overseeing all of that

was a team of about 18 supervisors,

project managers and safety crew

members. Since reopening in Novem-

ber, the numbers have come down

quite a bit, but there still are crews

on-site finishing the project, Chisholm


After the storm, a temporary roof

was immediately deployed. A perma-

nent new roof is now nearing comple-

tion; it features a better hail protection

system than the original 2002 roof.

Remarkably, only four of the more than

100 original skylights were damaged

and needed to be replaced.

The interior of the mall is nearing

completion as well, with flooring in

the common areas accounting for the

final step. The original wood, carpet

and concrete floors are being replaced

with tile and carpet, along with a few

designated polished concrete sections,

Chisholm said.

“Work on the common areas will

continue during evening hours extend-

ing into 2018, and more retailers will

open during this timeline,” Morris said.

“As a result of the storm restoration,

the new concept for Colorado Mills will

provide a refreshed, contemporary look

while still preserving some of its legacy


Between the common areas and

tenant spaces, the construction crews

hung over 200,000 sheets of drywall,

replaced more than 12,435 light fix-

tures, replaced 100,000 ceiling tiles

and painted more than 7.5 million sf

of wall space, according to The Beck


The exterior of the shopping center

will be the final step in the restora-

tion project. This will ramp up as the

weather gets nicer and is slated to

be completed by the second quarter,

Chisholm said.

The shopping center owner was

thrilled to reopen with the support

of more than 100 stores and eater-

ies, which have been opening on a

rolling basis since Nov. 21, Morris

said. “As the largest outlet and value

retail shopping destination in the

state, additional retailers will open

throughout 2018 to return us to pre-

storm occupancy closer to 200 stores

and restaurants,” he said.

Several of the tenants with exte-

rior entrances reopened earlier than

Nov. 21 – with the SuperTarget and

the United Artist movie theater lead-

ing the pack. Meanwhile, a few inte-

rior tenants opted to take the time

to do a full redesign and have yet to

open. The center’s website and social

media accounts share more infor-

mation on which tenants are open.

All said, the timeline from the

closing to reopening is something

with which everyone is proud to be


“Our team at Simon and Colo-

rado Mills worked incredibly hard

to reopen the center and continues

to be dedicated every day,” Morris

said. “We are so grateful to our team,

partners and community for work-

ing with us through this process. We

look forward to holding a celebration

once all work is complete.”

One silver lining coming from

the project is realizing what can be

accomplished when you put your

mind to something. “We got a lot of

work done in a really short amount

of time,” said Chisholm. “We – the

Beck team and the 500-plus trade

workers who were working their

tails off out here – were all amazed

by what we accomplished.”


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Construction statistics from Colorado Mills restoration project

The effort to reopen Colorado Mills involved a massive undertaking, high-

lighted by Simon Property Group and The Beck Group’s shared project statis-

tics. The project required:

• Building the new roof, which is the size of 21 football fields;

• Replacing over 100,000 ceiling tiles, which if they were lined up side by

side would span from Denver to Colorado Springs;

• Hanging more than 200,000 sheets of drywall, which is equivalent to 183


• Painting more than 7.5 million square feet of wall space, which is like

painting 14,285 average-sized bedrooms; and

• Replacing 12,435 light fixtures.

Remarkably, of the more than 100 skylights in the mall, only four had to be replaced.