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Von Maur, Riverchase Galleria, Store Renovation

Challenge

When Von Maur acquired a former Macy’s store at Riverchase Galleria Mall, they wanted to convert the store to Von Maur’s signature appearance and layout. This site offered several unique challenges – a portion of the store resides under a 17-story office building and a road that serves two adjacent parking garages. Also, there were three different structural systems, only one of which was documented, making up the superstructure for the building. The store’s interior layout also had to accommodate drainage from the roadway above it. This drainage was routed through the building via an aging and poorly functioning drainage system.

Solution

The interior of the store was demolished early to allow for Shive-Hattery to scan the building and help determine size and location of undocumented building systems. The scanner used a 3D scanner to collect 6 billion points on the interior and exterior of the building and then processing the points to create one large point cloud of the entire project area. Field measuring the existing space it would have taken three to four people working up to four days to get the same information that was retrieved from scanning. With the output of accurate 3D scanning results, there was no challenge of relating structural components and piping back to the floor plans. The store had two exterior entrances that connect to pedestrian bridges leading to parking ramps. Scanning was used to document the pedestrian bridges, as there were no original drawings available.

Impact

Having exact scanning measurements increased accuracy of the design documents and reduced time needed for the contractors to determine the routing of various systems on site. 3D Scanning enabled the designers to meet an aggressive time line so the store could open in time for the 2013 holiday season.

188,000-square-foot store renovation
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