Project DescriptionIn 1992, Mall of America opened its doors to the public on the very same land which Metropolitan Stadium once stood. Upon the demolition of this widespread attraction in 1985, the city of Bloomington selected a development team consisting of Triple Five Group, Melvin Simon and Associates, and Teachers Insurance and Annuity to repurpose this land by proposing a retail/entertainment development. This vision which became the Mall of America has risen to new heights becoming the most frequented destination in the United States for over 42 million people per year. In an effort to preserve this notable status Triple Five Group decided to reinvigorate the existing mall through an expansion which would reinforce the center’s strong brand awareness and status as a global tourist destination.
This expansion of Mall of America started in 2012 when DLR Group was commissioned for the completion of the Phase 1 site (Phase IC) that included a 300,000 SF retail expansion, 342 room JW Marriott hotel, 180,000 SF Class “A” Office building and 500 below grade parking spaces. DLR Group’s expansion to the mall creates an exciting and dynamic front door for the Mall of America along Lindau Lane. The new glass entry, along with a tremendous amount of exterior glazing, turns the mall outward to draw guests to the activity within. This expansion added nearly a million square feet to the mall. DLR Group is currently working on Phase 2 of the mall which is ultimately expected to more than double the original size.
The scope of work for this phase (Phase IC) includes a three story retail mall expansion of more than 300,000 SF, a 10 story - 176,000 SF Class “A” office building, 525 below grade parking stalls and the JW Marriott - a 303,000 SF 15 story, 342 room luxury hotel which includes a 16,400 SF ballroom with a spacious pre function area that looks over the main entry plaza. The American style cuisine Cedar & Stone restaurant prominently located along the grand atrium of the new Central Parkway at the Mall of America provides a sophisticated dining option. DLR Group provided architecture services.