Embarking on Impressive Renovations and Improvements
Highland Park Village began extensive renovations and expansions to a portion of the historic property in April 2017 as part of the latest initiative to elevate the customer experience and preserve the shopping center’s iconic and authentic Spanish-inspired architecture. Following approval from the Town of Highland Park, preparations were under way to remodel and improve Building G, located along Preston Road and occupied by CHANEL, Starbucks, Anthropologie, and William Noble Rare Jewels.
Plans are to completely remodel and re-tenant the second and third floors of Building G, make modifications to the first level lobby, add an iconic tower on the east side, an exit stair tower on the west side, and create 6,100 square feet of traditional rooftop terraces. The third floor expands to a total of 19,000 square feet. The second floor, which is approximately 21,000 square feet, becomes offices to several retail uses, including the relocation of William Noble Rare Jewels.
In addition, the exterior sees drastically modified to reflect the rest of Highland Park Village’s traditional Spanish architectural style. Aesthetic touches are to be incorporated into the building that was originally constructed in 1965, including Spanish tile, wooden balconies, and façade details. A ticketless valet system and newly relocated valet station are part of the updates so as to better serve guests and improve traffic flow.
“We’ve been considering a renovation of this magnitude for years and it’s one of the last pieces remaining to visually pull all of Highland Park Village together and integrate the authentic look of the original buildings that were built 85 years ago,” said Ray Washburne, managing director, Highland Park Village. “The architecture will reflect the old-world charm of the Village, but we are also focusing on improving our complimentary valet experience for customers.”
Highland Park Village brought on Omniplan to design the impressive project and The Whiting Turner Contracting Company led general contracting efforts.
The multimillion dollar project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.
Highland Park Village is a favorite among locals and international guests alike. Built in 1931 and widely regarded as the country’s first true shopping center, the Village is internationally recognized for its architectural significance and mix of the world’s best-known upscale retailers. Highland Park Village offers a range of complimentary services for its guests, including complimentary personal shopping and valet parking.