|Yaohan Waterside Plaza (Mitsuwa
Edgewater, New Jersey
Originally, this was Japans retailer Yaohan Department Store's east coast flagship
location. The shopping center today is known as Mitsuwa Marketplace. The
project, designed by Ecoplan Architects, is comprised of three separate buildings
(supermarket, retail and restaurant), on the waterfront facing New York City.
The supermarket is
unique in that it was one of the first to introduce
food counters, a bakery, an small appliance shop, a travel agency, a gift shop
a few other retail stores within the supermarket for one stop shopping. The Chinzan-so Restaurant, a traditional Japanese restaurant sits on the
end of a pier over the Hudson River.
Extensive preliminary site
preparation work dictated a fast track approach to the project, in order to meet the
developer's commitment to the primary tenant.
35,000 sf retail
8,000 sf restaurant
||Retail commercial center
Steel pile foundation
Prefabricated exterior EFIS wall panels
Single-ply PVC roof system
Scope of Work:
||Multiple prime, CM as Owner's Agent
The project presented several difficult
challenges to the team as a result of its location on the banks of the Hudson River. Work
along the bank of the river was constrained by daily tide fluctuations. Extensive testing
and monitoring of backfill operations and control of soil surcharge were critical to
allow work to proceed. Tight scheduling and flexible coordination by the site work
contractor enabled mobilization to sensitive areas when the conditions were favorable.
This became key to the success of completing the foundation work on schedule.
Because of the poor soil conditions,
all building and underground drainage structures where supported on pile foundations.
Each tenant within the supermarket had unique requirements . As a result, the
construction management team played a pivotal role in:
Since the project was on an
accelerated track, making quick decisions to unimpede the concrete work was important in
allowing superstructure work to begin on schedule. To permit work to continue during
the winter, the exterior field applied EFIS on metal stud wall finish and framing system,
was reengineered as a prefabricated panel system. This solution allowed fabrication
of finished panels to proceed in a controlled shop environment, eliminating weather
sensitive work on site. Several advantages:
- Close coordination of field work progress
- Communication with leasing group, and
- A/E/C design and modification coordination with field
Lower system life cycle cost
Significant reduction in installation time
Reduced temporary heat and enclosure
Provided better working conditions
- Higher quality exterior finish system
With a tight schedule, the team's
commitment throughout the project to analyze and pursue alternative solutions to expedite
fabrication and installation was invaluable. Delivering the project on time was a
testament to everyone's commitment and involvement which stimulated ideas that benefited the project and bottom line for
Ecoplan Architects and Planners PC
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
D&F Contracting Co., Inc.
So. Hackensack, NJ