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Yaohan Waterside Plaza (Mitsuwa Marketplace)
Edgewater, New Jersey

Supermarket building

Supermarket interior retail shop

Retail strip mall

Pier restaurant

Originally, this was Japan’s 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 fast food counters, a bakery, an small appliance shop, a travel agency, a gift shop and 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.

Project Characteristics: 55,000 sf supermarket
35,000 sf retail
8,000 sf restaurant
Project Type: Retail commercial center
Building Description: Steel pile foundation
Steel superstructure
Prefabricated exterior EFIS wall panels
Single-ply PVC roof system
Project Scope of Work:  Multiple prime, CM as Owner's Agent
Value: US $23,000,000

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:

  • Close coordination of field work progress
  • Communication with leasing group, and
  • A/E/C design and modification coordination with field activities

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:

  • Higher quality exterior finish system
  • Lower system life cycle cost
  • Significant reduction in installation time
  • Reduced temporary heat and enclosure requirements, and
  • Provided better working conditions

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 everyone.

Other projects:

Feldman Enterprises
Hackensack, NJ

Ecoplan Architects and Planners PC
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Construction Manager:
D&F Contracting Co., Inc.
So. Hackensack, NJ















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