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Construction begins on massive Gallery Mall project

It’ll be a construction zone until 2018

Construction fences around an old mall
Construction has begun on the $575M Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia project at Gallery Mall.
Photo by Melissa Romero

Construction has officially begun at the massive Gallery Mall, which will be transformed into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia when all is said and done.

Shoemaker and Skanska have been contracted to co-lead construction efforts, which will involve renovating about 1,400,000 square feet of both interior and exterior space, making it the largest retail repositioning project in the region.

It’s not the companies’ first time tackling Gallery Mall. Shoemaker spearheaded construction of Gallery I in 1977. Skanska built Gallery II about a decade later.

Preliminary construction, namely interior demolition, actually started earlier this year, not a minute after developer PREIT was awarded a $10 million RACP state grant. The total cost of the projection is projected to be around $575 million.

Construction will now include a long list of repairs, including replacement of common area floor finishes, ceilings, lightings, and columns, as well as some selective structural demolition.

On the exterior, crews will transform the facade, sidewalks, and streetscapes on Market, 11th, 10th, 9th, and Filbert streets. There will be a glass entrance, and a continuous row of ground-level shops and digital signage.

If all goes to plan, construction should finish up in August 2018. These renderings offer a sneak peek of what to expect.