RIM Architects | University Center
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University Center

Location:
Anchorage, AK
Role :
Architect
Client :
Furniture Enterprises, JL Properties
Total SF :
290,000
About

Challenged with a 200,000 square foot shopping center struggling with an increasing number of vacant tenant spaces over a span of years, RIM was brought in to work with two major tenants:  the new mall owners, Sadler’s (Alaska’s premier furnishings supplier) and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

By providing master planning, conceptual design, exterior and interior improvements, common area renovations, a storage space addition, site improvements, entry upgrades and re-roofing, RIM was able to create a dynamic space that attracted new tenants revitalizing the center.  The facility is now a thriving retail and education space.

As a fast-track, 6-7 month turn-key project, RIM was able to deliver a refreshed center featuring strong building elements focusing on architecture and signage providing both a sense of place and a method of wayfinding.   The center has become a premier example of a project combining retail and adaptive reuse of retail spaces into student services and educational spaces.  Ultimately RIM was able to set a new exemplary standard for Anchorage’s big box retail with this project, as zoning requirements were being written during its progress and the center provided a significant example of planning success, thus elements were incorporated within the city’s zoning requirements.