Olsson Associates


Mall renovation includes an amphitheater makeover

Friday, July 15, 2016

Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Anyone shopping at the Arrowhead Towne Center open air mall in Glendale, Arizona, might consider watching a concert in the newly renovated amphitheater. The 1.2 million-square-foot mall remodeling project included the entertainment area.

Amphitheater before construction

Nearly eight million people visit Arrowhead Towne Center each year. After 20 years as Glendale’s only traditional shopping mall, owner Macerich decided it was time to give it more than just a facelift. The remodeling includes new interior and exterior features, new stores, and a redesign of the amphitheater. Olsson Associates was hired to work on the outdoor theater.
Updated amphitheater                                           
“We took an existing facility, enhanced it, made it safer, user-friendly and atheistically pleasing,” said project manager Len Swartz. “We also worked with the city to incorporate a bus stop into the amphitheater area.”

Len said the project involved multiple teams. Erin Bright and Tyler Paulsen in Olsson’s Lincoln Land Development team did the design work for the amphitheater.

The mall renovation began in 2014. The amphitheater seats 350 people, and it was finished in November 2015. The rest of the mall renovation was completed in June 2016.

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