Fashion District Philadelphia is a retail and entertainment destination being developed in Philadelphia, US.

Scheduled to be opened in September 2019, the mall will include flagship stores, dining and entertainment options, as well as a state-of-the-art cinema.

The property is being developed by a joint venture of Macerich and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).

The project has received public funding from different sources and participation from minority, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses enterprises (MWDBE).

Fashion District Philadelphia location

Fashion District Philadelphia is located at 901 Market Street of Center City in downtown Philadelphia.

The mall is within close proximity to the city’s historic district and Reading terminal market and the Pennsylvania Convention Centre.

“The project is being developed in two phases and includes the redevelopment of Philadelphia’s Gallery Mall and its rebranding as Fashion District.”

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Jefferson station situated nearby will provide easy access to the visitors of the mall.

Fashion District Philadelphia design details

The project is being developed in two phases and includes the redevelopment of Philadelphia’s Gallery Mall and its rebranding as Fashion District. The renovation is being carried out in phases to allow stores to remain open throughout the project.

The reconfiguration of the four-decade-old Gallery Mall will create accessible storefronts, sidewalk cafes, new streetscape, digital signage, and graphics. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1.5 million square feet and will feature 125 new stores across three-block corridors.

All the structural frames of the building will be renovated to provide more open space.

Features and attractions at the Fashion District

The mall’s tenants will include retailers such as Polo Ralph Lauren, H&M, Forever 21, Zumiez, Asics, Zalesand, and Guess among others.

The mall will offer unique dining concepts, including fast casual, quick bites, and live entertainment.

City Winery will be the key highlight for dining options and will provide a culinary and cultural wine experience to visitors, along with concerts, food and wine classes, private events, and fine dining.

Other eateries will include Dallas BBQ, Market Eats, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Chick-fil-A, and Oath Pizza.

The entire third floor of the mall will offer entertainment options, including AMC Theatres, which will feature in-theatre dining, reclining seats, and a bar.

In order to promote art in the community, the mall has partnered with Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art project to display art installations worth $1m throughout the property. It also includes a $100,000 philanthropic commitment, a three-year agreement with non-profit programmes, and creation of Uniquely Philly.

Fashion District construction and renovation

The first phase of construction involves interior demolition and mechanical and electrical enabling work of the Gallery Mall. New elevators and escalators will be installed to modernise the facilities.

Phase two will see structural demolition of certain areas and extensive modifications to the interior and exterior of the building. A new glass entrance structure will be constructed at the street level at the north-west corner of 9th and Market Streets.

Modifications include upgraded floors, exterior façade and lighting, as well as renovations to the food court and removal or replacement of members and frames for new floors.

Structural design for supporting new exterior wall systems and interior stairs will also be undertaken. The renovation will also involve additions to the mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Upgraded HVAC and electrical systems will improve power efficiency.

Contractors involved

JPRA Architects was appointed as the architect for the project. A joint venture of Skanska and Shoemaker Construction Company was contracted to provide pre-construction and construction management.

The contract for structural engineering was awarded to Keast and Hood, while Wick Fisher White provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services.

Superior Scaffold Services carried out the scaffolding work around the building.