VIKA is providing planning, entitlement, surveying, and civil engineering services to complete the transformation of Ballston Common Mall into a vibrant mixed-use district.
This transformation will not only maintain but also strengthen the relationship with the surrounding Arlington County community. Elements of the transformation include premier dining and entertainment destinations, unique retail shops and service providers, experiential urban street and gathering places, and iconic architecture. Plans also include major improvements to the public parking garage and improved connectivity to the garage and Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
The renovation of the Ballston Common Mall will include three retail levels with 350,000 SF of shopping, entertainment, and dining. Features will include open-air pedestrian shopping and cafes, community amenities, and plazas, which are all fully handicap accessible. The project will also include a new 22-story building with two retail levels with 67,000 SF, 20 residential levels with 406 units, and four underground parking levels with 295 spaces. This portion of the project is being designed to achieve Silver LEED Certification.
Some of the public improvements on Wilson Boulevard include: constructing a new pedestrian bridge; roadway improvements; upgraded streetscapes that will create opportunities for outdoor dining areas; sidewalk improvements; and, handicap parking and accessibility to the project.
Additional improvements along Randolph Street include: upgraded streetscapes to create opportunities for outdoor dining areas; sidewalk and bus stop improvements; an enhanced bus shelter in the current bus stop location; connection to the public space area to enhance east/west pedestrian movement and community connectivity; and, a dedicated drop-off zone opposite the residential lobby entrance.
Prior to demolition and construction, VIKA provided 3D laser scanning services of the existing mall façades. Laser scanning made it possible to rapidly process three-dimensional data to better model and analyze these real-world objects within the existing environment. Use of Point Cloud data collected by the 3D scanner allowed for the preparation of very precise 2D and 3D models of pre-construction existing conditions.
After demolition began, VIKA performed another 3D laser scan to capture existing structural elements of the Ballston Common Mall area and the existing façade of the Stafford building across Wilson Boulevard. The Architect and Bridge Designer used this Point Cloud data to develop their 3D design of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the new Ballston Quarter with the existing Stafford building.