Arhaus – Tysons Galleria
Scope of Work
Storefront, Curtainwall, Doors, ACM Panels, Custom Metal Rainscreens, and Wood Paneling
Arhaus is a high-end luxury chain that designs and sells artisan home furnishings. A new location was preparing to open in 2021 at Tysons Galleria, a three-level super-regional mall owned by the Tysons, Virginia-based Brookfield Properties Retail Group. At the time, Brookfield Properties was in the process of redeveloping a 30-year-old former Macy’s big-box department store, morphing it into a mini-mall, along with amenities such as a movie theater and bowling alley.
With any project, especially those that involve retail tenants, time is of the essence. Begun in January 2021, the renovation needed to be completed by the end of July. High end stores like Arhaus typically call for high end, custom product specifications and finishes, which generally require longer lead times. The challenge/goal was to finish on schedule and make sure the client’s design vision was achieved.
Working closely with the general contractor’s site superintendent, LGM concluded that the only way to meet the strict deadlines was to establish strict “Hold To” sizes. This meant the superintendent would guarantee the sizes needed for the project so that LGM could jump-start the process by preordering custom materials. The idea behind “Hold To” sizes is simple, but the challenge is anticipating any issues that may arise, causing the dimensions to change after materials have been purchased. If the specifications changed, the pre-ordered materials would not be usable, with replacements costing more money and causing significant delays. To manage the process, LGM remained in constant communication with the general contractor to ensure the project progressed as planned.
By adhering to a strict schedule and budget and remaining in close communication, no custom materials had to be reordered and LGM completed its work ahead of schedule, preserving the project’s bottom line and showcasing a sophisticated product. The redeveloped Tysons Galleria is one of the largest malls in the Washington metropolitan area. The first retailer in the redesigned 200,000-square-foot space to open was Arhaus.