Web Exclusive: Scottsdale, Arizona, Fashion Square
With approximately 2 million sq. ft. of retail space, Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the largest shopping destinations in the Southwest and among the top 30 largest malls in the country. The center is home to more than 225 retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Louis Vuitton, Armani Exchange, Prada and one of the largest Dillard’s in the U.S.
Originally built as a three-story open-air structure in 1961, Scottsdale Fashion Square has undergone many expansions and modernizations. This past year, the mall opted to add a new glass elevator and hoistway at its center, Palm Court, to better accommodate patrons. The unit has a stainless-steel base that extends along the bottom of the cab and is 6 in. high to accommodate vent slots. A three-story, all-glass shaft houses the custom cab and all the elevator’s operational mechanisms.
Working with KONE, Eklund’s Inc. completed a custom glass observation elevator for Scottsdale Fashion Square. At the top of the elevator, a six-panel ceiling constructed of 4-ga. stainless steel contains six LED down lights. The cab’s transparent side and rear walls are full length, 9/16-in. thick, clear, low-iron laminated glass held in place at the top, bottom and corners of the cab’s frame by extruded aluminum channels. Mounted through the glass walls, a stainless-steel handrail runs continuously along the rear and side walls of the cab, bending smoothly at the corner intersections.