San Patricio Plaza in Guaynabo will undergo a $4 million remodeling that will begin tonight and last over 10 months, company officials announced Monday.
The work will be done in stages that are not expected to affect the mall’s regular operations, as they will take place at night after stores close, executives added.
“After having remodeled The Food Court and the second level of the mall in 2012 and 2014, we begin this year with a great project that will certainly transform San Patricio Plaza into a more modern and comfortable shopping center for all our guests,” said Adolfo “Tito” González-Santini, president of Empresas Caparra, parent company of San Patricio Plaza.
Work includes replacement of floor and ceiling finishes, new low-energy luminaires (LED), new glass railings, opening of an atrium that will communicate the ground floor with the main level, a new elevator to the ground floor, and the replacement of the existing fountain with a vertical fountain that in turn will create a permanent place for events and exhibitions.
In addition, the transformation will include a new sound system and three new escalators between the main floor and the ground floor, among other improvements. The result will be a more contemporary appearance “without losing the warmth that characterizes San Patricio Plaza,” mall officials said.
In additional phases improvements will be made to the exterior of the mall, creating greater convenience and accessibility to the parking lots, a better pedestrian interconnection between the San Patricio Village properties and a more pleasant environment for guests.
In addition, two roofed areas will be built to drop off and pick up passengers, one at the southwest entrance (Banco Popular) and another at the north entrance, between TJ Maxx and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
“We continue to invest in our properties to provide a better experience for our guests, both in our facilities and in the personalized attention we provide as a mall with all the necessary options, in a pleasant and convenient scale,” González-Santini said.
The 120-store shopping center’s transformation will be in the hands of architect firm Carrerá y Asociados, with collaboration from Architect René Jean for interior finishes, and Gianluca Picardi in illumination. Engineers José Espinal and Ricardo Rodríguez del Valle will serve as structural and electrical consultants, respectively.
Empresas Caparra selected Caribbean Display as the contractor for the project that is being financed by Banco Popular.