Ridgefield, Connecticut -- Schimenti Construction Company completed ground up construction of two Target department stores, in Huntington and Staten Island, N.Y. — overcoming unique challenges exacerbated by Super Storm Sandy along the way.
While the hurricane did not cause major damage at either project, it did destroy fencing, displace materials and flood excavations. Both projects experienced fuel shortages, suffered delays in material supply, and required subcontractors to set up carpools to reach the worksites.
The $33 million, 140,000-sq.-ft., Staten Island project began in May 2012, was completed in September 2013, and opened to the public in October. All site and building work for this store was completed within the tight constraints of an existing mall with active retail tenants on all sides. Schimenti relocated the existing mall electrical feed prior to breaking ground and created an underground detention pond under the parking lot. The project architect was Robert M. Lucius Architects of Minneapolis.
The 151,000-sq.-ft. Huntington Target store was constructed on an 18-acre site in twelve months, concluding in October 2013. The scope of work for this $21 million project included building a 60-by 700-ft. evergreen retaining wall, a first for Schimenti.
Over six months, the company created the wall using a pre-cast structure, which eventually will be completely overgrown by ivy. The store’s walls were made of 230 pre-cast concrete panels, enabling the company to erect the building in just 10 days. To meet final elevations, Schimenti exported 50,000 cubic yards of soil. Architect was Mulvanney G2 Architects, Seattle.
Both Target stores are LEED-certified. Schimenti has completed more than 100 projects for Target.