One of the main goals for the renovation of Maplewood Mall was to create an upbeat and inviting atmosphere to attract shoppers and make the mall a destination. RSP Architects of Minneapolis led the remodeling effort, which focused on the mall’s large center court. The architects stripped the paint from the windows, removed the ceiling, and installed a new LED lighting system to brighten and highlight the area and create a fun and engaging experience for mall-goers. -Color Kinetics
Maplewood Mall was overdue for a facelift, but mall owner Simon Property Group Inc. also wanted to change the feel of the mall.
“The idea was to add more family-friendly amenities, and to make it more of a community asset,” said Jennifer Lewis, general manager of the shopping center.
In 2011, RSP Architects and Pepper Construction Group got the job done, in tandem with nearby road improvements and a stormwater-management project.
They revamped the mall’s five entrances and added new signage, They also removed the old 12-foot sign on the roof. To keep the new entrance signs from overpowering the anchor stores’ signs, backlit translucent panels went behind individual sign letters painted in reflective silver paint. At night, LED fixtures light up the panels for a subtle lantern effect. -Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal