Project: The Shops at Riverside - AMC Addition
Client: Simon Property Group
The Shops at Riverside is an upscale , enclosed shopping center in Hackensack, N.J. first opened in 1977. With the closing and take-back of a three-level Saks Fifth Avenue department store, JP2 was retained to fully convert the building into shops, restaurants, and a new flagship luxury AMC multi-screen theater. The 1,100-seat theater facility occupies the upper level of the former department store building. The AMC required demolition and reconstruction of the upper floor with the roof at a higher level to accommodate the theater stadium seating. The entire building was stripped to a structural frame and brought up to current requirements for life safety. JP2 worked closely with AMC to integrate their requirements for projection mezzanines, acoustics, and other vital aspect essential to their new luxury cinema offering while still allowing restaurant and retail tenants including Cheesecake Factory and Barnes & Noble to occupy the lower level.