Tempe Marketplace, which opened in September 2007, is home to Harkins Theatres, Dave & Buster’s, Best Buy, JC Penny’s Super Target and Sam’s Club. This 120-acre retail lifestyle center consists of 1.4M SF of retail, dining and entertainment venues, and is particularly unique because it was constructed on what used to be a “brownfield” site. The majority of the center was built on a non-organic landfill which had to be compacted by means of “deep dynamic compaction.” The remainder of the development was located above an organic landfill that had to be removed and backfilled prior to construction. Optimus worked closely with the Client’s construction team and other consultants to develop a strategy to address these sub-surface issues and estimate the associated cost.
To further complicate the development process, the project was developed on what was once 150 separate parcels owned by multiple property owners. In addition to providing all facets of the civil design for the on and off-site infrastructure improvements, Optimus provided the survey data and parcel exhibits necessary for its Client to complete the negotiation and assemblage of these parcels. In addition, Optimus helped facilitate the abandonment of over 200 public and private easements and prepared all of the related legal descriptions and exhibits associated with these efforts.