Project Profile

Plaza Rio Hondo

Shopping Center Rebuild

Reconstructing After a Hurricane

Sachse Construction is currently performing tenant coordination and reconstruction services for Plaza Rio Hondo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The one-story, 555,000 gross square foot shopping center suffered damage following a hurricane to its façade, roof, and interior caused by wind and rain. The shopping center contains a variety of tenants, both large and small, including but not limited to Best Buy, TJMaxx, PetSmart, Marshalls, Clark, Skechers, Sally Beauty, Taco Bell, Burger King, and KFC.

The scope of work for Plaza Rio Hondo includes reconstruction and remediation for the exterior and interior of the shopping center and tenant spaces, installation of a new roof, and repairs to the rooftop mechanical units and utilities. An added challenge for the reconstruction of the plaza is that 40% of the tenant spaces are occupied and operate daily.

There are a few key challenges in remediating and reconstructing Plaza Rio Hondo: weather, roofing, and the location of the roof drains.

Replacing the roof is critical to completing the reconstruction of the plaza, but pop rain stores in the Caribbean can make keeping on schedule difficult. The weather has led to a “do what you can when you can” approach to stay on schedule. To ensure newly construction sections are not damaged, the team is keeping the roof protection on-site so they can use it in the event of a pop-up storm. Additionally, night seals are used every evening to protect the newly constructed areas overnight.

Plaza Rio Hondo is a shopping center that has experienced several additions to the original structure. As a result, former exterior walls are now interior walls, often in tenant spaces. Since the team has to coordinate the tenant spaces individually, the walls have created a challenge for ensuring all roof drains are repaired and working correctly. The drains, which are located on the exterior and formerly exterior walls, ensure water is drained correctly off the roof. Sachse Construction uses select exploratory demolition before any tenant space remediation and reconstruction to understand if drains need to be repaired or are functioning normally. This approach allows for minimal impact on the tenant spaces as well as consolidating the time a store may be down for repairs. Sachse Construction works daily to ensure consistent communication with the landlord as well as tenant space managers communicating site activities as well as ensuring the plaza’s reconstruction work remains as minimally impactful as possible.

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