Shopping Mall Skylight Survey
We were asked to perform shopping mall skylight consulting at The Crossroads Mall. The mall is located in Portage, Michigan, a suburb of Kalamazoo.
The mall features four anchor stores (Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Burlington Coat Factory), as well as 100 stores and a food court.
General Growth Properties acquired the mall in 1999 and renovated the food court in the early 2000s.
The Mall Skylights of Concern were the (95) Acrylic Skylights:
- (29 ea.) Acrylic Self-Flashing Skylights, 6’ x 6’ nominal, clear over clear acrylic.
- (9 ea.) Structural Pyramid, Glass Skylights 14’ x 14’ nominal, tinted, insulated glass units.
- (66 ea.) Acrylic Curb Mount Skylights, 5’ x 5’ nominal, single clear acrylic.
What We Found:
- (29 ea.) Acrylic Self Flashing Skylights –cracked and fogged acrylic, gasket falling out.
- (66 ea.) Acrylic Curb Mount Skylights –cracked and fogged acrylic, gasket falling out.
Replace all (95)acrylic skylights.
(10) – 6’ x 6’ skylights over Food Court should be done immediately at minimum.
The mall skylights with the self-flashing curbs do not need the curbs replaced and can be replaced as same as the curb mount skylights.
Glass skylights are in good shape overall and do not require any work for the next five years, at a minimum.