Located approximately 25 miles west of downtown Savannah near the junction of I-16 and I-95, the new Tanger Outlet Savannah was a joint-venture project between Ben Carter Enterprises and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. The center is Tanger Outlet’s 44th such outlet mall with the others located in 24 states and Canada.
The project site covers more than 170 acres and is master planned for more than 500,000 sq. ft. of retail space and outparcel sales. The first phase of construction included 377,000 sq. ft. of space over seven buildings and parking for over 2,700 vehicles. Shifting away from the enclosed, indoor shopping mall, this open-air center boasts a number of public spaces with outdoor seating and gathering areas. The center’s aesthetics were patterned from many of the historic and architectural features in the immediate Savannah area, including replicas of the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and the Bay Street Bell Tower, ornamental fountains, and hardscape and landscape celebrating the many historic squares located in downtown Savannah. A children’s play area is located on the south side of the center featuring an amphitheater, play equipment, boxwood maze and a seating area for parents.
Though heavy on the history and aesthetics of the Savannah area, technology plays a huge part in the overall Tanger Outlets Savannah experience. Three large, digital reader boards draw shoppers to the center along I-95 and Pooler Parkway. Once onsite they are further greeted at all pedestrian entry points by interactive digital directory boards that include detailed directions to onsite retailers, a listing of deals and available coupons retailers may have, the news of the day, and advertisements for upcoming events the center may be having.
DPR documented construction progress through the use of a Phantom 2 quadcopter equipped with an HD camera capable of taking video or still shots. A jobsite flight path was established and flights scheduled weekly, or whenever necessary, to monitor the work as it developed. The entire site could be traveled in a matter of minutes to show all activities as they were occurring in that point in time. These birds-eye view videos and photos in turn were shared with the rest of the out-of-town project team for their review and comment. Ownership used this information in their sales with tenants and outparcel prospects to easily show construction progress in a more intuitive format. Due to the quality of information produced on this project, Tanger Outlets now requires quadcopter use and documentation on all their projects moving forward.
Due to the number of subcontractors onsite and the need to consistently manage and maintain their information flow, completion lists and project punchlists were produced through the use of BIM360 Field. All subcontractor foremen carried tablet technology with them and were immediately notified of items as they were entered no matter where they were onsite. Because of their daily presence during construction, ownership was given access to the system and participated in the development of issues as they saw them. Generated lists became the basis of daily subcontractor meetings and were an efficient means of tracking issues from their inception to their completion.