Fairview Mall is a major (900,000 ft2 ) shopping centre in Toronto, Ontario. Opened in 1970, the centre has over 170 stores and services. During the late 1980’s mall owner Cadillac Fairview spent $90M to provide Fairview Mall's first major expansion. Renovations at that time included a glass-tiered ceiling, similar to Toronto's Eaton Centre, which opened much of its interior to natural lighting.
In late 2008 Fairview Mall completed another $90 million full renovation and redevelopment project. The redevelopment phases included an expanded Shoppers Drug Mart and a large format Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store. The food court was moved to the lower level under a 60-foot high skylight near The Bay. All entrances to the mall were updated to incorporate hands-free technology and the common areas inside the centre were transformed with greater open spaces and wood finishes.
Elevators serving the third floor offices were added for the first time, located near entrance #4. The front facade along Sheppard Avenue was also received a complete facelift by Fall 2009, including Fairview Mall's new "dining experience" area.
Symtech Innovations Ltd has been chosen to complete work on the current mall renovations. Cadillac Fairview has contracted Symtech to upgrade all of the mall’s distribution.
Some of these updates include: replacement of existing motor control centres; replacement of distribution boards; providing all new wiring; replacement and installation of all exterior fixtures and fire alarm.
Because the mall and it’s tenants cannot be disturbed during regular business hours and power cannot be shut down, all work has to be scheduled and coordinated prior to any shut downs at times that are convenient to the mall. This requires a lot of pre-planning and organization to ensure the project runs on time and on budget with minimal disruptions to the mall and its tenants.