In 2014, Cypress Equities, the management company for Lloyd Center, announced its plans for updating the interior and exterior of the historic shopping center at the heart of the acclaimed Lloyd District adjacent to downtown Portland. After two years of planning, construction and hard work, the Lloyd Center remodel is close to completion.
The famous Lloyd Center Ice Rink has been reconfigured and upgraded. The rink is now a more traditional oval design and has been shifted to the east, becoming the central attraction of the newly revamped Center Court. The rink is visible from all three levels where balconies overlook from three concentric oval cut-outs in the floor plan. The existing chalet has been reworked, too. The original ice-making equipment related to the rink dated back to the opening of the mall and has been upgraded to new, energy-efficient technology for optimal efficiency.
Now that construction on the rink is coming to a close, it’s time to look forward. The rink is going to officially open to the public on November 17, 2016, just in time for the holidays. In celebration of this momentous day, there will be an official ribbon cutting to unveil Lloyd Center’s beautiful new rink. Lloyd Center management has also arranged for a 50 foot Christmas tree to be placed in the middle of the ice rink for the holidays, as well as magical indoor snowfall to make this year’s holidays truly memorable.
Along with Lloyd Center’s new rink, a brand new entrance is in the process of being added. This new pedestrian entrance will be on NE Multnomah Street adjacent to Macy’s. Most of the demolition work is complete, but the new entrance will not be finished until spring of 2017. Once the entrance is fully installed, the pedestrian plaza approaching the new main entrance will be infused with lush landscaping treatments, bright lighting, ample sidewalk café-style seating and vibrant storefront displays. Once inside the new entrance, shoppers will be greeted by a grand spiral staircase spanning all three levels of the shopping center, reminiscent of the original spiral staircase from 1960.
Aside from the major portions of the remodel, customers will notice an updated interior design. Lloyd Center’s tile and carpet are brand new, creating a more modern feel. The columns have been uncovered to reveal the original marble that has been hidden for nearly 30 years. These columns are design elements from mid-century American architecture, and after polishing and sealing them, they look brand new! The mall will also receive updated furnishings in early 2017 to complete the look.
This process was a huge undertaking, but it has drastically improved the mall. It’s been a year full of excitement and change, and we are thrilled for everyone to visit and see Lloyd Center’s makeover!