We Drive Change: Westgroup Designs Partners with CoastKeeper 35th Annual Coastal Cleanup

We Drive Change: Westgroup Designs Partners with CoastKeeper for 35th Annual Coastal Cleanup

On September 21st, The WD crew volunteered with the Orange County CoastKeeper, a nonprofit clean-water organization that serves as a proactive steward for our water ecosystems. To celebrate their 35th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, our team spent the day picking up trash along our Southern California beaches. In just our segment, 333 cigarette butts, 491 foam fragments, and 482 plastic pieces were collected amongst other forms of trash.

With an impressive number of volunteers, 110 miles of coastline was cleaned up on this day, unifying counties throughout California!

Elevating the community is vital part of what we focus on each day with our staff, clients and industry partners- by volunteering with events like this, and through the details in every design project we take on, which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal.

Orange County CoastKeeper’s Mission: To protect the region’s water resources so they are swimmable, drinkable and fishable for present and future generations.

Coastal Cleanup with the WD Sharks

Orange County Beach Cleanup 2019

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WD Celebrates the Success of Their Client, Alignment Healthcare!

Westgroup Designs celebrates the success of their client, Alignment Healthcare, being touted as the ‘Fastest Growing OC-based Private Company’ on the Orange County Business Journal’s 2019 List.

The 110,000 sf headquarters for this National organization was designed in 3 phases on 5 floors in Orange, CA.  Previously located in several smaller offices, this new design brings the 400-person staff  together under one roof, providing a unique work environment for both their healthcare and administrative professionals. The dynamic, progressive office space features diverse work and amenity zones planned for private, open, team, social and training functions, bolstered by sophisticated digital technology. Promoting knowledge sharing and a collaborative work ethic, many spaces also have dual functions for creative flexibility. This planning and design concept continues to work well, allowing this “patient-centric” organization to grow as they do their best work on behalf of the communities they serve.

 

Orange County Business Journal 2019 September

WD Bocce Ball Team ‘Stranger Throws’ participates in raising over $10,000 for Local Charities. 

Channeling Our Inner Powers at the Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, WD Team ‘Stranger Throws’ participates in raising over $10,000 for Local Charities. 

Westgroup Designs had a totally rad time invoking 80’s summer vibes for the Annual Bocce Ball Charity Tournament at the Back Bay in Newport Beach on the afternoon of Thursday August 8th. Our team, Stranger Throws, was inspired by Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things. Stranger Things’ third season tagline is “One Summer Can Change Everything”. Although the TV series is referring to a seemingly unbeatable sci-fi monster, we were inspired by the tagline to help make a positive difference for our community! The awesome Bocce Ball event was hosted by People Space and Haworth for the 10th year in a row, bringing together competing teams from architecture/design, construction and real estate companies in Orange County with manufacturer’s sponsorships, to raise over $10,000 for local charities.

One summer can truly change everything!

Fillmore USD Approved for an Additional $3 Million in Matching Funds for Career Technical Education Facility

Fillmore Unified School District Approved for an Additional $3 Million in Matching Funds for Career Technical Education Facility

Westgroup Designs continues to secure DSA approval, bidding and construction as the campus project advances. These actions have resulted in a total of $6 Million in matching funds from the State of California reserved for the new construction of the Career Technical Education Facility on the Fillmore High School campus. 

Westgroup Design’s architectural solution will bring two new CTE buildings to the campus that will support Transportation (i.e. automotive) and Agriscience/Agricultural Mechanics pathways. The facilities will give students hands-on experience with state-of-the-art automotive diagnostics and repair equipment, greenhouse horticulture, and wood, metal and CNC fabrication.

“It’ll be a breath of fresh air onto the campus and into the community,” said Superintendent Dr. Adrian Palazuelos, and will allow the District “…the ability to realize the dream of creating the facility that our students deserve.”

As part of Fillmore USD’s facilities improvement efforts at Fillmore High School, Westgroup Designs is overhauling the campus electrical infrastructure to support future projects, such as a new Gymnasium, Performing Arts Center, and Administration, as well as modernization of existing classrooms.

In addition to work with Fillmore USD, Westgroup Designs is currently finishing construction of two High School campuses for Garden Grove USD that was made possible by $40 million of State AB 300 seismic replacement funds WD’s fast-track design solution secured. The construction is more than 85% complete, with the work phased to allow the campus to remain open without the need of interim housing.

See the District’s full press release here.

Contributor

Ken Ong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Cheers to 30 Years!

CHEERS TO 30 YEARS!

Westgroup Designs (WD) is forefront in the industry with its dedication to Innovative Design, Client-Focused Solutions and Reliable Service.

We Design. We innovate every day to ensure that your vision drives everything that we do. We leverage our design expertise as a tool to help achieve organizational goals and strengthen business outcomes.

We Deliver. Most of the clients we started with are still with us, and 89% of our projects come from repeat clients. We know that the optimal solution begins with selecting the right team, who have the expertise, experience and vision, and combine this with the tools, technology, values and integrity to bring it all together.

We Drive Change. For 30 years, our success, locally and internationally, has been the result of more than just the quality of our work, it has been the culmination of attitude, strategic approach and the way we treat our clients. As passionate, committed stewards of the built environment, we practice what we preach and have been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the OCBJ for a second time as we share this dedication to excellence with our clients and project partners.

Westgroup Designs Creates Unique Environment for First Tenant of Flight at Tustin Legacy

Westgroup Designs Creates Unique Environment for First Tenant of Flight at Tustin Legacy

Orange County’s First purpose-built creative Office Campus will be home to Westgroup Designs (WD) client, Work Well Win, a progressive leader in the co-working industry. WD has developed the modern design solution for the client’s companies and independent executives to work in a professional environment supported by premier amenities where comfort, air, fitness and light are optimized to enhance productivity and overall well-being.

A progressive design for Work Well Win’s first Orange County office, this space supports their expansion mission and vision, whose headquarters and first office space is located in Connecticut. This design will incorporate details paying homage to the local history and agricultural landscape, with references to the citrus fields as well as blimp hangars and reflects the company’s branded health and wellness focused approach to the working environment.

The office space which makes the most of Flight’s thoughtfully articulated flexibility, features, market-leading amenities and it’s unique setting and location, is slated to be completed Summer 2019. Read more in the OC Register.

Los Alamitos USD Selects WD to Design a New Addition to Their Sole High School Campus: a Multi-story STEM Classroom Building.

Los Alamitos USD Selects WD to Design a New Addition to Their Sole High School Campus: a Multi-story STEM Classroom Building.

At 50-years-old, Los Alamitos High School needs new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math instruction spaces. Los Alamitos USD selected WD to deliver the learning environment for students and staff that will carry the campus into the future.

The new 83,000 sf STEM classroom building is being planned for the front of the school creating a new face for the campus and the Los Alamitos community, while improving long-term student safety and campus security. Additionally, the project will allow the campus to replace numerous portable classrooms with permanent classrooms (P2P) and allow for expanded Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways. The new building will include 14 science classrooms, 16 general classrooms, and career & technical education centers for engineering and robotics.

WD is working closely with the District to secure CTE state matching funds that will stretch their construction dollars and maximize the impact of the project to the sole high school within the district. The estimated $52.4-million project will be financed through sale of Measure G bonds, which was approved by voters last month.

Los Alamitos USD has a long-standing legacy of excellence in Academics, Athletics, Activities, and the Arts and strives to provide a meaningful standards-based curriculum that guarantees all students the opportunities and resources to attain the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to function as responsible and productive members of society.

Westgroup Designs completes Orange County’s First County Government Year-Round Emergency Shelter

Westgroup Designs Completes Orange County’s First County Government Year-Round Emergency Shelter

Westgroup Designs (WD) and our client, Orange County Public Works, have recently completed “Bridges at Kraemer Place” the new Year-Round Emergency Shelter and Multi-Service Center in Anaheim, a comprehensive facility dedicated to transitioning homeless individuals into permanent housing and jobs.

Of the 4 Shelter Types: Emergency, Transitional, Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive, this vital stepping stone is essential as the county estimates that about 70 percent of the emergency shelter beds have been reserved for families or single and pregnant women.

The goals of Bridges at Kraemer Place, and its programs, include support to help reduce the number of persons who experience homelessness in our community and increase access to housing opportunities for chronically homeless individuals.

This facility houses 200, with an emphasis on single adults, and will be staffed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and will be managed by Mercy House, a leading nonprofit organization that provides services for those experiencing homelessness. Unlike other emergency shelters, this one will house men and women for between 60-90 days, with a reservation. The Shelter’s primary focus is assisting program participants with creating a housing plan, making connections to housing resources and ending their homelessness as soon as possible.

WD planned and designed the existing industrial concrete tilt-up structure and it’s 1.87 acre site into a 24,000 square foot multi-functional facility, which features ample locker, shower and restroom facilities; an on-site comprehensive medical clinic with nurse’s station, lab, pharmacy and exam rooms; a commercial kitchen; separate men’s and women’s sleeping quarters, a dining hall, laundry room, computer lab, storage, administration suite, and flexible, multi-purpose rooms for daytime program activities, including supportive services, employment and job placement referrals and Life Skills classes & workshops, as well as indoor and outdoor recreation activities.

Orange County Assemblywoman, Sharon Quirk-Silva [District #65], secured an additional $5 Million from the 2018-2019 State Budget’s Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to expand support services at Bridges at Kraemer Place observing that this is a “sensible step in the right direction, with its support from local government, law enforcement and the community”. She added that “it is not the time to turn our backs on some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Supporting a proven successful shelter, already in operation, is the logical first approach to confront the complicated issue of homelessness….and will “ease the burden put on our neighborhood streets in times of crisis”.

Westgroup Designs continues our commitment to Social Responsibility, working to enhance our Community and the people it serves, every day. Learn more about WD’s local community support here.

Westgroup Designs Thinks Pink This October

Westgroup Designs Thinks Pink This October

WD promotes Breast Cancer Awareness and funds research efforts through Team Enrichment Challenge and Industry Design Competition.

Our mission is to support the cause.
Our dream is that one day we won’t have to.

Passionate about both wellness and design, our WD team eagerly looks forward to the time in October when we can Do Good for our community as we creatively promote Breast Cancer Awareness and contribute to research efforts through our staff and firm’s annual events. Participating in our 5th Annual Wine & Design, an event in collaboration with A Common Thread for the Cure, a nonprofit organization that supports breast cancer patients and survivors, we, along with other local architecture & design firms, are invited to design 2 wine labels, a white and a red variety, for a selected winery who will produce the wine and donate profits from these special bottles to the non-profit organization.

This year, the inspirational theme provided was “With Spirit and Grace”. Our design team’s approach was to beautifully interpret the concept in two directions. The first, Bordeaux Blend, reflects a spark that ignites hope; finding the spirit within yourself, to move with grace through any adversity that is brought your way. The second label, for the Grenache Blanc, represents Unity. Every person, regardless of condition, appearance, story or challenges, are united; stronger together, through whatever cards one is dealt.

We are proud to continue partnering with this organization and lending a voice to the great work they are doing. Thanks to our Sponsors, Tangram and Milliken, for their support throughout the entire Wine & Design event!

We are also delighted to support Susan G. Komen For The Cure, through our internal Wellness Challenges. The winning team of our workout challenge gets to send a donation in their name to this organization which has the capacity to support patients through all stages: the awareness, early detection, treatment, and care for those affected by breast cancer.

Enriching the community is part of our focus each day – with our staff, clients and industry partners- through volunteering and competitions like this which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal.

 

Office Wellness Competition: An Important Pause for a Great Cause Pt.2

Office Wellness Competition: An Important Pause for a Great Cause Pt.2

The challenge structure was shaken up, but the competition remained fierce. Westgroup Designs hosts its second round of the wellness challenge between WD employees to elevate our minds, bodies, and our community!

The battle of the two teams, WD Aqua + WD Fireballs, was just as close as the last round, inspiring enthusiasm each week through exciting mini challenges. This round of the wellness challenge was all about making small changes. Changing just one bad habit and reinforcing great ones can make all the difference in us and our surroundings! Staff was given weekly tasks that vary in difficulty- from drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day, going on a hike, or doing something kind for a stranger. These tasks challenged the participants to explore new ways to improve themselves, and inspired teamwork and comradery in the office!

This time Team Aqua was crowned victorious, receiving a donation for a charity that is important to them: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Having the winning team choose the charity that will receive a donation is incredibly uplifting. People are inspired to work that much harder to meet their wellness challenge goals. It boosts positive energy- Everyone is in it to win it!” Sima Hassani, Principal

Enriching the community is part of what we focus on each day with our staff, clients and industry partners- through volunteering and competitions like this, to focusing on even the smallest details in each project, which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal.

They say all good things come in three’s, so keep checking in to see what we have coming up next!

 

 

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