WD Helps District Secure $3 Million in State Matching Funds

WD Helps District Secure $3 Million in State Matching Funds

In May, Fillmore USD secured $3 million in Career Technical Education project funds for Fillmore High School. 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 breathe 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 50% 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.



Here’s to Healthy! Bettering Ourselves for a Better Cause.

Here’s to Healthy! Bettering Ourselves for a Better Cause.

As a kick-off to our year-long Health & Wellness Awareness Program, Westgroup Designs hosted a 6-week staff wellness challenge to better our minds, bodies, and most importantly- our community. The winning team received a donation to a Southern California charity of their choice!

The healthy competition pitted the WD Fireballs against the WD Aquaholics, names referenced from our brand color palette, while each team focused on selecting their specific charity. The two teams completed a Fit-Bit Walking Challenge, Daily movement team workout challenge and nutrition challenge events among other activities, for a 6-week period and received points based upon involvement in activities and making healthier choices! It was a close match, with teams ‘neck and neck’ to the finish line! In the end, it was Team WD Fireballs who finished on top and won a donation to the charity of their choice: CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County!

Westgroup staff had fun encouraging each other to meet individual and team goals, all in the name of wellness and wonderful causes to fight for! Bettering the community is part of what we focus on each day with our staff, clients and industry partners- through helping hands, volunteering, and competitions like this, to the details in each project, which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal. Stay tuned for updates on our next challenge!

Children’s Hospital of Orange County ensures the health and well-being of children and their families living in Orange County. As a non-profit hospital, CHOC relies on community support to provide leading-edge care for infants, children and adolescents. You can visit https://www.choc.org/ to learn more.



A Lot to Celebrate!

A Lot to Celebrate!

Congratulations to David Smith, Ken Ong, Robyn Taylor, Craig Whitridge, Dave Duff and Jon Freeberg on their promotions!

Westgroup Designs is proud to announce the well-deserved promotions for several of our team members! Thanks to the progressive leadership style with innovative approach to design solutions, these invaluable team members continue to chart new paths to improve environments that help people work, learn, serve, play and heal. WD is proud to announce the following promotions:

David Smith promoted to Principal at Westgroup Designs.
With a 35+ year career, Dave has been responsible for a range of diverse, award-winning projects and continues to lead our team through successful planning, design, and construction phases of work.

Kenneth Ong promoted to Associate Principal at Westgroup Designs.
Ken brings over two decades of professional experience and an impressive body of work that includes international high-rise projects as well as mixed-use, retail, commercial office and K- 14 academic buildings.

Robyn Taylor promoted to Associate Principal at Westgroup Designs.
A Certified Interior Designer with three decades of experience in creative workplace, and with lifestyle, health & wellness, and commercial clients, Robyn is regarded as an expert in the delivery of transformational  environments that promote clear branding, learning, collaboration and communication, efficiency and enhanced user experience.

Craig Whitridge promoted to Senior Associate at Westgroup Designs.
Craig offers a vast amount of technical expertise in projects including office, medical, civic, manufacturing, military, entertainment, residential, and school buildings. His dedication to quality and attention to detail have earned him industry praise and recognition from contractors, owners, and building operators alike.

Dave Duff promoted to Associate at Westgroup Designs.
Dave’s 25+ years of architectural experience form the basis of his exceptional expertise and mentorship in design team management, client collaboration, construction documentation and construction administration. His expertise includes civic, K-12, mixed-use, and retail.

Jon Freeberg promoted to Associate at Westgroup Designs.
Jon’s leadership and commitment to modern, sustainable practices across all aspects of the design and construction process have resulted in WD’s most notable high-performance buildings.

About Westgroup Designs
Westgroup Designs (WD) is a comprehensive Planning, Architecture and Interior Design firm with locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. Founded in 1989, WD is a woman-owned business that values passion, integrity, execution, teamwork and an enthusiasm for discovery. We specialize in educational, civic, aviation, healthcare, and commercial facilities, ranging from tenant improvements and renovations to new ground-up buildings and campuses. Learn more about our company culture on Instagram.



We love it when you call us Big B.O.C.C.E

We love it when you call us Big B.O.C.C.E

Westgroup Designs came out strong with bocce ball and rap skills at the 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament! Winning Best A+D Division Team and Most Spirited, we raised $2,750 for one of our favorite charities, Laura’s House.

WD’s Bocce Ball team name, The Notorious B.O.C.C.E., pays tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. who is ranked one of the top 10 greatest rappers of all time by Billboard Magazine. Gold crowns & chains, spirited shirts, Bocce skills, and a custom rap led WD to victory for both the Most spirited team and first place in the A+D Division!

We are so grateful for IOS and Haworth for putting on such a great event that creates an opportunity to raise money for Laura’s House, an important charity in Orange County.

8th Annual IOS + Haworth Charity Bocce Ball Tournament is a social gathering that raises money for the winning Bocce Ball teams’ charity of choice.

Laura’s House is a domestic violence safe refuge, providing over 4,000 abused women and children with shelter, as well as supportive services for 50,000 people such as counseling, life skills education and legal assistance. To learn more, click here.



High Fives! WD Named One Of The Top 5 Best Places To Work In Orange County

High Fives

Westgroup Designs is recognized as one of the TOP 5 Best Places to Work in Orange County!

WD is proud to announce that our company is listed in the Top 5 Best Places to Work from the OC Business Journal. What makes us stand out? Team spirit, happy employees, and projects we are passionate about! Here at Westgroup Designs, we design experiences that positively affect the way people live, creating memorable experiences with innovative and out-of-the-box design. We have a team that supports and encourages one another, making each day at WD a fun one! Our office culture, love of collaboration, and passion for our work is taking us places.

Great things happen when you love what you do!

Best Places to Work in Orange County is a survey competition that determines the best employers in the area. Managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and published in the Orange County Business Journal, 2017.


Connecting Live, Work, Play and the Employee Brand Experience on Opzoon’s New R&D Tech Campus in Tianjin

Connecting Live, Work, Play and the Employee Brand Experience on Opzoon’s New R&D Tech Campus in Tianjin


Westgroup Designs is designing the first phase of Opzoon’s new R&D Tech Campus / Data Center in Tianjin, China, with a focus on scaling the employee experience.

Opzoon Technology Co., Ltd. Is a global solutions provider for data center and cloud computing with over 400 patents. Fueling the company’s meteoric growth is an expansion of its core R&D operations through the construction of a new R&D Tech Campus / Data Center in Tianjin and Westgroup Designs (WD) is designing the first phase. Click here to view the project case study.


Designing a Pathway Out of Homelessness

Designing a Pathway Out of Homelessness

Orange County Public Works and WD are moving forward on phase two of ‘Bridges at Kraemer Place’ – a comprehensive facility dedicated to transitioning homeless individuals into permanent housing.

On May 5, Orange County’s first year-round emergency shelter and service center, Bridges at Kraemer Place, officially opened in Anaheim. Orange County Public Works engaged Westgroup Designs (WD) in late 2016 to design a facility that fulfills the basic day-to-day needs and provides critical resources for individuals transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. This opening marks the first phase of the project, providing beds for 100 men and women. Phase two will provide occupancy for an additional 100 residents and include an on-site health clinic, kitchen and computer lab.

WD is providing architecture, planning, and interior design services to renovate an existing industrial concrete tilt-up structure and redesign its 1.87-acre site into a 24,000sf comprehensive facility that serves as a pathway out of homelessness. The design of Bridges at Kraemer Place provides a temporary home for 200 individuals with broad support spaces, including restrooms, showers, lockers, laundry, kitchen, dining hall, computer lab, multi-service conference rooms, in-take and reception area, administration suite, and a complete medical clinic with reception, pharmacy, nurses stations, lab, and three exam rooms.

Most importantly, the facility provides residents with resources to transition out of homelessness, including case management services and daytime services providers. These programs are tailored to individual needs, which could range from reconnecting them with family, to job referrals and shuttle services, to placing the chronically homeless in rent-subsidized permanent housing that includes supportive services.

WD’s design of the Bridges at Kraemer Place will serve homeless individuals from 15 communities in north Orange County. Susan Price, the county’s director of care coordination, states, “This project creates a bridge between the streets and home.”

Riverside University Health System Engages WD to Revitalize its Moreno Valley Medical Center

Riverside University Health System Engages WD to Revitalize its Moreno Valley Medical Center


The Riverside University Health System is transforming how it delivers healthcare to its local communities and has selected WD to design the next phase of RUHS’s strategy to bring hope and healing to those they serve.

Riverside University Health System (RUHS) is engaging Westgroup Designs (WD) to design and deliver multiple revitalization projects at the 439-bed Moreno Valley Medical Center. From its humble beginnings in 1893 as Riverside County’s first general hospital, RUHS Medical Center stands today as a pillar of excellence in health care and medical education in the region.

Westgroup Designs is providing planning, architecture and interior design services to transform various areas in the medical center into a more cohesive, engaging experience and sense-of-place for visitors and medical staff. WD is beginning by designing a new beacon at the Women’s Center entry plaza to provide increased street visibility without overbearing pedestrian traffic; transforming the existing Medical Mall atrium space into a welcoming and relaxing waiting area with enhanced wayfinding; and creating a serene retreat at the public cafeteria and medical staff lounge and dining room.

WD’s design solutions will deliver an enhanced experience at the Moreno Valley Medical Center in support of RUHS’s vision to lead the transformation of healthcare and inspire wellness.


WD’s Minotaur Tango takes 2nd Place at the IIDA Orange County Haute Couture!

WD’s Minotaur Tango takes 2nd Place at the IIDA Orange County Haute Couture!


Intriguing mythical creatures danced the tango, roamed magical lands, and lurked the depths of the runway – creating a fantastical night that gave everyone something to believe in.

IIDA Orange County’s 16th Annual Haute Couture “Believe – A Mythical Night” successfully dove into the mythical realm of mysterious creatures. The Loch Ness Monster, Unicorns & Pegasus, and Dragons were just a few of the many beings that graced the runway.

Combining Greek mythology and Spanish bullfighting, WD’s Minotaur Tango won over its spectators. The performance began with the Minotaur being lured away from his labyrinth by our Matador, followed by a battle for dominance over one another through a riveting tanda that turned into a captivating tango. The epic standoff ended with the rise and fall of our beloved characters, and in tradition, roses tossed on stage from the audience.



Westgroup Designs created ornate shoulder structures, fringed pants, multiple matador skirts, and intricate accessories – all within the allotted 1-hour time frame – while using only materials from the Interior Design industry. Upholstery fabric remnants, mosaic tile, wall covering, metal laminate, and paper mâché architecture plans were some of the key materials in the design of our two looks.

Upping the ante from winning last year’s People’s Choice Award, WD’s Minotaur Matador duo danced their way to second place!

A big thank you to our sponsors Knoll and KnollTextiles!

Original Design Concepts and Color Palettes


A Modern Fire Department Needs Modern Facilities: City of Downey Selects WD for Modernization of Fire Stations #1, #2, #3 and #4

A Modern Fire Department Needs Modern Facilities: City of Downey Selects WD for Modernization of Fire Stations #1, #2, #3 and #4


The Downey Fire Department is a far cry from the department of yesterday. Challenged with providing comprehensive fire and life-safety services to meet increasing service demands from its outdated facilities, the City of Downey has engaged Westgroup Designs to identify current and future needs across their network of four fire stations.

Providing a variety of fire and life-safety services to a community of more than 113,600 residents across 12.5 square miles of Southeast Los Angeles County has taxed the existing facility resources of the Downey Fire Department. In response, The City of Downey has selected Westgroup Designs to provide comprehensive facility condition assessment and master planning services for Fire Stations No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4.

Over its 60-year history, the Downey Fire Department has evolved from an operation that handled 363 fire and rescue calls in its first year to a modern fire department that currently responds to more than 11,000 emergencies annually. And as the Department’s operational model has broadened to encompass an increasing level of service to the community – particularly in the area of emergency medical services – stations built in the ‘60s and ‘70s became out-of-synch with the Department’s expanded mission. Westgroup Designs is in the process of completing facility condition assessments, master planning, and comprehensive programming to assure that each fire station can fully support the Downey Fire Department’s commitment to meeting the challenges of the future while providing state-of-the-art service to the Downey community of today.



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