WD Delivers a High-Performance Track & Field for Trabuco Hills High School’s High-Performance Athletes

WD Delivers a High-Performance Track & Field for Trabuco Hills High School’s High-Performance Athletes


Spring sports are in full throttle and Trabuco Hills High School athletes and fans are pumped for the newly enhanced experience that WD designed at their stadium.

Trabuco Hills High School stadium officially re-opened over the winter with WD’s design of a new track and field and upgraded adjacent facilities. With Trabuco Hills High School Athletics boasting the #1 Boys Track Team in Orange County and the football, lacrosse and track teams competing with top-notch OC talent, a new track and field has been a long time coming for athletes, coaches and fans alike.

The existing Trabuco Hills High School stadium previously housed a 10-year-old, deteriorating track and field with adjacent facilities over twenty years old. Saddleback Valley USD engaged Westgroup Designs to pump up the athlete and fan experience at the stadium. WD’s design of the new improvements include replacement of the existing synthetic turf with a more durable synthetic turf system; replacement of the existing asphalt base and track surface with a new urethane track and asphalt; and accessibility upgrades to the adjacent stadium facilities, including overall path of travel, drinking fountains, restrooms, bleacher seating, and assisted listening devices.

Trabuco Hills High School’s new track and field and stadium upgrades are the beginning of a series of improvements that WD is designing and delivering at Saddleback Valley USD’s high school campuses, including Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Trabuco Hills High Schools.



Coastline Community College Partners with WD to Renew its Commitment to Students as ‘Tomorrow’s College Today’

Coastline Community College Partners with WD to Renew its Commitment to Students as ‘Tomorrow’s College Today’


Coastline Community College is deeply committed to the success of its students and the faculty that support them. Wanting to complement their student-centered approach to education, Coastline is engaging WD’s expertise in campus planning to identify opportunities to provide an enhanced and integrated campus experience at their four OC Centers.

On April 5, the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees confirmed the selection of Westgroup Designs (WD) to provide planning and programming services to Coastline Community College, one of three colleges in the Coast Community College District. Coastline is a unique institution, serving both local and remote students through their four Orange County Centers and a robust distance-learning program.

WD will begin by creating a more collaborative workplace environment and a new ‘one-stop’ student services experience at Coastline’s College Center. At Coastline’s three instructional campuses, WD will be working with stakeholders to provide integrated and technologically-enabled administrative and student support services for an enhanced educational experience, improved community engagement, and a cohesive branded-environment that reflects Coastline’s values.



“STEM It Up” #allornothing

“STEM It Up!” #allornothing


For many of our designers, creating experiences in Next Gen and STEM learning resonates very close to home. We have a passion for thinking outside of the box- whether it’s through the community, at home, or for the holidays; our designers share their favorite approaches to engaging their children in STEM activities after hours and outside of the classroom.



Watch out SpaceX, There’s a New Inventor in Town.

Architectural Design Director, Kenneth Ong, AIA and his 6-year-old son, Ryan, engaged in a fun STEM activity at the Astounding Inventions 2017 event. Ryan had great fun building and launching several iterations to improve the design and durability of his rocket.


Who Needs an iPad When You Can Build Your Own Computer?

Director of Strategy, Renee Rose Andrade and her husband help their 6-year-old daughter, Aria, build her own Kano computer. Aria has an enduring interest in computer technology (aka iPads and iPhones), and now she has a blast learning to code games, art, music and even apps on her Kano computer.


Put the Elf Back on the Shelf. Leprechaun Traps Spark Creativity That’s as Good as Gold.

Senior Interior Designer, Vickie Nicola, CID and her 5-year-old-son, Gavin, create traps to capture mischievous Leprechauns in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Gavin builds the Leprechaun traps out of blocks, legos, and toys and then puts a coin in the center. The goal being to lure in the Leprechaun and have the structure collapse and trap him. It makes for exciting mornings when the family dog or cat knocks the trap down the night before, because Gavin is convinced his traps are working!




Westgroup Designs Wins the People’s Choice Award For Best Villain/Sidekick at This Year’s IIDA Fashion Show!

Westgroup Designs Wins The People’s Choice Award For Best Villain/Sidekick At This Year’s IIDA Fashion Show!


Everybody loves a hero, but no one forgets a villain. All kinds of evil dazzled the runway for IIDA’s 16th annual Haute Couture Fashion Show, but Ursula’s dark magic stole the show.


This year’s theme was “Villains”, which did not disappoint. Using a similar setup to the TV show Project Runway, Interior design and architecture firms, independent designers and students were given one hour to create a villain using finishes and materials utilized for interior design. The hustle was fun, fast, and crazy as teams scrambled and successfully created intricate costumes inspired by everyone’s favorite villains.

Westgroup Designs built four costumes from The Little Mermaid. Ursula, her two eel minions, and the little mermaid made memorable appearances on stage, with Ursula and her dark magic captivating the crowd.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Mohawk Group and Daltile for helping make this vision happen!





Better Together: Designing Needed Improvements while Creating a New Front Door and Sense-of-Pride for Students, Teachers and Parents at Heideman Elementary School

Better Together: Designing Needed Improvements while Creating a New Front Door and Sense-of-Pride for Students, Teachers and Parents at Heideman Elementary School

Westgroup Designs collaborates with Tustin Unified School District and Heideman Elementary School to strengthen the school’s learning community by encouraging social interaction and enhancing the sense-of-pride on campus.

Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) has a legacy of excellence in education and the District holds its facilities to the same high standards. Originally built in 1969 and last renovated in 1991, Robert P. Heideman Elementary School is ready for a modernization like many other aging school facilities in the District. As part of TUSD’s larger goal of increasing parity amongst all schools in the District, Westgroup Designs (WD) was brought in to design much-needed upgrades on campus. The vision for the 21,000 sf of improvements center around creating maintenance-friendly landscaping and seating areas, improving drop-off and pick-up circulation, and presenting a new face to the community while maintaining campus security.

Westgroup Designs, in collaboration with District and Heideman Elementary School stakeholders through our iterative design process, are finalizing the conceptual design for a new entry façade and plaza that will create a greater civic presence in the community and a more welcoming and engaging public space for students, teachers and parents to meet and socialize in.

Currently Heideman Elementary School’s entrance is dominated by awkward geometries, difficult-to-maintain landscaping and industrial fencing. WD introduced a material and landscape palette that purposely complements the look and feel of newer school sites in the District. The robust, industrial-grade security fencing is being replaced with new fencing appropriately-scaled for the community and students while a new manufactured stone entry façade presents an improved civic image while maintaining access control. The school’s existing vehicular student drop-off is intensely congested with only a partial lane truncated by diagonal parking spaces. WD reconfigured the parking to allow for a contiguous, longer drop-off lane to streamline vehicular circulation and improve the safety of students that walk or ride bikes to school.

Westgroup Designs’ resulting design strengthens the Heideman Elementary School’s learning community by encouraging social interaction and enhancing the sense-of-pride on campus, all while maintaining campus security and supporting the District’s goal of increasing parity amongst its schools. Westgroup Designs and Tustin Unified School District are moving forward with design development to maintain a schedule for having construction complete in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Take a 360 tour of the Existing Site.
Take a 360 tour of the New Design.

“[Westgroup Designs] introduced TUSD to the term ‘Campus Transformation’ in the design work they’ve provided at a few of our aging sites. I have found that the entire team at Westgroup is of the highest professional and ethical caliber and are always on the leading edge of providing quality and timely services.”
David Miranda
Sr. Director of Maintenance, Operations & Facilities Tustin Unified School District


Mission Complete: “A Cosmic Affair” Raises Over $50,000 for CASH’s Proposition 51 Campaign.

Mission Complete: “A Cosmic Affair” Raises Over $50,000 for CASH’s Proposition 51 Campaign


“A Cosmic Affair” launched curiosity and reached new heights as the event brought in the third-largest sum raised from fundraising events for CASH’s Proposition 51 campaign. Westgroup Designs, Koury Engineering and Bernards hosted the extraterrestrial event of the light-year attracting over 150 attendees and raising over $50,000.

Westgroup Designs’ office took a galactic twist to raise money for the 2016 State School Bond Campaign. The $9 billion state school bond will fund new construction and modernizations for K-14 schools and provide matching funds for local bonds. 21st century learning environments require 21st century facilities, and the event had an outer space theme to inspire and launch curiosity for the future of learning.

Featuring high-tech, hands-on learning and STEAM ideas, “A Cosmic Affair” was the perfect event to raise funds for 21st century facilities. Virtual reality was on display, from VR headsets to holographic walls, as well as collaborative furniture and AR devices for classrooms. With Live and Silent Auctions that had prizes such as tours of SpaceX, raffles for drones, and games that could win you tickets to Tomorrowland at Disney, there were plenty of outerspace opportunities to have fun donating!

Bringing in over 150 attendees, the starry night was successful. More than $50,000 was raised, making “A Cosmic Affair” the third-largest grossing fundraiser event for Coalition for Adequate Student Housing’s Proposition 51 Campaign.

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A Cosmic Affair: Live & Silent Auction Items

Private Tour of Jay Leno’s Garage


Live Auction – Explore one of the best car collections in the country with a private tour for 5 of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage in Burbank, CA.

Jay Leno loves wheels, and his Big Dog Garage houses one of America’s great collections of cars and motorcycles. Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage is in Burbank, it covers over 100,000 Sq ft, and the tour takes 2 hours. Custom-built from the ground up, the garage includes bicycles, motorcycles, steam engines, and cars powered by gas, electric, turbine, and steam. Jay has won the Pebble Beach Concours’ ten times, he has five rare boat tail Bugatti’s along with custom built one-of-a-kind cars like the helicopter turbine car and the tank car. There is over a 100-year range from his oldest car to his newest McLaren sports car.

Jay Leno’s Garage on NBC
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Date and time to be mutually agreed upon. The tour times are Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. OR Monday thru Thursday at 10a.m. or 1 p.m. if you are hoping to catch Jay at the Garage! At least a three-week notice is required and the tour must be booked within two months of the Auction date and will include a maximum of five people. Your Liaison, Linda Adams will be the 6th person on the tour and will be there to help facilitate a smooth event!


Private Tour of Edelbrocks’s Manufacturing Facilities & Automotive Museum “Vic’s Garage”


Live Auction – Cruise through 77 years of innovation in American car racing performance with a private tour for 6 of Edelbrock’s Manufacturing Facilities & Automotive Museum “Vic’s Garage” in Torrance, CA.

Edelbrock is the most respected name in performance. Since 1938, Edelbrock has manufactured its core products in the USA for quality & performance. Starting as a small garage in Los Angeles, today, Edelbrock manufactures over 8,000 automotive parts for racers and hobbyists. Opened in 1999, Vic’s Garage houses Vic Edelbrock Jr.’s collection of street rods and classic cars, including cars his father made famous, and the company archives containing an extensive collection of historic photos and memorabilia. Vic’s Garage is home to one of the most recognized automobiles in hot rodding, the iconic #3 Ford Roadster, and the car that Vic Edelbrock Sr. designed the first Edelbrock product for. Learn more about Edelbrock.

Date and time to be mutually agreed upon.


Professional Chef-Prepared Dinner Party at Your Home


Live Auction – Host an unforgettable evening for 8 at the most exclusive dinner reservation in town: your own table. Renowned chef, “Chef Marco Z”, will craft a personalized dinner party menu, purchase artisanal ingredients and wine, and prepare the dinner right in your kitchen.

Chef Marco was nicknamed “The Champion Chef” when he cooked for the LA Lakers in 2000-2002 when they won 3 NBA titles. He has also cooked for The Angels, Mighty Ducks, LA Dodgers, and even prepared a meal for Pope John Paul. He prepares meals for the Grammy Artists each year at the Staples Center for the Grammy Awards, and recently served as Mariah Carey’s personal chef prior to her going on tour.

Date and time to be mutually agreed upon. Not available November 15 through January 15.


Private Tour of SpaceX


Silent Auction – Experience the future of aerospace with a private tour for 5 of SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA.

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Learn more about SpaceX

Date and time to be mutually agreed upon.


4th of July Dodger Game


Silent Auction – Spend Independence Day at Dodger Stadium with 4 Tickets to Watch the Dodgers take on the Baltimore Orioles.

Enjoy a special bald eagle pregame performance by Chinook and Anami of the LA Zoo and a postgame fireworks show! Learn more here

July 4th, 2016 @ 6:10pm. One parking pass included.


Sit Platinum at the LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo game

2015 Season: LA Galaxy Colateral Content at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Photos by LA Galaxy/Asano.

Silent Auction – Enjoy a night in Los Angeles watching LA Galaxy take on Houston Dynamo!

Includes platinum level seating and dining for 4. Dine at the exclusive American Express Stadium Club. Seat locations are in section 110.

July 15th, 2016 @ 8:00pm. VIP valet parking included.


Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Newly Renovated Rose Bowl Stadium


Silent Auction – A group of 6 guests will delight in this unforgettable opportunity, as you experience a once-in-a-lifetime private tour through the newly renovated Rose Bowl Stadium, an icon that has rightfully earned its title as America’s Stadium.

Your tour will get you access to behind the scenes locations at the stadium, including the classic stadium seating, original 1922 locker room, the new Terry Donahue Pavilion, Loge Lounge, Working Press Box and more. The Rose Bowl is the site of iconic history that includes the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame who played there in 1925 to Brandi Chastain’s game winning kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. The tour will not only be an outdoor excursion, but a unique learning experience as well. The group will get exclusive insights from the Project’s Program Director from Bernards, Carl Magness, about the construction challenges that were overcome and numerous feats accomplished for the renovation of this iconic stadium.

The $182.7 million in renovations of the Rose Bowl bring the 100-year-old building into the 21st century, improving the fan experience while preserving the historical value. Additions include the Terry Donahue Pavilion, with 54 luxury suites, 1,200 club seats and 48 large boxes as well as new press boxes and a broadcast center. The renovations also added a brick donor plaza, updated the Court of Champions and stadium entry gates and added new signature signage, 10 new LED-advertising panels and new LED video board and scoreboards, while also renovating and reconstructing the vintage 1940’s scoreboard on the South end of the stadium.

Learn more here.

Private tour will be held on September 13, 2016. Other dates may be available upon request.


Have a Magical Day at Disney


Run About – 2 park hopper tickets to Disneyland and California Adventures.

Double the fun for two by spending the day at 2 parks. Transport yourself into other worlds where alluring attractions and culinary adventures await!

Explore the parks here. 

Hines Tenants Score with New Game Room

Hines Tenants Score with New Game Room

Wanting to up the ante with on-site amenities, Hines partnered with Westgroup Designs to add a Game Room for Brea Place Campus tenants to socialize, lounge, recharge and collaborate in.

Brea Place is a 558,458-square-foot office campus on 30 acres, comprised of six buildings that range from one to six stories. Immediately adjacent to the 1.3 million-square-foot Brea Mall, Brea Place provides excellent access to retail, dining and hospitality amenities. With major tenants including Chevron Corporation and Merrill Lynch, Hines wanted to up the ante with additional on-site amenities to stay ahead of the game, so they partnered with Westgroup Designs to create a new common area to serve all tenants on campus.

Westgroup Designs transformed a 3,000 sf empty, un-leasable Garden Level (basement) in one of the buildings into a multi-functional Game Room for tenants to socialize, lounge, recharge and collaborate in. The game zone includes pool, ping pong, foosball and shuffleboard; the lounge area includes a refreshments bar, dining area and lounge seating with a television; and the collaborative workspace area includes white boards and movable, flexible seating.

Construction is currently finishing on the Brea Place Game Room and will be available for tenants to use by mid-June.

For more Westgroup Designs updates, check us out on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Bringing Fun to 21st Century Learning: IPSF’s STEAM Carnival

Bringing Fun to 21st Century Learning: IPSF’s STEAM Carnival

IPSF’s Second Annual STEAM Carnival attracted 3,000 students and parents who enjoyed an afternoon of robotics, human foosball, painting, Minecraft programming, a 3D Virtual puzzle, choir performances and scavenger hunting.

Learning is fundamentally social, and sometimes the best way to inspire learning is through play. On Saturday, April 30th, Westgroup Designs (WD), along with 48 other companies, participated in Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF)’s Second Annual STEAM Carnival. This year’s event attracted over 3,000 attendees, featuring hands-on games and activities to local students related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

WD challenged students to solve their activity, Cubies, a 3D virtual puzzle. Children in kindergarten through 8th grade had to recreate a stack of 3D blocks using 2D orthographic drawings [top view, front view, side view.] Depending on the age and skill level of the student, the puzzle ranged from an easy composition of 4 blocks to several blocks of varying shapes. After a brief tutorial of 2D orthographic drawings and how they relate to the 3D virtual blocks, the students used the touchscreen display to rearrange the blocks in order to solve the puzzle.

Prizes included keychain Rubix cubes and a LEGO Architecture set of the New York skyline.

Funds raised from the IPSF STEAM Carnival go towards schools in the Irvine Unified School District and support district-wide programs such as Classroom Support, Fine Arts, Music, and Science, grants to teachers in the classroom, Summer Enrichment program and more.

To learn more about Irvine Public Schools Foundation, click here.

Monrovia High School Campus Fire Restoration

Monrovia High School Campus Fire Restoration

Westgroup Designs steps in to fast-track building restorations on Monrovia High School’s campus to reintegrate displaced educational activities after a fire was intentionally set to the administration building.

Due to extensive experience and positive relationship with DSA, Westgroup Designs was contacted and immediately took on this 19,662 square foot, fast-track restoration project to repair the buildings affected by fire, smoke and water damage. In close collaboration with DSA, structural approvals were obtained in one week so the restoration process could move forward immediately. The structural upgrades have already been completed, allowing the high school to reopen the cafeteria, kitchen, and auditorium. These places had suffered both water and smoke damage from the fire.

Portables have been integrated for the displaced classrooms and WD is moving forward with building restorations and replacements, including new finishes, cabinetry and furniture. Westgroup continues to keep the pace on this time-sensitive project, with construction scheduled to begin in February..


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