Westgroup Designs Leading Redesign Effort for Hines Orange County Office Building

Westgroup Designs Leading Redesign Effort for Hines Orange County Office Building

Hines has a vision of creating the new standard for office environments in the Anaheim Canyon submarket with their recent acquisition of the Canyon Corporate Center. They selected Westgroup Designs to move forward with the redesign effort.

With the most recent purchase of the 155,000 sf Canyon Corporate Center, Hines is one of Orange County’s five largest office landlords on a square footage basis with an office portfolio that tops 3 million square feet. Hines is a global real estate investment firm with a presence in 19 countries and a portfolio totaling 531 properties, representing over 186 million square feet.

Hines has a robust redevelopment vision for the former Fisker Headquarters and
sought an Architecture and Interior Design team that could partner with them to “transform the [1970s office building] into one of the most unique and differentiated office environments in the Anaheim Canyon submarket.” Westgroup Designs was excited to take on the design challenge.

Westgroup Designs developed conceptual design options for the Canyon Corporate Center that would strengthen business outcomes for Hines, honing in on the goal of attracting flex-office and creative-office tenants. Specifically, WD proposed strategic improvements to interior and exterior spaces, with a focus on flexible tenant spaces, engaging common areas, place-making building facades and pedestrian-centric outdoor areas.

Hines and Westgroup Designs are immediately moving forward into design development with construction scheduled to commence later this year.

To learn more, read the Hines’ press release here.

Read the original OCBJ article here.

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Westgroup goes Gatsby to celebrate clients, friends, and the unveiling of the new corporate office!

Westgroup Goes Gatsby to celebrate clients, friends, and the unveiling of the new corporate office!

Westgroup Designs hosted over 120 people at the Gatsby Gala, their 2015 holiday party, to celebrate clients and friends, a new office, and the end of a wonderful year.

Westgroup Designs’ new office transformed from commercial modern to the dapper twenties; with jazz musicians strumming and crooning, cards and dice in the casinos, and plenty of ritz to go around.

Looking stunning in their 1920’s attire, “men and women came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby). With a variety of activities, guests could gamble in the casinos, dance the night away with live music provided by a talented jazz trio, dabble in the dapper photobooth, and gaze into the future through WD’s 3D Virtual Reality ViewMaster.

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Feathery, fringed, and dripping with pearls; the night replicated that of the Great Gatsby- rich in details and heaps of fun! To see more photos from the night, click here.

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Construction Finishing on San Diego Airport Taxi Terminal

Construction Finishing on the San Diego International Airport Taxi Terminal

WD’s design of the new San Diego International Airport Taxi Terminal and Offices adds designated rest and training space for taxi and bus drivers while enhancing circulation to the airport.

WD is at the finish line for construction for the San Diego International Airport Taxi Terminal and Offices, opening January 18, 2016. WD’s design of the new building provides a space for the employees of the airport taxis and rental car buses to rest between shifts. It also acts as a connection for bus drivers to the airport. A key design feature includes an enclosed patio with a stainless steel ornamental screen, connecting both exterior and interior which allows for natural light to enter in. An oasis of landscaping around the building will provide a shelter from noise to create a place of tranquility for employees.

The new 3,700 sf building has separate break rooms for taxi and rental car bus drivers and training room for rental car bus drivers that overlooks the runway. In addition, the new airport taxi terminal changes taxi drivers’ queue and payment systems for airport access, and provides a space for drivers to have access to the new Consolidated Car Rental Center (CONRAC). This center replaces 85 separate rental car buses with just 16 constantly circulating buses, which in return will clear out the airport traffic lanes, bettering the flow of the airport.

WD’s resulting design enhances both the day-to-day working experience of employees and the airport’s taxi and bus operations.

 

San Bernardino County Sheriff Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

San Bernardino County Sheriff Celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of The Frank Bland Regional Training Center

WD’s design doubles the size of facility to enhance the delivery of programs to one of the state’s top recognized law enforcement training academies while creating a new civic face to the community.

Students and staff at the Frank Bland Regional Training Center in San Bernardino will return to their training programs in an expanded, modern facility with state-of-the-art digital technology.

The Frank Bland Regional Training Center has provided essential law enforcement training to Sheriff’s Deputies and officers throughout the State since 1973. As a recognized leader in progressive law enforcement training by Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST, the Training Center graduates an average of 300 students each year between its programs.

View the original article from San Bernardino County.

 

Long Beach Unified School District Celebrates the Opening of Newcomb Academy

Long Beach Unified School District Celebrates the Opening of Newcomb Academy

WD’s design creates a modern, state-of-the-art multi-building campus featuring student quads and an open, pedestrian experience.

Students and faculty at Newcomb Academy in Long Beach will return to class Wednesday to a renovated campus with new features.

Newcomb Academy is the first K-8 school rebuilt as part of the Long Beach Unified School District’s Measure K bond program. The bond program has already created three new schools aside from significant infrastructure updates at different schools sites within the district.

View the original article from the Press Telegram

 

WD Helps District Secure $40 Million in AB 300 Funds

WD Helps District Secure $40 Million in AB 300 Funds

On June 30, Garden Grove USD secured $40 million in AB 300 funds for two high school campuses. Westgroup Designs completed the design of 210,000 SF at both sites with tier 1 and tier 2 DSA/OPSC approvals in less than nine months.

“I am thrilled and relieved that the State Allocation Board has provided facility hardship approvals under the Seismic Mitigation Program for La Quinta and Pacifica High Schools,” said Margaret Brown, Garden Grove USD’s Director of Facilities. “The State’s multi agency process for approving the plans and specifications is both demanding and complex. We need the best consultants working collaboratively to get the design right while meeting strict deadlines. Westgroup Designs led the team and was able to build consensus for a new design. These rebuilt schools will serve students and staff, as well as parents and the community, for decades to come.”

As part of Garden Grove USD’s facilities improvement efforts, Westgroup fast-track designed a total of 18 new buildings and six modernized existing buildings at La Quinta and Pacifica High Schools in order to meet the bi-annual deadline to secure AB 300 funds. In addition, the projects’ designs are strategically phased in construction as to not interrupt the day-to-day education activities of each campus.

In addition to their work with Garden Grove USD, Westgroup Designs is currently finishing construction of the $42 million Newcomb Academy from Long Beach USD that utilized $18 million of AB 300 funds.

Keys to the Success in Securing and Maximizing AB 300 Funds

1. DSA/OPSC Approvals – Successful approvals hinge on three core elements: trust relations, technical knowledge and funding knowledge. An architecture firm must have deep familiarity with government agencies, and a combination of both technical and funding knowledge enables the firm to effectively strategize the design process in order to maximize funding. With these three strengths, Westgroup’s in-house experts were able to negotiate with OPSC about funding concerns and strategically calculate the funds in accordance with the design.

2. Creative Design Solutions – Complex projects in need of fresh and modernized design elements must undergo strategic planning so as to expedite agency approvals. In order to fully aid Garden Grove USD, Westgroup created solutions that honed in on cost efficient design—not simplified design—in order to maximize the space of the campuses with the funding at hand.

3. Timing – Time is money, and transferring students to a different school or renting interim classrooms while facilities undergo construction is expensive and disruptive for educational delivery. Westgroup’s solution concentrated on a strategic, fast-track and complex phasing to rid the need of interim housing altogether, thereby allowing for day-to-day classroom activities to continue undisturbed.

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Say Hello to Our Newest Family Members!

Say Hello to Our Newest Family Members!

Westgroup Designs welcomes three new faces to our family: John Coons, Principal and Higher Education Market Leader (center); Renee Rose Andrade, Director of Strategy (right); and Rilla Peng, Marketing Communications Manager (left).

John is bringing additional senior leadership power to the team!

John is joining WD with over 30 years of experience in planning, design, project management and business development. His inclusive, interdisciplinary approach has resulted in projects notable for their contextual sensitivity, programmatic responsiveness, economy, commitment to sustainability and award-winning design quality. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy traveling, attending music concerts and sipping on wine.

Renee is on board to trim our sails to the wind!

Renee brings a holistic approach to strategy with experience in marketing, brand communications, business development, team leadership and organizational and talent management. She loves unlocking vision, creating direction and providing structure, and then seeing creative teams reap the benefits. Outside of work, Renee is dedicated to her husband and 4-year old daughter, “mini me.” Her bucket list includes visiting Angkor Wat, collaborating with Tony Robbins and space tourism.

Rilla is helping us up the ante in marketing and brand communications!

Rilla is a recent graduate from University of California, Santa Barbara with experience in marketing, social media, public relations and graphic design. She holds an incorrigible passion for creation, whether this means painting images on a canvas or computer screen, illustrating concepts through words or animating ideas via speech and sound. When she isn’t working, Rilla spends time with her family, blasts Electronic Dance Music (EDM), visits new eateries and stares into an abyss of corgi photos.

 

WD Named One of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Orange County

WD Named One of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Orange County

Westgroup Designs was recently named as one of Orange County Business Journal’s 2015 Best Places to Work in Orange County. The program began in 2009 as a way for the OCBJ and Best Companies Group to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orange County.

Organizations across the county entered into the two-part evaluation process. The first consisted of evaluating each employer’s workplace policies, practices and demographics worth 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey designed to measure the employee experience which was 75% of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and then analyzed the data to determine who the top companies were. The final ranking of the winning organizations will be released via a special section of the OCBJ’s July 27th issue.

http://www.bestplacestoworkoc.com/

Going Beyond Green For Google

Going Beyond Green For Google

A new creative office building becomes the first speculative office building in Southern California to achieve LEED for Core and Shell Platinum certification.

A new creative office building becomes the first speculative office building in Southern California to achieve LEED for Core and Shell Platinum certification.

IN 2012, WESTGROUP Designs had the opportunity to create a new office building for Google at Impac Center in Irvine, California. The existing campus was a collection of office buildings and a freestanding restaurant set around a vehicular approach, which resulted in awkward geometries, limited pedestrian interaction and underutilized spaces

View the original article from Development Magazine

Westgroup Designs Corporate Office Expansion

Westgroup Designs Corporate Office Expansion

Westgroup Designs is excited to announce that our Orange County office is growing once again.

We are currently under construction on our expansion space with renovation on the current office to begin shortly. Our anticipated completion is early March. As part of our community outreach, we were pleased to be able to donate 3,000 sf of ceiling tiles, lighting and air supply and return to the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Legal Aid provides free and low-cost civil legal services to low-income families and senior citizens throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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