Design for the essence of urban living
The urban environment is intended for a multi-generational experience. Delivering positive change; transforming sites and campuses to work with future technologies, diverse populations and environmental factors requires expertise in civic, educational, residential, retail and commercial sectors, coming together to inform and deliver solutions.
Kenneth Ong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Director of Architectural Design
As the Director of Architectural Design, Ken brings over three decades of professional experience as well as an impressive body of work, which includes international high-rise projects as well as mixed-use retail, commercial office and K-12 academic buildings. In every project, Ken strives to provide thoughtful and sound design solutions that remain attentive and responsive to the client, context and end-users. Ken’s projects have won numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, PCBC Gold Nugget, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Coalition for Adequate School Housing and Savings by Design.
Personal Experience of Kenneth Ong
2510 PCH, Newport Beach
2510 PCH is a mixed-use development located on a 0.98 acre parcel in Newport Beach on West Coast Highway, comprised of 35 units of multi-family residential on two levels above surface parking, and a separate boutique auto showroom, featuring a mezzanine and rooftop terrace.
Back Bay Center Reinvestment, Costa Mesa
Back Bay Center is an existing 115,000 sf, surface-parked, mixed-use neighborhood retail center on 3.78 acres in Costa Mesa, CA, consisting of inline retail, restaurants, 2nd floor office uses, and anchored by a boutique grocery store and fitness club. WD re-imaged the exterior of the center to improve tenant storefront visibility, enhanced patron amenity areas, and expanded the existing grocery store by enclosing an underutilized plaza and creating a rooftop terrace.
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Times2 Mixed-Use Redevelopment (Costa Mesa, CA; UNBUILT PROJECT)
Westgroup Designs provided master planning of two parcels in Costa Mesa, CA totaling 27 acres. Master planning involved an adaptive re-use of a former LA Times newspaper production plant while associated site area was utilized for new commercial office and high-density residential uses supported by structured parking. WD scope of services included development density studies along with land-use, transportation and demographic analysis of the surrounding area. See Project Portfolio >
Del Amo Mixed-Use Development (Torrance, CA; UNBUILT PROJECT)
Del Amo Mixed-Use Development is located on a 16.33 acre parcel in Torrance, CA adjacent to the Del Amo Mall and neighbors both office and single family residential uses.
Westgroup Designs provided master planning studies that maximized retail, office, residential and hospitality components proposed for the project while encouraging pedestrian connectivity both within the development and to the neighboring mall.
The resulting plan is a vibrant mixed-use development comprised of a 9-story, 200,000sf Office Building, 376-units of market rate residential, a 130-key hotel, 45,000sf of retail and restaurant, and 40,000sf grocery store, all supported by 2400 stalls of structured parking.
City of Tustin MCAS Redevelopment Mixed-Use Planning (Tustin, CA; UNBUILT PROJECT)
The 1600-acre site of MCAS Tustin is being redeveloped by City of Tustin. Westgroup Designs provided master planning studies for 14.5-acres vacated by the Army Reserve along with a neighboring 7.2-acres. Uses studied included commercial office, mixed-use retail and hospitality supported by both surface and structured parking.