Westgroup Designs Named One Of The Top 3 Best Places To Work

Westgroup Designs Named One Of
The Top 3 Best Places To Work 2020

For the third time, Westgroup Designs is honored to be named as one of the top Best Places to Work in 2020 by the Orange County Business Journal.

Placing in the top 3 on the list, Westgroup Designs was selected for its quality of Leadership and Organization, Company Culture and Overall employee Trust and Satisfaction. Westgroup Designs dedicates this award to each and every one of its resourceful, collaborative employees who provides the value offered to our clients and project partners every day, who embody the firm’s values with compassion and integrity, and who approach every day with a great attitude, team spirit, passion for design and enthusiasm for discovery.

This county-wide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The ranking of the winning organizations was issued in a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s October 26th issue.

About Westgroup Designs Westgroup Designs (WD) is a comprehensive Architecture, Planning, Interior Design and Branding firm headquartered in Irvine, California, with both National and International clients and projects. Founded in 1989, WD is a woman-owned business that values excellence; certain that the best results come from a strong partnership with clients, and high-quality work is a culmination of attitude & approach, enthusiasm for discovery and passion for design. WD leverages design as a tool to help clients achieve organizational goals and strengthen business outcomes. The firm’s expertise includes projects in Education, Commercial, Civic, Retail, Health & Wellness and Lifestyle sectors, from tenant improvement and renovation to new multi-story buildings and campuses.  

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Westgroup Designs Honored With AIA Design Award For INDA Academy

Westgroup Designs Honored With AIA Design Award For INDA Academy

Westgroup Designs (WD) received a Merit Award for its design of INDA ACADEMY, at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County Chapter Design Awards Gala, presented virtually on October 1st.

The project is a 25,000 square foot, Pre-K to 6 educational facility for the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), focused on the goal of creating an inclusive 21st century neighborhood school with an innovative DREAMS curriculum (Design, Research, Engineering, Arts, Math and Science).

Citing the project’s sustainable concept for Adaptive Reuse and design quality, the AIA Jurors unanimously celebrated this project:

The design is well-considered, thoughtful, and nicely executed, including a playful slide that descends along the side of the building. Another great embodied carbon story that encourages the reuse of existing structures.”

The design team delivered a unique solution that would facilitate progressive hands-on learning for 225 students a year, and understand how this solution would enhance the community, leveraging the local climate to support indoor/outdoor educational activities with glazed retractable walls and highly flexible interior spaces. As part of the resilient design concept, WD focused on creating a healthier building, updating the design of the building skin, adding operable windows and a new ventilation system which exceeds energy requirements by 30% and provides 100% outside air for healthier indoor air quality. 

Our responsibility as architects is to both dream and to build responsibly, Westgroup Designs Principal, Dr. Shazad Ghanbari said. “ This will be a transformational environment; an example for our next generation of emerging technology and learning experiences.”

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Westgroup Designs CEO, PariSima Hassani, receives Globe St. Women Of Influence 2020 Award

Westgroup Designs CEO, PariSima Hassani, receives Globe St. Women Of Influence 2020 Award

Congratulations to Westgroup Designs (WD) Founder and CEO PariSima (Sima) Hassani on receiving this incredible honor, celebrating Women who have made a distinctive mark in Commercial Real Estate. Growing the firm’s expertise, over the last several decades, to include substantial work in commercial, education, civic, healthcare and lifestyle sectors, Sima affirms that WD values excellence, believing the best results come from a strong partnership with their clients, leveraging design as a tool to help clients achieve organizational goals and strengthen business outcomes. With more than $535 million in successful projects in their portfolio, it’s no wonder that Westgroup Designs has an 80% return-client ratio. The firm is also proud of its commitment to education and diversity of staff, comprised of 50% women and 60% minority, with 75% of professionals licensed in their fields.

Please join us in celebrating Sima and this achievement!
See original publication here. 

PariSIma Hassani Women of Influence

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WFH Wellness Challenge

WFH Wellness Challenge

After 6+ weeks working from home, many are eager to reunite with their colleagues, while some are getting comfortable with connecting remotely. The common denominator is managing change. Staying connected while away makes transitioning back into the office smoother, and for those who will remain a zoom call away, it allows them to feel like an active part of the team.

Our WFH (Westgroup From Home) Wellness Challenge has enlivened and engaged our staff to get and stay connected like never before…and now we’re sharing our secret sauce with all of you! Each Week our WFH Wellness Challenge provides inspiration, a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition, as well as opportunities to be your best self! Weekly goals involving sharing healthy habits, self-care, energy builders, sustainability, environmental resilience, stress relief and creativity earn participant points toward a WD charity donation and, of course, winner’s bragging rights for the week! Staff completes their goal forms and submits them with any photos of their activities; they also post some of these on our Instagram and tag @WestgroupDesigns for some online promo! Sharing the weekly updates with these great submissions serves as a scrapbook of the success along the way, which we will be continuing to do, sharing this at our quarterly all staff celebrations!

Now its YOUR TURN! We’re providing our custom template of our WFH Challenge for you to use with your staff and teams. Have fun with it, and feel free to tag @WestgroupDesigns with your photos…we may just feature YOU and your inspiring activities in an upcoming post!

DOWNLOAD OUR WELLNESS WORKSHEET HERE!

Wellness Eblast

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day, From Home

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day, From Home

Sustainable and resilient strategies, for their places and spaces, is a priority that we share with our clients and project partners. As our team, along with all of you, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, in support of the efforts to protect our environment, thinking globally, acting locally, we are reminded of what we can do, and continue to do, while we WFH (Westgroup From Home).

Everyone in the WD family is committed to reducing our individual carbon footprint. Here are just a few ways our team members are contributing to ecological resilience from home:

  • Growing new vegetables from scraps, including greens, onions, carrots and celery
  • Providing Nest Boxes and upcycled nesting materials in your yard for birds
  • Planting fruit trees, including citrus, pear, pomagranite and nut species
  • Upcycling natural materials for reusable totes, plant hangers, furniture
  • Planting flowers that are bee, bird and butterfly friendly for organic pollination
  • Investing in reusable water pitchers with filters in lieu of purchasing water bottles
  • Using and gifting reusable metal water bottles
  • Opening windows for fresh air and circulation in lieu of running the air conditioning or heater
  • Picking up trash and debris in your community during walks and short outings
  • Capturing rainwater for use in watering indoor plants and cleaning outdoor surfaces
  • Using eco-friendly products to support the “zero-waste” movement, including reusable food storage, bees wax paper, bamboo cleaning supplies
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Westgroup Designs Continues Service to our Clients, Project Partners and Community

3.18.2020

To our valued Clients, Project Partners, Industry Colleagues and Community,

At Westgroup Designs, our highest priority will always be the safety and well-being of our family of employees, and you, our clients, project partners and professional community.

As we monitor and navigate through the COVID-19 situation, we have employed a work plan to continue providing service which, for the time-being, will include eliminating non-urgent travel, minimizing in-person contact, employing our advanced technology capabilities to work remotely, conducting virtual meetings and maintaining our secure file-sharing methods. Our technology infrastructure already utilizes a platform with seamless, remote support for our team, so we will continue working without interruption.

Staying connected as an industry and community is more important than ever, so our steadfast commitment to all of you will not change.

As such, we will continue to provide the service and care you have come to expect from our professional team. We are also monitoring the activity of local agencies and jurisdictions and will continue to share best practices and updates with our fellow industry professionals, as we weather this storm together.

May you all remain safe and well as we collectively and pro-actively address this rapidly changing situation in an unprecedented environment. We encourage all to take the necessary health precautions to protect yourself and your family. To learn more, please visit the CDC at cdc.gov, or your local Health department.

See the full press release here.

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time of year that is dear to our hearts at WD.

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time of the year that is close to our hearts at WD.

We continue to support the cause, honoring all that are affected, by giving back through community philanthropy!

Most recently, WD collaborated with Common Thread for the Cure, the nonprofit organization that provides assistance to breast cancer patients and survivors, to design these custom wine labels using this year’s theme: “The Warrior Within”. The selected wine labels will be produced on two wine varietals and proceeds from the sales, by Russian River Winery, fund the grants provided to persons fighting the battle and their families, and to lend a voice to ongoing support efforts. Learn more about their work here.

Many thanks to our Sponsor, Bobby Trujillo and Global Furniture Group for the support and partnership!

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

Shark Logo

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!

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