Land Development Project of the Year
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Park Place

Project Location:

2967 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Project Description:

Park Place is a world class mixed-use campus in Irvine, California that consists of 100 acres of prime real estate located along the I-405 freeway.  Architecturally, the buildings have served for years as a landmark for travelers moving through Orange County.  The focus of the project was to establish Park Place as a unique live-work opportunity by adding neighborhood retail, restaurants, a market, a health-club, residential towers, and apartment homes to the existing office campus. 

As a new hub of commerce in Irvine, Park Place is a shining example of how breathing new life into the constructs of suburban sprawl can create a greater sense of community.  The former site was poorly planned and lacked a sense of place: it was confusing to navigate and the existing buildings lacked a connection to one another.  By creating a central gathering and activity space on top of the Concourse and connecting it to the various modules of the site, Park Place’s focus was shifted.  The site became more walkable, functional, and enjoyable to be in.  From this new heart of the project, visitors can now easily get around or pause to enjoy a multitude of dining and gathering spaces.

Project Justification:

In 2008, the design team, in collaboration with the client, set forth to reinvigorate the former sprawling campus into a more prominent and functional multi-tenant development.  The client challenged the design team to create a more open, cohesive, sustainable, and functional site out of the existing building stock.  The size of the existing structures made major architectural renovations impractical, which established landscape architecture as the principle element of the project’s transformation.  Through landmark plantings, lighting, paving patterns, and re-routed vehicular and pedestrian circulation, the team was able to rebrand Park Place as a premier live-work environment.  Park Place’s transformation is an example of how the existing urban matrix can be adapted to accommodate a growing need for flexible, multi-use live-work communities.

The civil engineer worked with the landscape architect to ensure that the design was met aesthetically. The vehicular access to the concourse area was a challenge considering that the existing concourse area was only a pedestrian access. The civil and structural engineer had to look at existing building drawings to determine how the building would be able to handle the loads from the landscape and vehicular loads on the Concourse.

Special Circumstances:

This is a fully integrated LPA project that incorporates Architectural and Engineering all in-house. A principle challenge of the site was the existing Concourse building that lay in between the two main offices.  It created a barrier through the site that made navigation a challenge and took up valuable space on the site.  Using a lightweight geo-synthetic fill, the design team engineered a ramping system to bring vehicular and pedestrian traffic onto the roof of the existing Concourse to create an arrival/drop-off and visitor parking.  Where the Concourse used to divide the site, this rooftop Plaza Deck now connects the adjacent offices, increases vehicular connectivity around the site, and creates a much needed sense of arrival.

Project Attachments:

The scope of the project also included a new entry court and multi-use lawn for 3333 Tower, an enhanced front entry and arrival court for the Atrium building, comprehensive signage and way-finding, stronger vehicular and pedestrian circulation throughout, and water-wise planting.  Nearly 129,000 sf of turf was replaced with drought tolerant planting and will reduce water needs by an estimated 4.3 million gallons each year.

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