GAA ARCHITECTS CREATES A MASTER DESIGN GUIDELINE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS WITH TRAMMELL CROW'S IRWINDALE BUSINESS CENTER
Entitlements are complete and working drawings for Phase One of Trammell Crow Company's 126-acre Irwindale Business Center are currently being prepared by GAA Architects in Irvine, CA. The complex will eventually encompass more than 2.5 million square feet of light industrial product, with the initial Phase One consisting of 10 buildings totaling 1.2 million square feet on 58 acres. The tilt-up concrete buildings range in size from 32,600 to 324,000 square feet. The Irwindale Business Park is currently the largest industrial project in development by Trammell Crow. Trammell Crow specifically selected GAA because of its extensive experience and reputation for quality design with industrial and office properties. "GAA understands the needs of the community and the developers, and translates that into exceptional design plans," says David Nazaryk, Vice President, Development Services for Trammell Crow.
The Irwindale Business Center, located southwest of Arrow Highway and Irwindale Avenue, will be easily accessible from the 605 and 210 Freeways. In the past, this area was used for mining operations. In order to make it suitable for construction, massive quantities of dirt had to be imported to fill the giant pit that remained. Today, this is a region where industrial/office space is in high demand, vacancies are low, and available space is quickly absorbed in the market.
GAA, working with the City of Irwindale, identified specific architectural forms, construction materials and colors, and combined them into a design guideline package that can be repeated quickly and economically for future developments in the area. "GAA developed four unique Spanish entry designs," according to Dan MacDavid, Director of Design for GAA, "The architecture incorporates curved parapets, plant-on forms, arched entryways, curvilinear covered entry statements and a covered pedestrian colonnade for the two buildings facing Irwindale Avenue. The buildings also feature inset tiles, a warm earth tone color scheme and gridded window mullions with bronze glazing." River rock, which is indigenous to the area, will be used in the landscaping to enhance the Spanish architectural motif.
Trammell Crown and GAA expect construction on the Irwindale Business Center to begin in February of 2000. The future Phase Two, located directly south of Phase One, will be approximately 68 acres in size and will add nearly 1.3 million square feet.