The Rancho Cucamonga Distribution Center III, designed by GAA Architects of Irvine, has received high praise from Trammell Crow Company. "The buildings have been very well-received," according to Henry Johnson, Principal and Senior Vice President of Trammell Crow. "We've heard a great number of compliments on the buildings' elevations. We've even had some inquiries from companies looking for office space only, unaware that the project accommodates industrial use... GAA has done an outstanding job designing the buildings and assisting in the entitlement and permitting with the City of Rancho Cucamonga."

The $15 million Rancho Cucamonga Distribution Center, located in the heart of the city's industrial district, consists of 2,104,400 sq. ft. on 48.31 acres. It features one smaller building (52,700 sq. ft.) and three larger buildings ranging in size from 215,300 sq. ft. to 422,000 sq. ft. With its curved aqua reflective glass and its subtle recession of concrete at the sides projects a classical image, the project is a bold departure from the "shoe box" warehouse/distribution center approach.

Architectural standards are extremely high in Rancho Cucamonga. The city will not accept ordinary "boxes." GAA melded the architectural with the functional and earned enthusiastic approval from the city. "We did not have the luxury of time on this project," said Eric Aubort, GAA's Project Manager. "We had only five months to do the design and get entitlements from the city as well as the design approval... It was just short of amazing that GAA and Trammell Crow accomplished what they did in less that a half a year. I guess we understood what the 'hot buttons' were. We were able to fulfill Rancho Cucamonga's aesthetic requirements while working within a tight construction budget to create a project with great curb appeal."

GAA has worked with Trammell Crow on a number of warehouse/distribution projects and GAA Architects' President Gilbert Aja calls this product type "one of our specialties." Currently, GAA is working on similar, even larger projects in Chino, Vista and Irwindale for Trammell Crow.

"The Rancho Cucamonga project has gone extremely well, but not by accident," according to Aja. "It is the result of an extremely sophisticated development team. Trammell Crow knows warehouses and they know distribution centers. We're working with a savvy client who knows exactly where they are going and has a pulse on what is required in the market place for a highly successful project."