California City transforms an airfield into a cultural complex

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The city of Irvine, California, converts a former military airfield into a cultural complex, which is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The cultural terrace will be built on a 110-acre parcel that was once Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The property includes two 140,000 square foot hangars and a 40,000 square foot warehouse.

The IBI Group design team says the terrace will include a museum complex, library, event space, community center and municipal offices. Multi-purpose outdoor spaces will also be designed to connect the buildings on the property.

“This site has a significant history in Orange County and is now poised to be transformed into a vibrant public space for Irvine in the 21st century,” says landscape architect Chris Torres of Artifact.

The space will be designed as a carbon-neutral site that contributes to Irvine’s ACHIEVES resolution under the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, focusing on sustainable infrastructure and energy savings.

Dave Lubach is Editor, Facilities Group.

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