Orange County Great Park, Orange County Great Park Corporation

Irvine, California

Orange County Great Park, Orange County Great Park Corporation

Irvine, California

Recognitions

2009 AIA Honor Award in Regional & Urban Design
American Institute of Architects (National)

2009 Focused Planning Issue Award
American Planning Association (National)

2009 National Honor Award for Analysis & Planning
American Society of Landscape Architects (National)

2009 National Award for Research
American Society of Landscape Architects (National
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2009 Professional Honor Award for General Design (Orange County Great Park Observation Balloon Preview Park)
American Society of Landscape Architects (National)

2008 Focused Planning Issue Award
American Planning Association (California Chapter)

2008 Focused Planning Issue Award
American Planning Association (Orange County Chapter)

2008 Honor Award in Regional & Urban Design
American Institute of Architects (California Council)

2007 SERCAL Members Award
California Society for Ecological Restoration

Services

Orange County Great Park, Orange County Great Park Corporation

Project Value: $1.5B
Market: Municipal

Gafcon was reatained by the Orange County Great Park Corporation to provide design management for the proposed Great Park Master Plan, which included a 1,347-acre urban park to be developed within the former 4,700-acre El Toro Marine Air Station in central Orange County.

In our role as design manager, Gafcon was responsible for directing and coordinating all aspects of the project’s design relating to budget, timeline, and quality assurance. Gafcon and master designer, Ken Smith Landscape Architect of New York, formed Great Park Design Studio, a joint venture partnership. The joint venture consisted of a support team of over 42 consultants including landscape architect Mia Lehrer + Associates; TEN Arquitectos of Mexico and New York; artist Mary Miss; Steven Handel, restoration ecologist; and Fuscoe Engineering, a civil engineering firm in Orange County.

The park was to be one of the largest metropolitan parks built in the United States within the last century. The project was classified as a major brownfield development and, upon completion, would have been considered one of the nation’s largest urban infill projects. It was to include a 3.5-mile wildlife corridor, a two-mile long canyon with trails, a 21-acre lake, botanical garden, amphitheater, sports fields, and cultural terrace.

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