Architects Orange has provided retail design services for more than 30 years and multifamily design services for more than 20. We have naturally emerged as a leader in the design of mixed-use projects that incorporate both uses and have become prevalent in the last few years.
Architects Orange's Student Academic Village on 6.8 acres at North Commonwealth Avenue and East Chapman Avenue in the city of Fullerton provides a gateway to the city with retail and student housing serving California State University at Fullerton. The complex will consist of 30,000 square feet of retail beneath 363 student apartment units. In New Urbanist fashion, the residences are designed around an above-grade parking structure to serve the students, guests and retail users. The project also provides an 11,000-square-foot recreational facility. The Academic Village varies in height, with some sections rising three stories and others four levels, surrounding interior courtyards. Retail and food uses will serve the residents and draw visitors to the area. The project conforms to California's Build It Green Program [Green Point Rated], using sustainable engineering methods on the roof, among other initiatives. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2010.
While mixed-use and Main Street projects are exciting, we still remained rooted in traditional retail design. Over 70 percent of Architects Orange's projects are traditional retail design. More than 30 years of experience tells us that a practical and disciplined approach to site planning is what is needed for neighborhood, power, community, entertainment and unanchored strip centers. Basic circulation patterns, parking fields, signage and visibility still drive the plan.
With this practical approach in mind the Architects Orange team fosters innovative solutions that create a unique character for each project. A theme is created early in the design process and color, materials and architectural details are determined to carry out that theme.
The award-winning Arbors Retail Center in Lake Forest features an Agrarian/Craftsman style throughout the project in keeping with the established central architectural theme throughout the area. The 15-acre former Kmart site lies within the boundaries of the city's redevelopment project area — an area designated to reflect the historical agricultural past of the city. A themed windmill doubling as Home Depot signage anchors the center of the parking area and reinforces the Agrarian theme.
With offices in Orange County, Calif., Architects Orange provides architectural services in the western United States.
144 North Orange Street
Orange, CA 92866
Size of Firm: 80
Year Established: 1974
Jack Selman, Senior Partner
Darrel Hebenstreit, Partner
Hugh Rose, Partner