When FivePoint Communities created Pavilion Park, a 726-home development on the 3700-acre, former El Toro Marine Corps Station in Irvine, CA, they wanted it to be revolutionary in terms of design and sustainability. They also wanted a community hub that reflects these qualities, attracts homebuyers and serves as a gathering point for residents of all ages—and they wanted it done in 11 weeks.
FivePoint chose us to get the job done. They knew they needed an integrated team, one that had the experience, network and resources to achieve flawless design and build of this pivotal project for their community with an aggressive timeline.
As the design-build contractor, we selected all subcontractors, sub consultants and vendors and managed the broader design team. The scope of the work was daunting, including buildings, hardscape/landscape design and installation, masonry, rough grading, electrical and irrigation. What's more, our team needed to preserve 40 heritage trees, worth $20,000 each, moving and replanting them after construction.
Collaboration, coordination and hard work were required throughout the 11-week period: 19 coordinated tradesmen worked 12-hour days, seven days a week. Daily on-site reviews by our experts, representatives from the city and the client ensured that timelines, quality standards, building restrictions and water requirements and project objectives were met.
Together, our team accomplished the project on time and $100,000 under budget. In addition, the community hub of Pavilion Park breaks from the norm. Instead of the traditional clubhouse-centered model, Pavilion Park's community hub features attractive and innovative gathering places such as a greenhouse with organic edibles and an outdoor kitchen, a bike barn, a pool area and community pavilion and 12 social function spaces that offer privacy yet link to other outdoor spaces to create social energy.
Rather than limiting the children's area to a fenced-in playground, play structures are sprinkled throughout the site to encourage exploration and surprise. Throughout the property, sustainably designed landscapes incorporate low-water-use native plants that support wildlife and connect residents to the natural habitat.
The park has proven to be a valuable contribution to the community, not only as a resource for all the residents, but also as a draw for prospective homebuyers. Greener than most any planned communities, Pavilion Park now has another boasting point—its community hub is among the most innovative, sustainable and attractive in the country.
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