Palm Desert Community Focuses on Resident Connection: 2022 MFE Awards, Merit: Revel Palm Desert

MFE Staff

Palm Desert, California, is renowned for its location as a retirement destination. The 164-unit Revel Palm Desert community, from developer The Wolff Co. and architect AO, delivers a fresh perspective to the market by curating a living experience focused on choice, personal freedom, curiosity, and fun for residents seeking an active, independent-living environment.

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AB 2011: An Architect and Attorney’s Take on the Implications Ahead for CA Multifamily Developers 

by AO

This week Governor Newsom signed AB 2011, the Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022. Becoming operative on July 1, 2023, the law brings forth several implications including a mixed bag of new development opportunities and challenges. We sat down with RC Alley, Managing Partner at AO, and land-use attorney Sean Matsler, Partner at Cox Castle Nicholson, to interpret AB 2011 and shed some light on what California’s multifamily developers need to know right now. 

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Low Supply: Southern California is Seeing New Tenants and Trends, but There May Not Be Space for Everyone

by Nellie Day | California Centers

This trend expands beyond the newer and growing cities like Menifee, notes Rob Budetti, managing partner at AO in Orange. "The most in-demand retail concepts are those driven by experience, merging entertainment, dining and shopping all under one roof," he says...

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Harbor Island West Marina Scheduled for a $16 Million Renovation by San Diego’s Pacific Building Group

SD Metro Magazine

San Diego-based Pacific Building Group has been awarded the Harbor Island West Marina project involving a complete demolition and renovation of the current marina at 2040 Harbor Island Drive. HIW Associates, who has owned and managed the marina since 1982, awarded the contract.

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AO Appoints New Design Director, Senior Associate in Multifamily Studio

Los Angeles Business Journal

Joey Ali brings to AO more than 20 years of professional experience leading high-performance design teams on a range of developments including multifamily residential, mixed-use, and hospitality assignments. Read more

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San Jose Approves 600 Condos on Stevens Creek Boulevard

by Joseph Geha | San Jose Spotlight

A few gray, nondescript commercial buildings in the northwestern corner of San Jose will be replaced by nearly 600 condos and hundreds of hotel rooms, as part of a project several years in the making. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the latest version of a development from Los Angeles-based Miramar Capital known as Stevens Creek Promenade.

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AO Designs a Diversified Pipeline Healthcare, Rentals & More from Orange-Based Firm

By Katie Murar | OCBJ

One of Orange County's largest architecture firms has plans to get even larger. Despite its already diversified portfolio, Orange-based AO is ramping up service lines and expanding into new markets, especially those it considers "recession-proof."

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How the Pandemic Altered Multifamily Design

By Joe Gose | Western Multifamily & Affordable Housing Business

"In addition to influencing investor demand, the Covid-19 pandemic is also affecting the design of apartments as well as functionality and amenity packages. Most changes are subtle, architects say, and in some cases, the virus and lockdowns simply opened the door to ideas that had been discussed for years. AO Multifamily Studio Managing Partner Ed Cadavona comments on some of these design trends implemented in recent projects."

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Building Design+Construction’s Giants 400 Report: Top 180 Architecture Firms For 2022

BD+C Staff

Gensler, Perkins and Will, HKS, and Perkins Eastman top the rankings of the nation's largest architecture firms for nonresidential and multifamily buildings work, as reported in Building Design+Construction's 2022 Giants 400 Report.

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Architecture Firms Richard Yen & Associates and AO Join Forces to Form RY+AO

AO Release

Richard Yen & Associates (RY+A), a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership with AO, a leading full-service architecture firm with design expertise spanning the full commercial real estate spectrum, to form RY+AO.

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AO Appoints New Design Director, Principal in Oakland Multifamily Studio

East Bay Times

With more than 20 years of architecture experience, Nickolos joins the Oakland AO studio to lead in multifamily, and affordable housing, with a focus on prefabricated construction methods. Read more

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AO Celebrates Phase II Grand Opening of Mountain View Village in Riverton, Utah

AO Release

Mountain View Village, a new mixed-use open-air lifestyle development in Riverton, UT is celebrating the completion of its second phase of development with a four-day community party culminating on the 4th of July.

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AO Completes Design of Milpitas Mixed-Use Project
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Commercial Construction & Renovation

Architecture firm AO has completed the design of Anton Aspire and Ascend, a 583-unit mixed-use property in Milpitas, CA. Adjacent to the new BART/VTA station, the two buildings feature 5,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 2.1-acre public park with custom art installations.

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Warner Red Hill Commences Construction in Santa Ana
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Mann Report

Construction has commenced at Warner Red Hill, one of the largest mixed-use developments underway in Orange County. Scheduled for completion in 2024, this community is poised to become a new gateway to the city of Santa Ana, bringing 80,000 square feet of retail space accessible from the central public plaza, along with a neighborhood of 1,100 rental apartments.

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AO Wins Four Grand Awards at the 2022 PCBC Gold Nuggets
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AO Press Release

From more than 600 entries, the judges recognized AO’s top projects with four Grand Awards and 12 Merit Awards in 11 categories including mixed-use, multifamily, recreation, and affordable housing. AO’s Grand-winning projects for the best in multifamily design are; Iowa Apartments in Riverside, CA for Best On-the Boards Mixed-Use; Warner Red Hill in Santa Ana, CA for Best On-the Boards Site Plan; and Confluence Park in Valencia, CA for Best Community Amenity and Best Design for Energy.

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Return to Offices and Something Else: The relevance of workspaces now seems linked to their being part of mixed-use developments

Building Design + Construction

In Southern California, the developer Merlone Geier Partners is redeveloping what had been a shopping mall on 67.8 acres into the Village at Laguna Hills, a 2.94-million-sf mixed-use community. Ioanna Magiati places this project within the larger urbanization trend. In that context, mixed-use residential and retail "need to create a story" that buttresses the revitalization of the surrounding community, she says.

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Generating Value Through Repositioning Retail

AO and IMG Construction Management | The Mann Report

Many shopping center owners and operators are looking to breathe new life into their properties by repositioning through the introduction of new uses. AO Managing Partners Rob Budetti and RC Alley, Principal Doug Pearl along with Brett Isaacman from IMG Construction Management discuss trends, property options, strategies and more in this article by The Mann Report.

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The Space Between: How Success of the Instant Urban Village Lies in the Placemaking of the Public Realm

By Michael Heinrich, AO for Mann Report

California's housing crisis has affected every city across the state. As municipalities explore new development strategies to grow housing stock, they often seek to leverage existing infrastructure to re-imagine 21st century communities. This raises several new challenges for architects and planners, who are tasked with designing more intense, instant urban villages that still deliver an authentic sense of place and vibrant community life. As buildings become larger and neighborhoods denser, the importance of the public realm — the space between buildings — cannot be overstated.

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344-Unit Apartment Complex Takes Shape Next to Duarte Station

By Steven Sharpe | Urbanize L.A.

After nearly one year of construction, wood framing is starting to wrap above-grade parking at Esperanza at Duarte Station, the new multifamily residential complex now taking shape next to the Metro L Line in Duarte. Completion of the project is expected in mid-2023.

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AO Elevates 35 Rising Stars, Including the Appointment of Two Partners & Three Principals
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Firm-wide promotions bolster leadership, support the firm’s expansion into new markets and facilitates growth of diverse project portfolio.

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