Lincoln Adds
Small Offices to Mix
of Tustin Campus


Lincoln Adds Small Offices to Mix of Tustin Campus

Orange County Business Journal, April 4, 2016

A batch of small for-lease buildings are being added to the mix at the Tustin Legacy development, Orange County’s first ground up creative-office campus.  The Irvine office of Lincoln Property Company last week unveiled an updated development plan for Flight, the office project planned for a 38.7-acre portion of the city’s former Marine base.  The first phase of construction at Flight, running about 18.7 acres at the intersection of Barranca Parkway and Armstrong Avenue, will hold close to 400,000 square feet of office space, plus a 12,000 SF food hall.

Initial plans for the development–previously called Cornerstone–called for five four-story buildings to be built in the first phase, all roughly the same size.

The developer’s recent tweaks have led to plans for a quartet of smaller offices, each with 5,000 to 13,000 SF of rentable space, alongside four other four-story buildings.

The larger buildings will include floor plates running between 22,000 square feet and 38,000 square feet.  Construction on the first phase of development at Flight is scheduled to begin in the third quarter. Future phases will result in up to 860,000 square feet of creative-office space and other uses built on the 38.7-acre site.  The smaller offices being planned for the “mini-campus” should appeal to tenants looking for their own stand-alone properties, alongside the larger buildings, which can hold a single large user or multiple tenants, according to Kevin Hayes, Executive Vice President at Lincoln.  The smaller single-story buildings will have the capacity for the addition of extra mezzanine space, if needed, said Hayes, whose company has partnered with Boston-based real estate private equity firm Alcion Ventures LP to finance the project.

The development team of Flight last week also unveiled some of the most unique architectural features of their project.  They include exterior catwalks, elevators, balconies and porches, whose design contrasts to the central elevator-lobby core in most other area office projects.

This type of design “delivers more useable square footage, encourages interactions, and allows both tenants and guests to step directly from the outdoors into one’s own space,” Lincoln said in a statement.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios is the architecture firm for the project.  Mark Montanaga, a partner at the Los Angeles-based firm, said the double-height, hangar-inspired office spaces are meant to pay tribute to “the rich aeronautics culture” of the Tustin site.  Other planned features of the development include a fitness center, amphitheater, conferencing facilities, outdoor meeting and gathering spaces, and a nearby park with 2.5 miles of trails.

By Mark Mueller