Irvine, Calif. is a high-tech economic powerhouse sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley South.”? This fast-growing city’s skyline was transformed by a pair of distinctive glass office towers located at Irvine’s Spectrum Center, an open-air retail and dining district.? Each 323-foot tower creates a vertical business campus offering impressive 360 degree views of coastal Orange County and showcasing large format tile and stone on every floor. Both tile contractors on this project used a Build Green? Emerald System? of products from CUSTOM to prep, set, grout and seal the assemblies and contribute to expected LEED Gold certification.?
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the architecture firm behind the Louvre’s iconic glass pyramid, designed the Spectrum Center’s new glass-walled, 426,000 SF towers.? Curtain wall construction creates an open, contemporary lobby to welcome employees and visitors to the many corporate offices headquartered here, including Mazda’s North American Operations.? This effect is enhanced by the luxurious expanse of oversized natural stone on floors, walls and even inside the elevator cabs.?
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