Old Town is the heart of the City of Tustin’s heritage. In the route of El Camino Real, not far from the Spanish mercury mines on Red Hill, settlement here was driven by the abundance of fresh water. Gabrielino Indians, native trees, the Spaniards, and early settlers in Columbus Tustin’s town were nurtured in this small inspiring environment.

Here in this beautiful area, RPP Architects collaborated with the Tustin Planning Center on the design of mixed-use development in Prospect Village. The project provides housing, office, and retail development in Old Town along Prospect Avenue. The development is set to include 12 three-story town homes with retail and office space on the first floor, and two levels of residence on the top floors. A 9,000 Sq. Ft., two-story commercial building is being proposed on an adjacent parcel. Like other live/work developments, Prospect Village is targeted for the families of professionals such as architects, engineers, and lawyers. The developer has also hinted at the possibility of a coffeehouse, bookstore, or a dress shop. The two-story commercial building is slated for an upscale restaurant on the first floor, with some professional offices or shops on the second.

Sensitive to the historical meaning of the given location, the design team proposed brick veneer buildings with generous cornices, reminiscent of the existing, on-site UTT Juice building. To pay tribute to this characteristic, yetnon-salvageable, building, designers proposed the re-use of the most beautiful cornice parts on the existing building.

Tustin Mixed-Use Completed

Tustin Mixed-Use Completed

Three Rivers Trucking Facility

Corporate office, warehouse and truck parking/maintenance yard for the trucking company serving Port of Long Beach. The project required coordination with the landowner Southern California Edison Company, permitting agencies City of Long Beach and the future site user. The site design and engineering met the Edison company’s strict site standards for clearance under high voltage overhead lines and the underground oil pipelines. Metal building colors complement the industrial surrounding.

Hampton Office Building

The Hampton office building is one of the best examples of the Tudor style revival. The design incorporates a historical look combined with modern amenities for a contemporary managed office. The building has elements characteristic of the Tudor style, including a clock tower, white stucco with brown wood elements, a high roof, and a dense rhythm of window divisions. Even the wall-climbing ivy reinforces the Tudor style.