Great Wolf Lodge will be located near Harbor Blvd. and Lampson Ave.

GARDEN GROVE, CA—International design firm Ware Malcomb has begun construction on the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort here. This will be the first California location for the brand, a leaderin the waterpark-resort industry and operated by Great Wolf Resorts Inc. based in Madison, WI.

As GlobeSt.com previously reported, Great Wolf Resorts Inc. broke ground in May on the 600-room indoor waterpark resort. City Council member Steve Jones from the City of Garden Grove; Chad McWhinney, CEO and co-founder of McWhinney; Mayor Bruce Broadwater; and Kimberly Schaefer, CEO of Great Wolf Resorts, gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the brand’s 13th resort.

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will be located within the Grove District in one of the region’s most popular tourist areas at 12681 Harbor Blvd., bringing a new destination for families to the area. The indoor waterpark resort, which will offer more than 600 suites, will include a 328,000-square-foot, 12-story high-rise, concrete-frame hotel and a 130,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark. In addition, the project will feature 30,000 square feet of conference facilities, 18,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants and a parking structure.

According to Tom Myers, principal of Ware Malcomb’s commercial architecture group, “This is a unique project that is sure to have an indelible impact on the resort industry here in Southern California.”

Ware Malcomb serves as architect of record for the project, which is expected to be completed and open in early 2016. When finished, it will be the largest Great Wolf Lodge location in the country.

As GlobeSt.com reported in May, Ware Malcomb has merged with Connell Design Group of Seattle. The merger allows Ware Malcomb to create a new presence in the Pacific Northwest and brings the total number of its regional offices spanning the US, Canada, Mexico and Panama to 15. The transaction also bolsters the architecture and design capabilities of the combined office to better serve corporate and commercial real estate clients in the Seattle market. Terms of the transaction, which closed last month, were not disclosed.