SANTA ANA, CA—GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively that landscape architectural firm Lifescapes International has completed a one-acre rooftop design reminiscent of Las Vegas resorts at the Marke Apartments, a five-story, 300-unit luxury apartment community at 100 E. MacArthur Blvd. here, developed by Lyon Communities. The rooftop brings a Las Vegas pool party setting to suburban Orange County.
The design incorporates a variety of amenities, including fire pits, a resort-style saltwater pool and spa, a bar, an outdoor theater and private cabanas, as well as two clubhouses—one of which includes a two-lane bowling alley, a full bar/restaurant area and gaming. The second clubhouse is dedicated to an elite training facility that features Ryan Capretta of Proactive Sports Performance. Total construction costs for the project were not immediately available to GlobeSt.com.
“There was a great deal of innovation that went into this rooftop deck,” says Don Brinkerhoff, CEO of Lifescapes. “I recommended to the architect and to ownership that we divide the upper building down the middle, allowing for a long vista view toward the exercise area. In addition, I encouraged ownership to allow us to add fire pits within the north and south ground-level courtyards.” She notes that these additions provide for more outdoor meeting areas for residents and their guests.
Also, the fire pits also benefit from nearby but separately located barbecue areas where residents can prepare food for their guests. “These areas are also used during the day as semi-private meeting spaces.”
The Marke was designed to transcend the area’s more-typical offerings by bringing a new level of luxury to Millennial and empty-nester residents. According to Frank Suryan, Jr., Lyon Communities’ chairman and CEO, “Our vision was to incorporate sleek, upscale architecture with an emphasis on recreational activities and amenities. I want to create communities that I would want to live in.”
Lifescapes, the creative force behind a variety of well-known Las Vegas casinos, resorts and clubs, was chosen to design the Marke’s rooftop for its depth of experience in that city, according to Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, president of Lifescapes. “In one of our first meetings, Frank said to me, ‘Some things that happen in Las Vegas shouldn’t stay in Las Vegas.’ So we set out to design and deliver an environment that is as fun and as entertaining as the successful young professionals who are moving into the Marke. Ee recognize that beautiful and creative outdoor spaces aren’t just about having a great look, but are also about generating a vibrant energy. At the Marke, we’ve delivered a true nightlife and entertainment vibe.”
As GlobeSt.com reported earlier this week, the new amenities currently coming out of the office sector are curiously similar to those in the apartment sector. Bixby Land Co.‘s president and CEO Bill Halford told us today’s apartment tenants tend to have more disposable income and don’t treat space as a commodity, and that’s driving innovation in the office space as well.