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

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As GlobeSt.com previously reported, Great WolfResorts Inc. broke ground in May on the600-room indoor waterpark resort. CityCouncil member Steve Jones from theCity of Garden Grove; ChadMcWhinney, CEO and co-founder of McWhinney; MayorBruce Broadwater; and Kimberly Schaefer,CEO of Great Wolf Resorts, gathered for the groundbreaking ceremonyfor the brand's 13th resort.

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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will be located within theGrove District in one of the region's most popular tourist areas at12681 Harbor Blvd., bringing a new destination forfamilies to the area. The indoor waterpark resort, which will offermore than 600 suites, will include a 328,000-square-foot, 12-storyhigh-rise, concrete-frame hotel and a 130,000-square-footindoor/outdoor waterpark. In addition, the project will feature30,000 square feet of conference facilities, 18,000 square feet ofretail shops and restaurants and a parking structure.

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According to Tom Myers, principal of WareMalcomb's commercial architecture group, “This is a unique projectthat is sure to have an indelible impact on the resort industryhere in Southern California.”

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

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As GlobeSt.com reported in May, Ware Malcombhas merged with Connell Design Group of Seattle.The merger allows Ware Malcomb to create a new presence in thePacific Northwest and brings the total number of its regionaloffices spanning the US, Canada, Mexico and Panama to 15. Thetransaction also bolsters the architecture and design capabilitiesof the combined office to better serve corporate andcommercial real estate clients in the Seattlemarket. Terms of the transaction, which closed last month, were notdisclosed.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.