SANTA ANA, CA—GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively that landscapearchitectural firm Lifescapes International hascompleted a one-acre rooftop design reminiscent of Las Vegasresorts at the Marke Apartments, a five-story,300-unit luxury apartment community at 100 E. MacArthurBlvd. here, developed by LyonCommunities. The rooftop brings a Las Vegas pool partysetting to suburban Orange County.

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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 twoclubhouses—one of which includes a two-lane bowling alley, a fullbar/restaurant area and gaming. The second clubhouse is dedicatedto an elite training facility that features RyanCapretta of Proactive Sports Performance.Total construction costs for the project were not immediatelyavailable to GlobeSt.com.

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“There was a great deal of innovation that went into thisrooftop deck,” says Don Brinkerhoff, CEO ofLifescapes. “I recommended to the architect and to ownership thatwe divide the upper building down the middle, allowing for a longvista view toward the exercise area. In addition, I encouragedownership to allow us to add fire pits within the north and southground-level courtyards.” She notes that these additions providefor more outdoor meeting areas for residents and their guests.

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Also, the fire pits also benefit from nearby but separatelylocated barbecue areas where residents can prepare food for theirguests. “These areas are also used during the day as semi-privatemeeting spaces.”

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The Marke was designed to transcend the area's more-typicalofferings by bringing a new level of luxury toMillennial and empty-nester residents. Accordingto Frank Suryan, Jr., Lyon Communities' chairmanand CEO, “Our vision was to incorporate sleek, upscale architecturewith an emphasis on recreational activities and amenities. I wantto create communities that I would want to live in.”

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Lifescapes, the creative force behind a variety of well-knownLas Vegas casinos, resorts and clubs, was chosen to designthe Marke's rooftop for its depth of experience in that city,according to Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, presidentof 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 funand as entertaining as the successful young professionals who aremoving into the Marke. Ee recognize that beautiful and creativeoutdoor spaces aren't just about having a great look, but are alsoabout generating a vibrant energy. At the Marke, we've delivered atrue nightlife and entertainment vibe.”

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As GlobeSt.com reported earlier this week, the newamenities currently coming out of theoffice sector are curiously similar to those inthe apartment sector. Bixby LandCo.'s president and CEO Bill Halford toldus today's apartment tenants tend to have more disposable incomeand don't treat space as a commodity, and that's driving innovationin the office space as well.

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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.