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Adding to the Impressive Irvine Spectrum

As the name implies, The Irvine Spectrum in Orange County, California, is home to an array of industry giants like Verizon Wireless, Toshiba and Ford Motor Company. As one of the The Irvine Company’s renowned master-planned communities, the area has more than 2,500 businesses and is touted as one of the largest centers for research, technology and business in the world.

McCarthy Construction brought Bergelectric on board to build a spectacular addition to the Spectrum skyline—20 • 40 Pacifica. Here two striking, travertine-clad towers—designed by LPA Architects—ascend to 15 stories each. In two years’ time, the $80-million towers were built and now offer a combined total of nearly 577,000 s.f. of premiere office space, as well as plentiful parking in the 5-story adjoining structure.

Bergelectric orchestrated a heavily-congested underground infrastructure with utilities coordinator RGI to connect an immense amount of conduit and cabling from the street. Meticulously, Bergelectric had to map out the infrastructure to ensure that wet, dry and landscaping utilities didn’t contradict each other.

Backed by its knowledge of The Irvine Company’s distinctive building standards, Berg provided electrical for the shell and core, along with power for the parking structure.

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High-end site lighting and tel-data were included in Bergelectric’s scope work, as well as design-build fire-alarm and security systems. An 800-MHz system enhanced the radio signal for police and firefighters—a 9/11-based requirement for high-rise buildings in Irvine.

Berglectric also installed two (2) 750KW generators as emergency power for these facilities.

Size
577,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$9.1 Million

Duration
January 2006 – January 2009

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
McCarthy Construction
LPA, Inc.
Konsortum 1

Berg Regional Office
Orange County

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