Building The Flight at Tustin Legacy: First phase of next-generation campus in full swing as Bomel Construction continues work on buildings, parking structure, set to begin site concrete phase

TUSTIN, Calif., March 28, 2018––It’s being called the kind of innovative, large-scale office campus that Orange County has been lacking. The next generation of office, the property developers say.

            Exterior balconies, 28-foot-high glass curtain walls, a large food hall and roll-up doors are among the forward-thinking features of The Flight at Tustin Legacy (, a progressive, 38-acre mix of four-story and single-story office buildings in the 1,600-acre master-planned community of Tustin Legacy.

Phase 1 done next year
            Developers Lincoln Property Co. of Dallas and Boston-based Alcion Ventures plan to build up to 870,000 square feet of office and retail space in two phases at Barranca Parkway and Armstrong Avenue. The project’s first 10-building phase, planned to total about 470,000 square feet, is now under construction. In addition to eight office buildings, Flight’s first phase will include two other buildings, one for a 12,000-square-foot food hall and the other for a 7,000-square-foot conference center. The campus will also feature a four-level parking structure. Comprised of 17.5-acres, phase one is adjacent to the 26-acre Tustin Legacy Park, connecting the new office campus with passive and active outdoor space and walking trails. Construction of the first phase is expected to be completed by 2019.

            “This was a rare opportunity in Orange County to acquire a large centrally located land parcel adjacent to substantial retail and residential uses,” said Mark Potter, co-founder and partner of Alcion Ventures. “Flight is more than office space; it will be an unmatched creative office environment for businesses and their employees who will be able to dine, exercise, socialize and enjoy the outdoors within the project.”

Complete concrete coverage
            Bomel Construction, widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West, is the design-build general contractor for the 1,169-stall parking structure, self-performing all structural concrete. Bomel is the subcontractor for structural concrete, formwork, rebar and metal decks for the buildings. Additionally, Bomel’s architectural and site concrete division has been contracted to work on Flight’s first phase.

            Bomel Project Manager Jennifer Coppens said construction for the 360,000-square-foot garage started in early October and all concrete has been poured. The garage is scheduled for a July completion.

            Bomel’s work for the 10 buildings in phase one is also scheduled for a summer completion. Bomel crews started work in September, said Bomel Project Manager Alex Matranga.

            “Site logistics are a challenge,” he added. There’s a lot of activity all at once. There are many workers going in different directions.

            “Yes, it’s a big, giant site, but when we are working in between all the buildings, it gets pretty tight, so you really have to pay attention to stay safe.”

Adding accents
            Jacob Olid, director of operations of Choate Parking Consultants, Bomel’s architectural design-build partner for the 370-foot-long parking structure, said the garage’s elevations will have polycarbonate panels on all four elevations.

            “This structure has 22 bays, with 17 being the same exact size. That’s very repetitious,” he explained. “For visual interest, we broke up the massing with the panels and went even further at the entries by using a different color of paint to give that part of the structure a dramatic pop.”

            The color of the parking structure will be a warm gray, “almost beige,” Olid sad. The accent color will be Maltese blue at elevator cores and certain columns. The interior color of the garage will be a light shade of Irvine white.

            The garage includes two rooms with a capacity for 59 bicycles and eight electrical-vehicle charging stations. An infrastructure for an additional 27 stations will be installed at a later date.

Straight swirls
            David Byrd, who represents developer Lincoln Property, said he has “lots of experience” with Bomel and is impressed with the quality of the garage’s concrete and formwork.

            “Bomel really did a nice job; they did everything right,” Byrd stated.  “Their swirl finish on the decks is excellent, consistent and straight. In a perfect world, the swirl marks are consistent and straight, so they don’t meander down the structure; they go in a straight line, which is not as easy as you think.”

            Bomel’s Architectural and Site Concrete Division will be on the site starting in April and will remain there for about a year, said Bomel Project Manager Rich Cygan. About 2,500 yards of site concrete will be used.

            “We have quite a few different types of pedestrian paving, about 1,300 yards,” Cygan said. “The rest is divided among seat walls and curb and gutter. We have about 94,000 square feet of gray concrete with a top cast finish and 6-foot saw cuts. We also have another gray concrete with a washed finish and 4-foot decorative saw cuts.”

            Flight’s mix of buildings will be constructed of steel and glass with extensive outdoor platform decking and roll-up doors. The buildings will have perforated metal skins, which serve to shade the indoor/outdoor office space, and large glass curtain walls on the ends to allow light penetration into the 14-foot-high to 28-foot-high floor plates.

Grub and pub
            A signature component of Flight’s first phase is Mess Hall Market, a 12,000-square-foot, chef-driven facility that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full-service bar will be inside the hall. Other planned features include a fitness center, amphitheater, conference facilities, outdoor meeting and gathering spaces.

            As the first office development within the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, Flight will embody the Tustin Legacy master-planned development as a live-work-play community. The two-phased mixed-use campus will ultimately be comprised of 18 low-rise office buildings, retail areas, open space and next-generation amenities.

ABOUT BOMEL CONSTRUCTION: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of design-build parking structure construction in the western United States and one of the largest concrete contractors in the United States. It placed 117th on Engineering News-Record’s national ranking of the largest specialty contractors in 2017. In addition to its award-winning parking structure portfolio, Bomel is a one-stop source for all concrete construction needs. The company maintains a highly skilled staff for its in-house structural, architectural and site concrete divisions. Bomel works directly for property owners, developers and general contractors. Its portfolio of work includes a wide range of projects built at large, well-known casino-resorts, shopping malls, office buildings, mass transit centers, airports, universities and community colleges.  For more information: Bomel Construction Co. Inc., 96 Corporate Park, Irvine, CA 92606. Phone: 714-921-1660. Web site:

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