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Orange County Great Park

Irvine, CA

Formally known as the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station from 1943-1999, the 1,200-acre land was transformed into the Orange County Great Park.

MCK served as the Program Manager and Chief Advisor to the Orange County Great Park Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer for this $1.2 billion-dollar park development which is comprised of soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, and an array of amenities that include multiple lakes, gardens, an Anaheim Ducks NHL practice facility and public ice rink, renovated hangars, net zero renewable energy facilities including fuel cells and solar and cultural elements. 


While also serving as the full service Construction Manager, MCK was responsible for the Design Management, Bid Package Preparation, Award and Execution of the 30-acre OCGP Wester Sector Pak Development Plan 2012 Capital Improvements, which consisted of a new Visitor’s Center, the South Lawn and Timeline West, four lighted championship-level soccer fields, two made of artificial turf, four basketball courts and a marked jogging route. Construction included a 2,200 square foot operations building designated for restrooms and park operations, turf lawn areas complete with benches, picnic tables, large-scale chess boards and table tennis.


MCK led the design and construction of the revolutionary storm water capture and reuse concept which won the ENR Magazine project of the year award, the Stormwater Solutions magazine Top Project award and the American Public Works Association 2013 Project of the Year in Southern California. The development included two reflecting ponds, four storm water capture and reuse ponds with associated collector, UV Treatment and pumping systems, irrigation and planting, site and pathway lighting, bio-swales and drainage features, parking lots and roadway construction.


This project was successfully completed in September 2013. MCK’s Brendan McDevitt presented on this project concept at the Mayor’s Sustainable Cities Conference and the GreenBuild Conference in 2014.

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