MICHAEL MARQUEZ ARCHITECTS
This mixed-use, master plan project was part of an invited
competition by the City of Commerce and was designed by
Michael Marquez and Robert Jacques, who was a principal
and partner with the firm for 12 years. The 30-acre site was
originally the home of the Uniroyal Tire Factory, which was
built in 1929. It is located next to the Santa Ana Freeway
with the familiar 1/4-mile long Assyrian wall on the south
edge of the property which remains today as a reminder of
the site’s history.
The project included more than 70,000 SM of office space,
R&D facilities, a Double Tree Hotel, factory outlet stores, an
outdoor food court and the renovation of the existing
central office tower. The design was the only one of the
seven entries that suggested preserving the Assyrian wall as
the identity of the project and locating the parking lots to
the rear of the property. Besides the preservation of the
existing building facade along the southern edge of the
property, a portion of the structural frame work was left in
place and provided shading for the food court area.
Look for this grand project on the 5 FWY during your next
trip from Los Angeles to Disneyland or the Big A. Or visa
versa, of course.
City of Commerce, CA