LOS ANGELES - Black is a trendy clothing color in Southern California, but members of Ford Motor Co.'s Premier Automotive Group may want to dress in khakis when they move to their new Irvine headquarters.
Khakis will better mask the dust.
While Ford is counting on moving into the building on Aug. 15, construction will not be finished. As of last week, the five-story glass-and-steel edifice was still a work in progress.
On a Wednesday, July 25, tour, it was clear that much remained to be done. Sidewalk and driveway cement had to be poured, carpeting and lighting installed, drywall hung and paint applied. Heavy equipment and industrial-sized trash bins were in the entry driveway, while the soaring lobby ceiling was cluttered with scaffolds. Dust, grit and detritus were everywhere.
Varied moving days
Spokesmen for Ford and the contractor, Koll Construction, admitted that parts of the 190,000-square-foot headquarters will not be finished on moving day. But that was planned all along, they say, adding that the project is at the stage where everything is moving quickly toward completion.
Aug. 15 will be moving day only for employees of Aston Martin and Jaguar Cars U.S.A., who will occupy the second floor. Employees of Volvo Cars, on the third floor, will wait until Aug. 22, while Land Rover and Lincoln and Mercury divisions will wait until Aug. 29 to move into their fourth- and fifth-floor digs.
Lincoln will have the fourth floor to itself, while Land Rover and Mercury will share the fifth level with group executives.
The 80,000-square-foot product development and design building will not be ready for occupancy until Oct. 5.
A City of Irvine official said the building can get occupancy permits without the building being completed - if the remaining work does not require clearance for fire, electrical, mechanical, plumbing or other safety codes.
Joyce Cesario, senior office specialist for the Irvine building and safety department, said the building still has 'tons' of minor inspection permits to deal with, but it will be possible for Koll to clear them in the next few weeks.
To emphasize the different character of the Premier Automotive Group marques, each floor will have a different motif.
Whereas Jaguar's offices will be detailed with heather-colored carpet, cherry wood and white paint hinted with sage, Volvo will have blue-gray berber carpet, indirect lighting and stark white Steelcase storage lockers with horizontal slotted accents.
The Lincoln palette features sandstone, chocolate, black and chrome, while sister division Mercury has silver and charcoal gray metallics, with pin-spot lighting. Land Rover's space will feature machined slate, hardwood floors and plenty of glass.