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Historic Buildings Undergoing Renovation

Some of the historic buildings at Irvine Ranch Historic Park are undergoing construction to preserve and adapt them as offices.

Last year, renovations began with construction to install and upgrade utilities to the buildings. The Campus Plan Improvements Project, approved by the Board of Supervisors in September 2013, broke ground in October 2013. The construction is expected to be completed in early 2015.

The project consists of refurbishing and adaptively reusing some of the vacant buildings to provide workspace for OC Parks staff who are currently working out of temporary buildings. Improvements involve reroofing, painting, restoration and/or replacement of damaged architectural elements. Interior work includes extensive structural retrofitting, and upgrades to plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning and communication infrastructure.

Other park improvements include work to address accessibility compliance and landscaping of existing barren areas. All of the work will be done in compliance with the State of California Historical Building Code and in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.

Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5 acre special use park established by the County in 1996 and serves as the headquarters for OC Parks. The park retains 24 original ranch structures that represent the proud agricultural history of Orange County and, specifically, the Irvine Ranch. It was once one of the world’s greatest producers of Valencia oranges, and a leader in dry farming and livestock.

Buildings undergoing renovation include a former mess hall, bath house and foremans’ houses.