For Immediate Release
Santa Clarita, Calif. - Architect Gary L. Bastien, AIA of Bastien and Associates, Inc. is designing four R&D/industrial buildings for South Campus-Phase I of the Santa Clarita property formerly owned by Lockheed. The project, totaling approximately 204,000 s.f., is part of a $44 million master plan being implemented by the new owners, Legacy Partners (formerly Lincoln Properties).
Bastien, who developed the plan for the expansive site located in Rye Canyon, says that it is divided into two sections referred to as the North Campus and the South Campus. The North Campus consists of 430,000 s.f. of existing buildings sitting on 6.5 million s.f. (149 acres) of site area. The South Campus, which is 9.9 million s.f. (228 acres), is planned for an ultimate buildout of 27 new buildings totaling 2 million s.f. to be phased in over a period of the next two years.
According to architect Alan Stump, Bastien's project manager for the development, the facilities in the canyon's park-like setting are being renovated extensively to accommodate the new uses of the property, including an executive golf course.
Gary Bastien, who specializes in designing for the entertainment industry, says that Paramount Pictures currently produces the television show "7 Days" there, and that other shows such as "Melrose Place" and "Power Rangers" have filmed onsite.
"The project has great features for production companies, especially since they are having trouble finding studio space in Hollywood" Bastien says. "Rye Canyon has a mill, a commissary, high-bay and low-bay stages, tremendous outdoor shooting opportunities and no parking problems like other studios have."
The project is seen by many as further evidence that there is a serious shortage of sound stages and production facilities in Hollywood. "I'm getting calls from around the world from people wanting to build studios. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Business Journal--they are all writing about this shortage."