The twin to Orange County’s tallest building officially opened for business Wednesday with a media unveiling overlooking South Orange County from about 300 feet up in the air.
The 323-foot-tall, 20-story 400 Spectrum Center office tower already is about 44 percent leased with seven tenants, said Steve Case, the office property vice president for building owner and developer the Irvine Co., Orange County’s biggest landlord. It’s twin, which was completed about 1 1/2 years ago, is about 93 percent leased. Mazda’s North American headquarters is its lead tenant.
Case announced that cyber-security firm Cylance will be the new tower’s lead tenant, leasing floors six through 11 with a total of about 132,000 square feet. That’s roughly double the space the 800-employee tech-innovator now rents at the Irvine Towers. The firm likely will move to the new building sometime next winter, said Cylance marketing Vice President Shaun Walsh.
“When you talk about the people that we need in order to improve and grow this business, these are the star athletes of the intellectual world. … When we’re looking at the top doctoral candidates and the top Ph.D.s in computer science, we need a facility that shows them why they should come to work for us,” Walsh told a gathering of reporters and dignitaries on 400 Spectrum Center’s 21st floor (the building doesn’t have a 13th floor).
“Apple, Google, all these major artificial intelligence companies out there recruiting this same highly selective talent pool,” Walsh added. “This facility, this is one of our strategic weapons to get them to come to Irvine.”
Irvine Co. officials likened the 200 and 400 Spectrum Center buildings to a jewel box during the early stages of construction. Sheathed in floor-to-ceiling Viracon glass panels, 400 Spectrum Center — like its twin — looks as if its floors float up into the sky, with the main structural support coming from a concrete column at the center of the building. Case compared the new tower on Wednesday to Apple’s new iPhone X because of its high-performance, bluish outer panels — hard to get because they’re the same glass panels installed at the new One World Trade Center building in Manhattan, company officials said.
Twenty stories up, the 428,000-square-foot tower overlooks the Irvine Spectrum shopping center, the confluence of the 5 and the 405 freeways, the Orange County Great Park, the Santa Ana Mountains and the Orange and Los Angeles…