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According to the Orange County Register, The Irvine Company built a 315 ft. tower at 520 Newport Center Drive which is in the City of Newport Beach. This surpassed the existing City Tower's height as this tower, which is located in the City of Orange, is 302 ft. tall. Yet, again, The Irvine Company is about to break another record for the title of the tallest building in Orange County, as they are in the process of constructing a new skyscraper at 8055 Irvine Center Drive. This tower will replace a surface parking lot and is located within the Irvine Spectrum area. The new tower will be 323 ft. tall and according to The Irvine Company - Office Properties website, the building will have 21 floors.
Recently, there has been an increase in development in the Irvine Spectrum area including a relatively new hotel (Courtyard Marriot) , new residences (e.g., @ intersection of Alton Pkwy and Meridian), and now a new office tower that will take the title of the tallest building in Orange County. This may be temporary as Caribou Industries is looking towards building the One Broadway Plaza tower in Santa Ana which would stand at 497 ft. tall. Caribou Industries's website provided a ground breaking year of 2014, but has not broken ground yet. It remains to be seen whether this project will break ground.
Rendering (200 Spectrum Center):
Picture taken: 1/1/2015
200 Spectrum Center: