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Work begins on O.C.'s Taj Majal Medical Center

The Muller Co. is renovating the 90,000-square-foot facility.

By OC METRO staffPublished: March 09, 2011 02:26 PM

The Muller Co. has begun a $3 million renovation of the landmark Taj Mahal building in Laguna Hills with the goal of transforming the space into a dedicated medical facility.

The first phase of the project includes rebranding the 90,000-square-foot, four-story building as the Taj Majal Medical Center with new signage, website and corporate identity.

"With the increasing demand for state-of-the-art medical office space, The Muller Co. wants to create a building that is solely dedicated to the needs of medical professionals and transform the already exceptional building into one that truly stands out amongst the rest," said Jon Muller, principal of The Muller Co.

Over the next 15 months, The Muller Co. will install Striato Olimpico marble over the podium perimeter of the building to enhance its neoclassical architectural design, and a 6,000-square-foot public access plaza will be developed on the east entrance. Additionally, the firm plans to add 80 parking slots and convert existing compact spaces to full-size units, as well as increase the number of handicapped stalls.

Among the other updates: The Muller Co. will incorporate a number of eco-friendly features, including landscaping with drought-tolerant plants that are native to California, and low-energy LED lighting will be used on the exterior of the building.

The Taj Mahal Medical Center is located near the Saddleback Memorial Hospital – something that makes the space a "prime" health-care destination, said Muller.

"We are excited about the future of the Taj Mahal Medical Center as it has been our desire for many years to turn the building into 100 percent medical use," said Muller.

The Muller Co. has owned the building since 1997 and moved into the space in 1998. Nadel Architects also is providing design work for the project, which is slated for completion in the spring of next year.

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