Orange Coast College Architectural Students Receive a Real-World Education


To show their support for community outreach, DeNova Homes recently backed a group of architectural students from Orange Coast College, or OCC, which is widely considered one of the country’s top transfer schools, during an educational event. Alan Toffoli, the division president of DeNova Homes, gave a presentation to more than 40 students on the OCC campus. This type of sponsorship is important to those who will soon be entering the architectural workforce because it gives them a taste of their real-world career environment.

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Talent

Following Toffoli’s words of advice, the students received an onsite tour of the company’s two model homes. They also had the opportunity to visit an active construction site in Aura to see the homebuilder’s new Costa Mesa homes. In speaking of the event, Toffoli said, “We feel it is so important to give back to our community while supporting and nurturing future talent.”

By giving architectural students a peek at the ins and outs of neighborhood development, DeNova is inspiring them to create the communities of the future. Bringing students to an active construction zone helps them understand the timeline of an individual home construction project as well as how long it takes to put an entire community together, helping them map out realistic completion time frames for their future clients.

Diverse Home Designs Bring Visual Appeal

DeNova’s collection of 33 detached homes is meticulously designed to blend in seamlessly with its unique Orange County location as well as exhibit the city’s coastal roots. The Aura development offers three different floor plans. Each one has three to four bedrooms and a study or a loft. The homes are two-story to give residents privacy and space separation. With square feet ranging from 2,143 to 2,401 as well as a two-car attached garage, private yard and extra driveway space, those who buy a home in the Aura development will have plenty of room to stretch out. Home pricing in Aura begins in the high $800,000s.


The exterior of DeNova’s homes in Aura will have completed front yard landscaping. They are also available in three different elevations, which are Modern Farmhouse, Spanish and Plantation. High-end finishes are part of the deal, so homebuyers will enjoy hand-laid tile floors that are designer selected in the kitchen, entryway and master bathroom. Each home will have plush carpeting in addition to European quartz countertops throughout the structure. Shaker-style designer cabinets are included in the development’s homes as are a Bertozzoni stainless steel appliance package.

To ensure that homebuyers receive the features that are important to them, the company offers several finish package choices. This makes it possible for residents to create a home that is unique to them.

Just one mile from the Pacific Ocean, those who prefer to live near the water will have access to a variety of ocean activities. Along with this benefit, Aura residents will be close to award-winning hot spots and intimate neighborhood treasures. Costa Mesa is not only the capitol of the action sports industry, but the city is also home to many shopping centers and entertainment venues like Triangle Square, South Coast Plaza and the OC Fair & Event Center.

DeNova Homes has been in business for more than 25 years. The company has a reputation of being one of the area’s most respected homebuilders. Because the company is a private, family-owned operation, it handles every community separately and incorporates each area’s unique characteristics into its home and community designs.

Since OCC architectural students received a firsthand look at DeNova’s new community, this group will have a leg up when it comes to getting that first architect job and completing work tasks.

OCC Offers Students a Quality Education

OCC is located in Costa Mesa, placing it close to many Southern California beaches. The school’s campus measures 164 acres, and the school was founded in 1947. Today, it is one of the country’s biggest and best community schools. Each semester, more than 25,000 students enroll in OCC. The college invests in the latest technology, and it offers students access to top-notch facilities. At OCC, students can choose from more than 135 academic and career-based programs.

OCC students can earn a two-year associate’s degree in art and science in addition to certificates of achievement. They can also take lower division classes that are transferable to other universities and colleges. With alumnus like Scott Weiland, Patrick Warburton and Diane Keaton, the school has educated a number of interesting individuals.

When it comes to transferring students to other schools, OCC ranks the best out of the area’s community colleges. Over the last decade, the school has transferred thousands of students to other campuses. Because OCC features quality classes and is affordable, many students like to take their general classes at the school, and then, complete their educations at larger colleges or universities.

While the main focus of OCC is its academic programs, the school also features an athletics program. Students can participate in soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball in addition to basketball and swimming.

OCC is a member of the Coast Community College District, and students who attend can take fall, winter, spring and summer classes. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has fully accredited OCC.

Many students choose the school because of its notable public nautical program. But, about half of the student body attend one of OCC’s Career and Technical Education programs. Clearly, those who go to the school for their architectural degree learn practical job skills.

OCC Provides Real World Educational Experiences

DeNova Homes is showing its commitment to Costa Mesa by investing in the area’s architectural students. The company is known for its high-end craftsmanship and penchant for building developments that fit an area’s traditional landscaping. With OCC architectural students learning from DeNova, the school will be releasing a new group of expert architects into the world.

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