Collins College of Hospitality Debuts Donor-Funded Renovation
As seen in Lodging Magazine, November 16, 2016
POMONA, Calif.—Industry partners are making certain that Cal Poly Pomona’s hospitality management students are at the forefront of the profession by supporting a half-million dollar renovation at The Collins College of Hospitality Management.
The project included a total transformation of the dining room of The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch (RKR) and the upgrade of the college’s demonstration kitchen, allowing future hospitality leaders to access professional-quality facilities and equipment.
“These renovations help keep us updated in times when technology is changing so quickly. As the future comes at light speed, the ability to work with new equipment places us in front of our competition,” says hospitality management student Melissa Huang.
The renovations at the RKR were provided primarily by The Gettys Group, an international hotel architect firm, and R.D. Olson Development, a general contractor and construction management firm, specializing in hospitality, retail, and office building.
The Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation, a longtime supporter of the college, generously funded the $240,000 demonstration auditorium project, which was executed by Cal Poly Pomona’s Facilities Planning and Management Department. The foundation also provided the new flooring throughout the RKR.
Hospitality management student Rachel Watts adds, “Having state-of-the-art classrooms prepares us for professional jobs as we enter the industry after graduation. It means so much to know that our donors are really invested in our futures.”
Habitat for Humanity 2016
R.D. Olson Construction took part in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day on October 21st at 2238 S. Flower St. in Santa Ana to contribute to an in-progress construction job. R.D. Olson team members got to put the finishing touches on a couple of homes that had been built for a couple of very deserving families.
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Team R.D. Olson Conquers the WipeOut Run – Nov 7, 2015
R.D. Olson Construction took part in the inaugural WipeOut Run on Nov. 7th which took place at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. This 5K run challenged runners in all types of inflatable obstacles and a percentage of the proceeds went to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
R.D. Olson Takes Part in the Chapman 5K Run – October 3, 2015
Sept 5th – R.D. Olson Construction along with WATG Architects took part in the CANstruction competition which pitted design and construction firms against each other to build the best sculpture made entirely of canned foods. All the canned foods are then donated to the OC Food Bank after the sculptures remain on display from Sept 5th – Sept 26th at the South Coast Plaza and Artic locations. R.D. Olson has a prime spot outside of the Macy’s store at South Coast Plaza and hopes to win top honors. R.D. Olson Construction also wants to thank all of our subcontractors who generously donated funds to acquiring cans and monetary donations directly to the OC Food Bank…together we can help our community fight hunger!
You can also view a time-lapse of the entire structure being built here.
Habitat for Humanity 2015
R.D. Olson Construction built its first Habitat for Humanity home on August 28th, 2015 on McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, CA. R.D. Olson was drawn to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County as a natural fit in supporting our own community in a project that was so relevant to our expertise.
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May 21, 2015 – R.D. Olson Takes Part in Inaugural Red Nose Day Campaign to Fight Childhood Poverty.
Team R.D. Olson hits Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5k run/walk! – October 11, 2014
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R.D, Olson bringing Awareness to the ALS Campaign & challenging those in the construction industry to do the same!
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