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R.D. Olson Construction Completes Inaugural Project with DKN Hotels

Award-winning general contracting firm celebrates grand opening of Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport

Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction, a premier builder of hotel properties in California, proudly announces it completed construction on Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport, in close proximity to John Wayne Airport. The ground-up project marks the firm’s first partnership with Irvine-based hotel management and development company, DKN Hotels.

  The four-story, 161-room hotel is located in the heart of the Irvine business and industrial district, and minutes away from the shores of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. The hotel also is close to premier Orange County shopping centers such as The District, South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island. Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport is the firm’s third completed project in Irvine, with the Irvine Spectrum Marriott currently underway.

  “When presented with the opportunity to partner on a project in our own backyard, we gladly accepted the job,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “Our deep-rooted experience in hospitality made this a perfect new endeavor with DKN Hotels, and we enjoyed working with them to deliver a top-notch product for our community.”

  Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport gives nod to Orange County’s booming high-tech community with a modern, contemporary design that includes metal ceilings, smooth stone surfaces, and vibrant blue, green and orange colors in hotel accents and artwork. The open lobby features 30-foot ceilings and a convenient market for quick grab-and-go items. The hotel finishes are reminiscent of computer chips, graphic gaming imagery and abstractions, and lounge-like furnishings create a relaxing and home-like environment for business travelers.

  Managed by DKN Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport features an array of business and public amenities such as a business center and more than 1,500 square feet of meeting space equipped with complimentary high-speed internet access, state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and natural lighting.

  The 126,000-square-foot hotel also boasts spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom suites with 42‑inch HDTVs and fully-equipped kitchens that include a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stove and dishwasher. The property’s outdoor amenities include a pool and spa, fire pit, BBQ grills and a sports court with options for basketball, volleyball, badminton and smashball.

  “It has been a pleasure working with R.D. Olson Construction on the Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport project,” said Kiran Patel, owner and CEO of DKN Hotels. “DKN Hotels is excited to finally open the doors and looks forward to working with R.D. Olson Construction on future projects.”

  “Our motto ‘when every detail counts,’ is woven in the fabric of our firm and truly came through in this project, as proven in the quality of the finished product,” added R.D. Olson Construction Project Engineer Joe Amenta. “We’re proud of the team who dedicated themselves to exceeding expectations, and tackled every challenge thrown along the way.”

R.D. Olson Construction recently completed work on the 174-room Country Inns & Suites by Carlson in the Anaheim Resort District and the 200-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, the first family-centric hotel in Wailea. Other recent completions include Paséa Hotel & Spa, a 250-room upscale boutique hotel in Huntington Beach, California, at the master-planned Pacific City project as well as the the 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Old Town Pasadena, California and the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Glendale, California.

  The firm is currently building additional regional hospitality projects including the 130-room Lido House Hotel resort in Newport Beach, California; the 271-room full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott in Irvine, California; and the 118-room Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara/Goleta in Goleta, California.

  Lee & Sakahara Architects, Inc. served as the architectural firm for the project. SANDdesign was the interior design firm.  

R.D. Olson Construction Completes First Hotel with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Anaheim Resort District

Country Inn and Suites By Carlson, Anaheim, CA Celebrates Grand Opening.

Anaheim and Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction, a premier builder of hotel properties in California, today completed construction of Country Inn & Suites in Anaheim, California. The construction marks the firm’s inaugural project with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as well as hotelier entities SunCoast Properties and Spectrum Development under the corporate name of Disney Way Partners.

  The five-story, 174-room hotel is located in the Anaheim Resort District that features upscale shopping, entertainment and first-in-class dining. Walking distance from Disneyland Park and across from the Anaheim GardenWalk, Country Inn & Suites Anaheim is the firm’s second hotel in the dynamic resort area since 2013.

  “We found a great partner in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, SunCoast Properties and Spectrum Development on this project, and we’re proud to open the property to the public,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “Our team’s hospitality experience allowed us to work seamlessly to provide guests with quality amenities in a vibrant location.”

  Country Inn & Suites Anaheim incorporates a modern and contemporary design with touches of home. The open lobby welcomes guests with two large fireplaces, rich finishes, a kid’s corner and a game-room situated off the lobby which features a fiber optic ceiling. Guests also can enjoy stunning views of Disneyland’s fireworks show from the outdoor pool-deck that features an upgraded custom zero gravity heated pool and whirlpool tub.

  Managed by Hospitality Management Corporation (HMC), the hotel boasts an array of public amenities such as free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and on-site laundry. The property also features a large bar and lounge and gift shop so guests have convenient access to snacks, toiletries and souvenirs. The location is also situated nearby popular attractions including the Anaheim Convention Center and Angel Stadium.

  “HMC is delighted to be part of this wonderful new addition to the Anaheim Resort District. We’ve worked closely with R.D. Olson Construction, Suncoast Properties, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and the entire team from the hotel’s inception, to groundbreaking, build and now the hotel’s grand opening,” shared Leo Spriggs, President/CEO of hotel manager Hospitality Management Corporation. “As always, our goal is to provide the best staff, highest quality of service and an outstanding guest experience in this highly competitive tourist area in Southern California and we are confident the property will be a huge success.”

  The 120,000-square-foot hotel includes queen, king and king suite room configurations designed to provide guests with a variety of amenities such as free high-speed internet, a 42” flat panel TV, a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker, as well as a work desk. Additionally, the property’s suites offer guests additional space with a sitting area and comfortable sleeper sofa.

  “The success of this project can be directly attributed to our team’s dedication to building high-quality projects and the longstanding relationships we have maintained with the City of Anaheim and Disneyland Park,” said Jeremy Briggs, project manager for R.D. Olson Construction. “Our team’s understanding of the breadth of the project, coupled with our ability to deliver on schedule and on budget, made it a successful endeavor for all parties involved.”

R.D. Olson Construction recently completed work on the 200-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, the first family-centric hotel in Wailea. Other recent completions include Paséa Hotel & Spa, a 250-room upscale boutique hotel in Huntington Beach, California, at the master-planned Pacific City project, the 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Old Town Pasadena, California, the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Glendale, California. The firm is currently under construction on additional regional hospitality projects including the 130-room Lido House Hotel resort in Newport Beach, California; the 271-room full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott in Irvine, California; the 118-room Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara/Goleta in Goleta, California; the 161-room Homewood Suites in Irvine, California.

  FORMGROUP served as the architectural firm for the project. The Design Studio served as the interior design firm./p>

R.D. Olson Completes Residence Inn by Marriott in Wailea, Hawaii

Maui property first Residence Inn by Marriott in Hawaii and first family-centric hotel in Wailea; hotel named one of Marriott International’s HALO Hotels for 2016

wailea_dusk_pool_webWailea, Hawaii and Irvine, Calif. - R.D. Olson Development, in partnership with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments Inc., has opened the 200-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, marking the second Hawaiian development for the Newport Beach, California-based developer. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Marriott International and project contractor R.D. Olson Construction joined civic leaders including Mayor Alan K. Arakawa at the grand opening.

With the highest revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the United States, Wailea is a luxurious resort community that draws millions of visitors each year. The project, which is the first Residence Inn by Marriott on the Hawaiian Islands, is also the first property in the Wailea market designed to accommodate more budget-conscious family travelers.

Located in the heart of Wailea near The Shops at Wailea, beautiful Wailea Beach, the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and the Grand Wailea Resort, the Residence Inn by Marriott at Wailea provides ample opportunity for family members of all ages to take advantage of the Hawaiian lifestyle. Wailea spans more than 1,500 acres in South Maui, and features five crescent-shaped beaches, high-end golf courses, world-class restaurants and shops, and regular entertainment at various venues. Whether walking or taking advantage of the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to nearby amenities, the prime location puts access to Hawaiian culture and adventure at guests’ fingertips.

“This was a unique opportunity for us to develop in this area and create a property that would not only provide an authentic Hawaiian experience for guests, but do so at a substantial value,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “The area’s natural beauty and plentiful world-class amenities make it a prime location for family vacations and we are proud to bring a property to the region that focuses on families’ needs.”

Residence Inn by Marriott Wailea is designed around a theme that pays homage to the local Hawaiian culture, evoking an inherent Hawaiian ambiance that touches on heritage as well as current local culture. The architectural detailing of the traditional plantation style creates an authentic underlying tone throughout the design. Elements that tell the story of a historical culture filled with customs and symbolisms, as well as unique art and materials relevant to modern island lifestyles, are also incorporated throughout the property.

Throughout the public and guestroom spaces, the use of familiar Hawaiian patterns, textures, and colors build upon the picturesque landscape, with design that draws on the nature, culture, and the mystical legacies of local customs. The integration of modern surf art created by genuine surfers, and traditional paintings from local artists, paired with historical and antique artifacts are comingled to leave quests with a memorable experience that is current, unique, and slightly unexpected.

The 175,000-square-foot, all-suite hotel is designed with a room mix that includes 200 spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites, all of which are nearly 50 percent larger than traditional hotel rooms. Guestroom suites, designed with extended stay guests in mind and ideal for traveling families looking for more spacious accommodations, offer separate living, sleeping and working areas, as well as fully equipped kitchens featuring high-end appliances including a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Rooms also include spa-like bathrooms and ergonomic furniture, creating a comfortable environment for guests.

Guests benefit from a variety of public amenities such as a complimentary, full hot breakfast buffet, a large fitness center with the latest cardio, weight and stretch equipment, free high-speed Internet access, a business center, and guest laundry. The property also features a 24/7 Market, which provides easy access to grab-and-go snacks and other necessities.

“Opportunities to build new hotels in prime real estate locations like Wailea are rare and only come along once every few real estate cycles,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “Throughout the lifecycle of the project, we worked diligently to overcome obstacles that can sometimes affect island construction projects, such as coordination and management of resources and materials. Our significant past experiences working in Hawaii with Hawaii-based team provided invaluable in helping us to achieve our goal of delivering a superior product for Marriott.”

Allowing guests to take advantage of the beauty of Hawaii, Residence Inn by Marriott Wailea offers a variety of outdoor spaces for guests on its 6.3 acre lot, including a sports court, putting green, a grilling area and barbeque with tiki torches, fire pits, and a 3,500 square-foot swimming pool area complete with a pool bar.

An aluminum panelized folding wall system separates the hotel from the pool deck, allowing guests to enjoy the benefits of the local climate and seamlessly connecting the entire property to the outdoors. Additional areas that benefit from the open air feel of the Hawaiian environment include the hotel dining room and front entry, which are both open to the outdoors.

With more than 1,800 square feet of versatile meeting space, including two meeting rooms and an outdoor event lawn, the property offers guests, community members and local businesses ample room to conduct dynamic events or family gatherings, while enjoying Maui’s stunning views. Meeting spaces are equipped with the latest technology and offer fully customizable banquet menus.e

R.D. Olson Completes Old Town Pasadena, California’s First Ground-Up Hotel Project in 15 Years

Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town Offers Comfortable Extended-Stay Service with Upscale Amenities and Central, Walkable Location

pasadena_exterior1_webPasadena and Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Development, in partnership with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., has opened the five-story, 144-room Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town in Pasadena, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Marriott International and project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction joined civic leaders at the grand opening. The project marks the first hotel development in the historic Old Town Pasadena area in 15 years.

Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town is walking distance to a variety of entertainment options, including world class dining and shopping, and eclectic cultural offerings such as landmark theaters, lush botanical gardens, and art galleries and museums. The hotel is also within one mile of the famed Rose Bowl Stadium and nearby the prestigious California Institute of Technology, historic Dodger Stadium, and entertainment hubs such as the Staples Center, Nokia Theater and Hollywood.

“We are honored to develop the first hotel to be developed in Old Town Pasadena in more than 15 years,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “At R.D. Olson Development, we make a conscious effort to capture and integrate details and sentiments that complement the local culture of our hotels, and Old Town Pasadena has so much rich history to draw from. We know that the Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town will fill an important need for extended stay visitors to this dynamic area of Los Angeles County, and we hope that guests will enjoy the many nods to the local area that we have incorporated into this hotel.”

The hotel’s design elements are a playful rendition of the arts and crafts heritage of Old Town Pasadena, blending iconic period fixtures with modern detailing. The Craftsman style of interior architecture that is prevalent in many Pasadena historical homes is represented in much of the hotel’s detailing, including a hand crafted stairway with wood and forged metal railings, which stands out as a focal point of the lobby space. The hotel’s wood beams and warm color tones colors offer Craftsman and Bungalow-style undertones, and a handmade glass screen reflects Pasadena’s sentiment for artistic work and handicraft.

A large, handmade wall relief of an oak tree, made of real oak by a local artist, represents the Pasadena’s landmark Cathedral Oak tree that once divided Orange Grove Avenue in 1890. Pasadena’s iconic Colorado Bridge and Tournament of Roses Parade are also represented in artwork and vintage images throughout the hotel. Offering a comfortable, stylish retreat, the property’s interior pairs Pasadena’s rich history with the conveniences of Marriott’s latest Gen 9 Design, showcasing contemporary furnishings within a traditional, historically-inspired setting.

The hotel’s exterior weaves in subtle Mediterranean architecture and design elements through the use of parapet and tiled gable roofs, hipped-roof corner towers and plaster walls. Additionally, a variety of window openings are highlighted, including groupings of punched, multi-story windows which allow ample natural light into the building.

“Today’s hotel guests are seeking an immersive experience that is geographically inspired when visiting the surrounding area,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “We are proud to have been a part of building this extended stay service hotel in Pasadena where guests will have the opportunity to be a part of the local community while staying at the property. The building’s design adds to the historical landscape that has made Pasadena a charming and warm community to stay, work, and play.”

The 94,091-square-foot all-suite hotel is designed with a room mix that includes expansive studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites, complete with kitchens and beautiful, upscale bathrooms to accommodate the needs of the extended-stay guest. Guestroom suites offer separate living, sleeping and working areas, as well as kitchens with high-end appliances including a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Rooms also include spa-like bathrooms and ergonomic furniture, creating a relaxing, home-like environment.

Guests benefit from a variety of public amenities such as a complimentary, full hot breakfast buffet, an oversized fitness center with CrossFit style equipment, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the property, a business center equipped with the latest technology solutions, and guest laundry. The property also features a 24/7 Market, which provides easy access to grab-and-go snacks and other on-the-go necessities.

Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town offers a variety of outdoor spaces for guests to relax and reenergize amongst the beauty of Southern California. Amenities include an elevated deck with a pool and spa, outdoor play spaces including a sports court, a grilling area and barbeque, and large fire pits that offer a perfect spot for an evening beverage.

The property’s 850 square feet of versatile meeting space enables guests and community members to conduct dynamic events or family gatherings.

R.D. Olson Construction Breaks Ground on Lido House Hotel

130-room luxury Boutique Hotel Will Serve as an Iconic Gateway to the Balboa Pennisula

Lido_Hotel_AerialNewport Beach, Calif. – Irvine, California-based general contractor R.D. Olson Construction has begun construction on the 130-room, upscale boutique hotel, Lido House Hotel, at 3300 Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, California, for Newport Beach, California-based developer R.D. Olson Development.

Located next to Lido Marina Village at the gateway to the Balboa Peninsula, Lido House Hotel will play an instrumental role in the renaissance of this integral center of Newport Beach’s rich history, striving to become an iconic landmark for the idyllic community. The property will be part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, an ensemble of independent hotels, selected for “quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.”

With its hardie board siding, zinc-coated metal roof, aluminum-clad doors and windows, and wood-clad porte-cochère, Lido House Hotel’s Cape Cod-style exterior is designed to fit naturally into Newport Beach’s high-end, low-stress beach community. The hotel’s architecture by Irvine-based WATG will feature “Newport Nautical” details, fitting in with Lido Village and the surrounding communities.

The interior décor by Novato, California-based EDG will showcase the lifestyle, history and culture of Newport Beach. Designers promise to incorporate splashes of Newport Beach history, including pop art renderings of John Wayne and a cleverly repurposed City Hall shield. Guests will be exposed to Newport Beach’s sunny weather, even from within the hotel’s interior atrium, via two roof-top skylights. Lido House Hotel will also take advantage of local talent via custom design for the property’s five two-story Balboa Suites, which will be individually designed by locally based interior designers.

The four-story, 103,000-square-foot hotel is designed with a room mix that includes 124 standard guest rooms and six luxury suites with outdoor patios, including one presidential suite, two executive suites, and the five two-story Balboa Suites. All guest rooms will include wood flooring and wainscot detailing, with guest baths featuring Waterworks plumbing fixtures, tiled floors and showers, and quartz countertops.

The new hotel will offer a variety of amenities to accommodate the needs of guests, as well as local businesses and the community. The property will feature 4,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a ballroom and events lawn, a saltwater pool with television- and data-equipped private cabanas and a brick monument fireplace, a high-end fitness center, and Boost, the hotel’s luxury spa. Lido House Hotel’s exterior amenities will also include an exterior courtyard along Newport Boulevard, which will feature a beachy, plank-style walkway and ipe decking to surround the celebrated ficus trees, which previously distinguished the former Newport Beach City Hall property.

Lido House Hotel will offer an upscale dining experience through its full-service restaurant, the Mayor’s Table, serving up “Pacific pub-style” culinary offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Mayor’s Table’s ground floor location will be flanked by steel windows and doors and a full-brick exterior wall and include patio seating along Newport Boulevard with fire pits for guest to enjoy while dining and people watching. Top Side, the property’s ipe wood rooftop deck and lounge, will provide guests with fire-side seating options and ocean views.

“We are proud to be a part of a project that will offer such fun and meaningful assets to visiting guests and Newport Beach locals alike,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “Lido House Hotel is a special project because it will truly give visitors the feeling that they are living as Newport Beach locals, while delivering the comfort and relaxation of vacation to community residents who stop in for a meal or a spa treatment.”

Construction of Lido House Hotel is planned for completion in summer 2017.

“Our experience with other recent full service, community-minded properties, such as Paséa Hotel & Spa and Bicycle Hotel & Casino, will enable us to bring added value to the project throughout the construction process,” said John Ramirez, vice president of construction for R.D. Olson Construction. “Our team’s knowledge of how to seamlessly construct properties with a variety of amenities, functions and high-end finishes, as well as how to work with several development and design partners, will help us to produce a spectacular end result.”

R.D. Olson breaks ground on 118-Room Residence Inn by Marriott In Goleta, CA.

Goleta RenderingExtended-Stay Property Offers Convenient Access to Area’s Growing High-Tech Industry and Plentiful Tourist Attractions

R.D. Olson Development in partnership with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc. broke ground on its latest hotel development, the 118-room Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta at 6350 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, and Marriott International joined civic leaders including Goleta Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vallejo at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

The project marks R.D Olson’s second ground up hotel development in the Santa Barbara region and its eighth hotel project started or completed in the past year. In 2012, R.D. Olson completed the 115-room Courtyard Santa Barbara Goleta, the first Marriott property in the Goleta market.

Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta is located in the heart of thriving Goleta and Silicon Beach South, an increasingly popular location for high-tech industries and entrepreneurs to launch or relocate their businesses. Major innovative corporations that currently call the area home include Deckers Brands, FLIR Systems, Citrix Systems, Inc., AppFolio, Yardi Systems, Inc. and Raytheon. The area’s economic climate also benefits from its proximity to major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, as well as Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), making the new hotel property an ideal location for extended-stay business travelers.

Leisure travelers will benefit from the property’s proximity to area tourist attractions, including the restaurants and boutiques of historic Old Town Goleta, the 35-acre Girsch Park located directly west of the property, the landmark Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The hotel also offers convenient access to the world-class golf courses at Sandpiper and Glen Annie, as well as Santa Barbara County’s more than 130 wineries and tasting rooms, and Butterfly, Goleta and Leadbetter beaches.

“As a result of continued growth and the large number of corporations that call the market home, there is an exceptional need for extended-stay product. We look forward to meeting this demand with our second Marriott brand hotel in the region,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “The Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta will provide guests with convenient access to a variety of nearby attractions and businesses, all while creating a relaxing, home-like environment.”

Located on a 3.81-acre parcel on Hollister between Robin Hill Road and South La Patera Lane, the hotel is in the heart of downtown Goleta and is easily reached via U.S. Route 101. R.D. Olson Construction plans to complete construction during the second half of 2017.

Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta is designed around a theme that pays tribute to the local area, in this case the influence of the Mission architecture and its Spanish and Native American culture inspirations. The mix of bold, graphic elements with the intricacies of old Spanish décor will create an authentic yet contemporary and comfortable experience.

The three-story, 80,000-square-foot hotel is designed with a room mix that includes 99 studio king beds, six studio queen beds, seven one-bedroom suites, and six two-bedroom suites, complete with kitchens and upscale bathrooms. The room mix caters well to weekday, extended-stay business guests as well as weekend leisure and family travelers.

Guestroom suites offer separate living, sleeping and working areas, and are equipped with high-end kitchen appliances including a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Rooms also include amenities designed to create a relaxing, home-like atmosphere, such as spa-inspired bathrooms and ergonomic furniture.

The new Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta will offer 1,300 square feet of meeting space with an adjacent outdoor patio, accommodating the needs of guests, as well as local businesses. Public area amenities include an outdoor pool and spa, landscaped patio with a fire pit, large fitness center with CrossFit style equipment, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the property, a business center equipped with the latest technology solutions, and guest laundry. The property also features a 24/7 Market, which provides easy access to grab-and-go snacks and other on-the-go necessities.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue our involvement in enhancing Goleta and the surrounding Santa Barbara communities through the construction of this property,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “The Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta will provide the market with a much-needed extended stay option for guests looking to conduct business or experience the variety of attractions and amenities that the coastal community has to offer.”

Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta was designed by Westwood, California-based Gene Fong Associates. SANDdesign will perform interior architecture and design for the hotel.

R.D. Olson Construction Completes Paséa Hotel & Spa in Downtown Huntington Beach, CA

R.D. Olson Builds First Orange County Purpose Built Lifestyle Hotel

R.D. Olson Construction announces the completion of its latest hotel project, Paséa Hotel & Spa in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach, California, and directly across from the famous Huntington Beach Pier, which draws more than 16 million visitors annually. The eight-story,250-room hotel co-developed by Newport Beach, California-based R.D. Olson Development and Irvine, California-based Pacific Hospitality Group, incorporates a variety of unique design details and amenities that will add elegance to the iconic Southern California surf town. Over the course of the project, R.D. Olson Construction used its extensive hospitality experience to seamlessly integrate design and construction elements, creating a cohesive, beach-inspired feel throughout the property.

  R.D. Olson Construction celebrated the property’s completion at a grand opening ceremony on June 10, 2016. The firm was joined by executives from R.D. Olson Development and Pacific Hospitality Group and civic leaders including Huntington Beach Mayor Jim Katapodis, Huntington Beach council members Barbara Delgleize and Jill Hardy, and Huntington Beach City Manager Fred Wilson.

  “This project not only required our construction expertise, but also relied heavily on our ability to successfully integrate multiple, high-end design elements seamlessly,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “We’re excited to officially open the property to the public so that they can experience the end product and benefit from the hard work and dedication that the team put into this exceptional project."

  The 218,000-square-foot hotel, which is integrated with the new 191,000-square-foot Pacific City retail and entertainment center, was designed by world renowned, Irvine, California-based architect WATG. The property’s restaurant design was executed by Costa Mesa, California-based Hatch Design Group, with common area and spa design by Santa Monica, California-based Kay Lang + Associates.

  The hotel includes a contemporary tower with king rooms, double queen rooms, and numerous one- and two-bedroom suites, all with ocean views and balconies. The property features a unique, top-of-the-line Balinese-inspired spa, which includes both indoor and outdoor treatment areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a wood deck-wrapped pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean complete with water and fire features and pool-side catering. The building sits on a concrete podium with two stories of underground parking for 455 cars and valet concierge lounge.

  With more than 25,000 square feet of event space, including an 8,700-square-foot ballroom and 12,000-square-foot event lawn with intoxicating ocean views down the coast and out to Catalina Island, the property provides guests and community members the perfect spot to host a California-inspired celebration. A social room with a built-in bar and advanced A/V and technology capabilities allows visitors to personalize their event space, and 11 fire pits facing the ocean enable all guests to experience a glamorous version of an old-fashioned bonfire, just steps from the Pacific shore.

  Guests at Paséa Hotel & Spa are greeted with custom entertainment from the moment they arrive. Hotel visitors who enter from the famed Pacific Coast Highway are met with an awe-inspiring display of 40 hours of digital video art, which plays on a six-story 20-foot by 50-foot LED screen mounted above the hotel’s entrance. Once inside, the entertainment continues at Tanner’s, the hotel’s signature restaurant, which features a New York Meatpacking District pedestrian vibe with its combination of brick and glass accents with steel windows and doors – an atmosphere that pays homage to early Huntington Beach-style. Tanner’s offers “behind the scenes” looks into the exhibition kitchen through floor-to-ceiling, warehouse glass windows and Tanner’s Treehouse Lounge, a rooftop patio bar with a custom, larger-than-life tree feature, oversized basket- like light fixtures and sweeping views of the pool deck, the Pacific Ocean, Huntington Beach and stunning sunsets. Blend Café, a more casual option, serves fresh coffee, pastries, sandwiches and wine by the glass.

  “Working on this property was both exciting and rewarding for our team. Not only is it a truly iconic piece of construction, but it also represented an opportunity for our entire team to bring our collective expertise to the table to create an excellent end product,” said Matt Grubb, project executive at R.D. Olson Construction. “We were able to pull from our breadth and depth of hospitality industry experience to bring strategic solutions to several aspects of the planning and building process. For example, R.D. Olson Construction coordinated with several specialized millworkers to both meet the varied needs of the high-end project and set the team up for success under a tight timeline.”

  While Paséa Hotel & Spa adds an elegant worldly element to the landscape of Huntington Beach, California, with artistic stone and wood elements imported from as far as Bali, the hotel is equally dedicated to celebrating the roots of “Surf City” with wave-inspired features throughout the hotel, and local artwork including an installation of 1,400 flip flops created by Laguna Beach, California-based artist Jorg Dublin. Just two of the many wavelike structures placed throughout the property include a handmade plaster element in the lobby and an eight-story mosaic of 12-inch by 12-inch printed tiles on the hotel’s rear exterior.   R.D. Olson Construction guided each facet of the detailed project from concept drawing through shop drawing, fabrication, and installation. From mother of pearl and banana leaf wall coverings in the spa to solid Ipe wood planking on the pool deck, the hotel includes more than 200 design finishes.

  The hotel features custom construction features required direction and coordination with artists and specialists to carry out conceptual sketches onsite. The artistic bottle display for liquor storage at Tanner’s was hand built and hand welded onsite under R.D. Olson Construction’s direction. The general contractor’s most dramatic undertaking of the project was the realization of the undulating wave-like curved balconies along the walls on the outside of the property that the developers’ envisioned for Paséa Hotel & Spa. This feature, which mimics the movement of the ocean, has been nicknamed “The Wave.”

  “It is professionally rewarding for our group to create such an incredible lifestyle hotel for Orange County in Huntington Beach for world travelers to enjoy,” said Bob Olson, president and CEO at R.D. Olson Development. “We are seeing early results of excellent guest satisfaction and that’s the number one item on our score card.”

  Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) will manage the property as a part of its Meritage Collection. PHG owns and manages a portfolio of hotel properties throughout California, including Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, and Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in San Diego, among others.

R.D. Olson Breaks Ground on $120 Million Full-Service Irvine Spectrum Marriott

Marriott Full Service 4271-room Hotel Will Be First Full-Service Hotel Built in Irvine in Last Decade

Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson broke ground today on its latest hotel development, the 271-room, full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott at 7905 Gateway in Irvine, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Irvine Company, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, project architect WATG, and Marriott International joined civic leaders including Irvine Mayor Steven Choi at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Located next to the Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum, which opened in 2014 and was developed by R.D. Olson in partnership with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., Irvine Spectrum Marriott represents the first ground-up construction project in the nation featuring Marriott’s new Millennial-focused design elements. R.D. Olson Construction plans to complete construction in summer of 2017.

"We are proud to launch the first full-service hotel project in Irvine in more than a decade," said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. "With its rooftop lounge and bar, high-end amenities, and Marriott’s excellent service, Irvine Spectrum Marriott will provide a unique hotel experience that has not yet been offered in Irvine."

As is customary for all R.D. Olson Development hotels, Irvine Spectrum Marriott is designed around a theme that pays tribute to the local area, in this case the iconic Irvine Ranch. The interior design celebrates the rich history of the Irvine Ranch through design elements, as well as food and beverage selections. The hotel’s full-service restaurant will feature locally-sourced options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The 15-story, 206,332-square-foot hotel is designed with a room mix that includes 50 suites with full kitchens, 121 king beds, and 100 double queen bed configurations. The room mix caters equally well to weekday business guests and weekend leisure and group travelers. Guest rooms will offer views of Saddleback Mountain, Laguna Canyon or Spectrum Center.

Guest rooms include technology features at the forefront of hotel design, including WiFi, big screen TVs with full connectivity and the ability to stream Netflix and Hulu without charge, convenience plugs, iPhone/iPod docking stations and more.

The new Irvine Spectrum Marriott will offer a variety of event and pre-function spaces to accommodate the needs of guests, as well as local businesses. A large rooftop lounge, featuring a full-service bar, offers unobstructed views of the Irvine Spectrum. The hotel will also feature more than 13,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space, including a large event lawn. Both the rooftop lounge and event lawn are well-suited for corporate events, parties and weddings.

R.D. Olson Development began developing hotels in 1997 and has been especially active over the past five years, including the development of the Renaissance Clubsport, a full-service hotel in Aliso Viejo, California. Additional recent completions at Marriott brand hotels include Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Irvine, Oceanside and Goleta, California, and Maui, Hawaii; Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, California; and Residence Inn by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels in Tustin, California. In December 2015, R.D. Olson Development received Marriott International’s most prestigious award, the Partnership Circle Award, to recognize the organization’s support of Marriott hotel brands and dedication to embodying the spirit of the company’s philosophy of providing outstanding customer service.

In a co-development with Pacific Hospitality Group, R.D. Olson Development is scheduled to complete Paséa Hotel & Spa, a 250-room upscale boutique hotel in Huntington Beach, California, at the master-planned Pacific City project in 2016. In spring of 2016 R.D. Olson Development is scheduled to complete the 200-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, and the 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Old Town Pasadena, California.

R.D. Olson Development recently broke ground on the 204-room Residence Inn by Marriott Silicon Valley in San Carlos, California. R.D. Olson Development and R.D. Olson Construction are planning to break ground on several other hospitality projects throughout California and Hawaii in Q1 2016, including the 130-room Lido House Hotel resort in Newport Beach, California, and the 118-room Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara/Goleta in Goleta, California.

In addition to R. D. Olson Construction’s work with R.D. Olson Development, the Irvine-based general contractor recently completed work on the full-service Bicycle Hotel & Casino in the heart Bell Gardens, California. The firm is currently under construction on additional regional hospitality projects including the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Glendale, California; the 161-room Homewood Suites in Irvine, California; and the 174-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Anaheim, California.

   

R.D. Olson Construction to build Chapman University’s Hilbert Museum of California Art

Hilbert Museum_frontOrange, CA – R.D. Olson Construction is announcing the renovation of a 10,000 square-foot industrial building, transforming it into the Hilbert Museum of California Art in the historic city of Orange, California. The Irvine, California-based general contractor was selected by Chapman University to construct the new museum which will be located on N. Atchison Street in the heart of Old Towne Orange, adjacent to the University’s campus.

The Hilbert Museum will draw from more than 500 California scene paintings from the collection of Mark and Janet Hilbert. The artwork has been featured in several museums throughout California including the Santa Monica California Heritage Museum and the Irvine Museum. The updated space will also incorporate other artistic disciplines, with dance studios, classrooms and offices. The museum complements the cultural development occurring in Old Towne Orange, including the construction of Chapman University’s new Musco Center for the Arts.

“Chapman University looks forward to housing this incredible collection of art and showcasing the work of California artists,” said Kris Eric Olsen, vice president of campus planning and operations for Chapman University. “In selecting a partner in the construction and renovation of the Hilbert Museum of Art, we looked for a general contractor that could not only successfully complete the project, but also provide guidance throughout the process. R.D. Olson Construction has fulfilled both of those roles, and we’re enthusiastic about the partnership that we’ve developed.”

Located in close proximity to industrial, retail, residential and other Chapman University properties, the museum’s exterior will incorporate architectural influences from nearby buildings such as Chapman University’s recent historical adaptive reuse of the California Wire Company Building utilizing brick, exposed beams and corrugated metal. The interior will also have an industrial influence with the use of steel and exposed open ceilings. The existing utility yard will be repurposed to accommodate parking and an outdoor entry area.

“Due to its historic location, the Hilbert Museum of Art is subject to the City of Orange’s historic preservation standards. Our experience in working to align client and city priorities throughout the construction process, especially in relation to historic preservation codes, has enabled us to hit the ground running on this project,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “As a local business, we are excited to partner with Chapman University to bring additional cultural opportunities to the community.”

The Hilbert Museum of California Art is scheduled to open in spring of 2016.

R.D. Olson Construction Completes $38.5 Million Courtyard by Marriott Project in Anaheim, California

exterior1_mod_jpg221-Room Hotel Provides Additional Capacity for Disneyland Resort during 60th Anniversary Celebrations

Anaheim, Calif. – August 13, 2015 – R.D. Olson Construction today completed construction on the six-story, 221-room Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance hotel in Anaheim, California, adding to the growing list of completed projects for the Irvine-based general contractor. The property will provide additional family-friendly capacity as the Disneyland theme park celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

This project marks R.D. Olson Construction’s second Marriott brand hotel completion this summer. The general contractor recently completed the 170-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in Burbank, California.

“This project allowed us to utilize our experience across Marriott properties, such as the Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Burbank, as well as our applicable work building hotels with innovative, family-focused features such as LEGOLAND® Hotel in Carlsbad,” said Bill Wilhelm, president for R.D. Olson Construction.

The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance hotel is located at 1420 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, and is within walking distance to the Disneyland theme park.

The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance hotel showcases subtle Spanish architecture with family-friendly features such as bunk beds, spacious five-fixture bathrooms in each guest room, a 22,000-square-foot surfing themed water recreation park with slides, water cannons and tipping buckets, and 50,000 square feet of subterranean parking. The property also offers Alpine-inspired views of Disneyland’s Matterhorn ride, as well as a pool and spa, outside dining space, lounge, gift shop and meeting space.

The property includes Courtyard by Marriott’s latest high-tech, high-style Gen Next design features, including welcome pedestals that replace the traditional front desk, an interactive GoBoard™ to display news, weather, traffic, and destination information, and semi-enclosed Media Pods with individually controlled flat-panel TVs that offer a place to work, meet or relax.

R. D. Olson Construction is currently under construction on nearly 1,000 rooms in Southern California. Other regional hospitality projects include the 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Old Town Pasadena, California, the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Glendale, California, the 161-room Homewood Suites in Irvine, California, the 174-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Anaheim, California, the 100-room luxury Bicycle Casino Hotel in Bell Gardens, California, and the 250-room, beach-inspired Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, California, situated across from the famous Huntington Beach Pier.

 

R.D. Olson Construction Cracks the Top 400 List

top-contractorsIrvine, CA - Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the R.D. Olson Construction team, we were able to get on the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Top 400 Contractors List in the United States. This award is a great measure of the success R.D. Olson has seen in the last few years and exemplifies the organization's continuous pursuit of excellence and top notch service to the hospitality, restaurant, multi-family, and entertainment sectors. We debut on the chart at #374 but with steadfast dedication, R.D. Olson hopes to continue to climb the charts in 2016.
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R.D. Olson Construction Completes Oceanfront Event Venue on Catalina Island

CatherinesTerrace-webAvalon, CA - R.D. Olson Construction is announcing the completion of Catherine’s Terrace at Descanso Beach Club, a two-story, 12,683-square-foot oceanfront event venue in Avalon, California. The Irvine, California-based general contractor was selected by owner Santa Catalina Island Company, Catalina Island’s longest-running operator and resort-service provider, to construct the new venue at Catalina Island’s Descanso Beach. R.D. Olson broke ground on Catherine’s Terrace at Descanso Beach Club in November 2013.

“This construction project is situated directly north of the iconic Catalina Island Casino, at the island’s famous Descanso Beach and will continue the Santa Catalina Island Company’s mission to build on Avalon’s incredible legacy,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction.

Catherine’s Terrace at Descanso Beach Club is built to accommodate corporate meetings, social events and weddings. Indoor seating within the clubhouse venue’s flexible ballroom space can be arranged for groups of 20 to 200 guests.

The clubhouse includes two private banquet facilities and a pre-function foyer, offering more than 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. The ballroom is situated on the second floor and has bi-folding glass doors that open onto the 1,970-square-foot canopied terrace to accommodate cocktail receptions and allow guests to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean.

The clubhouse’s first level includes a 5,000-square-foot kitchen and service bar for guests at the Descanso Beach Club, and Descanso Fresh, a beachfront café serving coffee, baked goods, ice cream, smoothies and handmade pizza.

R.D. Olson Construction worked with the project’s design architect, Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, and architect of record, Melzer Deckert & Ruder Architects, to deliver a venue with a design that fits its Descanso Beach location and complements existing buildings along Avalon’s waterfront, including two additional R.D. Olson Construction projects: Avalon Grille and Pavilion Hotel. Design elements such as hickory wood flooring and a fossilized stone fireplace bring the structure’s ocean-inspired design into the interior of the space.

“The coordination of the shipment of equipment and materials, and the travel of our crews added some exciting complexities to this project,” said Wilhelm. “Our team did an excellent job of tapping experience from a multitude of prior projects to navigate constraints such as close proximity to the beach and the site’s tightly nestled location between the existing beachfront bar to the west and the steep hillside and roadways to the east and south. The adjacent Descanso Beach Club, boardwalk, exterior beach bar, and kayak rental booth also remained open throughout construction.”

R.D. Olson Construction Commences Construction on Glendale Hampton Inn

Glendale Hampton InnR.D. Olson Construction has begun construction on a five-story, 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel on the corner of Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard in Glendale, California. The Irvine, California-based general contractor was selected by Vista Investments, LLC to construct the hotel, which is slated for a Spring 2016 completion.  “The construction of the Hampton Inn & Suites will continue the growth of Glendale’s vibrant downtown area,” said Tommy Marcum, project executive at R.D. Olson Construction. “The project joins developments like the adjacent, mixed-use Americana at Brand in continuing to transform Glendale’s downtown into a dynamic, regional destination with an increasing draw.”

The Hampton Inn & Suites’ common amenities will include an elevated outdoor pool deck with mountain views, lounge seating with an outdoor fireplace, a fitness center and a lobby with an inviting entrance for guests and visitors along Colorado Street. The
57,327-square-foot hotel will have two levels of parking.

The hotel’s design elements feature brick, stucco, metal and glass, complementing the urban design of neighboring properties. Togawa Smith Martin will serve as the architectural firm for the project.

In addition to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Glendale, R.D. Olson Construction is currently under construction on eight Los Angeles-based projects including the
Residence Inn by Marriott at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles; Residence Inn by Marriott in Pasadena; SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Burbank; Strathmore multi-family project in Westwood; Califa Office Building in Van Nuys; Bicycle Casino Hotel in Bell Gardens; The Village at Calabasas in Calabasas; and the renovation of the W Hotel in Los Angeles.

R.D. Olson Construction Commences Residence Inn by Marriott in Pasadena, Calif.

144-Room Hotel is First Ground-Up Hotel Project in Old Town Pasadena in 15 Years

RI Pasadena 04-07-14 Marriot SEcropPasadena, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction has begun construction on a five-story, 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott extended stay hotel in Pasadena, California, the first hotel to be constructed in Old Town Pasadena in more than 15 years. The Irvine, California-based general contractor was selected by owner Fair Oaks Hotels, LLC to construct the $30.5 million 94,091 square-foot hotel which is slated for completion in fall 2015. R.D. Olson has been an active builder of hospitality properties over the past year, with more than six projects currently under construction in California.

The hotel’s guest amenities will include more than 1,000 square-feet of meeting space, an on-site market, elevated deck with a pool and spa, breakfast area, fire pit, exercise room and fully equipped business center. Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Architects will serve as the architectural firm for the project with interior design by Seattle-based Degen & Degen. Design elements are a playful rendition of the arts and crafts heritage of Old Town Pasadena, blending iconic period gestures with modern detailing. Marriott’s latest Gen 9 Design will showcase contemporary furnishings within a traditional setting, incorporating natural materials such as brick, stone, hand glazed tile and dark wood.

“This construction project sits at the gateway to Old Town Pasadena and will take the lead in bringing more available rooms to this destination city,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “It is exciting to contribute to an area like Old Town Pasadena that is so steeped in tradition.”

The hotel’s interior and exterior design will weave in subtle Mediterranean architecture and design through the use of parapet and tiled gable roofs, hipped-roof corner towers and plaster walls. Additionally, a variety of window openings are highlighted, including groupings of punched, multi-story windows which allow ample natural light into the building.

R. D. Olson most recently broke ground on the 250-room Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., and the 221-room Courtyard by Marriott in Anaheim, Calif., and is in the process of a significant hotel conversion near Los Angeles International Airport. The firm also completed the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum in June. Earlier this year, R.D. Olson Construction was honored with the Icon Award from Marriott’s Design and Construction division for excellence in construction.

About R.D. Olson Construction
Founded by Bob Olson in 1979, R.D. Olson Construction is one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. R.D. Olson Construction is a premier builder in the hospitality industry for several national hoteliers, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, and Starwood. R.D. Olson Construction is also experienced in multi-family housing, entertainment, retail, restaurant and corporate facility projects. www.rdolson.com

R.D. Olson Construction Completes 468-Unit Multi-family Project in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Costa Mesa, Calif. and Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction has completed an extensive renovation of 27 Seventy Five Apartments, a 468-unit garden style apartment community in Costa Mesa, Calif., owned by UDR, Inc. The property has been repositioned with contemporary upgrades and features to meet the needs of today’s apartment residents. The Irvine, Calif.-based general contractor renovated all apartment units and building exteriors at the project, upgraded infrastructure and amenities throughout, built a new 14,000-square-foot community building and reconstructed the three-acre lake that is the centerpiece of the community.

“This project’s combination 27Seventy-Five7of construction and renovation elements, along with the need to complete the work while keeping the complex operational for residents, were challenges that the R.D. Olson team was able to tackle head on,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “The result is a modern, amenity-rich apartment community that will suit the needs of the next generation of residents.”

The updated apartments feature sleek open living spaces with contemporary lighting, modern kitchens, luxurious bathrooms and ample windows. Community amenities include upgraded eco-friendly landscaping, lighted sport courts, a pool, and outdoor lounges and grills. The newly-constructed community building features a rooftop lounge, game room, conference and business centers, fitness facilities, and a great room with a fireplace. The project was designed by Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Newman Garrison + Partners.

“The end-result of this project exceeded our expectations,” said Andrew Lavaux, senior construction manager for Peak West Development. “R.D. Olson was able to materialize the vision for 27 Seventy Five Apartments, all while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and attention to detail.”

RMV_RanchhousesmlThis project completion comes at a time of increased activity in lifestyle projects for R. D. Olson. These projects are designed to enhance guest and resident experiences by providing resort-caliber amenities. The firm has completed several upscale recreation buildings for the Rancho Mission Viejo Company, in the master-planned residential communities of Sendero and Gavilán in Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., including four recreation buildings – Hacienda, Ranch House, Guest House and The Outpost.

The 11,000-square-foot Hacienda caters to senior adults and includes a luxurious great room with bar, yoga studio and fitness center, outdoor cabanas and bocce courts. Ranch House is a 5,400-square-foot clubhouse that features an exercise room, pool, spa and water play area for kids. The 5,800-square-foot Guest House includes a community room and full catering kitchen for residents. The Outpost, a 2,200-square-foot clubhouse, features a pool and spa, complete with a bar, outdoor cabanas and bocce courts, as well as a barbeque and hammock area.

R.D. Olson is growing its construction presence across several real estate sectors, including multi-unit and healthcare properties, in addition to the firm’s acclaimed construction activity in hospitality projects. The firm was recently recognized by Marriott International with the hotelier’s Icon Award for excellence in architecture and construction.

R.D. Olson Construction Appoints Bill Wilhelm as President

Wilhelm headshotIrvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction announces the appointment of Bill Wilhelm as president. In his new role, Wilhelm will be responsible for overseeing the company’s growing hotel construction business and continuing expansion in healthcare and multi-unit projects.

“Bill’s proven leadership contributions to the company over the past 20 years have helped solidify our firm’s position in the building industry,” said Bob Olson, founder and chief executive officer of R.D. Olson Construction. “His knowledge in the technical details of building complicated projects and his managerial acumen make him the ideal person to lead this company as we embark on new growth opportunities.”

Wilhelm previously served as executive vice president, and has been a partner in the company for the past ten years. He has a 35-year background in construction and senior management, and as president will be responsible for day-to-day revenue and profitability, project deliverability and overall company strategic direction.

Olson retains his role as chief executive officer and remains active in shaping and implementing the company’s vision.

“Our culture is what drives the company,” said Wilhelm. “I’ve been immersed in the R.D. Olson Construction culture and surrounded by R.D. Olson people who are committed to a high standard of excellence. Being afforded the opportunity to build on the foundation of our company is both exciting and rewarding,” added Wilhelm.

R.D. Olson Construction is a 35-year-old general contracting company that has put into place more than $2 billion in construction projects. The firm most recently broke ground on the 221-room Courtyard by Marriott in Anaheim, Calif. and is scheduled to break ground later this month on the Bicycle Casino Hotel & Gaming facility in Bell Gardens, Calif. Additionally, R.D. Olson is under construction on the Glenbrook Skilled Nursing Facility in Carlsbad, Calif. and additional phases of the Westin Desert Willow Timeshare located in Palm Desert, Calif.
Wilhelm’s appointment comes at a time of increased activity for R.D. Olson, which is projecting a sharp increase in revenue for the next fiscal year backed by momentum in the hospitality sector and the company’s emerging presence in the construction of multi-unit projects and healthcare properties.

R.D. Olson Construction Launches $34 Million Courtyard by Marriott Project in Anaheim, Calif.

Anaheim, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction is commencing construction on the six-story, 221-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Anaheim, Calif., within walking distance of the Disneyland theme park. The Irvine, Calif.-based general contractor was selected by owner Northwest Hotel Corporation to construct the $34 million hotel, which is slated for June 2015 completion. R.D. Olson has been an active builder of hospitality properties over the past three years, completing more than 1,000 hotel rooms in California and Hawaii during this time.

Courtyard by Marriott AnaheimThe Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim features design elements that will appeal to the leisure sector that predominates hotel demand in the area. The hotel will showcase family-friendly features such as bunk beds and spacious bathrooms in each guest room, and offer Alpine-inspired views of Disneyland’s Matterhorn ride. Guest amenities include a 20,000- square-foot water and recreation park with slides, water cannons and tipping buckets, as well as a pool and spa, outside dining space, lounge, gift shop and meeting space.

“We are able to take our experience incorporating Marriott’s newest Gen Next design in the Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum, as well as our experience across multiple Marriott brands, and build on those concepts to integrate additional family-friendly features into this hotel,” said Joseph G. Cervantes, senior executive vice president of operations for R.D. Olson Construction.

The hotel’s interior and exterior design will weave in subtle Spanish architecture through the use of a Santa Barbara plaster-style stucco finish and clay tile Mansard roofs. The property will include Courtyard by Marriott’s latest high-tech, high-style Gen Next design features, including welcome pedestals that replace the traditional front desk, an interactive GoBoard™ to display news, weather, traffic, and destination information, and semi-enclosed Media Pods with individually controlled flat-panel TVs that offer a place to work, meet or relax.

R. D. Olson most recently broke ground on the 170-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Downtown Burbank, Calif., and is in the process of a significant hotel conversion near Los Angeles International Airport. The firm is also nearing completion on the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Earlier this year, R.D. Olson Construction was honored with the ENR Best Projects Award of Merit for the LEGOLAND® Hotel project.

R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament Tees Off To Beat Cancer

Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction hosts its fifth annual charity golf tournament on Monday, April 21, with all proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), an Irvine, Calif.-based organization that funds research to help cure childhood cancers.

2014 PCRF Golf“This golf tournament is an excellent opportunity for us to play a role in helping PCRF to fund cutting-edge research for pediatric cancer,” said Tim Cromwell, tournament chairman and board member of PCRF and executive vice president of R.D. Olson Construction. “We are honored to continue our support of PCRF and their mission.”

PCRF is committed to improving the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. Since its inception in 1982, PCRF has raised more than $30 million to fund research for the treatment of these diseases.

The R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The tournament features a catered lunch prior to a 12:00 p.m. shotgun start, and is followed by a networking reception for the real estate, design and construction industries, as well as a silent auction focused on raising significant funds for the foundation. Major sponsors for the event include A.J. Kirkwood and Associates, Marriott International, CBRE, Moss Adams and Republic Windows.

For more information, please contact Tim Cromwell at tcromwell@rdolson.com, or 949-474-2001. 

R.D. Olson Construction to Reposition 12-Story LAX Office Building

Irvine, Calif. and Los Angeles – R.D. Olson Construction is commencing construction on a $44.5 million hotel project, the Residence Inn by Marriott at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, Calif. The Irvine, Calif.-based general contractor was chosen by new owners, SVI LAX, LLC, to convert the 12-story office building to a 231-room, extended stay hotel.

bz Marriott 24 fullThe new hotel will feature the Residence Inn by Marriott’s latest Generation 9 design, with guest amenities that include a pool, spa, fire pit, sports court, exercise room, business center and meeting space. The hotel entrance will include a backlit, free-flowing sphere porte cochère to welcome guests and solidify the building’s new identity. Located at the gateway to LAX on West Century Blvd., the new Residence Inn will also feature 3,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

“Complex construction projects like this office-to-hotel conversion give R.D. Olson the opportunity to put our diverse construction experience and hotel industry expertise to great use,” said Bill Wilhelm, executive vice president of R.D. Olson Construction.

The Residence Inn by Marriott at LAX is slated for completion in January 2015.

Additional R.D. Olson work near LAX includes a renovation project for Hazen’s Real Estate Group to refresh the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. Plans call for the renovation of 804 guest room suites, lobby and dining areas, and will require R.D. Olson to work around various functions while the hotel remains open.

R.D. Olson has constructed over 1,000 hotel rooms in the Southern California market over the past three years. The firm most recently broke ground on the 170-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Downtown Burbank, Calif. R.D. Olson is also currently collaborating with Marriott International on a 210-room Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of the Irvine Spectrum Center.

R.D. Olson Construction at Forefront of Hotel Construction in California

Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction is announcing new activity on numerous projects in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties, continuing its leadership in the California hotel construction industry. Increased activity in 2014 includes the addition of over 1,120 hotel rooms statewide and marks continued growth in the hotel industry for the Irvine, Calif.-based general contractor. Current and new projects include a range of both ground-up construction and renovation work.

Courtyard Irvine Spectrum“We are excited about our current and upcoming hotel projects and the growth that our company and Southern California have seen in the market,” said Bob Olson, founder and chief executive officer of R.D. Olson Construction.

With the construction of several hotel projects already underway, R.D. Olson also has numerous ventures planned for 2014, including five ground-up hotel construction projects and three hotel renovations.

Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum
R.D. Olson Construction is underway on the construction of the Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, Calif. The project features a host of above-standard amenities for the Courtyard concept, and is located within a short walk to the abundant retail amenities available at Irvine Spectrum. Enlisted by Irvine Center SPE, LLC the 210-room hotel is slated for completion by July 2014.

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose
San Diego-based Win Time Hotels enlisted R.D. Olson Construction to construct the Courtyard by Marriott in San Jose, Calif. The 157-room hotel is scheduled to be completed in January 2014.

Palm Desert Timeshares
R.D. Olson is currently constructing 32-timeshare villas in Palm Desert, Calif. The one- and two-bedroom villas feature full kitchens and dining areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Burbank
549 San Fernando SPE, LLC engaged R.D. Olson to construct the new, 170-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Burbank, Calif. Construction is set to begin during the first quarter of 2014.

Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim
R.D. Olson will begin construction on a ground up 220-room Courtyard by Marriott in Anaheim, Calif. in March 2014.

Marriott Residence Inn Pasadena
Pasadena at Fair Oaks Real Estate, LLC, has engaged R.D. Olson Construction to build a 144-room Marriott Residence Inn, located in the heart of historic Old Town in Pasadena, Calif.

Hampton Inn Glendale
R.D. Olson Construction is working with Vista Investments to construct a new Hampton Inn in Glendale, Calif. The 94-room project is set to begin in spring of 2014.

Bicycle Casino Hotel Bell Gardens
R.D. Olson starts construction in March 2014 on a $45 million luxury hotel project, The Bicycle Casino Hotel in Bell Gardens, Calif. The 100-room, seven-story, 117,907-square-foot hotel will feature more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a bakery/cafe, restaurant, penthouse nightclub, roof-top open air gaming area, health spa, fitness center and a second floor elevated swimming pool with cabanas.

Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey
Los Angeles-based Channel West Group selected R.D. Olson to convert the 283-room Courtyard by Marriott in Marina del Rey, Calif. to a Doubletree by Hilton, a project currently under renovation. The project includes renovations to the exterior facade, lobby, restaurant, pool deck, guestrooms and suites. The hotel will remain open throughout construction.

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
R.D. Olson Construction was chosen by new owners, Hazen’s Real Estate Group, to refresh the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport. Plans call for the renovation of 804 guest room suites, as well as the lobby and dining areas; and will require R. D. Olson to work around various functions while the hotel remains open.

Marriott Residence Inn LAX
Additional work near Los Angeles International Airport includes the conversion of a 12-story office building into a 231-room Marriott Residence Inn. R.D. Olson expects to begin work in March 2014.

The Anza Hotel Calabasas
R.D. Olson’s upcoming hotel renovation work also includes a project at The Anza Hotel, located in Calabasas, Calif. The project is expected to be completed in early 2014.

“Hotel construction and renovation are the strongholds of our business. We are looking forward to bringing our expertise and experience to new projects as the hospitality sector continues to expand in 2014,” said Olson. 

R.D. Olson Construction Launches $45 Million Luxury Hotel Project at The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens

Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction is commencing construction on its latest luxury hotel project, The Bicycle Casino Hotel in Bell Gardens, Calif. Through this $45 million project, R.D. Olson Construction will create approximately 300 construction-related jobs in a community that is currently experiencing 16.3 percent unemployment.

Bicycle Casino HotelR.D. Olson Construction and The Bicycle Casino celebrated this significant contribution to the area’s economic turnaround with elected officials Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. and State Senator Ricardo Lara at yesterday’s ceremonial unveiling.

The Bicycle Casino is currently the largest employer in Bell Gardens, and the 100-room, luxury hotel project will have a meaningful economic impact on the area, creating 250 new hotel and casino jobs. Construction is planned for completion the first quarter of 2015.

“R.D. Olson Construction is proud to be a part of a project that will have such a profound economic impact on an area in need of stimulation,” said Bill Wilhelm, executive vice president of R.D. Olson Construction.

Located at the corner of Bicycle Casino Drive and Eastern Ave., the Bicycle Casino Hotel sits in the heart of Bell Gardens.

Bicycle Casino HotelThe hotel’s modern design will cater to casino and leisure guests alike. The seven-story, 117,907-square-foot hotel will feature a bakery/cafe, restaurant, penthouse nightclub, roof-top open air gaming area, health spa, fitness center and second floor, elevated swimming pool with cabanas. When complete, the casino and hotel will have more than 15,000 square feet of event, meeting and function space.

R.D. Olson Construction is a recognized leader in hotel construction and has been building at a rapid pace, with eight new starts over the last 24 months alone. R.D. Olson has completed the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Tustin, Calif., Residence Inn hotels in Tustin and San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Santa Barbara and Oceanside, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. Earlier this year, the firm completed the nation’s first Legoland Hotel at Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., and the company is currently under construction on the eight-story, 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. 

R.D. OLSON CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES TWO ORANGE COUNTY HOTELS

Irvine, CA – R.D. Olson Construction has finished construction on Tustin Pacific Center, a 196,000-square-foot mixed use hotel and retail project in Tustin, CA, featuring the latest designs by Marriott International for its Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels. The 145-room Tustin Fairfield Inn & Suites represents the newest Generation 4 design by Marriott and is the first of its kind in Southern California, featuring an energetic, contemporary décor and inventive use of space throughout. The Tustin Residence Inn, a 149-suite hotel, represents Marriott’s latest design for its market leading extended-stay brand. 

Both hotels were completed 30 days ahead of schedule, a notable achievement given the hotel’s new designs. R.D. Olson’s longstanding relationship with Marriott was a key factor in the contractor’s ability to deliver the project early. 

Fairfield Inn & SuitesIndeed, the designs were so new that construction began prior to a complete definition of scope, yet the project teams worked together to fine tune the project as construction progressed. Upon final life/safety inspection, the hotels became the first two properties to be approved by Marriott for the same owner on the same day with zero deficiencies, a significant accomplishment.

“Our expertise in hotel construction over the past 30+ years allows us to deliver projects with maximum efficiency through every phase of construction,” said Bob Olson, CEO and founder of R.D. Olson Construction. “The entire project team worked together seamlessly to deliver on Marriott’s contemporary new styling for these hotels,” added Olson. The Irvine, CA-based general contractor has built hotels for Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, Starwood Lodging, InterContinental Hotels Group and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, among others.

Marriott praised R.D. Olson’s ability to construct the projects ahead of schedule. “We value our longstanding relationship with R.D. Olson and their consistent performance in constructing high quality hotels in high performing markets,” said Eric Jacobs, chief development officer of Marriott’s Select Service and Extended Stay division.

“The ability to complete these properties ahead of schedule allowed Marriott’s management team a sizable head start in organizing the opening of the two hotels,” added Olson.

Both hotels have numerous guest amenities, including outdoor areas with pools, spas, fire pits and a sports court, exercise rooms, convenience markets, breakfast areas, business centers and meeting space for groups of up to 200 people. “The new design features the utmost in innovative guest offerings and convenience,” said Olson.

The art in the hotel’s public spaces celebrates Tustin’s history, while guestrooms are adorned with lifestyle images of Orange County’s beach communities. Tustin Pacific Center was designed by Gene Fong Associates, with interior architecture by Johnson Braund Design Group, Inc.

Tustin Pacific Center also includes a 16,180-square-foot retail center that has been leased to Starbucks, Flame Broiler, Subway and FedEx Office. Perkowitz + Ruth Architects designed the retail component of the project.

Residence Inn TustinThe new project has a prominent location on the 55 Freeway at Edinger Avenue in Tustin, and represents another first in the local lodging market: these are the first new hotels built in Tustin in more than 15 years.

“Tustin Pacific Center will serve the business travel needs throughout the surrounding area, including John Wayne Airport, the Irvine Business Complex and the Santa Ana Civic Center,” added Olson. The project is also a 10-minute drive to Disneyland and Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and is convenient to the beach cities in Orange County.   

R.D. Olson Construction has completed several new hotels in the last 18 months, including the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Oceanside and Santa Barbara, CA, Maui, HI, and a pending completion in San Jose, CA. Earlier this year the firm completed the nation’s first Legoland Hotel at Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, CA, and the company is currently under construction on an 8-story, 210-room Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of the Irvine Spectrum Center that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014.

The general contractor is also active in the construction of office buildings, retail centers, apartments, restaurants, health clubs and country clubs. R.D. Olson Construction completed several restaurants during the past year in the newly renovated Los Angeles International Airport and at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. R.D. Olson Construction has also recently completed the 36,000-square-foot headquarters facility for Open X in Pasadena, CA, and an Equinox health club facility in Encino, CA. 

 

R.D. Olson Completes First LEGOLAND Hotel in North America

Irvine, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction has completed construction on the firm’s most intriguing hotel project yet, the 250-room Legoland® Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. Featuring an exceptional, creative theme built to exacting LEGO® design standards, R.D. Olson Construction has delivered construction on a hotel poised to capture the hearts and imagination of kids the world over.

Indeed, this latest Legoland Hotel is just the third of its kind to be built worldwide, and the first in North America. Legoland Hotels are also located in Denmark and the United Kingdom.

The construction project involved complex design elements and unique specialty features unlike any other project. Fabricated custom scaled replica LEGO bricks adorn the hotel’s exterior façade, while more than 3,500 LEGO models are scattered throughout the property, including a smoke breathing dragon ensconced in the clock tower at the hotel’s entry. Additional elements include multiple interactive play areas such as the 32-foot high pirate shipwreck, river of LEGO and knight’s castle in the hotel’s atrium.   

The three-story hotel provides different LEGO theming on each floor, including Pirate, Adventure and Kingdom. Guest rooms include a kid’s alcove with bunk beds and a trundle bed, plus a separate sleeping room for adults. Public spaces include Bricks Family Restaurant, Skyline Cafe, Mini’s Lounge, event space and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Every aspect of the hotel exudes LEGO custom millwork, wall coverings, lighting, artwork, LEGO standard paint colors, carpet, and even themed elevators.

“This has been without question one of the most interesting hotel construction projects we have completed,” said Ian Gardiner, executive vice president at R.D. Olson Construction. “At the same time, it is impossible to not get caught up in the excitement of building such an entertaining and creative product.”

The Irvine, Calif.-based contractor worked with a local architect on the construction, deciphering metric design specifications and differing construction terminologies while completing the 15-month project on time and within budget for U.K.-based Merlin Entertainments Group, a leading operator of amusement parks worldwide. Closer to home, R.D. Olson Construction worked with Elsinore, Calif.-based Storyland Studios, a frequently used Legoland vendor, on project theming and engineering.

“The entire project team was great to work with, especially given that the Merlin team and the designer are all based in England,” added Gardiner. “The city agencies in Carlsbad were very cooperative, and the construction process went smoothly.”

The new LEGOLAND Hotel is located at the entrance to LEGOLAND California Resort, requiring construction to occur without impacting the guest experience.

“Our expertise in hotel construction over the past 30 plus years allows us to deliver projects like the Legoland Hotel, with maximum efficiency through every phase of construction,” said Bob Olson, CEO and founder of R.D. Olson Construction.

About R.D. Olson Construction 

Founded by Bob Olson in 1979, R.D. Olson Construction is one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. R.D. Olson Construction is a premier builder of hotel properties for several national hoteliers, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Starwood, and others. R.D. Olson Construction is also an experienced builder of office, retail, multifamily, restaurants and recreational projects.

About LEGOLAND®

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel which opened on April 5, 2013. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of Chima 4-D movie. SEA LIFE incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts and quiz trails and the interactive Claws exhibit. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than 7 slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

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R.D. Olson Charity Golf Tournament Tees Off April 15, 2013

JCRF Irvine, CA – R.D. Olson Construction hosts its 4th annual charity golf tournament on April 15, 2013, with all proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), an Irvine, CA-based organization that funds research to help cure childhood cancers.

“This event is our way of supporting the excellent research performed by PCRF in their tireless effort to help save the lives of children,” said Tim Cromwell, tournament chairman and board member of PCRF and executive vice president of R.D. Olson Construction. “We are pleased and honored to support PCRF and their important mission.”

PCRF is committed to improving the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. Since its inception in 1982, PCRF has raised more than $30 million to fund leading-edge research for the treatment of these diseases.

The R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The tournament features a catered lunch prior to a 12:00 p.m. shotgun start, and is followed by a networking reception for the real estate, design and construction industries, and a silent auction that will focus on raising significant funds for the foundation. The diamond sponsor for the event is A.J. Kirkwood and Associates, Inc. For more information, please contact Tim Cromwell at tcromwell@rdolson.com, or 949-474-2001.

About R.D. Olson Construction 

Founded by Bob Olson in 1979, R.D. Olson Construction is one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. R.D. Olson Construction is a premier builder of hotel properties for several national hoteliers, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Starwood, and others. R.D. Olson Construction is also an experienced builder of office, retail, multifamily, restaurants and recreational projects.

R.D. Olson’s Tustin Pacific Center Ahead of Schedule

Irvine, CA – R.D. Olson Construction, a nationwide contracting firm established in 1979 by Bob Olson, is on pace to complete the $60 million mixed-use Tustin Pacific Center ahead of schedule, delivering the latest prototypes of Marriott’s Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites concepts in California.
 
The 196,000-square-foot project includes two 4-story hotels, a 149-room Residence Inn by Marriott and a 145-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Also included is a 16,180-square-foot retail center designed for a mix of restaurant and business service retailers. R.D. Olson Construction broke ground on Tustin Pacific Center in August 2012 amid steady improvement in the lodging market both regionally and nationwide. A July 2013 completion date is planned.
 
“Our expertise in hotel construction over the past 30+ years allows us to deliver projects with maximum efficiency and competitive pricing through every phase of construction,” said Bob Olson, CEO and founder of R.D. Olson Construction. The Irvine, CA-based general contractor has built for Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, Starwood Lodging, InterContinental Hotels Group and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, among others.
Marriott holds high praise for Olson’s ability to complete projects ahead of schedule. “Time and again we value the reliability and speed with which R.D. Olson Construction executes on projects, especially those involving our newest designs,” said Eric Jacobs, chief development officer of select service and extended stay products at Marriott International.
 
It’s no coincidence that R.D. Olson Construction is building the latest design iteration for Residence Inn by Marriott, the recognized industry leader in the extended-stay hotel market. As a Marriott advisory board member, Bob Olson was actively involved in the Generation 9 design.  “The new design features the utmost in innovative guest offerings and convenience,” said Olson. The Residence Inn will include spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom guest suites, leading technology, improved work areas, full kitchens and upscale bathrooms.
 
The Tustin Fairfield Inn & Suites also represents the latest Generation 4 design by Marriott and is one of the first of its kind in California. Both hotels have numerous guest amenities, including outdoor areas with pools, spas, fire pits and a sports court, exercise rooms, convenience markets, breakfast areas, business centers and meeting space.
 
The new project has a prominent location on the 55 Freeway at Edinger Avenue in Tustin, CA, and represents another first in the local lodging market: these are the first new hotels built in Tustin in more than 15 years. “Tustin Pacific Center will serve the business travel needs throughout the surrounding area, including John Wayne Airport, the Irvine Business Complex and the Santa Ana Civic Center,” added Olson.
 
R.D. Olson Construction has completed several new hotels in the last 12 months, including the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Oceanside and Santa Barbara, CA, and Maui, HI. The firm has yet another Courtyard by Marriott planned for completion by mid-year 2013 in San Jose, CA, and is nearing completion on the nation’s first Legoland Hotel at Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, CA.
 
The general contractor is also active in the construction of office buildings, retail centers, apartments, restaurants, health clubs and country clubs. R.D. Olson Construction completed several restaurants during the past year in the newly renovated Los Angeles International Airport and at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. R.D.Olson Construction is also completing tenant improvements for the 36,000-square-foot headquarters facility for Open X in Pasadena, CA, and an Equinox health club facility in Encino, CA.  
 
About R.D. Olson Construction  
Founded by Bob Olson in 1979, R.D. Olson Construction is one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. R.D. Olson Construction is a premier builder of hotel properties for several national hoteliers, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Starwood, and others. The firm has completed more than 300 restaurants nationwide for clients such as Morton’s, Benihana, McCormick & Schmick’s, Mexi-Grill, and others. R.D. Olson Construction is also an experienced builder of office, retail, multifamily and recreational projects.
 
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R.D. Olson Completes Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta

IRVINE, Calif. — Less than one year after R.D. Olson Construction broke ground on the Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta, Calif., the hotel’s doors will open making it the first Marriott in Goleta. Mayor Easton and city council members will celebrate completion of the project along with R.D. Olson Construction and the joint venture team of hotel owners, R.D. Olson Development and Wynmark Company. The event will be held today at 401 Storke Rd. at 3 p.m.

Within the hotel’s 68,000 square feet of new construction, the Courtyard by Marriott houses 106 rooms including nine suites that feature two separate rooms. Fifty percent of these have two queen beds to accommodate families visiting students and faculty of University of California, Santa Barbara. Guest room amenities have Internet access via WiFi, flat-screen televisions, microwave ovens and efficient workspace for guests to conduct business. Additionally, the hotel includes 1,300 square feet of meeting space to accommodate Goleta’s growing business community. The primary hotel restaurant, The Bistro, was smartly designed to afford guests a choice in food and service style, from grab-n-go to quick service dining.
 
The Mediterranean-style hotel was designed by Lee and Sakahara Architects of Irvine, Calif. and the interior design team of Kling/Barta Design, LLC of Shawnee Mission, Kan.
 
 “The business and leisure community are sure to enjoy the many distinct amenities this brand offers,” said Robert Olson, CEO, R.D. Olson Development. 
 
In keeping with the amenities and functionality of the Courtyard by Marriott brand, the lobby fuses high-tech with high style. Its design generates a warm reception for guests by featuring welcome pedestals instead of the traditional front desk. An innovative and interactive GoBoard™ displays news, weather, traffic, local restaurants and documents, while semi-enclosed media pods feature individually controlled flat-panel televisions that offer a place to work, meet or relax.
 
Throughout, the hotel revels in local photographic art that depicts the city and reflects the county’s culture and history.
 
In true Southern California fashion, an outdoor terrace extends from the lobby. Here, a welcoming fire pit lends itself to social gatherings and conversation. The hotel also features such resort-style amenities as a fitness room, large outdoor pool, event lawn and spa.
 
Construction cost totaled $12 million.
 
The Courtyard by Marriott sits upon 3.02 acres of prime real estate southwest of the Goleta Technology Park, where some of the country’s largest industrial and high-tech corporations are based. It is ideally situated one mile from the University of California, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara Airport; Camino Real Marketplace; and Pacific Ocean.
 
About R.D. Olson Construction
R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. It is a premier hotel builder, with its signature on such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; Residence Inn by Marriott, San Juan Capistrano; Courtyard by Marriott Maui, Hawaii; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Recent renovations include the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove; and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. The company also has completed more than 300 restaurants nationwide for such premiere brands as Morton’s the Steakhouse, Benihana, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Mexi-Grill Enterprises Inc. Recent restaurant completions include The Natural Break and Carl’s Jr. at the Los Angeles International Airport.  Projects in the works include construction of Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose.
 
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R.D. Olson Construction to Renovate Two LAX Restaurants

IRVINE, Calif. — In the wake of completing three restaurants in Terminals C and 8 at Los Angeles International Airport, R.D. Olson Construction has been awarded the contract to build two new restaurants in Terminals 4 and 7.

Taking concessions to the next level, R.D. Olson has commenced construction of the B Grill by BOA Steakhouse and Homeboy Bakery & Café, calling for a complete rebuild. This construction is an integral part of the Los Angeles International Airport modernization project.  These eateries will also bring the local L.A. flavors to travelers around the globe.
 
Located at the entrance to Terminal 4, Homeboy Bakery and Café will be a 1,135-square foot restaurant that emulates its original restaurant in Los Angeles, known for its successful contributions of gang intervention via job training for at-risk youth. The restaurant will serve sandwiches, subs, pizza and baked goods. In true eclectic fashion, the restaurant will have original hand painted murals on the ceiling and walls by local Angeleno artists. Stainless steel cladding and aluminum plating will give the space a modern industrial vibe.
 
The B Grill by BOA Steakhouse, a version of the hip L.A. favorite, will be a 3,400-square-foot restaurant in Terminal 7 with a seating capacity of 118. It will offer steakhouse-style dining in a contemporary setting with lavish high-end finishes that include metal and wood wall paneling, stone countertops and ceramic tile flooring.
 
Both restaurants are owned and managed by Areas USA and designed by Los Angeles-based Corsini Stark Architects. Construction is slated to be completed by the end of the year. The project cost for the two totals $2.56 million.
 
R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. It is a premier hotel builder, with its signature on such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; Residence Inn by Marriott, San Juan Capistrano; Courtyard by Marriott Maui, Hawaii; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. The company also has completed more than 300 restaurants nationwide for such premiere brands as Morton’s the Steakhouse, Benihana, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Mexi-Grill Enterprises Inc. Projects in the works include construction of Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose; and Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta.
 
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R.D. Olson Tees Off for Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

IRVINE, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction, specialists in building and renovating hotels, is hosting its 3rd annual charity golf tournament for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. The event will be held on April 16 at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano. 

“The work of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is close to our hearts,” said Tim Cromwell, Tournament Chairman of the R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament. “This foundation works exceedingly hard to bring in funds for research to help children with cancer. It’s R.D. Olson Construction’s humble way of showing its appreciation.”
 
More than 80 percent of the proceeds go directly toward the fight against childhood cancers.
 
“Childhood cancers is the number one cause of non-accidental death in children,” said Cromwell. “Without funding, cures will not be found. It’s up to people and companies like us to do what we can.”
 
The day is expected to brim with activity, beginning with a catered lunch prior to the 12 p.m. shotgun start. The event will culminate with an after-tournament networking reception and silent action.
 
The R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament’s gold sponsors are Marriott International, the worlds leading hotelier; A.J. Kirkwood & Associates, Inc., a four-generation electrical contracting firm; and Empire Building Services, one of the finest commercial service contractors in seven Southern California counties.
 
R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. It is a premier hotel builder, with its signature on such establishments as the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano; the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. The company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Projects in the works include construction of Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Maui, Hawaii; Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta and renovation of the Hyatt Long Beach.
 
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krista@ideahall.com
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R.D. Olson Completes Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano

IRVINE, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction has completed the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano at 33711 Camino Capistrano.

The Residence Inn by Marriott was built to reflect the style and culture of San Juan Capistrano, a city rich in history. However, the amenities in each of its 130 guest rooms and suites are very much in keeping with today’s latest, making it a haven for business and pleasure travelers alike.
 
R.D. Olson Construction is an Irvine-based company known for completing projects on or ahead of schedule. As planned, the company put the finishing touches on this hotel less than a year from when building began, making it possible for the hotel to open in time for spring travel.
 
The hotel represents the latest generation of the Residence Inn brand, debuting the “Possibilities” suites. The colors, furnishings and space planning differ from previous Residence Inns. Moving away from the use of red, the brown, yellow and teal color scheme now predominates the suites. The couches tout new shapes and desks have been moved to the windows.
 
“We built the rooms to provide charm and functionality, employing Marriott’s forward-thinking design,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction.
 
As with other generations of Residence Inns, each room has a kitchen, featuring stainless steel appliances and stone countertops.
 
The lobby too gives an aura of San Juan Capistrano’s character, with its deep, rich hickory wood flooring and dark-stained trusses. R.D. Olson Construction also built a 1,300 square-foot meeting space and 1,000-square foot fitness center that is fully equipped.
 
Outside the 91,500-square foot hotel are landscaped premises rich in lush native California plants that are interwoven with lit colored concrete walkways throughout. A putting green, fire pit and solar-heated resort-style pool perch on the edge of the bluff in perfect view of the Doheny State Beach. Hotel guests may also enjoy visiting the nearby Dana Point Harbor, a mega soccer complex, local shopping, and the world-renowned San Juan Capistrano Mission.
 
Awbrey Cook Mcgill Architects, based in San Diego, Calif. provided the architectural design, while Kling/Barta Design, LLC of Shawnee Mission, Kansas designed its interior.
 
R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. It is a premier hotel builder, with its signature on such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. The company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Projects in the works include construction of Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Maui, Hawaii; Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta and renovation of the Hyatt Long Beach.
 
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R.D. Olson Completes Luxury Condos in the City of Angels

IRVINE, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction has completed a luxury condominium complex in Los Angeles, which fuses California history with contemporary design.

The building, located at 940 E. 2nd St. for which it is named, was originally constructed in the early 1900s as a sugar warehouse. Railroad tracks once ran on each side of the building so trains could unload boxcars of sugar directly into the heart of the warehouse. In maintaining the building’s authenticity, the design, which represents the work of Rockefeller Partners Architects of El Segundo, Calif., employed these brick walls to serve as artsy focal points on each level.

940 E. 2nd St. consists of 38 units. Of these, 30 are three levels measuring between 1,285 to 2,603 square feet. Eight are four levels with their square footage ranging from 2,146 to 2,463. 

Because the 940 E. 2nd St. complex is centrally located in Los Angeles’ art district, the ground-floor entrance to all units are designed as workstations with sealed concrete flooring and the building’s original brick wall serving as a backdrop. Dark stained oak wood stairs lead to the second level, where the units break from the past to the present with a highly contemporary design.

The second floor houses the kitchen, dining room, and bath. Its dark-stained wood cabinets, Caesar Stone gray countertops, and dark wood flooring generate modern-style richness. Recessed, pendent fixtures and track lighting enhance the contrast between the white walls and dark finishes.

The master bedroom and bath comprise the third level in each unit. The flooring on the tri-level units is carpet, whereas the four-level units are wood.
The four-level units offer an additional mezzanine area, which easily may be converted into an office or sitting area. The 2nd and 3rd floors of all units have vaulted ceilings, ground floor patios and 3rd floor private decks.  The construction project cost is $3.6 million.
Another feature that make the 940 E. 2nd St. condominium complex particularly appealing is its location, with Little Tokyo being approximately .5 miles away. The site also is known as a hotspot for filming commercials and photo shoots.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. The company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. It also is a premier hotel builder, with its signature on such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Projects in the works include construction of yet another Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Maui, Hawaii, which the company broke ground on in May 2011.

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R.D. Olson Construction Completes Courtyard by Marriott LAX

IRVINE, Calif. — R.D. Olson completed a major renovation of the Courtyard by Marriott LAX in record time; all the while the hotel remained open for business. The hotel, located at 6161 W. Century Blvd near Los Angeles International Airport, was originally built in the 1980s. Construction to transform the hotel into the new Courtyard by Marriott concept was started in February, built in three phases, and officially completed in time for the summer crowd.

The renovation was extensive. The R.D. Olson team reinvented the hotel’s lobby and reception area, and built a new bar, business center, theater room, car rental desk, market and outdoor patio. Although crews worked 16 to 18 hour days, the construction was kept nearly seamless to hotel guests.

“We scheduled the construction in a way that hotel guests were not bothered,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction. “Our goal was to get the job done as efficiently and quickly as possible.”

The lobby, which was a major undertaking, included replacing the floor with white porcelain tile that resembles marble, enhanced by contrasting dark tile with a wood-like appearance. The dark tiles were strategically placed in specified areas including the bar, market and reception area. Throughout the lobby, R.D. Olson built six individual work areas fitted with television monitors and desks with seating for four. While the upgrade is along the lines of many Courtyard by Marriott hotels, what differentiates this facility from its sisters is the plentiful use of Italian-imported wood veneer wenge millwork.

Additionally, the new lobby now sports an inviting S-Bar for guests to get their morning coffee and a bite to eat. It adjoins a behind-the-scenes kitchen, which was entirely rebuilt and fitted with stainless steel appliances and an operable grease ovens that stretch to the roof.

Offshoots of the lobby include a business area with one large conference table, market filled with travelers’ essentials, and theater center fitted with couches and a large-screen television.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Projects in the works include construction of yet another Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Maui, Hawaii, which the company broke ground on in May 2011.

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R.D. Olson Breaks Ground on First Kahului Airport Hotel

KAHULUI, Hawaii — R.D. Olson Construction has broken ground on the Courtyard by Marriott Maui hotel. This is the island’s first airport hotel.

The 80,000 square-foot hotel will remain under the ownership of its developer, R.D. Olson Development. It will be managed by Marriott International.

Courtyard by Marriott Maui is located at the intersection of Haleakala Highway and Keolani Place on 3.5 acres of prime real estate neighboring Kahului airport and Maui’s business, commercial and governmental hub.

The four-story 138-room Courtyard by Marriott Maui will house 49 studio king and 79 studio double queen guest rooms, six suites, and four extended stay suites. It will feature Courtyard by Marriott’s new Gen 4.5 design, highlighting a reinvented lobby, which fuses high-tech with high style and greater functionality.

Marriott’s new contemporary design focuses on drawing guests from their rooms to relax in the open and user-friendly 5,000-square-foot lobby with an adjoining cafe. The traditional front desk is being replaced with individual welcome podiums to allow for more personal and private interactions with guests during check in.

In expecting the hotel to attract a large number of interisland business people, it will offer a large conference room, which easily may be converted into two rooms via a moveable dividing door. Guests may also enjoy the hotel’s well-equipped exercise area.

The hotels’ exterior will exude Hawaiian flavor with its entrance decoratively clad in lava rock and pineapple medallions. Coconut palms, hibiscus and monkey pod trees will envelope the hotel with lush tropical landscaping.

Johnson Braund Design Group of Seattle, Wash., is providing the architectural and interior design services.

Construction project cost for the Courtyard by Marriott Maui will be $16.5 million. The expected completion date is set for spring 2012.

“The hotel has been warmly received by neighboring residents and nearby businesses,” said R.D. Olson Construction CEO and President, Robert Olson. “While it will be a huge commodity to community groups and business travelers, the hotel’s location and amenities also will attract travelers transiting the airport and those wanting easy access to activities and sights on the island’s popular North Shore.”

R.D. Olson Construction is credited for other island hotel construction including its recent $40 million renovation of The Edition in Waikiki. In good measure, the company will employ local subcontractors, providing jobs for approximately 200 workers during its 12-months of construction.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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Residence Inn by Marriott, San Juan Capistrano

R.D. Olson Construction Breaks Ground on Residence Inn by Marriott, San Juan Capistrano

IRVINE, Calif.–R.D. Olson Construction broke ground to build San Juan Capistrano’s first new hotel in twenty years. The Residence Inn by Marriott received the fanfare of nearby longtime residents at a groundbreaking event in which Mayor Sam Allevato welcomed the hotel into the landscape. The hotel’s developer, R.D. Olson Development, will retain ownership through its related entity, Camino Capistrano SPE. At completion, the Residence Inn by Marriott will be the city’s second hotel.

“San Juan Capistrano is rich in character,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction. “We wanted the hotel to capture the city’s spirit.”

The Residence Inn by Marriott’s distinctive Spanish-style charm will begin with its exterior. Landscaping plans call for plentiful lush plants native to California outlining dramatically lit colored concrete walkways winding their way throughout the premises. To adhere to California’s active lifestyle, R.D. Olson will build a 1,125- square-foot sports court for playing basketball and volleyball. An 850-square-foot putting green and a 3,000-square-foot pool area perched high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nearby Doheney Beach Park, will make for a picture-perfect hotel setting. 

In building the Residence Inn, R.D. Olson Construction is set to ensure that the architecture stays in keeping with San Juan Capistrano’s Spanish influence inside as well as out. Bountiful use of warm colors and complementary artwork will weave throughout the 92,500-square-foot hotel that houses 130 guest rooms and suites, and 1,500 square feet of meeting space, which includes a meeting and board room. High beam ceilings in the lobby, and brick pavers and wood combination flooring are part of what will define the hotel’s mission-style flavor. As part of the lobby, R.D. Olson will build the Hearth Room, fitted with a fireplace, couches, chairs and tables to make for a comfortable place so guests may relax. The hotel also will include 1,000-square-foot fitness center and a separate breakfast room for visitors to enjoy their morning coffee and afternoon snack. As an added benefit, the building’s south side has ocean views. 

The Residence Inn by Marriott site is strategically located within close proximity to a mega soccer complex, local shopping and San Juan Capistrano Mission—one of America’s most frequented tourist attractions.

Furthermore, The San Juan Capistrano hotel will reveal the newest generation of the Residence Inn brand. Upgrades include enhanced space layout in the living areas accomplished by furnishing the rooms with new sectional couches and building a television stand and desk combination; replacing the typical carpet/tile pattern in the baths with tile-only flooring; and building a unit designed and equipped specifically for e-devices.

Awbrey Cook McGill Architects, based in San Diego, Calif. provided the architectural design, while Kling/Barta Design, LLC of Shawnee Mission, Kansas designed its interior.

The expected completion date is set for the first quarter of 2012. The construction project cost is $13 million.

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R.D. Olson Construction Names Tim Cromwell Partner

IRVINE, Calif. - R.D. Olson Construction, a premiere hotel, restaurant and resort builder, has advanced Tim Cromwell’s status from the already prestigious title of vice president and director of business development to partner.

Cromwell began with R.D. Olson Construction in 1993 identifying new market segments and construction trends, and cultivating new clients.  For the past 18 years, he has established the company’s market direction. With Cromwell at the helm of business development, R.D. Olson has weathered the economic storm and even prospered.

“Tim knows the marketplace and what developers are looking for,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction. “His ability to keep the company on a steady course with a well-balanced mix of project types has given rise to the company’s status as a leading general contracting firm. He has played such a large role in advancing the company, it just made sense for him to be a partner.”

While one of the industry’s more serious movers and shakers, Cromwell also is known for his off-the-wall networking. Each year, he organizes the company’s annual “Summer Board Meeting,” a fun-filled day at the beach where some of America’s leading names in the real estate industry shed their Armani suits for swimwear and learn to surf on the famous waves at San Onofre.

Cromwell also is active in local youth sports leagues and volunteers in community functions. He serves on the board of directors for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and organizes a charity golf tournament each spring.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Long Beach Hotel; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: Avalon Grille, Catalina Island; and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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R.D. Olson to Build Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Oceanside

IRVINE, Calif. - R.D. Olson Construction, specialists in building and renovating hotels, restaurants and county clubs, has begun construction of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oceanside, Calif. It is located at 3501 Seagate Way. Marriott International will manage the hotel, while developer, R.D. Olson Development, retains ownership. 

This particular hotel is the newest prototype design of the Courtyard by Marriott, the company’s largest brand by room count. It is the first of its kind to open in San Diego County, showcasing a variety of new amenities and upgrades that cater to business travelers’ needs, yet provide the comforts of home. 

The 82,000-square-foot four-story Courtyard by Marriott will feature 140 guest rooms and suites. As a welcomed bonus for the city’s growing business community, it will offer 2,000-square feet of meeting space. The guest rooms and suites accommodate people who travel frequently for business and want to optimize their productivity, yet also enjoy personal time. Each guest room has Internet access, a large flat-screen television, microwave oven and efficient workspace for conducting business.

The Courtyard by Marriott lobby fuses high-tech, high-style and greater functionality. With added sophistication, the new lobby design replaces the typical front desk with individual welcome pedestals to alleviate any barrier between guests and staff. An innovative and interactive GoBoardTM displays news, weather, traffic, local restaurants and documents, while semi-enclosed media pods featuring individually controlled flat-panel televisions offer a place to work, meet or relax. The new restaurant, The Bistro, gives guests a choice in service styles from grab-‘n-go options to full-service sit-down dining. Extending from the lobby is an outdoor terrace where a welcoming fire pit lends itself to social gatherings and conversation. The hotel also includes a fitness room, large outdoor pool and spa.

Adding to its appeal, the hotel is strategically located in within the Ocean Ranch development in the City of Oceanside, home to many fortune 500 companies. The hotel is wisely located for attracting visitors in route to such popular nearby attractions as the San Luis Rey Mission, Legoland, SeaWorld, San Diego Wild Animal Park and, of course, Oceanside’s pristine beaches. 

This is the second hotel Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction has built for R.D. Olson Development in Oceanside--the first being the Residence Inn by Marriott, which was completed in 2007. 

 “We admire Marriott’s progressiveness and enjoy being part of its newest prototypes that employ a variety of design changes,” said Robert Olson, CEO, R.D. Olson Construction. 

While R.D. Olson Development and R.D. Olson Construction are separate companies, Robert Olson founded both. 

Johnson Braund Design Group of Seattle, Wash., a company R.D. Olson Construction has often worked with in renovating and building new hotels throughout California will provide architectural and interior design services. 

The new Courtyard by Marriott in Oceanside will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Hotel Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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R.D. Olson Completes Renovation of Wakiki Edition

Honolulu, Hawaii – Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction, specialists in resort and hotel building, has completed a major renovation of The Waikiki Edition, formerly the Ilikai Yacht Harbor Tower. The hotel is operated by Marriott International as part of its newest brand, The Edition.

The 17-story hotel, originally built in 1967, is located at the intersection of Ala Moana Blvd. and Hobron Lane. The hotel is owned by M Waikiki LLC of San Diego.

“We transformed the existing hotel into an exciting new brand produced jointly by Marriott International and Ian Schrager Company,” said R.D. Olson Construction CEO/president, Robert Olson. “The Waikiki Edition is now a high-quality, modern-day resort hotel. 

At completion, R.D. Olson had renovated 353 guest rooms; a 9,200-square-foot ballroom and 4,000-square-foot pre-function area; 2,500-square-foot lobby and lobby bar; two pools totaling 23,000-square feet with associated pool bars, a 2,000 square-foot spa, fitness center, over 4,000 square-feet of meeting rooms/space; and a restaurant named after well-known “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto. The project cost totaled more than $40 million. 

Renovating the boutique hotel has given it an entirely new look. The guest rooms impart tropical style. Louvers and wood finishes made of dark teak and Mozambique woods stand in contrast with the room’s fresh white walls. Each suite has a lanai with breathtaking ocean views and has been upgraded with flat screen TVs and Internet access.

The lobby and the lobby bar feature black oak floors, white oak and whitewashed walls lined with bookcases and organic free form furnishings. For those who prefer lively crowds, R.D. Olson built an adjoining nightclub named Crazy Box, featuring a VIP area, bar and lounge. Walls are plaster with a foiled silver finish. A focal point is a hanging light best described as a cloud with more than sixteen thousand light bulbs—some lit, some not, to off a distinct glow. Combined with state-of-the-art amenities, the Crazy Box is expected to rank among one of Waikiki’s finest.

The ballroom is one of three in operation within the Honolulu area. Many of the city’s businesses host events here. R.D. Olson brought it to life with special oak wood finishings, wall coverings and carpet. An artsy array of Chinese lanterns hangs from wood beams making for a grand display.
R.D. Olson gave the lower pool a face-lift with new IPE decking, and built a new upper pool featuring pebble stone walkways, beach sand, and a walk-up bar.

Two San Diego County-based architectural firms are credited with the hotel’s new contemporary design. Solomon Ferguson developed plans for the guest rooms, and Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker has it signature on the public spaces including a lobby, lobby bar, nightclub, ballroom, Morimoto’s restaurant and two pools. Yabu Pushelberg of Toronto, Canada, is the interior designer for the entire renovation, with the exception of the Morimoto restaurant. Moriomoto’s was designed by the well-known Los Angeles firm, Thomas Schoos Design.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; AVIA Long Beach Hotel; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: Avalon Grille, Catalina Island; and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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R.D. Olson Construction Completes Restaurant on Santa Catalina

IRVINE, Calif.- R. D. Olson Construction, specialists in building restaurants, hotels and resorts, has transformed a 1920s-built structure into a contemporary restaurant along the Santa Catalina Front Street boardwalk.  According to legend, the original structure was built as a retail store in the 1920s for Wrigley’s wife. Today it is owned by Santa Catalina Company.

Avalon Grille is a single story 3500-square-foot seaside restaurant that seats 115 guests. The restaurant has an old-time maritime style, with white walls enhanced with vertical strips of wood creating a stripped 12” pattern. The ceiling is high and flat, featuring recessed lighting and exposed redwood. Travertine flooring now travels from the restaurant to the 80-square-foot patio. The renovation also called for a large horseshoe bar from Afromosia wood. Doors on the east and south side of the restaurant and bi-folding doors lead to the Catalina boardwalk, making for an exquisite indoor-outdoor dining experience. An exposed high wood ceiling pronounced by 12-inch strips of wood creates a sophisticated, yet charming pattern, while recessed lighting casts a warm glow throughout. The renovation cost totaled $2.2 million.

Avalon Grille was designed by Backen Gillam Architects of Sausalito, Calif., which also designed the Sundance Institute Community of the Arts in Sundance, Utah and Solbar at Solage in Calistoga, Calif.--a highly rated resort. 

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and three Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove: and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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Major Renovation of the Hyatt Regency Orange County Begins

IRVINE, Calif. - R.D. Olson Construction, one of California’s leading hotel builders, has completed its renovations of the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, Calif.  Renovations were made to the lobby, ballroom, lounge and restaurant at a project cost of $25 million.

The atrium lobby has taken on a whole new look with sleek curved booth seating, new porcelain tan tile flooring and a registration desk made of cerused oak with a CaesarStone top and an onyx face. The registration desk sits in front of a newly built fanciful wall of teak wood, specialty glass and special LED lighting. Seventeen stories of windows serve as the backdrop for the registration desk, making for a dramatic presentation.

R.D. Olson also renovated the OC Brewhouse, a bar rich in curved dark teak wood and custom glass doors that connect to the lounge. To enhance the lighting, R.D. Olson built a custom backlit art panel set in a custom millwork frame and ceramic tile flooring that resembles wood planking.
The Royal Ballroom was also transformed by bringing a fresh opulence to the already grand space. R.D. Olson installed new teak millwork throughout to include the ceiling, doors, crown molding, and base boards.  The framed ceiling will be especially artful with a raised soft-lit indirect lighting placed in covered areas, and custom chandeliers. New wall coverings complement the room’s other many new design elements.

Making for an entirely new presentation, the hotel’s signature restaurant, TusCA, features a large decorative pizza oven and new buffet counter. Set within the 17-story atrium lobby, the dining room, curved booth seating, oversized metal-framed umbrellas, and large palm trees embrace the California culture.

The renovation was designed by Looney & Associates of Chicago. The architect is Kollin Altomare Architects of Long Beach, Calif.

The hotel is located at 11999 Harbor Blvd., on the corner of Chapman and Harbor. The hotel is owned by Inland American and managed by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. 

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo; Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach; Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort, Ojai; and three Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The company’s most recent completions include renovating the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; Avalon Grill, Catalina Island; and Pavilion Hotel, Catalina Island. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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R.D. Olson Construction Completes New Ventura County Hotel

IRVINE, Calif.- R.D. Olson Construction, a premiere hotel building and renovation firm, has completed the Homewood Suites by Hilton Oxnard at 1950 Solar Dr. in Oxnard. The Irvine-based construction company was on the fast track to complete and open the project in 11 months and at a record $106 per square foot. 

“Our job extends well beyond providing quality workmanship,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction. “Often we are asked to complete projects ahead of the usual time required and, during these times, at lower-than-usual costs. This helps us stay competitive and retain a large number of repeat customers.”

The hotel’s owner, T.M. Mian of Dallas, is one of them. In fact, several years ago, R.D. Olson built for the hotelier the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn.

The interior of the Oxnard hotel is a break from the standard Homewood Suites brand. The hotel houses 129 guest suites, including eight two-bedroom suites featuring spas and electric fireplaces in the master bedroom, and Whirlpool tubs in the second bedroom. All guest suites have been upgraded from tile to wood flooring in the kitchen areas and from fiberglass to tile tub surrounds and showers. Accent wallpaper throughout the suites add a spark of sophistication. Each has a living area and kitchen, and are fitted with big screen televisions, DVD players and Internet connection.

A separate oversized lodge building connected by an enclosed breezeway is another distinguishing amenity of this particular Homewood Suites. Here, meetings may be conducted without the sound transmitting throughout the hotel.

The courtyard also flourishes with ambiance. Its spa, barbecue, pool, sports court and seating area are artfully set within a large well-landscaped area, enhanced by a wood trellis for shading.
RYS Architects of San Francisco designed the project. 

R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside, and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include renovation of the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the building of the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort, and AVIA Hotel Long Beach. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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Dir of Business Development Joins PCRF Board

IRVINE, Calif. - Tim Cromwell, director of Business development for R.D. Olson Construction, has been named to the board of directors for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.  He joins 22 other board members including the non-profit’s President Jack Cross, CEO of Jack A. Cross & Associates and John Vallely, a former NBA basketball player.

Cromwell became actively involved with the foundation by overseeing all baseball activities and helping to organize a yearly YMCA Indian Guides event at which the PCRF sponsors a massive campout at Anaheim Stadium. The event is intended to raise funds that benefit children with cancer. It is one of many events that have contributed to the foundation raising $1.2 million in 2009 alone.

“Tim’s 17 years of managerial experience with R.D. Olson, combined with his earnest compassion for finding a cure for cancer made him the perfect choice to become a board member,” said Nancy Franks, executive director, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. “We are honored he accepted.”
In joining the board, Cromwell will work on long-term as well as short-term goals with the primary focus on maintaining and increasing the foundation’s donor base. This, in turn, will provide money to obtain grants for research to improve treatments, increase survival rates and, ultimately, find a cure against cancer.

“Finding funds to support the noble causes of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is a challenge during these tough economic times,” said Cromwell. “But for children diagnosed with cancer, recession is not in their vocabulary. Time is of the essence to find a cure.”

The PCRF has made significant headway in the last 17 years. Survival rates for children with specific cancers--leukemia being the most prevalent--have increased from 20 percent to 80 percent. The quality of life as also been significantly enhanced with better treatment.

The PCRF is pleased with its choice. Cromwell has extensive knowledge on the ways and means of cultivating new resources. To fulfill his obligations as a PCRF board member, he will cull from 17 years experience building a large and prominent client base for one of California’s leading hotel, restaurant and resort building companies.

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation was formed in 1982. It is located in Irvine, Calif.
R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979 and is located in Irvine, Calif.

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R.D. Olson Construction Begins Construction of Culina Restaurant

IRVINE, Calif. -- During the midst of completing a major renovation of the famed Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, R.D. Olson Construction has begun revamping the Gardens restaurant, which will be renamed Culina. Plans also include additions and expansions: building a large wine room; 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio; VIP lounge; and new entryway. The restaurant is located within the hotel at 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles.

The design concept is to marry the existing restaurant with new décor elements and modern amenities to stir up an old-world Italian flavor. The existing flooring and Wainscot paneling will provide the foundation from which R.D. Olson will work. The builder will incorporate new Australian dark walnut millwork and satin bronze metal paneling to add a dramatic flare to the new L-shaped bar and existing dining area. LED lighting artfully placed between and at the floor of the paneling will provide a subdued warm atmosphere throughout. The restaurant’s main focal point will be an expansive wine room viewed through pronounced decorated glass that has Italian words and phases sandwiched between its layers.
Venetian-style plastered high ceilings will tie the Italian theme together making for a fresh, cozy old-world Mediterranean setting.

R.D. Olson will continue the renovation outdoors, by re-inventing the 2000-square-foot outdoor patio. The renovated patio will feature a massive fire pit with a theatrical fire fountain at its center.

The restaurant’s entryway will be a treat in itself, when R.D. Olson builds the 30X15 foot wide aluminum-walled walkway topped by an etched multi color glass canopy.

Culina, which is owned by Burton Way Hotels, was designed by EDG Interior Architecture + Design of San Rafael. The architect is CSA Architects of Los Angeles. R.D. Olson will complete the 8,000 feet of renovated and new construction at a project cost of $2.19 million. The construction company expects to be completed with the project in the spring of 2010.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside, and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include renovation of the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the building of the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort, and AVIA Hotel Long Beach. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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R.D. Olson Construction Winds Down Construction on Phase VII of Marriotts Shadow Ridge Resort

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction is winding down work on the seventh of 14 phases on Marriott Vacation Club’s 300-acre Palm Desert, Calif. development—Marriott’s Shadow Ridge. This will be the final phase of construction until 2010, when R.D. Olson resumes construction to complete the remainder of the resort’s long-term plans. The resort is located at 9001 Shadow Ridge Road.

R.D. Olson Construction’s work on Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort began in 1999 with the building of a sales office and maintenance facility. To date, the construction company has completed a large clubhouse, registration center, restaurant, spa, pro shop, swing studio, locker rooms, golf administration offices, club fitting area and 19 vacation villa buildings. It also built several other structures to support Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club and Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott including the Club House building, a 9th hole snack shop, comfort station, pump station, cart wash, landscape supply building and cart shelter.

In Phase VII, R.D. Olson built two structures housing a total of 73 two-bedroom villas. This brings the number of buildings to nineteen, translating to 523 individual vacation villas of a proposed 972 upon completion.

“This project allowed us to use our inventiveness and skills to build an imaginative desert resort that features one-of-a-kind design elements, which keep the development entertaining and intriguing,” said Robert Olson, CEO and president, R.D. Olson Construction.

The architect for Shadow Ridge Enclaves is Houston/Tyner of Marina del Rey.  Through the years, as the project progressed, R.D. Olson implemented a new architectural design with the introduction of the Marriott Villa prototype. This prototype features a modern-day Italian Mediterranean influence in the three vacation club buildings most recently completed.

The surrounding outdoor environment is equally impressive. R.D. Olson constructed a 3,000-square foot pool bar and grill staged with nearby fire pits, a satellite operations building, 7,000 square feet of pools and spas, and four mosaic stone and tile water features scattered throughout. One that is particularly impressive serves as an eye-catching divider between the upper and lower pools and spas, which are separated by a three-foot elevation.

As a special delight for the kids, R.D. Olson built a beach entry pool bordered by sand, and a covered play area where spurts of water from a splash pad and a variety of stationary water toys make for a fun day in the desert.

To keep guests orientated within the complex, five large custom-built stone and tile mosaic animal statues including a snake, roadrunner, jackrabbit, gecko and turtle characterize each area. These defining works of art built onsite, take on an impressive likeliness to their real-life counterparts.

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and three Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include renovation of the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the building of the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Current California projects under construction include the LodgeWorks’ boutique hotel, AVIA Long Beach; Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach; and the Four Season’s Hotel, Los Angeles renovation.

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R.D. Olson Construction Completes Star-Powered Los Angeles Restaurant

IRVINE, Calif.-- R.D. Olson Construction has completed building the $5 million renovation of a Sunset Strip structure into a new home for the XIV. The restaurant is owned and operated by hospitality powerhouse SBE, and is the brainchild of SBE CEO Sam Nazarian, renowned French designer Philippe Stark and celebrated chef Michael Mina.

For this project, Irvine, Calif.-based R D. Olson Construction, which has its signature on many new dining concepts and prototypes including Dave & Buster’s and Morton’s the Steakhouse, transformed a former nightclub at 8117 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood into a 16th century French motif restaurant and bar.

The structure, while simple in its framework, is anything but in design. The dining area’s warm oak wood panels flanked by stainless steel and deep red painted walls create a dramatic flare that resonate to a place in time where luxury supercedes all and culture runs abound. Its parquet wood and deep French-red and gold patterned carpet hint at an era rich in history. With room to seat 114 guests, the restaurant has a very intimate feel, with seating areas delineated by groupings of richly upholstered furniture.

The single-story fine-dining restaurant also features an outdoor patio bar perched five feet above the hustle & bustle of Hollywood on the corner location at Sunset and Crescent Heights. Its exotic floor is comprised of Brazilian IPE hardwood planking, creating a sense of natural modern sophistication.
R.D. Olson worked with Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a) of Culver City, Calif. on the space planning and architectural design. The interior is a work of art by renowned French architect Philippe Starck.
“For years, we have worked with high-end clients to make new concepts in restaurant design a reality,” said R.D. Olson Construction CEO/President Robert Olson. “But teaming with such an impressive group of talent and visionaries made this particular project an event in itself.”

R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside, Irvine, and Long Beach. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include the new 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Current California projects under construction include the LodgeWorks’ boutique hotel, AVIA Long Beach; Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert; and the Four Season’s Hotel, Los Angeles renovation.

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Krista Sparks | Randy Hall
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R.D. Olson Construction Renovates World-Class La Quinta Clubhouse

IRVINE, Calif.— R.D. Olson Construction, California’s premiere hotel and resort builder, has completed renovating the La Quinta Resort & Club’s Stadium Tournament Club--formerly known as PGA West Stadium Clubhouse. R.D. Olson also revamped and notably expanded the outdoor terraces overlooking the 18th hole of two highly esteemed golf courses-- PGA West Stadium and PGA West Tournament. 

Stadium Tournament Club is located at 56-150 PGA Blvd., La Quinta, California. 

The clubhouse and its terraces were originally built in 1976. In bringing new life to the venue, the clubhouse interior was upgraded from its 70s look to a contemporary high-end sports bar venue fitted with 15 large flat screen televisions. The 25,000-square-foot clubhouse radiates warmth and friendliness achieved through controlled lighting, rich walnut woods and carpeting that compliments the dark rust- and cream- colored walls and furnishings. 

As part of the Stadium Tournament Club’s major overhaul, two large elevated patio terraces were added, which overlook the junction of the golf courses. One is a 15,000-square-foot glass-bordered deck that sits just outside of the dining area. It is enhanced by two large fire pits, which are encircled by benches for comfortable seating. The terrace is designed to provide for a venue that can host large events. Nestled at the end of the fairway, the terrace also provides for the perfect view from which spectators may watch tournament players take their final swings. In connecting the terrace to the indoor dining room, R.D. Olson installed removable glass doors--a contemporary design element that is particularly convenient for using the combined areas for large events.

The second terrace is a 2,000-square-foot home to a contemporary “grab & go” market designed with African mahogany and granite countertops—also a comfortable resting spot for golfers to gather.   

“We created a warm yet spacious indoor/outdoor experience in a world-class setting,” said Executive Vice President William Wilhelm, R.D. Olson Construction. 

The Irvine-based construction firm also enhanced the exterior landscaping surrounding the clubhouse with an artsy array of foliage through which runs a maze of pedestrian pathways constructed with washed colored concrete revealing a hint of pebbled stones.

Peterson Architecture & Associates, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is credited with the renovation design. Interior design services were provided by San Rafael, Calif.-based EDG Interior Architecture + Design. Renovation costs totaled $4.6 million.

R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside, Irvine, and Long Beach. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include the new 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Current California projects under construction include the LodgeWorks’ boutique hotel, AVIA Long Beach; Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert; and the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles renovation.

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Krista Sparks | Randy Hall
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R.D. Olson Construction to Build Morton’s The Steakhouse in San Francisco

IRVINE, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction is set to begin work on expanding San Francisco’s Union Square Morton’s The Steakhouse. Being one of Morton’s better producing locations, R.D. Olson Construction will nearly double the existing square footage from 8,000 to 15,000 so the restaurant can facilitate its large and growing customer base.
 
The restaurant, which is highlighted by large windows overlooking San Francisco’s famous Union Square, includes a dining room, wine room and its signature lounge--the 1221 Bar. While each of these spaces will increase in size respectively, R.D. Olson also will triple the private dining areas from two to six to cater to large parties.
 
The restaurant will feature Morton’s newest architectural and design elements, which it rolled out in 2007 in its renovation of its San Jose location. Rich dark red oak wood and a bold green leaf pattern in the carpet replaces Morton’s traditional blue. The two-story restaurant will house the main dining on the entry level. Here, Morton’s original customary lounge will be replaced with The 1221 Bar, featuring a semi-circle counter that jets out into the lounge to encourage conversation, created instant success among patrons at the chain’s other recently renovated locations. Plans also call for a glass-enclosed wine room on this level, allowing customers to view the offerings. The wine room made its debut at the Woodland Hills restaurant, and proved popular among guests.
 
The basement level will be transformed into five private dining rooms, which may also convert into two larger rooms.
 
“This is the 11th Morton’s the Steakhouse we have built or renovated,” said Lofton Moore, president, R.D. Olson Construction. “We always take pride in seeing our clients grow and appreciate being part of their success.”
 
Project costs for the expansion and renovation, which was designed by Chicago-based Aumiller Youngquist, PC, total $3 million.
 
R.D. Olson Construction was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside, Irvine, and Long Beach. Its most recent completions include the new 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Current California projects under construction include the LodgeWorks’ boutique hotel, AVIA Long Beach; Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert; and the Four Season’s Hotel, Los Angeles renovation.
 
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Krista Sparks | Randy Hall
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R.D. Olson Construction Renovates Popular Irvine Hotel

IRVINE, Calif.— R.D. Olson Construction, a leading builder of California hotels and resorts, has completed renovating the Marriott Residence Inn, Irvine at 2855 Main St. 

R.D. Olson Construction built the original structure in 2001.  Now, featuring innovative contemporary design elements, the construction company has implemented a new Marriott prototype called innFusion. 

Marriott Residence Inn, Irvine is an eight-story hotel housing 174 all-inclusive rooms.  Each suite offers a living space, kitchenette and bath. The renovation, designed by Leo A. Daly of Dallas, Texas, provides the hotel with enriched contemporary style and comfort, and the latest technology. Top-of-the-line Serta mattresses padded with feathery pillow tops and covered with attractive duvets, new shaker-style cabinets, granite countertops, tile flooring and gold carpeting that complements the new furnishings, give rise to the luxury this hotel now offers.  Large LCD flat screen televisions, soft lighting and artwork that bodes well with the Orange County culture is a mix that makes this hotel distinctly different, while offering all the comforts of home. 

“Our intent was to renovate the hotel so people feel welcomed and relaxed,” said Lofton Moore, president, R.D. Olson Construction. “With the hotel being located within Irvine’s business district, it’s important to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of its guests.”

Marriott Residence Inn is owned by Irvine-based Main Street Hotels. 

R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Burbank, Oceanside, Irvine, and Long Beach. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Los Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include the new 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo--a full service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide. Current California projects under construction include the LodgeWorks’ boutique hotel, AVIA Long Beach; Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert; and the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles renovation.

Contact:
Krista Sparks | Randy Hall
714-263-8731 | 714-263-8723
krista@ideahall.com
randy@ideahall.com