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R.D. Olson Construction Completes Renovation of Fairmont Newport Beach Hote

 IRVINE, Calif.—R.D. Olson Construction has completed renovation of the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel main floor and lobby. This is part of an extensive $22 million hotel renovation following a 2005 acquisition of the former Sutton Place Hotel by Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. The hotel is located in the heart of Newport Beach’s business district at 4500 MacArthur Blvd.

The Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel’s newly renovated 23,000-square-foot main floor and lobby now has a new expansive registration area and front desk, designed to make an unforgettable first impression on hotel guests. Nearby is a space known as the “quiet lounge” where guests can take a breather after a hard day of meetings or touring the city. The lobby neighbors a cocktail lounge, waiting room and chic restaurant enveloped within a large atrium, which too underwent extensive renovation.

The hotel now offers a separate area called the Gold Lounge, where preferred travelers can enjoy special benefits and privileges. The lounge is a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ trademark, designed specifically to cater to frequently returning guests. 

“We have dramatically changed the hotel’s presence to be in sync with the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ upscale brand,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction. “The grandness of the hotel is a perfect fit for the Newport Beach area.” 

Lee & Sakahara Architects AIA, based in Irvine, is credited for overseeing the space planning, which includes renovation of all pubic areas. Colorado-based Design Force is the interior designer. 

The design elements are exotic. African mahogany millwork graces the front of the reception desk and new lounge bar. Cambrian black granite tops add a dramatic flare to the overall look. Canadian-imported stone veneer walls adorn the atrium and lobby. In other areas, faux painted walls of warm earth tones and rich millwork complement the strikingly unusual décor that artfully combines the primitive with the ultramodern. The redesign of the atrium, a main focal point, features a lush mixture of palms and other tropical vegetation. The final touch comes with the cream-colored, dark brown bordered marble flooring.

Robert Olson founded R.D. Olson Construction in 1979. It has since grown into one of the largest general contracting companies in California. The company has built establishments for such clients as Marriott, Hilton and Benihana to name a few. Current projects under construction in California include Union Station Village at Los Angeles Union Station; Ocean Ranch shopping center, Laguna Niguel; and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert. Out of state Olson is working on completing the Benihana, Coral Gables, FL.