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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.

Krista Sparks | Randy Hall
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