R.D. Olson Construction Adds Howard Johnson Hotel to Extensive Roster of Anaheim Hospitality Projects
December 11, 2019
Slated for spring 2020 completion, hotel renovation marks firm’s fifth project in the Disneyland Resort District area
Anaheim, Calif. – R.D. Olson Construction, an award-winning general contracting firm in California, has commenced phase two of the renovation of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground in Disneyland’s Resort District. Originally built in the 1960s, renovation of the 52,000-square-foot second tower includes a full modernization of 91 guest rooms, American Disabilities Act (ADA) room conversions and a revitalization of the first-floor common space, restrooms and conference room. With a robust portfolio of Anaheim-based hospitality projects, the firm has become a preeminent builder for hotel owners and developers in the region.
The firm will upgrade the common spaces and guest rooms to feature a modern retro design, including bright orange and blue colors and Disney theming. Room options include standard, deluxe, premium and large hotel suites accommodating families of all sizes. Located within walking distance to Disneyland Park at 1380 S. Manchester Ave., the hotel will provide Disney enthusiasts, travelers and locals alike with modern and convenient accommodation. Key project partners include Lee & Sakahara Architects and interior designer Scotty Dog Studios.
“It’s truly an honor to earn the repeat business of Northwest Hotel Corporation, and to work together to reimagine a notable hotel destination for the community,” said Bill Wilhelm, president, R.D. Olson Construction. “With 40 years of experience revitalizing old and introducing new lodging to Anaheim, we’re committed to serving the region as a go-to hospitality builder for generations to come.”
R.D. Olson Construction also led the remodel of 120 guestrooms in the first tower of the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel in 2017 and completed ground-up construction of the adjacent six-story, 221-room Courtyard by Marriott for Northwest Hotel Corporation.
Since its inception, the firm has led the construction of more than a dozen hospitality projects in Anaheim, many of which are situated in the city’s bustling Disneyland Resort District. Key projects include:
- Dual-Brand Anaheim Hilton Garden Inn & Home2 Suites, a 220,000-square-foot hotel comprised of 223 guest rooms and slated for completion in summer 2020.
- Hyatt Regency Orange County, a public area renovation at the Hyatt Regency, which caters to business and leisure visitors from around the world.
- Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suites, a 115,000-square-foot, seven-story, extended-stay hotel comprised of 143 guest rooms including studios and one and two-bedroom suites.
- Country Inn & Suites, a major renovation of the five-story, 174-room hotel to a SunCoast Park Hotel, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The hotel is scheduled to open by the end of 2019.
R.D. Olson Construction also has completed several projects for Disneyland Park, including the Village Haus Bar and Grill Restaurant, Adventure Land I and II, the Sleeping Beauty Castle and the renovation of the Bonita Tower, hotel ballroom and lobby at the world-renowned Disneyland Hotel. Other notable Anaheim-area projects from R.D. Olson Construction include Morton’s Steakhouse and the Land Rover and Jaguar Dealership.