Construction Begins on Residence Inn in Pasadena, CA

PASADENA, CA—R.D. Olson Construction has begun construction on a five-story, 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott extended-stay hotel here, the first hotel to be constructed in Old Town Pasadena in more than 15 years. The Irvine, CA-based general contractor was selected by owner Fair Oaks Hotels, LLC to construct the $30.5-million, 94,091-sq.-ft. hotel, which is slated for completion in fall 2015. R.D. Olson has more than six projects currently under construction in California.

The hotel’s guest amenities will include more than 1,000 sq. ft. 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, according to R.D. Olson. 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 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 that allow ample natural light into the building.

R. D. Olson most recently broke ground on the 250-room Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA, and the 221-room Courtyard by Marriott in Anaheim, CA, 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.