R.D. Olson, Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill, Degen & Degen collaborate on Residence Inn

Construction of the five-story, 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott extended stay hotel in Pasadena, Calif., has commenced. This is the first hotel to be constructed in Old Town Pasadena in more than 15 years.

R.D. Olson Construction, the Irvine, California-based general contractor was selected by owner Fair Oaks Hotels, to construct the $30.5 million 94,091-square-foot hotel which is slated for completion in fall 2015. R.D. Olson has more than six projects currently under construction in California.

Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Architects will serve as the architectural firm for the project with interior design by Seattle-based Degen & Degen.


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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 a business center.

When completed, the property will include renditions of the arts and crafts heritage of Old Town Pasadena, blended 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.

The hotel’s interior and exterior design will also 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 will be highlighted, including groupings of punched, multi-story windows that allow 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 hotel conversion near Los Angeles International Airport. The firm also completed the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum in June.