R.D. Olson completes famous Coronado Hotel

IRVINE, Calif.—January 29, 2008--R.D. Olson Construction, a leading U.S. hotel and resort builder, has completed renovation of Coronado Island Marriott Resort in San Diego, California. The world-renowned 2000 2nd St. hotel is owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, based in Bethesda, MD.  

During renovation, the Coronado Island Resort Marriott remained open, requiring well-planned rerouting and scheduling on the part of R.D. Olson. The Irvine-based construction company was on the fast track to complete renovation of the lobby and lounge, and the hotel’s primary restaurant by the end of this year—a feat the R.D. Olson successfully accomplished. More than 15,000 square feet of new construction was required for the three-phased project at a cost of $2 million.

“We brought a new era of sophistication to the hotel’s public spaces with its amusing design and upscale amenities, while boding well with the hotels’ beachside flavor” said Robert Olson, CEO/president, R.D. Olson Construction. “The hotel is one of San Diego’s finest and we are proud to have played such a major role in its renovation.”   

R.D. Olson brought a fresh look to the massive 6,300 square foot lobby by removing many of its walls to create more open space and redirecting the traffic flow by resituating the retail store and meeting rooms.

The lobby now has a whimsical oceanic flavor, flowing with bright coral, grey and aqua furnishings, complemented by a playful underwater-patterned carpet. A freestanding registration desk displays a tasteful blend of lightly stained maple millwork on its face while the granite countertop is accented by inset broken bits of mother-of-pearl shell. Its two-toned walls of white and light taupe reach high to the existing wood-slated ceiling, once again, reinforcing the waterfront feel. As with many Marriott lobbies, its overall design concept provides for a comfortable open-air setting that is equally welcoming to the business-suited CEOs or the sun-drenched body-surfer. 

R.D. Olson also demolished three of the four existing walls of the lounge, opening it up to a light boundless arena. The new rich walnut flooring is used to define the core bar space. Blue and grey mosaic glass-tiled round columns spring upward from the zebrawood veneer bar face, which is toped by a blend of granite and seashell. A canopy ceiling of iridescent seashells harmoniously distinguishes the space from the remaining lounge area. The construction company renovated The Café, the hotel’s featured 3,700 square foot restaurant that overlooks the pool and a rocky stretch of Pacific Ocean shoreline. Its richly stained walnut and bamboo zebra-like flooring and maple wood columns dazzled with florescent green, blue and white mosaic glass tiles are positioned throughout the restaurant. R.D. Olson also built a state-of-the-art buffet line enhanced by a maple and granite omelet station.

Meeting rooms also received a new location, boasting a new, professional look. Each of the three meeting rooms is enveloped by stained maple millwork walls in rich contrast to its new light-colored carpeting.

Robert Olson, CEO, R.D. Olson Construction, founded the company in 1979. The company has grown into one of the largest general contracting companies in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Marriott Residence Inn, Burbank; Marriott Residence Inn, Oceanside; and more than 300 restaurants nationwide including 10 Morton’s the Steakhouses and 20 Benihana-owned establishments. Current California projects under construction include Renaissance ClubSport, Aliso Viejo; Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert.


Lisa Porter
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