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Commercial | R.D. OLSON CONSTRUCTION - IRVINE SPECTRUM MARRIOTT

R.D. Olson Construction's sister company,
R.D. Olson Development, is developing the
project. "Irvine Spectrum Marriott is located
adjacent to a Courtyard by Marriott that
we constructed," Wilhelm says. "Those two
properties will perform well for Marriott
and provide business travelers and visitors
with a variety of options."
R.D. Olson Construction has much in
common with Marriott, Wilhelm says. "Both
companies really care about people and the
end-user experience, and also continuously
aim to be at the forefront of our respective
industries," he says.

R.D. Olson Construction is
building Irvine Spectrum Marriott
with a focus on sustainability.

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On the Cutting-Edge
R.D. Olson Construction is building Irvine
Spectrum Marriott with sustainability in
mind, Wilhelm says. "With the new Title 24
credits in California emphasizing construction 'greenness,' more attention goes into
every detail such as the electrical system
and the way it monitors different circuitries," he says. "By examining these back-end
systems from the beginning, we can make
sure that the property performs in a more
environmentally-friendly way without
placing large burdens on the end-user."
Such sustainable features will make
Irvine Spectrum Marriott an upgrade from
other hotels, Wilhelm adds. "It is definitely
a property that will be a cut above the rest,"
he says. "It is a true reflection of how many
hotel brands are continuously upgrading
their brand on a yearly basis."
The hotel's design is still being developed
despite the construction process being
underway, something to which R.D. Olson
Construction is accustomed. "We're part
of that frontier team, out there working
with ownership and Marriott on finishes,
textures, colors and other elements that
will give this property the 'wow factor' it
needs to be cutting-edge and exceed guest
expectations," he says.
This design/build approach has become
more common in the travel industry, as
hotels want to stay in tune with what is
popular with guests. "In about 80 percent
of hotels that R.D. Olson builds, we're in the
trenches during the design phase, trying to
make the concept the most successful it can
be," Wilhelm says.

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In the case of Irvine Spectrum Marriott,
the interiors will celebrate the history of the
Irvine Ranch, in keeping with R.D. Olson's
dedication to paying homage to the communities in which its projects are located.

Seeing Success
Wilhelm, who joined the firm 22 years ago,
credits its success to its people. "We've got
the best in the industry, bar none," he says.
Finding those people can sometimes be
difficult, he admits. During the recession,
"The construction industry lost a number
of qualified craftsmen," he recalls. "Some retired and some went into other industries."
Like many, it was a challenge for R.D.
Olson Construction to make up for the lost
labor. However, the company "does a good
job of managing that challenge," he asserts.
"We have strong relationships with our
subcontractor community."

He sees a strong future for the company,
which has learned many lessons over the
past 37 years. "We have always performed
well during tough times," Wilhelm says. "Because of our vast experience and industry
knowledge, we're able to anticipate downturns, and make adjustments accordingly.
"The company's success and growth is attributed to the strong partnerships we have
established with our customers," he asserts.
"There is a direct correlation between our
customer's growth and ours."
R.D. Olson Construction recently
completed several projects in Southern
California, including Paséa Hotel & Spa, a
250-room upscale boutique hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif., at the master-planned
Pacific City project. The firm also is under
construction on several regional hospitality
projects, including the 94-room Hampton
Inn & Suites in Glendale, Calif.

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