Burbank and Irvine, Calif.—R.D. Olson Development has broken ground on the five-story, 170-room SpringHill Suites by Marriot hotel in Burbank, Calif. Executives from R.D. Olson Development and Marriott International joined City of Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and civic leaders at the ceremonial groundbreaking. The new hotel represents the continued revitalization of downtown Burbank, with an interior design theme that pays homage to the area’s rich history in the entertainment industry.
Construction will be performed by R.D. Olson Construction and is planned for completion in spring 2015. R.D. Olson Development will retain ownership of the hotel upon completion, with Marriott International providing management services.
The $44 million, all-suite hotel features Marriott’s latest Gen 4.5 design for SpringHill Suites. Public amenities in the 102,075-square-foot hotel include a breakfast area, lounge, meeting facilities, a fitness center, business center, guest laundry and an onsite convenience market. Outdoor amenities include a landscaped outdoor space with a fire pit and a pool and spa area.
The project marks R.D. Olson’s second Marriott brand development in Burbank. The firm also developed the 166-room Residence Inn by Marriott Burbank in 2007, and has drawn upon its experience in the Burbank market for this latest project. “We saw this as an outstanding opportunity to energize this street-to-street block on San Fernando Boulevard and make a significant contribution to the growing economic base in Burbank,” said Bob Olson, CEO and founder of R.D. Olson Development. The hotel is expected to add approximately 50 full- and part-time employees and average $920,000 in transient occupancy tax annually over the next 10 years.
As is customary for all R.D. Olson Development hotels, the SpringHill Suites Burbank features an interior design theme that pays tribute to the local area. In this case, the interior highlights the entertainment and media industries that are the heart of Burbank. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Burbank was designed by San Diego-based Awbrey Cook McGill Architects.