IRVINE, Calif.—R.D. Olson Development broke ground on its latest hotel development, the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, Calif. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Irvine Company, architecture firm WATG, and Marriott International joined civic leaders from Orange County at the ceremonial groundbreaking. The new hotel represents the Southern California debut of Marriott’s latest Gen Next design and features an interior design theme that pays tribute to the rich history of the Irvine Ranch. Construction will be performed by R.D. Olson Construction and is planned for completion in July 2014. R.D. Olson Development will retain ownership of the hotel upon completion, with Marriott International providing management services.
The new design features a reinvented lobby centered on the concept of Refreshing Business, fusing high-tech, high-style, and greater functionality. Welcome pedestals replace the traditional front desk to create a more inviting reception for guests. An interactive GoBoard displays news, weather, traffic, local restaurants, and other items of interest for guests, while semi-enclosed Media Pods feature individually controlled flat-panel TVs and offer a place to work, meet, or relax. The Bistro, a new food and beverage concept, will offer quick serve dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s full-service lounge is an ideal place for guests to meet before walking across the street to the many restaurant options at Spectrum Center.
The eight-story, 131,667-square-foot hotel is designed with a room mix that includes 94 king beds, 14 executive corner suites, and 102 double queen bed configurations. Guestrooms will offer views of Saddleback Mountain, Laguna Canyon or Spectrum Center. Public area amenities include a large lap pool measuring 75 feet by 35 feet, six technology-laden pool cabanas, a spa area, a 1,500-square-foot fitness center, fire pits and a putting green. Additional amenities include a lounge area and bar, guest laundry, and convenience market. The new Courtyard hotel will also offer 8,500 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,000-square-foot ballroom, a 3,000-square-foot events lawn, and a boardroom for private gatherings.
The $50 million Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum will serve the growing demand for lodging regionally and from the 5,000-acre Irvine Spectrum, home to a 24 million-square-foot office and industrial market.