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R.D. Olson Development Opens the $37 million
Burbank Marriott Residence Inn

Features A Light-emitting Diode (LED) Display Integrated into the Architecture
and Wrapped Around all Four Sides of the Hotel Exterior

IRVINE, Calif. - November 8, 2007 - R.D. Olson Development, a leading hotel developer, has opened the new $37 million Burbank Marriott Residence Inn, and literally flipped the switch on a lighted art-in-architecture jewel destined to become a landmark for the television industry capital of the world.

The hotel’s design respects the aesthetic and functional importance to Burbank of its prime location, which neighbors Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, NBC, DreamWorks SKG and Nickelodeon studios. It sits in the heart of the city’s renewed core at the corner of First Street and Verdugo Avenue, only five miles from the Burbank Airport and within walking distance to Burbank City Hall. R.D. Olson Development bought the 1.7-acre site in 2005.

Under the ownership of Main St. Hotels -- an entity of R.D. Olson Development, and the management of Marriott International’s Marriott Residence Inn brand -- the world’s leading extended-stay hotelier, Burbank Marriott Residence Inn is a draw for those associated with the entertainment industry and governmental agencies.

In recognition of the prominent Burbank gateway location, R.D. Olson commissioned British artist Peter Fink, known for his large-scale and lighted public displays, to infuse the building design with a spectacular work of public art. The display pays tribute to Burbank’s importance in the television and film industry.

Fink’s creation is a LED lighted display integrated into the architecture and wrapped around all four sides of the hotel exterior, programmed to provide a giant public spectacle of changing light colors and patterns, echoing the old abstract test patterns on early color television.

Fink, a principal of Art2Architecture London Ltd., worked closely on the project with PK Architects of Phoenix and interior designer Leo A Daly of Dallas. Entertainment Lighting Services, Sun Valley, Calif. was the lighting contractor.

“The new Burbank Marriott Residence Inn will quickly become a city landmark instantly recognizable by people around the world. R.D. Olson Development is proud to recognize Burbank’s historic role in the entertainment industry through this exceptional work of public art,” said Robert Olson, CEO/president of R.D. Olson Development.

For the growing business and residential community, the five-story U-shaped hotel offers 166 extended-stay suites. Each has a living space, kitchenette and bath rich in style, comfort and technology to set this hotel apart. Its interior décor boasts of a Hollywood theme to include a vast sampling of artwork from the 1950s to the 1990s, which was originally produced in Burbank. Weary travelers will enjoy an added touch new to the Marriott Residence Inn brand -- top-of-the-line Serta mattresses padded with billowy pillow tops and wrapped in attractive duvets. Warm-toned hardwood furnishings and exquisite granite kitchen countertops keep the units in vogue with today’s designs, while plasma televisions and wireless/hard wired Internet access bring enjoyment and ease to its guests. Units are virtually stocked with a complete line of utensils suited for those with even the most honed culinary skills. The Burbank Marriott Residence Inn extended-stay experience is now truly the next best thing to being home.

R.D. Olson Construction, a leading California hotel and restaurant builder also founded by Robert Olson, constructed the Burbank Marriott Residence Inn under the direction of its president, Joe Kilar.

Robert Olson founded R.D. Olson Development in 1998, which has since gained standing as a leading hotel developer. Current projects include the development of a $67 million Marriott Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo, Calif., which is a combined 174-room full-service Marriott Renaissance Hotel brand and 70,000-square-foot world-class fitness center.

The company’s most recently completed California developments are a four-story 125-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Oceanside; an eight-story 174-suite Marriott Residence Inn, Irvine; a $62 million resort in the Anaheim Resort Zone, which consists of a seven-story Staybridge Suites and nine-story Holiday Inn; and an eight-story 526-bed University Village Towers, an upscale student housing project bordering the University of California, Riverside.


R.D. Olson Development
2955 Main Street, Third Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-474-2001
Fax: 949-474-1534


Also See: R.D. Olson Development Receives Approvals to Build a $35 million Marriott Residence Inn in Downtown Burbank, California / March 2006

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