Construction breaks ground on AC Hotel by Marriott in Pasadena, California

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Construction of a $60 million AC Hotel by Marriott in Pasadena, California, has begun, according to a news release from the developer. A rooftop bar and lounge with views of the San Gabriel Mountains in the surrounding Angeles National Forest is planned for the 100,000-square-foot, 194-room hotel.

Structure engineering for the project is being done by Saiful Bouquet and Welcome Group, both in Los Angeles. With interior design by Denver-based Wild Muse, the building was designed by San Francisco-based AXIX/GFA. Furthermore, the existing parking lot, where architectural considerations were made to conserve existing old-growth trees. It will be the foundation for the six-story infill project on Colorado Boulevard.

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Additionally, the press release announced that a dedicated elevator will be available to the general public, and hotel guests will have access to a private elevator bank to reach their rooms. Destinations under the AC Hotel brand are said to be “thoughtfully designed” by Marriott. 5,000 square feet of leasable space and event space are among the mixed-use features.

Wood surfaces, fireplaces, water features, and large-format windows are examples of interior design elements. Further, singles to penthouse suites will be available on the sixth floor.

AC Hotel by Marriott in Pasadena to be R.D. Olson’s fourth

According to the press announcement, this will be R.D. Olson’s fourth AC Hotel by Marriott, following the completion of projects in Maui, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and El Segundo, California.

The groundbreaking occurs as hotel and office construction have slowed, which has negatively impacted the non-residential sector as a whole. Nevertheless, the industry had a strong first quarter of 2023 as a result of a rebound in travel demand following the epidemic and a reenergized pipeline of projects.