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R.D. Olson Construction Begins Construction of Culina Restaurant

  • R.D. Olson
  • 11.16.09
During the midst of completing a major renovation of the famed Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, R.D. Olson Construction has begun revamping the Gardens restaurant, which will be renamed Culina.

Plans also include additions and expansions: building a large wine room; 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio; VIP lounge; and new entryway. The restaurant is located within the hotel at 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles.

The design concept is to marry the existing restaurant with new décor elements and modern amenities to stir up an old-world Italian flavor. The existing flooring and Wainscot paneling will provide the foundation from which R.D. Olson will work. The builder will incorporate new Australian dark walnut millwork and satin bronze metal paneling to add a dramatic flare to the new L-shaped bar and existing dining area. LED lighting artfully placed between and at the floor of the paneling will provide a subdued warm atmosphere throughout. The restaurant’s main focal point will be an expansive wine room viewed through pronounced decorated glass that has Italian words and phases sandwiched between its layers.

Venetian-style plastered high ceilings will tie the Italian theme together making for a fresh, cozy old-world Mediterranean setting.

R.D. Olson will continue the renovation outdoors, by re-inventing the 2000-square-foot outdoor patio. The renovated patio will feature a massive fire pit with a theatrical fire fountain at its center. The restaurant’s entryway will be a treat in itself, when R.D. Olson builds the 30X15-foot wide aluminum-walled walkway topped by an etched multicolor glass canopy.

Culina, which is owned by Burton Way Hotels, was designed by EDG Interior Architecture + Design of San Rafael. The architect is CSA Architects of Los Angeles. R.D. Olson will complete the 8,000 feet of renovated and new construction at a project cost of $2.19 million. The construction company expects to be completed with the project in the spring of 2010.
R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, Calif., was founded in 1979. It has grown into one of the top general contracting firms in California, building such establishments as Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Beach; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Resort; and four Marriott Residence Inns in Long Beach, Burbank, Oceanside, and Irvine. Renovations include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles; Ritz Carlton Spa, Marina del Rey; and Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Its most recent completions include renovation of the 19-story Hotel Palomar, Westwood; and the building of the 174-room Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo, a full-service boutique hotel and world-class fitness resort, and AVIA Hotel Long Beach. Additionally, the company has completed more than 300 major brand restaurants nationwide.

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