On November 16, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Anaheim, CA officially opened its doors to guests. Swinerton OCLA started work onsite in Fall 2018, and after two years of tireless work, their incredible efforts paid off as they handed it over to a highly satisfied client. The Owner Representative commented, “Truly one of the best punch and owner acceptance experiences in my 29 years of development. Great job to the entire Swinerton team!”
Just four blocks from the Disneyland parks, the 12-story, 326-room hotel features three unique restaurants, two pools, and meeting space. On the ground floor, the spacious light-filled lobby is surrounded by custom art pieces and sculptures. As a nod to Star Wars, the lobby features three custom life-sized Storm Troopers. But the highlight of the hotel is the rooftop Blu Sky Bar, whose patio and lounge provide a bird’s eye view into the parks—and the fireworks at night. Senior Project Manager Evan Taylor stated, “On clear days, you can watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while also enjoying a view of downtown Los Angeles. There is nothing else like it in Orange County.”
On the first floor, the Oasis pool deck features the FireLake Grillhouse & Cocktail Bar. Keeping in line with COVID-19 safety protocols for guests, the Swinerton team ensured that the 50 outdoor seats and tables are perfectly suited for socially distanced dining. The team also helped assist Radisson in implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. Much like Swinerton’s COVID-19 Plan, the 20-step program aims to protect the safety of employees and guests throughout the entire property.
For the final eight months of the project, the team has been working under COVID-19 safety guidelines. They are extremely proud of keeping the project on schedule despite all the challenges that came as a result of County and State regulations.
When asked how our brand promise of peace of mind played a role on the project, Evan stated, “We were all working towards a common goal and keeping each other safe during the first US-based pandemic of our lifetime.”
Project Engineer Khamaria Smith added, “We were so busy with trying to wrap up the project, it seemed that the best state of calm was just communicating through all the items to try and get us all to the finish line. I am most proud of the final product because it really did take a lot of teamwork to get to this point.”