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Embassy Suites RLJ Development LLC Downey, California


The Guestrooms scope included renovating 219 two-room guest suites (rooms include a parlor, bedroom, and bathroom) distributed on floors 2 through 8.  There were 106 king suites and 104 double/double suites as well as nine handicap accessible suites. The Public Spaces scope was related to replacement of FF&E items including carpeting, painting, and soft seating.


The project was a design-build concept and completed within an aggressive schedule. The project scope involved mitigating guest impact by containing dust in the atrium environment; important as ongoing guestroom construction proceeded in phases.  Additionally, the existing chiller was removed and replaced from a restricted space with limited access.  All work proceeded while the building remained fully occupied.  A final challenge was the coordination and management of a seismic retrofit, which was completed to help strengthen the building in case of an earthquake.

Benefits to Client

The renovations of the rooms and public spaces improved client’s market share and asset value in the greater LA area by enhancing the guest experience and applying brand standards. The seismic retrofit allowed the client to obtain lower insurance rates, thereby maximizing profits.


$8.1 million


The design process started in April 2008 and construction began October
2008, with a January 2009 completion.

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