We have had a busy summer and fall at R/Hdo. Our big news is that after ten years of work, Marina Park opened on December 5, 2015. During the opening ceremony Mayor Ed Selich declared the park the crown jewel in the city’s park system. Click the link at the bottom of this page for more information and photos of Marina Park.
Meanwhile, over at Universal Studios Hollywood (USH), we have been working on the Simpson’s Springfield land, including new portals to the Tram Tour and Lower Lot and the Shrek queue. We’re working hard on several other exciting projects at USH, but we can’t share the details with you until a future date.
A beautiful courtyard garden, designed for employees and visitors opened at Centinela Hospital in Los Angeles. We were able to take an unused neglected space and turn it into the jewel of the campus.
Our work in Dubai continues. The Dubai Hills residential community sold out before infrastructure was completed. Our designs for the entries and over two miles of streetscapes have been well received and EMAAR has expanded our scope to include two other projects in Dubai Hills, a master plan for the new community of REEM Oasis, and a master plan for the new community of Serena. We are also completing a Concept Design for a 42-acre park in Dubai Hills that will be a unique and significant sculpture park that will serve the south half of the Mohammed Bin Rashid City.
Equally exciting is our work for Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR). We began preparing the Master Plan for the 1500-acre theme park resort in January 2013. Grading began in March of that same year and Dubai Municipality approvals were obtained in early 2014. Today DPR has over 12,000 construction workers mobilized, constructing three theme parks, the Riverland Retail/Dining & Entertainment zone, the Lapita Hotel and all of the phase 1 infrastructure. Phase 1 is scheduled to open October 16, 2016. We have just been engaged to update the Master Plan to include a number of new major uses including some not yet announced attractions.
Closer to home we have been working on the redevelopment of the 35 year old Paseo Colorado Mall in downtown Pasadena. This $70 million project will bring a six-story, 179-room Hyatt Place hotel, a seven-story, mixed-use building with upper level condos and ground level shops, upgrades to storefronts, walkways, lighting and landscaping, and several new retailers. An existing pedestrian walkway in the interior of Paseo Colorado also will be extended to the east to connect to Los Robles Avenue, opening a pedestrian linkage that has long been blocked.