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Global Hospitality Talk Conference
Los Angeles, CA
January 24, 2024
Thanks to co-founder Can Faik and team for hosting Global Hospitality Talk Los Angeles at the The Maybourne Beverly Hills. Paul Altomare attended this annual event that brings hospitality leaders and suppliers together to experience interesting speaker sessions and discussions on the global hotel market.… (more)
Hotel Paradox Renovation Completed
Santa Cruz, California
December 6, 2023
The Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, California has unveiled its property-wide renovation. Balancing sustainability and wellness, the modern redesign features a juxtaposition of urban and forest elements, utilizing naturally sourced materials, and celebrates the Santa Cruz lifestyle with murals by local artist, Jeremiah Kille. Part… (more)
The Heavenly Spa by Westin Now Open at Frenchman’s Reef
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
November 10, 2023
The Heavenly Spa by Westin at the newly opened Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands is now open! A sanctuary for self-care and relaxation, the Heavenly Spa features 13 treatment rooms, private locker rooms with an infrared… (more)
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef Opens
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
September 1, 2023
We're thrilled to announce the opening of The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas! The September opening signals the completion of our extensive $425 million rebuild project at Frenchman's Reef. Perched on an elevated peninsula, this idyllic Caribbean resort destination… (more)
Long Beach Yacht Club Renovation Plans Underway
Clubhouse Receives Approval by Community, Strategic Planning Committees
August 21, 2023
Conceptual plans for the Long Beach Yacht Club revitalization and expansion have been submitted to the city of Long Beach for Planning and Coastal Commission approval. Proposed plans for the interior and exterior remodel and addition totaling over 41,000 square feet include a new resort… (more)
Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort, Autograph Collection Opens at Frenchman’s Reef
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
May 18, 2023
The Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort, Autograph Collection at Frenchman's Reef opened its doors on May 18th offering travelers a distinct beachfront experience in St. Thomas. Part of an extensive $425 million rebuild project at Frenchman’s Reef, the intimate resort was designed to offer a… (more)
HD Expo – Hospitality Design Conference & Tradeshow
Las Vegas
May 2, 2023
Michael Kollin and Yessica Chavez made the rounds at the Hospitality Design Expo today at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. It was great to see so many of our design friends and collaborators as well as check out all the new and innovative products.… (more)
Grand Prix of Long Beach
Another action-packed racing event
April 15, 2023
We had a great time with everyone who joined us at this year’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. 🏁  Considered America’s #1 street race, this action-packed, fun-filled race weekend event in April provides the perfect setting to spend quality leisure time with some of our clients,… (more)
All-Aboard Design Conference
Miami to Bahamas and back
March 27, 2023
Michael Kollin attended the All-Aboard Design conference that kicked off at the Port of Miami aboard the Celebrity Cruise ship Silhouette. Festivities began with a lunch buffet on the deck before setting sail, followed by a welcome reception and dinner party. This five-day design cruise… (more)
Privado Villas Named Finalist for RED Award
Best Hospitality Project of the Year
March 10, 2023
The Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess have been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Real Estate Development (RED) Awards - in the category of Hospitality Project of the Year. Recognized as the Academy Awards of Arizona’s commercial real estate industry, the annual… (more)
BITAC Luxury 2023
Caribe Hilton – San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 7, 2023
Day one at BITAC Luxury 2023 attended by Michael Kollin kicked off at the Caribe Hilton San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 5th. The team at BITAC Events once again put together a great annual hospitality event. The morning general session included a panel discussion… (more)
NEWH Regional Tradeshow
Los Angeles
February 23, 2023
Two members of our design team--Yessica Chavez and Maddie Edwards--attended the NEWH (The Hospitality Network) Regional tradeshow at the JW Marriott Los Angeles @ L.A. LIVE on February 23. This hospitality event brings together suppliers, manufacturers, and the design community in a small, intimate format,… (more)
Hyatt Centric & Hyatt House Receives Design Approval
Columbia, South Carolina
February 1, 2023
Our team has received approval from the City of Columbia Design Review & Planning Commissions to move forward with plans for a new dual-branded Hyatt Centric and Hyatt House in Columbia, South Carolina. We're pleased to be working with the Arnold Companies - Ben Arnold Commercial… (more)
Global Hospitality Talk Conference
Los Angeles, CA
January 25, 2023
Michael Kollin had the pleasure of attending the very first Global Hospitality Talk conference held at the Conrad LA. Spearheaded by Can Faik and Lorraine Jack, this networking conference for hospitality leaders and the design community provides an unheralded platform for insight and inspiration from… (more)
2022 Year in Review
Project highlights
January 1, 2023
As we start a new year full of possibilities and renewed energy, it's the perfect time to reflect on highlights of this past year. We’ve been fortunate to work with so many talented people on a variety of amazing properties, as highlighted here. We’d like… (more)
Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort Set to Open Spring 2023
Concept for second resort unveiled at Frenchman's Reef, St. Thomas, USVI
December 21, 2022
We’re pleased to share that Aimbridge Hospitality has unveiled the concept for the second resort to open at Frenchman's Reef as part of the $425 million rebuild project on the property. Named Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort, an Autograph Collection Hotel, the new resort will… (more)
Annual Leadership Meeting
Catalina Island
December 5, 2022
Our leadership team (Michael Kollin, Paul Altomare, and Michael Dalezman) decided to spice things up this year by holding their annual Leadership Meeting/Retreat on Catalina Island. Our team started with a high-speed catamaran ride to Avalon, Catalina Island. Once on dry land, the festivities began… (more)
VIP Tree Lighting at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Benefitting Make-a-Wish, Arizona
November 17, 2022
Michael Kollin and Paul Altomare were more than happy to support our clients at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for their annual VIP Tree Lighting ceremony, benefitting Make-a-Wish Arizona. Thanks to Jack Miller - General Manager, and the entire Fairmont Princess staff for hosting an amazing… (more)
Villa Azur Nears Completion
at the Grand Canal Shoppes, Las Vegas
October 28, 2022
Construction is nearing completion on the Villa Azur restaurant and lounge at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. We had the pleasure of collaborating with interior design firm Jafif Arquitectos on this renovation project to include a 5,000 square-foot upscale dining area, full-service bar,… (more)
Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference
Columbus, Ohio
October 27, 2022
Michael Kollin attended the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) this week in Columbus, Ohio. It was great to reconnect with several of our engineering partners at the expo including Stantec, Kimley-Horn, and Gannett Fleming to name a few. Although we specialize in hospitality design, it’s… (more)
End of Summer Break
at the Shorebreak Resort
October 1, 2022
Our Long Beach team gathered for a little R&R at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort in Huntington Beach. It was a great day to get out to relax, enjoy appetizers, the ocean breeze, and toast farewell to summer. We also had a perfect view of the… (more)
27th Annual Lodging Conference
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge
September 22, 2022
It was great to gather with industry leaders and professionals at this year's Lodging Conference in Phoenix to discuss hospitality trends, share new ideas, and network with industry executives, partners and friends. A sold out event, the Lodging Conference is one of the leading hotel… (more)
ISHC Annual Conference – Prague
Attended by Michael Kollin
September 16, 2022
Michael Kollin attended this year’s annual International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic. Hospitality experts from all across the globe representing 20+ countries gathered for this 3-day event to connect and discuss global trends and the future of our industry.… (more)
Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar Expansion
at Pechanga Resort Casino
September 1, 2022
The Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar expansion is currently underway at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA. Umi means “sea” in Japanese. Recently featured in Indian Gaming magazine, the remodel and expansion of the bar and lounge on the casino floor will provide 17 additional… (more)
Outer Reef Now Open
at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
August 10, 2022
The Outer Reef at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa recently opened in Dana Point, CA. Our design team worked closely with The Kloss Group LLC and the hotel on this renovation project resulting in the creation of a new coastal seafood restaurant and bar… (more)
Audrey Liu Joins Our Team
As Senior Interior Designer in our Long Beach office
August 1, 2022
We’re pleased to welcome Audrey Liu to our team as Senior Interior Designer in our Long Beach office. Audrey brings over 12 years of design experience with a specialization in luxury hospitality and residential projects. Before joining Kollin Altomare, Audrey was Design Principal at Drey… (more)
Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
To debut in the fall of 2022
July 7, 2022
Kollin Altomare is leading this renovation effort, in collaboration with Whitespace Interiors, that will provide a new ultra-luxe boutique lodging experience at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Situated on the property’s west side, the exclusive enclave of 119 villa-style studios and one-bedroom suites will offer 50… (more)
New Team Members
Welcome Madeline & Hudson
June 20, 2022
Our team is growing, and we’re excited to welcome our newest team members who recently joined our Long Beach, CA office: Madeline Edwards, Administrative Specialist, comes to us from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and provides facilities management, client hospitality, and support to our project and… (more)
Frenchman’s Reef Luxury Beachside Resorts Set to Open by Spring, 2023
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
June 15, 2022
Check out the new preview video of Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas. We are honored to be working with Fortress Investment Group and Aimbridge Hospitality to bring this extensive rebuild project to fruition. Aimbridge Hospitality announced that it will open and manage two new luxury… (more)
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort
Guestroom & corridor renovation nearing completion
May 20, 2022
Renovated guestrooms and corridors are nearing completion at the iconic 400-room Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, CA. Many other exciting renovation and expansion plans are in progress, including luxury/presidential suites, public areas, and site amenities and enhancements. It’s been, and… (more)
Palos Verdes Golf Clubhouse Opens
Restaurant and bar renovation completed
May 15, 2022
The Palos Verdes Golf Club restaurant and bar renovation and expansion is complete and now open to members. Kollin Altomare Architects worked in collaboration with Clear on Black – Interiors on this historic golf clubhouse, resulting in a new upscale casual dining space and bar… (more)
HD Expo + Conference 2022
Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas
April 27, 2022
We enjoyed spending the day at the Hospitality Design Expo at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas last week along with 10 of our Long Beach and Chicago staff members. It was great to see the Expo floor packed again with so many people and… (more)
Annual Staff Gathering
for events in Long Beach and Las Vegas
April 26, 2022
It was great to have our Chicago team join us for our annual staff meeting and barbecue before we headed to Las Vegas for the Hospitality Design (HD) Expo. Our Chicago team spent two days in our Long Beach office to attend our annual state-of-the… (more)
Charity Golf Tournament
Long Beach Little League
April 15, 2022
Our team had a blast at the First Annual Long Beach Little League Charity Golf Tournament at SkyLinks Golf Course in Long Beach. As a Gold Glove poker hole sponsor, we were more than happy to help support the League and practice our golf game… (more)
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Weekend celebration 2022
April 10, 2022
We had a great time with everyone who joined us at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. 🏁  This action-packed race weekend event in April provides the perfect setting to spend quality leisure time with some of our clients, project partners, and friends. We kicked-off… (more)
BITAC Luxury Live 2022
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort
March 8, 2022
It was great to see some so many hospitality professionals and discover new products that add to the Luxury Brand experience. BITAC  Luxury Live 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida provided the perfect environment to enjoy a mix of… (more)
New Resort Hotel to Debut in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Revel Coast Resort anticipated to open October 2023
February 16, 2022
We are pleased to be working with Revel Coast Capital on a new resort hotel in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Kollin Altomare is providing architectural and interior design services in collaboration with local architect BIMMX. CREDE Group, headquartered in Irvine, California, is… (more)
Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference
at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
January 26, 2022
Our Michael Kollin and Kate Hartmann attended the Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference (HLDC) on January 26th at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The event included an array of respected speakers from leading brands and studios including: Hilton, Marriott International, Rosewood Hotel Group, Viceroy Hotel… (more)
Steven Harrell Joins Our Team
as Design Lead in our Chicago office
January 3, 2022
We’re pleased to announce Steven Harrell has joined our team as Design Lead in our Chicago office. A licensed architect, Steven brings to the team over 20 years of experience in architectural design and project management, with a focus on hospitality related projects. Steven provides… (more)
Aneta Trebunia Joins Our Team
As Architectural Designer in Chicago
December 10, 2021
Aneta Trebunia joins our team as Architectural Designer in our Chicago office. Passionate about architecture, design, and furniture, Aneta brings to the team exterior and interior design experience as well as virtual staging and rendering skills. Fluent in Polish and English, Aneta received her Bachelor… (more)
Café Americano Completed
at Paris Casino Hotel, Las Vegas
December 8, 2021
We recently completed the renovation of the Café Americano at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Completed in partnership with The Hatch Group, the Parisian style bar overlooks the bustling casino floor and walkways. Twinkling lampposts,… (more)
David Smith and Rudy Calderon Promoted
December 1, 2021
We are pleased to announce the promotions of architectural designers David Smith and Rudy Calderon to Senior Job Captain. Based in our Long Beach office, Rudy joined Kollin Altomare in 2018 as job captain and brings to the team over 12 years of architectural design… (more)
Construction Underway on Palos Verdes Golf Clubhouse
Restaurant and bar renovation
November 19, 2021
Construction is well underway on the Palos Verdes Golf Club renovations to the restaurant and bar. Working in collaboration with Clear on Black – Interiors, the project includes a new upscale casual dining space (Oakley’s), a formal dining room (The Cove), and remodeled foyer/entry hallway.… (more)
EZ Spec Event
San Diego, CA
November 8, 2021
The EzSpec Advisory Board Event was held at Humphreys Half Moon Inn Resort, San Diego. Michael Kollin and Kate Hartmann provided a designer’s perspective for the upcoming launch of EzSpec, which will dramatically streamline the specification process by providing a platform to search, view, design, source and buy… (more)
Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Awards
Kollin Altomare-renovated hotels take two of the Top 15 spots in Los Angeles
October 15, 2021
We're proud to have been involved in the design and renovation of two of the Top 15 Hotels in Los Angeles. Travel+Leisure readers selected the The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills (#6) and the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills (#9)—two of Kollin Altomare's hotel renovation projects—among… (more)
Bob Villanueva and Bryan Pliez Promoted
Long Beach Office
October 8, 2021
We are pleased to announce the promotions of Bob Villanueva to Senior Associate, and Bryan Pliez to Associate. Based in our Long Beach office, Bob joined Kollin Altomare in 2004 as senior project manager and brings to the team over 20 years of architectural design… (more)
Grand Prix of Long Beach
Good times with clients, partners & friends
September 26, 2021
We had a great time with everyone that came out for Saturday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. 🏁 This annual event gives us the opportunity to spend some quality leisure time with our industry partners, family, and friends. The race weekend started out in… (more)
Brian Husting Promoted to Principal & Director of Design
September 17, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Brian Husting has been promoted to Principal & Director of Design. Based in our Long Beach office, Brian joined Kollin Altomare in 2008 as senior architectural designer and brings to the team over 30 years of architectural design and… (more)
Surya Spa Opens
at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel
September 2, 2021
The recently opened 3,100-square-foot Surya Spa at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel is a sight to behold from start to finish. Working with The Kor Group, Kollin Altomare collaborated with celebrated interior designer Kelly Wearstler and internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic doctor, chef, and herbalist Martha Soffer… (more)
Michael Dalezman Promoted to Principal
Kollin Altomare Architects
August 4, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Michael Dalezman has been promoted to Principal of Kollin Altomare Architects. Based in our Chicago office, Michael joined Kollin Altomare in 2017 as senior architectural project manager, and in 2019 was promoted to Managing Director. A licensed architect, he… (more)
Welcome Back to the Team!
Designers Jasmin Esquivel and Linda Perez
July 20, 2021
We’re pleased to welcome back two talented architectural designers to our team: Jasmin Esquivel and Linda Perez. We couldn’t be more excited to announce that with most of our projects now back online—and some new developments on the horizon—we’ve been able to reinstate the majority… (more)
How Wellness Generates Revenue Opportunities in Your Property
Interview with Curry Spa Consulting in Hotel Executive
July 6, 2021
Michael Kollin was recently interviewed in this article on wellness in the hospitality industry that recently appeared in Hotel Executive magazine. Authored by Lynn Curry and Jessica Schorr of Curry Spa Consulting Inc., the article features one of our very special spa projects, the Apuane… (more)
Hotel June, Hospitality Design Award Finalist
In New Brand Launch category
July 1, 2021
Out of nearly 800 submissions, we’re excited to announce that our project, Hotel June, was named a finalist in the New Brand Launch category for the 17th annual Hospitality Design Awards! Congrats to Proper Hospitality, Playa Proper JV, LLC, the June Hotel, and the entire project team on this recognition. Kollin Altomare… (more)
Reed Canova Promoted to Project Designer
Welcome back, Reed!
June 25, 2021
We’re pleased to welcome back Reed Canova to our Long Beach office as Project Designer. Reed recently graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona with a Bachelor of Architecture. He’s been a part of the Kollin Altomare team since 2017 as an architectural intern for three summers.… (more)
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Laguna Niguel
Receives Forbes Travel Guide Star Award
June 1, 2021
We're pleased to announce The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point has received a four-star rating on this year's Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards! This iconic Southern California luxury resort spa, located on the cliffs overlooking Salt Creek Beach, continues to land on Forbes’ annual list of world’s… (more)
Kollin Altomare Welcomes New Director of Interior Design
Kate Hartmann
May 27, 2021
Kollin Altomare welcomes Kate Hartmann to our team as Director of Interior Design.  In her role, she will be leading the efforts to establish and nurture the firm’s Interior Design group and develop long-term relationships. Kate brings to the team over 10 years of hospitality… (more)
Shark Exhibit Unveiled at the Ocean Institute
Sahm Marine Education Center
April 10, 2021
The new $1 million shark exhibit was finally unveiled to the public on April 10, as the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA opened its doors for the first time since March 2020. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of experiences, including the newly renovated… (more)
Palos Verdes Golf Club Kicks Off
Restaurant and bar interior renovation
March 15, 2021
We’re excited to begin working with the Palos Verdes Golf Club on renovations to their restaurant and bar in Palos Verdes Estates, California. The Clubhouse is one of the original structures on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and is designated a Historical Building by the Palos… (more)
Hotel June Receives Hospitality Gold Award
LA Business Journal 2021 Commercial Real Estate Awards
February 24, 2021
We’re pleased to announce Hotel June has received a Hospitality Gold Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal in their 26th annual Commercial Real Estate Awards. Congratulations to Proper Hospitality, The Kor Group, Playa Proper JV, LLC, and entire team. Kollin Altomare was challenged to… (more)
Well & Being Spa Receives Forbes Travel Guide Star Award
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
January 15, 2021
The Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has received a four-star rating on this year's Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards! We had the privilege of working with Trilogy Spa Holdings and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess on their spa renovation that would create… (more)
International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC)
Welcomes Michael Kollin as new member
December 30, 2020
Michael Kollin is honored to be welcomed as a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). Established in 1988 by a small group of leading hospitality consultants, ISHC has become the world's greatest source for hospitality expertise and counsel, represented by over 200… (more)
Construction Underway at Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas
$425 million resort rebuild set to open summer 2023
November 1, 2020
Our project team recently returned from a site visit in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to review the construction progress at the iconic Frenchman's Reef Resort. Kollin Altomare is working with Fortress Investment Group and Aimbridge Hospitality to bring this extensive rebuild project to fruition.… (more)
San Gabriel Plaza Receives Development Approval
Mixed-use condominium and retail
October 28, 2020
The City of San Gabriel Design Review Commission has unanimously approved the design for the development of San Gabriel Plaza – a mixed-use condominium and retail development at 220 South San Gabriel Blvd. Kollin Altomare has completed final revisions to the design concept and entitlement… (more)
Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point Conversion
Rebranding to Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort
September 30, 2020
We're thrilled to begin working with Ohana Real Estate Investors on the iconic Monarch Beach Resort conversion project. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton's iconic luxury hotel brand, recently announced the upcoming debut of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point,… (more)
Behind the Design
New video highlights the people and culture at Kollin Altomare
September 26, 2020
While it’s rewarding for us to showcase our projects, we feel it’s equally important to shine the spotlight on our company’s most important asset—the people behind the projects. After all, it’s their creativity, imagination, and talent that brings our projects to life. We’re excited to… (more)
Summer Soiree
At the Shorebreak Resort
September 24, 2020
Several members of our Long Beach office toasted farewell to summer at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort | Pacific Hideaway in Huntington Beach. Situated at the center of Surf City USA just steps from the sand and pier, this boutique beach resort with its spacious open-air… (more)
Ocean Institute’s Sahm Marine Education Center
Recently completed
August 21, 2020
We recently completed the Ocean Institute's new Sahm Marine Education Center, anticipated to open later this year in Dana Point, CA.  Part of the Institute's shark education program for visiting students and the public, the center will provide engaging educational experiences that promote science, technology,… (more)
Outer Reef Restaurant at Laguna Cliffs Marriott
Sneak peek at renovation nearly complete
July 30, 2020
The new Outer Reef restaurant is set to open soon at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, California. We recently completed a $3+ million renovation of the hotel’s restaurant and bar, renamed Outer Reef, which features a new 1,000-gallon saltwater aquarium… (more)
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Receives Smart Stars Award
As the Best Desert Hotel by Smart Meetings
June 11, 2020
We're pleased to share that the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has received a Smart Stars Award in the category of Best Desert Hotel by Smart Meetings magazine - Reader’s Choice for Brilliant Places. We’re proud to have been involved in the design of this outstanding property.… (more)
Melissa Palomares Promoted to HR & Business Manager
Long Beach Office
May 22, 2020
We're pleased to announce that Melissa Palomares has been promoted to HR & Business Manager. Melissa ("Mel") joined Kollin Altomare in 2005 as office administrator and quickly transitioned into an office manager position before taking on her current role in Human Resources and Business Management.… (more)
The Advancement of Wellness – Spa Concepts of the Future
Mike Dalezman Shares Insights
May 1, 2020
Our Mike Dalezman recently joined fellow hospitality industry experts Stephanie Rest of Caribbean Wellness & Education; Lynn Curry, CMC, ISHC of  Curry Spa Consulting LLC (now Resources For Leisure Assets); and Clark A. Smillie of VITA Planning & Landscape Architecture for an intriguing discussion on the… (more)
Paying It Forward
Sharing the good during the pandemic
April 7, 2020
Did you know that the act of giving can actually boost your immune system? Several members of our staff felt inspired to try to do their part to help others during the pandemic. We wanted to share these Top 20 Acts of Kindness / individual… (more)
Chicago Office Make-Over
Workspace rejuvenation
March 2, 2020
Our Chicago office renovation is now complete. A three-month demolition and remodel of the interior space by our design team allowed us to incorporate many of the same features enjoyed by our Long Beach office. The new and improved space now includes a large open… (more)
Salon Drew LBX Completed
A New-Drew
February 26, 2020
We're excited to announce the completion of our latest project in Long Beach, CA. Salon Drew at the LBX opened its doors in February and looks amazing! Our clients Scott and Michelle Shelton of the D+D Group wanted to create a new boutique salon to… (more)
We Have a New Company Video!
Refreshed for the new decade
January 25, 2020
To kick off the new year and new decade, we’re pleased to announce the release of our new company video—a visual short story about the history of our firm and the people and projects that make it special.  Let us take you on a 4.5-minute… (more)
Sip & Support Event for Live Love Animal Rescue
Holiday Wine Tasting Fundraiser
December 21, 2019
We had a fantastic time hosting this special wine tasting fundraiser event, co-hosted by Mercury Wine Club to support Live Love Animal Rescue (LLAR) of Long Beach and their amazing 🐶 dog rescue efforts. Guests enjoyed tasting a variety of wines from Mercury Wine Club,… (more)
Plans Approved for The Lasky Hotel, Beverly Hills
A new 66-room boutique luxury hotel
November 18, 2019
We received unanimous approval from the City of Beverly Hills last week to move forward with modified plans for the Lasky Hotel, a new 66-room boutique luxury hotel to be located at 140 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. The new four-story hotel to… (more)
Boats n’ Barks Pawty
Live Love Animal Rescue Fundraiser
October 15, 2019
We attended the Boats n’ Barks gala and silent auction at the Boathouse on the Bay in Long Beach - an amazing fundraising event to support Live Love Animal Rescue efforts. Themed “Longing to Belong” the event was sponsored by the Karen T. Hilburn Foundation… (more)
Announcing the Return of the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort & Spa and the Debut of Buoy Haus Beach Resort
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
October 8, 2019
We are pleased to be working with Fortress Investment Group on the highly anticipated return of the Frenchman's Reef, to include two luxury resorts: The Westin Beach Resort & Spa (formerly known as the Frenchman's Reef Marriott Resort & Spa), and a new adjacent resort… (more)
Highlights from the 2019 Lodging Conference
At the Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort, Arizona
September 30, 2019
We enjoyed another year of participation at The Lodging Conference, including sponsorship of this year's golf tournament, held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort in Arizona on September 23-26, 2019. Our Michael Kollin and Michael Dalezman attended this sell-out hotel industry event attended… (more)
Four Seasons Hotel Austin Modernization
Wins 2019 ENR Best Projects Award
September 9, 2019
The Four Seasons Hotel Austin Modernization project has won a 2019 Best Projects Award from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in the Interior/Tenant Improvement category- ENR Texas/Louisiana region. An ENR Best Projects Award is considered one of commercial construction’s most prestigious and coveted honors, selected by juries of… (more)
End of Summer Sail
With BKF Engineers
September 6, 2019
Thanks to our partners at BKF Engineers, several of us enjoyed a Friday afternoon "End of Summer Sail" aboard the “Cest La Vie” a 44-ft Beneteau sailing sloop. It was great to relax on the boat in the beautiful Newport Harbor for a few hours… (more)
Columbia’s First Four-Star Hotel
Hotel Anthem, Tapestry Boutique Brand Receives Zoning Approval
August 20, 2019
The Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals approved plans for a height variance paving the way for Columbia's first four-star hotel in South Carolina. Hotel Anthem, a boutique inspired Hilton Tapestry hotel will be constructed in Columbia's entertainment district of Vista at 800 Gervais Street. In… (more)
Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Los Angeles
Are Boutique Hotels Becoming Mainstream?
August 13, 2019
This annual hospitality event by SCDF (Southern California Development Forum) focused on the increased popularity of the boutique hotel industry – defined as independent, lifestyle and soft-brand collections. We sponsored this breakfast meeting at the City Club Los Angeles on August 13th moderated by Bruce Baltin, managing… (more)
HPS Conference, San Diego
Marriott Bayfront Hotel
August 6, 2019
Michael Kollin spoke on a hospitality design panel at the second annual Hospitality Product Supply (HPS) Conference held at the Marriott Bayfront hotel in San Diego August 6-8. Principal architect Christopher Alex also attended. The HPS Conference & Summit is a unique hospitality supplier trade show and conference… (more)
Michael Dalezman Promoted to Managing Director
Chicago Office
July 3, 2019
We're pleased to announce that Michael Dalezman has been promoted to Managing Director of our Chicago office. Michael joined Kollin Altomare in 2017 as senior project manager and brings to the team more than 15 years of architectural and management experience on a wide range… (more)
Long Beach Office Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Grand Opening Celebration
June 20, 2019
Together with our clients, collaborators, staff and friends, we celebrated the opening of our new corporate office in the Terminal at Douglas Park, just down the street from the Long Beach Airport. The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce was on hand to mark the special occasion… (more)
AIA 2019 Conference on Architecture
Las Vegas Convention Center
"Blueprint for a Better Future"
June 6, 2019
Six members of our firm attended today's AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 in Las Vegas. This year's theme is "Blueprint for a Better Future." Designing a better future means taking on the critical challenges facing cities—and our world—today. Beyond its excess, extremes, and appetite for… (more)
Chair Design Project
Wilson High School Mentor Program
May 21, 2019
Architecture instructor Jeffrey Jackson at Wilson High School in Long Beach presented Kollin Altomare with a Design Linked Learning Partner Award. Over the last several years, Michael Kollin and architectural designer Bryan Pliez have made it a priority to participate in the school's Architecture mentor… (more)
Hospitality Design magazine’s CitySCENE: Chicago
Cabra at The Hoxton, Chicago
May 29, 2019
Several of our Chicago staff members attended Hospitality Design magazine's annual CitySCENE: Chicago on May 29th at Cabra at The Hoxton Chicago. (Pictured from left: Ron Javier, Michael Dalezman, Sarah Clark, David Smith) This networking event provides the perfect atmosphere for us to get out,… (more)
HDexpo 2019 Las Vegas
Hospitality Design Treasures Around Every Corner
May 17, 2019
This year's HDexpo Las Vegas revealed so many eye-popping hospitality design treasures, with "ooh's and ahh's" around every corner. Logging nearly 20,000 steps (8 miles) across the 2-hall expo floor, we managed to just about cover it! Several of our designers attended and received inspiration from… (more)
Fast Cars and Hospitality Industry Professionals Merge
at Track Days - Benefit for Good360
May 5, 2019
What do fast cars and hospitality industry professionals have in common? They were both the center of Track Days 2019, a two-day charity benefit event for Good360 at Pueblo Motorsports Park in Colorado, sponsored by leading hospitality companies. The event is focused on high-performance driving instruction, skill… (more)
HVS Chicago Hotel Investment Summit (CHIS)
Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
April 5, 2019
Michael Dalezman from our Chicago office, and Paul Altomare attended the Chicago Hotel Investment Summit (CHIS) in Chicago on April 5, hosted by The Langham Hospitality Group. The greater Chicago market has experienced a period of economic strength in commercial real estate, evidenced by the… (more)
Kollin Altomare Designer Racing in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
April 12, 2019
Our most recent designer to join our team, Nicolai Elghanayan, will race in the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with the Pirelli GT4 America series April 13-14.  Nicolai invited Michael Kollin to test the track with him on Media Day to experience the… (more)
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Receives Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Five-Star Award
Verified luxury for 19th consecutive year.
April 1, 2019
This luxury boutique hotel continues to exceed expectations as it earns the prestigious Five-Star Hotel Award by Forbes Travel Guide for the 19th consecutive year. Named a five-star award winner by Forbes Travel Guide since 2000, Kollin Altomare’s $20 million renovation helped the Beverly Hills retreat… (more)
BDwest, Boutique Design Trade Fair
Los Angeles Convention Center
March 14, 2019
To help us stay up to date on the latest hospitality design trends, products and technology, several of us attended this two-day conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. BDwest - Boutique Design Trade Fair is the premier trade fair and conference for hospitality design… (more)
GROHE Facility Tour, Germany
“Pure Freude an Wasser”
(“The Joy of Water“)
March 2, 2019
We were invited by GROHE, the leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, to be immersed in the GROHE philosophy of product design and execution. And what better way to understand as a design professional what it takes to develop and stay… (more)
BoConcept’s New SOCO Showroom Celebration
Urban Danish Design Furnishings
February 8, 2019
We were invited to celebrate the opening of BoConcept's new showroom in Costa Mesa, CA at SOCO Collection in Orange County on January 31st. Several of our design staff, (pictured from left): Bryan Pliez, Kira Hutnick, Linda Perez, and Jasmin Esquivel attended the “Galette des… (more)
Rogers Middle School “Jeopardy” Tournament
Supporting the academic competition that celebrates knowledge and learning
January 31, 2019
CLUE: A fast-paced, 3-day academic competition. ANSWER: What is Rogers Middle School’s “Jeopardy!” Tournament? Rogers Middle School students (Mustangs) took a 40-question, fill-the-blanks qualifying test (the JQ). The top 18 scores in each grade (6th through 8th) then moved on to 3-days of preliminaries and… (more)
ALIS Conference 2019
At the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles
January 30, 2019
Michael Kollin and thousands of hotel executives, investors, developers, and hospitality professionals from across the country gathered at the JW Marriott & Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 2019 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) Jan 28-30th. According to James Burba, chair of ALIS and… (more)
Paws for a Cause
Supporting Our Four-Legged Friends
January 9, 2019
As animals are very near and dear to our hearts at Kollin Altomare, we are proud to support a number of pet rescue organizations. As pet parents of seven rescue canines of all sizes, Paul Altomare and his wife Raquel have been leading the effort… (more)
Our New Long Beach Office
Now Open in the Terminal at Douglas Park
February 18, 2019
We're pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Long Beach at the Terminal at Douglas Park, just down the road from the Long Beach Airport. This new facility accommodates our expanding team, clients and projects, and offers a creative office environment focused… (more)
World Architecture Festival, Amsterdam
November 30, 2018
Michael Kollin, Paul Altomare and Christopher Alex attended the 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF) at the RAI in Amsterdam November 28-30. WAF is a three-day event where architects, interior design professionals and the world architecture community meet to celebrate, learn, exchange ideas and be inspired.… (more)
New Look & New Logo – Announcing a Revitalization Project of Our Own
November 20, 2018
Kollin Altomare Architects - Redesigned! We are pleased to announce the completion of our rebranding efforts and launch of our newly renovated website. After 20+ years of renovating hospitality, retail, residential, and mixed-use projects, we felt it was time for a revitalization of our own.… (more)
San Gabriel Plaza Mixed-Use Condos & Retail Set to Rise
November 13, 2018
We recently completed revisions to the initial concept/entitlement package presented to the City of San Gabriel for this mixed-use condominium and retail development at 220 South San Gabriel Blvd. The proposed development for San Gabriel Square, LLC will replace a series of single-story commercial buildings,… (more)
Williamsburg Inn Receives Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Five-Star Award
October 27, 2018
Kollin Altomare’s resort-wide redesign helped the historic Williamsburg Inn in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia earn a Five-Star Award and place on Forbes Travel Guide’s inaugural Verified List of the world’s most luxurious hotels in 2018! Congratulations to The Colonial Williamsburg Company, Geller Investment Company, and special thanks… (more)
HX: The Hotel Experience + BDNY
November 12, 2018
Brian Husting and Ron Javier attended HX 2018 and BDNY held concurrently at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York Nov 11-12. The two day Hotel Experience focused on Future Trends, Technology, and Operational Excellence in Hospitality. Key takeaway's: Future = Environmentally conscious hotels and health care facilities… (more)
BITAC Purchasing and Design West Conference
October 23, 2018
Our Ron Javier, architect and senior project manager, was invited to join an elite group of 50 prestigious decision-makers at this year's BITAC Purchasing & Design West conference at La Quinta Resort – a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Palm Springs, California Oct 21-23, 2018. The event includes 2+ days of… (more)
Kollin Altomare Joins AHLA
October 3, 2018
Kollin Altomare has joined the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) as an allied member. Membership gives us access to AHLA’s information Center with working files on over 1,000 topics related to the hospitality industry, as well as AHLA’s Allied Council where we can identify… (more)
Reimagined Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa Completed
September 5, 2018
The team at Kollin Altomare worked in collaboration with interior design firm, Design Atelier to complete this $25 million renovation project in Dana Point, CA, which included a complete makeover of 378 guestrooms and 15 ocean view suites. Special thanks to our team members: William… (more)
2018 Waterton Annual Leadership Learning Conference
August 21, 2018
As a valued business partner and supplier, Kollin Altomare was invited to participate in Waterton’s Annual Leadership Learning Conference outside Chicago at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Convention Center in Oak Brook, IL held August 21 – 23. Michael Kollin attended the event… (more)
HPS Conference in San Diego
August 10, 2018
Michael Kollin (far right) was a key note speaker on a hospitality design panel at the first annual Hospitality Product Supply (HPS) Conference held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina August 8-10, 2018.  The HPS Conference Summit is a unique supplier trade show and conference providing attendees with… (more)
Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel Grand Opening
March 1, 2018
The staff at Kollin Altomare celebrated the grand opening of the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel on February 22, 2018. The 288-room, five-story art deco hotel and conference center opened to the public on Feb 13th. We worked closely with Pyramid Hotel Group to bring… (more)
Apuane Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Receives Accolades
January 1, 2018
The Apuane Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita was named the Spa of the Week by Elite Traveler magazine, and featured on the Forbes Travel Guide website. The multi-million-dollar renovation at this water-inspired destination spa created 21,500 SF of wellness and relaxation, all… (more)
Making Connections in the Windy City at Local Events
CitySCENE and AIA-Chicago Firm Awards
April 18, 2017
Our Chicago team including Ron Javier, along with our collaborators from Whitespace Interiors, attended Hospitality Design's CitySCENE event at the Boleo Bar and Restaurant at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Our Chicago team is working hard to make their presence known in the local… (more)
KAA Staff Volunteer at Holiday Event for Local Charity
December 19, 2016
‘Tis the season for helping others, and Kollin Altomare Architects staff showed their holiday cheer this month by volunteering with Friends & Helpers, a local nonprofit organization, in El Segundo earlier this month. Friends & Helpers was started in 1992 in Southern California by a… (more)
Design comes to life at Four Seasons Punta Mita
September 17, 2016
The team at Kollin Altomare has been working diligently for some time on a new vision for Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico. The enhancements will bring fresh and innovative spaces to the Resort’s already magical landscape, ideal for beachfront meetings, weddings and private events,… (more)
Make-A-Wish Los Angeles Event
February 2, 2016
As much as we love working on hospitality and commercial projects, it's also very important to us to participate in charitable work that positively impacts our community.  One of our current projects is a collaboration with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles to design a fanciful… (more)