Case Study

Bicycle Casino Hotel

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Premium hospitality flooring for a luxurious hotel

RD Olsen Construction selected Spectra Contract Flooring to meet the hospitality flooring needs desired by the new Bicycle Casino Hotel in Los Angeles, California across from the casino. We were hand-selected for the project by the general contractor and owner’s representative, serving not only as the flooring contractor but also as the owner’s trusted advisor.

The demands of the project

The $45 million Bicycle Casino Hotel project called for the new construction of a 7-story hotel with $2.5 million of flooring installed in less than five months — an extremely fast-tracked schedule. With a wide range of facility areas and flooring materials, one-of-a-kind design concepts and logistics challenges, it was one of the most demanding commercial flooring projects we’ve delivered.

The job required some careful planning and coordination, as the designer was located in Canada with another architect in Orange County. Sourcing and shipping many custom materials often presented a challenge to the project. Additional complexities included a high number of change orders, uncommon design concepts that required job-site adjustments to complete and some of the most unique flooring materials that required custom installation technology.

Our flooring solutions and results

Throughout the project, we went above and beyond the role of a typical flooring contractor. We continuously provided value engineering of all flooring products, identifying and implementing solutions that kept the project on track and reduced costs. Due to the logistics challenges in sourcing materials, we leveraged our partnerships in the LA market to procure quality flooring materials at more competitive price points. At each step in the process, we took pride in proactively developing strong project communication with the owner, architect and general contractor. As challenges arose on the project, we worked with all project parties to provide solutions.

One example is that the original design called for guestroom bathrooms that used a combination of stone and tile materials in an expensive and impractical manner. We worked with our on-staff fabricator and developed a solution that achieved the designer’s desired mosaic design and brought it under budget. As the design called for many finishes to seamlessly come together, we carefully oversaw the implementation of polished concrete outside leading to stone in the lobby and eventually to hardwood throughout the interior. Our team used innovative installation techniques, such as our proprietary vertical installation technology (V.I.T.), throughout the project, and we delivered all finishes on time and on budget — despite great challenges. We took a hands-on, proactive approach to quality assurance (QA) and even provided fabrication for some counter and wall finishes to complement the design.

In the end, the hospitality flooring project was completed as planned, and the owner has contracted us to provide commercial flooring for upcoming projects.

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