William R. O’Donnell, PE

Managing Principal


William R. O’Donnell  joined DeSimone in 1990 and is, today, Managing Principal in the Miami office. His extensive experience includes hospitality, gaming, healthcare, transportation renovation, residential and infrastructure.

Mr. O’Donnell recently oversaw the design effort for two new hotels at the Shanghai Disney Theme Park Resort, the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at Surf Club, and a $2 billion expansion of Hard Rock Hollywood Resort & Casino. He also recently completed The Island House adjacent to Lyford Cay in The Bahamas.

Mr. O’Donnell designed Phase III of Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The $600 million phase includes two hotel towers, a large arrival building, a conference center with the largest ballroom in the Caribbean, a new 30,000 square foot spa, and expansions for gaming and nightclub components. Since 1994, the firm has continued to work with property owners Kerzner International on the Atlantis development and more recent properties.

Mr. O’Donnell led the design effort for the Al Ain Wildlife Park Resort & Residences in the United Arab Emirates. The 2,000 acre project includes safari exhibits and a zoo expansion, a 5-star hotel with 200 rooms, a 167-unit residential complex comprised of 44 individual buildings, over 53,000 square feet of retail, and 1,000 private villas. In total, the project measures approximately 5.1 million square feet.

Other Florida and Caribbean resort and hotel projects include the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s Four Seasons Tower, the Epic Residences & Hotel, the Eden Roc Resort Renovation and Expansion, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach Residences, and the Our Lucaya Beach Resort on Grand Bahama Island. Mr. O’Donnell has also directed the Miami office through multiple projects at Universal Studios Orlando including the re-sort infrastructure, the Portofino Bay Hotel, and area development for the Islands of Adventure.

Mr. O’Donnell received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Miami.