William R. O’Donnell is the Managing Principal for our San Francisco office. Mr. O’Donnell joined the firm in 1990. His extensive experience includes hotel, resorts, healthcare, airports, large-scale renovations, high-rise residential and infrastructure.
Mr. O’Donnell is leading the design effort for a $300 million expansion of the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in San Jose. When complete, Valley Fair will have been transformed from a regional mall into a lifestyle center with much expanded retail, restaurant, outdoor function space, and parking. He is designing the AC Hotel in South San Francisco and the Hyatt Village Hotel in Mountain View. He is also designing a $8 billion residential community for Saudi Aramco in South Dhahran. The project includes over 8,000 residences in single and multi-family buildings, mosques, schools, recreation centers, police and fire stations, and other municipal buildings.
Mr. O’Donnell recently completed the design of two Disney hotels supporting their new Shanghai Theme Park. Details are withheld at the request of Disney. He is currently designing a Ritz-Carlton Reserve on Pearl Island in Panama, an expansion to the One & Only Resort on Paradise Island, and the Honeycomb Residences at Albany in The Bahamas. He recently completed Island House, a boutique hotel adjacent to Lyford Cay in The Bahamas. Previous California projects include The Four Seasons Tower, Yerba Buena, and the Disney Animation Studio. Other resort and hotel projects include Atlantis Paradise Island, Hard Rock hotels in Hollywood, Tampa, and Daytona Beach, the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key, the Four Seasons Tower on Brickell Avenue, the One & Only on Paradise Island, the Kimpton Hotel at Epic, Rock Resorts at the Marquis, 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 received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami and continued on to a Master’s Degree program focused on Structural Engineering.