When the doors first open in July, Redlands will be the only city in Southern California to have a Woodsprings Suites hotel exclusively for extended-stay visitors.
Located at 1700 Orange Tree Lane near the Alabama Street exit of Interstate 10, the four-story hotel will have 122 suites and 149 paved parking spaces.
Buffalo Construction Inc., a national contractor with headquarters in Louisville, Ky., is the building contractor for this project. Project Manager Terry Gabor described the architecture as “specifically designed in Southwestern style, with tile roof and stucco walls, to complement the locale and atmosphere of Redlands.”
Terry McCraw, superintendent of construction, explained that Wood Spring Suites offers extended stay of a night, a week, four weeks or longer to guests. Reasons for extended stay may include, study or lecturing at universities or hospitals, to teach or practice or for seasonal employment at large business centers.
“Whatever their purpose”, he said, “they can enjoy a large fitness room among other amenities for their comfort and convenience. Included in each suite is Wi-Fi, a kitchen with full-size refrigerator and freezer, two-burner stove top, microwave, a flat panel TV, large work desk, work space and extra space for personal belongings. This hotel will also be pet friendly and smoke-free.
Gabor and McCraw spoke of their enjoyment of Redlands, the climate and the people. They expressed pride in building hotels in many different states, finding Redlands city employees pleasant and easy to work with, making them feel like special guests. All of the materials and supplies for construction of the hotel were made in the U.S. and all of their minor supplies were purchased, as needed from vendor partners in Redlands.
At the end of the workday, before each truck left the muddy grounds of the construction site was washed off before traveling the streets of Redlands.