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Marriott’s Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona

Gull Lake Village, Richland, MI
Gull Lake, located in the quaint, affluent community of Richland, Michigan, wanted to explore the benefits of renovating two existing marinas and creating the vision and architectural design controls for a town center village, so they retained R.A. Yarling and Company. Our team is developing a new marina village master plan for the south end of this exclusive inland lake. The master plan will reflect the rich history of Gull Lake, including redeveloping two marinas and creating a new village comprised of multi-use buildings, among them retail, housing, restaurant, and other commercial opportunities.

As Marriott’s past Director of Hotel Architecture (1986-1991), R.A. Yarling was primarily responsible for design efforts, renovations and additions to the following resort projects:

Marriott’s Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona
When J.W. Marriott wanted to enhance the Camelback Resort by adding a world-class health spa, he employed the best team. Marriott challenged R.A. Yarling’s design and architecture group to develop the world-class spa so that it aesthetically supported the resort’s existing architecture. The $4.6 million, 26,400 square-foot, four-star health spa, positioned at the base of Camelback Mountain overlooking the resort, was designed in an authentic southwestern adobe style reflective of the resort. For the past 27 years, this luxurious resort has received the AAA Five Diamond Award.

Marriott Maui Ocean Club, Maui, Hawaii
When a resort property is renovated, scheduling is everything. That’s why when the Maui Resort, located on Kaanapali Beach, required renovations, R.A. Yarling employed advanced project management processes to minimize impact on day-to-day operations. Using a logic-based, critical path scheduling tool which identified all design, procurement and construction activities and coordinated with the operations schedule of the hotel, Yarling’s team was able to identify critical areas of the project, including scheduling materials to arrive in Maui on time so that guest rooms and suite renovations would remain on schedule. Consensus was required from multiple departments related to major deliverables, so that when furniture, fixtures and Marriott-purchased materials being transported to the island arrived, work could begin immediately. As a result of R.A.Yarling’s diligent planning, the project was completed on time, within budget, and it exceeded the expectations of the hotel property.





“Rick is a consummate professional who consistently interacts with others in the industry to meet pre-defined goals. Whatever the cost, quality, or timing, Rick is able to accommodate, and do what it takes to make sure his clients goals are met.”

Bob Dacey, former Senior Vice President of Design at Marriott International Inc.






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