Photos by Don Riddle Photography

Shawmut has completed the first phase of its extensive work at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. The multi-phase project, set for completion in early 2020, includes a complete transformation of the 11-acre urban retreat.

In just over three months, Shawmut, in partnership with Brooks + Scarpa Architects, EDG, and BAMO, finalized phase one of the project which included a complete remodel of the hotel’s four restaurants – Coin & Candor, Onyx, Avalon (formerly The Library) and Prosperous Penny. Coin & Candor, a new restaurant for the hotel, was the main highlight of the team’s project and features an all-new island bar, charcuterie bar, dining space, wine storage room, exterior patio dining, and entry lounge.

“We’re proud to partner with the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on their exciting campus-wide remodel, leveraging the team’s extensive experience to work seamlessly and safely within the fully operational hotel” said Greg Skalaski, vice president of Shawmut West. “Our extensive experience, top-of-the-line technology, and deep bench of talented builders in the Los Angeles area made us the perfect fit for this project.”

Inspired by the tranquil elements of Southern California’s coast and the classic era of Old Hollywood glam, the Shawmut team made significant updates to the hotel’s key dining establishments. Feature elements of Coin & Candor include a 60-foot rectangular wine storage room with three stunning floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The wine room includes a shelf system for wine bottle display and acts as a partition between the entry and 220-square-foot private dining area. Design features include stone bar tops, intricate millwork in the booths, and mosaic-style tile installed on the half-circle patio terrace, which overlooks the garden and waterfall feature. In addition, the team updated the hotel’s existing three restaurants with new elements as well as general floor, ceiling and wall finishes. Highlights include a new sushi bar in Onyx, a new millwork island and refreshed back of house service station at Avalon, and new front and back bar at Prosperous Penny.

Shawmut expertly collaborated with the hotel operations team to navigate a fully functioning hotel. They coordinated extensively on logistics to ensure that meetings, banquettes, and hotel guests were not disturbed. Throughout the construction process, the team was used radar and X-ray technologies to check for thickness and embedded obstacles such as multiple layers of two-way rebar, numerous existing metal conduit runs, and tension rods all within the existing slab—more than 18 inches thick in many places.

The completion of phase one also marks the kick-off of two simultaneous projects that will further transform the resort. Shawmut is set to begin work on the hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces before moving on to update the spa and pool areas of the hotel. The entire program features updates to more than 260 guest rooms, the existing outdoor pool, spa, ballrooms, and meeting spaces. The team will also install a new outdoor area with a 5,200-square-foot pool, 530-square-foot splash pad, multiple Jacuzzis, a FlowRider surfing machine and ground-up restaurant and bar pavilion.