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Rancho Valencia is a luxury resort located in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. U.S. News and World Report ranked it the No. 9 resort in the country this year and it was recently selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest five-star hotels in the world. The resort was originally built in 1989 and has become a Southern California retreat for many. In May of 2010, the resort changed ownership and the decision to embark on a complete renovation began. The owner’s goal is to make this the No. 1 resort in the country.

After an extensive contractor selection process, including weeks of job walks, plan reviews and subcontractor input, Lusardi Construction Company was awarded the project in October of 2011. The project included total renovation of the clubhouse and casitas -- complete interior demolition and new construction with high-end finishes (including French limestone slab and floor tile, encaustic tile at the walls, wood flooring throughout and cedar plank millwork) inside of all 52 casitas. The clubhouse renovation included new exterior finishes, state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, added terraces, new wine room, new restaurant and updated landscaping throughout the 18-acre site.

Throughout the process of construction, there were several challenges presented and Lusardi faced those the same way it does with all of its projects -- with determination and a proactive attitude. Some of these challenges included proximity to neighbors, unusually tight quarters, IT infrastructure, and the distance between each casita renovation. These challenges gave Lusardi the opportunity to show how well they work with quality control and site management.

For many years, Rancho Valencia has brought many people from all over the world to San Diego County. Politicians, artists, athletes and celebrities have all stayed at the world-class resort. This well-deserved rejuvenation of the clubhouse and casitas reminds the world just how special this resort is. The modernization of the public spaces and the upgrade of the private rooms have put Rancho Valencia back on the map and Lusardi is proud to have had a hand in the process.

Learn more about our recent projects at Lusardi.com.

-Submitted by Lusardi Construction Company.

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