BBGM is proud to announce that Bahram Kamali has been appointed by its board of directors to serve as the firm’s new president. With the announcement of the board’s unanimous decision, BBGM further positions itself as an industry leader for years to come. As President, Kamali will be responsible for the firm’s overall operations, providing executive leadership and strategic guidance for initiatives in all offices.
Mr. Kamali is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered in numerous states and territories. As a published Architect and McGill University alumnus with teaching experience, Kamali offers a wealth of knowledge to complement his extensive experience in the design and construction industry, solidifying the trust and confidence of clients around the globe.
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BBGM provided Architectural services for 13 U, JBG Smith’s newest multi-family mixed-use project, located in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC – one of the hottest nightlife areas in the city.
BBGM, in conjunction with David M. Schwarz Architects, stepped up to deliver a high-end product that embodies the essence of U Street. Navigating a challenging process for the approval, design and planning stages, the development team managed to deliver a unique project that maintains the historical integrity of the overall neighborhood.
The high-end residential development offers 129 luxury units in a meticulously detailed brick and cast stone building, paying homage to the area’s rich architectural history with traditional charm. A series of setbacks and projections were created in the building’s façade to effectively break down the overall scale, creating a seamless addition to the U Street Historic District.
In order to attract the building’s target market, all members of the project team were challenged to deliver a residential product that would attract the most sophisticated tenants in an already competitive market. In addition to the task of delivering a successful luxury residential project, the team was also charged with the unique challenge of maintaining operations of retail outfits currently in operation while the building remained under construction.
The project team delivered.
Residents are drawn to a boutique-style living, featuring elegant finishes embraced by warm lighting. The intimate lobby is reminiscent of smaller high-end hotels, while the individual residential units are nothing short of spectacular. With an average unit size over 1,000 square feet and balconies or terraces in 60% of the units, the project team hit the mark for the high-end, sophisticated rental market, while successfully navigating project challenges.
Retail operations were also successfully maintained throughout the duration of the project, with the operating outlet being relocated to a complex throughout construction, and returning to a new turn-key store with upgraded finishes. Over 15,000 square feet of retail space occupies the ground floor, which is already 100% leased.
Residential units are leasing at a break-neck pace, well ahead of initial projections for the building. One of the penthouses has already been leased as well. JBG Smith is managing and leasing the building and has confidence that any decision to sell would beat their own records, and potentially those of the DC market in general.
NEWH recently partnered with UMOM to roll up the sleeves for a fun day of service. MONOGRAM at BBGM designers Jennifer Bals and Krystal Cooper joined the effort with NEWH, UMOM and other volunteers in gathering supplies for UMOM New Day Center in Phoenix.
Volunteers participated in gathering and organizing the donation wish list for the UMOM New Day Center, including clothing, kitchenware and food supplies. The group of volunteers rallied for a successful day of service, supporting UMOM’s mission to prevent and end homelessness.
UMOM also offers a great child reading program that involves volunteers reading together with children. Volunteers were able to support this UMOM initiative through the sorting of books according to reading level.
To wrap up the day, volunteers were taken on a tour the UMOM facility to learn about the many ways UMOM assists families. Volunteers explored the various amenities offered by the organization, which include a cafeteria, chapel, a playground, and even basketball courts!
Kudos to NEWH, UMOM and all volunteers involved in supporting a wonderful cause! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event!
About UMOM New Day Center
UMOM New Day Center’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual. Currently serving 147 families at the main campus, UMOM operates 380 affordable housing units throughout the valley in Phoenix.
MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM serves as a go-to resource for clients when it comes to renovations. Breathing new life into a hotel property can be tricky business, but the MONOGRAM team specializes in navigating these waters to deliver a successful project for clients and memorable experiences for guests.
We’ve pulled together a few sneak-peek snapshots to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the MONOGRAM designs that are currently under way. Projects currently in design phases include branded properties such as Marriott, Omni, and Kimpton as well as several independent hotels.
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Stay tuned for further releases as these exciting projects come closer to completion.
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Our 30th Anniversary
In honor of BBGM's 30th anniversary, we'll be digging through the archives, pulling out all the gems, throwbacks and achievements we can get our hands on. For this first installment, a brief look at the rise of BBGM.
In our latest 30th Anniversary highlight, we're turning the clock back - 10 years to be precise.
2007 marked an interesting time for BBGM, and the world at large. Just prior to the 2008 recession, business was booming. BBGM was a well-established leader in the Architecture & Design industry by this time, with a strong foothold in the hospitality industry.
Although BBGM is widely known as a leader in hospitality design, the firm's repertoire also carries a wide array of projects for federal, state and local government entities. By 2007, BBGM had amassed an impressive list of high-profile projects in the DMV region, with projects ranging from Quantico to the Pentagon. Notable projects that received BBGM design services in 2007 included the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia, the Pentagon Library & Conference Center, several structures at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, the Aircraft Research Support Facility in Patuxent River and the National Maritime Technology Information Center in Bethesda, to name a few.
In addition to completing notable projects in this timeframe, BBGM designs garnered no less than a dozen awards – in a single year – with merits from multiple organizations in several sectors. BBGM industry rankings and awards came in from around the world, recognizing both new construction and rehabilitation projects, including the following honors:
We take great pride in these accomplishments, and in providing services to those organizations that support our great nation. If the first few months are any indication, we believe that 2017 will be a stellar year, for BBGM, our associates and the industry as a whole.
Until next time, here’s to another successful decade of exploring, innovating, creating and growing.
The Hyatt House Hotel in Virginia Beach, designed by BBGM Architects & Interiors, is now open.
BBGM was the Architect and Interior Designer for the newest Hyatt House Hotel located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The newly constructed building consists of nineteen stories, an extended-stay hotel right on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. The hotel offers 156 extended-stay guestrooms, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, flexible meeting spaces, and dining facilities. The project entailed a custom design for its prime beachfront location. One of the unique design features focuses on the location of the bar, which has a vertically operable exterior glazing, creating a flexible space that opens up to become accessible directly from the boardwalk.
“The project has been very challenging since its frontage to the beach was narrow and the client requested a design that would offer ocean views from all guestrooms,” said Bahram Kamali, AIA, Principal-in-Charge of the project. “BBGM’s design solution delivered direct ocean views to all of the guestrooms while incorporating custom design elements to meet the client’s desired ambiance.”
27th Street Hotel Associates LLC as the owner and AHP Construction, LLC as the general contractor / design-builder worked with BBGM Architects & Interiors in creating this unique destination hotel that provides a fresh extended-stay option along the Virginia Beach shoreline.
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It’s common for most of us in the design arena to receive follow-ups, recaps, and highlights from many of the vendors we come across during the major conferences throughout the year. We thought it might be interesting, or even helpful for some of our wonderful vendors, to hear some feedback from our MONOGRAM team who attended this year’s HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If one thing is for sure, vendors who exhibited at this year’s HD Expo brought their ‘A’ game. From furniture to fabrics, everyone came to play. There was no reservation when it came to making bold statements through color and the use of unique fabrics. We caught up with MONOGRAM Senior Interior Designer Heather Chilton, who attended the conference. “This was the first time I had attended HD in quite some time, and I was not disappointed,” said Chilton. “The market is strong, and you could feel the positive energy amongst the vendors and exhibitors. The ability to see new product and build stronger or even new relationships made the trip all worthwhile.”
HD is known for bringing a wide variety when it comes to the types and styles of furniture and manufacturers throughout the expo. This year’s outdoor furniture displays can be summed up in a single word: strong.
Chilton elaborated, “Compared to previous years, I feel as though outdoor areas are finally getting the notability they deserve. It’s no longer your basic teak or aluminum frames. Outdoor areas are environments of their own and this year vendors really went beyond the boundaries to provide iconic, flexible and comfortable pieces that are suitable for a wide range of styles.”
Vendors brought unique materials to the table, making the fresh looks more resilient than ever. Take it from us in Phoenix, the outdoor furniture is no place to skimp on the design – and with the selection presented this year, that shouldn’t be a problem.
With the constant stream of technology announcements in today’s digital world, it’s easy to miss tech updates that impact manufacturing, durability, and implementation of common décor elements. Carpet is a big-ticket item specified on a majority of hospitality design projects, and its importance cannot be understated. This year’s presentation of carpet solutions met the challenge head-on, delivering carpeting options that capitalized on impressive advances in production technology, translating to a strong selection for designers to choose from.
“I feel as though the colors and saturations presented this year, from woven carpets to prints, departed from stark trends that have become stale in multiple markets,” Chilton stated. “With the expansion of capabilities in designing a carpet, manufacturers have given designers the gift of endless possibilities. Our designers can more easily adapt to the level of imagination appropriate when developing schemes, from printing a portrait directly onto carpet, to creating a handwoven forest with tufted rugs.”
Reality in Design
As many in the A/E/C industry have been anticipating, the use of Virtual Reality in the design process is taking hold. This was abundantly clear at this year’s HD Expo, with a number of vendors exhibiting VR solutions that would allow for designing, decorating and touring all within the virtual environment.
The ability to design, select products and even print a copy of the VR experience was particularly notable. 360 cameras have also come into their own, particularly as prices become more affordable on base models for this solution. That being said, there is no rival to the immersive experience of VR, especially when conveying a design concept to a client or potential guest.
At the end of the day, feedback from this year’s HD Expo has been positive all around. A strong showing from vendors makes for a great year ahead, full of exciting projects. We look forward to continued advances in our industry, and seeing everyone in 2018!
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The 14-story Residence Inn hotel building designed by BBGM Architects is scheduled to be built at 8600 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland, as reported by the Washington Business Journal. With 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a rooftop terrace, the extended stay property will serve business travel and weekend demand. The design of the building is based on the history of Sliver Spring.
In 1840, Francis Preston Blair discovered a spring flowing with chips of mica. The transformation of rock by water flow created dynamic shapes out of a very static element. This natural effect gave way to the birth of Silver Spring, an ever transforming community itself. The design of the hotel building uses this story as its inspiration.
An excerpt from the Washington Business Journal:
“That location is not really good for office or apartments,” he told the WBJ. “It’s a good hotel site on a prominent corner in the middle of downtown Silver Spring.”
The group is working with BBGM Architects and Studio Partnership interiors. The property will include 5,000 square feet of meeting space, underground parking for 28 cars and a rooftop deck, Eden said. It will also have about 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The Residence Inn Silver Spring will be managed by Marriott International with delivery scheduled for 2020.
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