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BBGM Ranked Hotel Sector Giant for 2nd Consecutive Year

BBGM made the list of Top Hotel Architecture Firms for the second consecutive year.  As part of the 2017 Building Design+Construction Giants 300 Report, BD+C culled this year's list down to the Top 60 Hotel Architecture Firms.  BBGM ranked #33 on the list of Hotel Sector Giants. 

To those familiar with BBGM’s work, the ranking comes as no great surprise.  BBGM has completed several notable projects over the past year, including the InterContinental DC Wharf, which just celebrated its grand opening, the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, the Hampton Inn Ballpark Hotel, and the dual-branded NoMa Homewood Suites & Hampton Inn – and that’s just in Washington, DC.

In addition to the firm’s strong portfolio of completed and ongoing work in the DC Metro area, BBGM recently announced that design is underway for the Residence Inn Silver Spring, while their MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors team has several exciting projects on the boards.

Stay tuned for further rankings from the Giants 300 Report and the latest news on upcoming projects from BBGM and MONOGRAM.

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BBGM Ranked Top Multifamily Architecture Firm

As the U.S. rental market continues to show strength, Building Design+Construction has released its annual Giants 300 report, including the market-specific reports covering top Architecture & Engineering firms within the multifamily sector.

For 40 years, the editors of Building Design+Construction have ranked the nation's largest AEC firms as part of the Giants 300 report.  BBGM ranked #83 on the BD+C list of Top Multifamily Architecture Firms. 

As a full-service firm with locations in Scottsdale, AZ and Washington, DC, BBGM has been working with developers around the country in the design and development of unique projects and vibrant communities.  Within the DMV region, BBGM has a strong reputation for reliable results and consistency in delivering projects on time and within budget.

BBGM has been working with multiple developers in Washington, DC, including several notable projects over the past year.  Most recently in the Multifamily Residential sector, BBGM provided Architectural design services for 13|U, a boutique-style luxury living development located in the historic U Street Corridor in Washington, DC. 

The firm has also been providing design services on a new residential concept for the 3401 Water Street development being planned for Georgetown.  The InterContinental DC Wharf has also been garnering attention, with the property set to open on October 12th.  BBGM served as the Architect for the prestigious hotel project on the southwest waterfront in DC.

BBGM and MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM are recognized leaders in their design fields and consistently rank among the top design firms worldwide. From luxury interior design to large-scale urban projects, we design projects that respect and reflect the distinct social, cultural and architectural traditions of their communities. Additionally, BBGM maintains a strong commitment to creating design solutions that are individually tailored to suit the specific criteria for each project.

View the full rankings from BD+C.

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Learn more about the InterContinental DC Wharf.

Bahram Kamali Named President of BBGM

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.

Read more about Bahram Kamali

Boutique-Style Living in One of DC’s Hottest Neighborhoods

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.

MONOGRAM Joins NEWH & UMOM to Roll Up the Sleeves

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 on the Boards: Design Sneak Peek

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.

(JW Marriott)


(Rita's Kitchen)


(Omni Hotels & Resorts)


Stay tuned for further releases as these exciting projects come closer to completion.

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BBGM Turns 30, a Look Back

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.  


Honorably Decorated

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:

  • Thailand Best Development, 
  • CNBC International Property Awards 2007
  • Merit Award, Built Category
  • AIA Western Mountain Region 2007
  • Special Award in Preservation
  • Providence Preservation Society
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation
  • 2007 White House Closing the Circle Award
  • Sustainable Design & Construction at the Pentagon
  • 1st Place, Best Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration Project
  • National Capital Chapter of Design-Build Institute of America
  • Best National Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration Project
  • National Design-Build Institute of America National Design-Build Award
  • Project of the Year Award, 
  • ABC Chesapeake Chapter
  • Excellence in Construction Award (Best Development Project), 
  • ABC Chesapeake Chapter
  • Award for Excellence – Best Mid-Atlantic Adaptive Reuse Condominium Community
  • Delta Associates
  • 2007 Outstanding Project Award
  • Greater New York Construction User Council
  • Pillar of New York Award
  • Preservation League of New York State


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.

Hyatt House Virginia Beach Designed by BBGM Now Open

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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