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Video: Bloomberg Interviews Euro Capital Founder & Watergate Hotel Owner Jacques Cohen

Following a nine-year hiatus and massive renovation, The Watergate Hotel has reopened and is already turning heads. Bloomberg's latest interview with Euro Capital Properties founder and owner of The Watergate Hotel, Jacques Cohen, dives into the challenges and opportunities of the project.

 

BBGM was the Architect on the project, which entailed a $125M renovation to the property.  Mr. Cohen goes into detail about challenges regarding demolition and expansion of public areas and event spaces.  With spectacular views of the water, the property boasts an impressive rooftop bar and pre-function spaces, in what Mr. Cohen refers to as a much-needed luxury lifestyle hotel for Washington, DC.

 

The top-to-bottom 1960's branding and mid-century modern design further The Watergate Hotel's position as a glamour icon in the hospitality industry. Watch the video for additional details on the building's captivating architectural history, and the unique approach taken to restore the hotel to its full potential.

 

Click here to learn more about BBGM's involvement in the project.

 


Watergate Hotel Featured in Boutique Design

Following a $125M renovation, Washington's Watergate Hotel has reopened, and is nothing short of spectacular. Boutique Design provides the latest coverage on the project, going into detail on the extensive design efforts that restored the famous hotel to its full potential.  BBGM was the Architect on the project, providing mid-century modern details that complement the avante-garde architectural style of the building.

 

An excerpt from the article in Boutique Design:

“The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world,” says Rakel Cohen, senior vice president of design and development, Euro Capital Properties. “We paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation and we're excited to bring our vision to life. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the deep-rooted retro feel to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel's architecture.”



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 10th for Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA


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Media Contact: Ciara Amaral

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ June 10, 2016—MONOGRAM at BBGM, an internationally distinguished interior design firm based in Scottsdale, AZ, with an office in Washington, DC recently announced that there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 5pm at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. The hotel is located at 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA. The opening party will begin at 6:30pm.

MONOGRAM began their designs for the project in 2014 and it involved 241 guestrooms, eight suites and one penthouse suite. The hotel offers several amenities including a spa, two restaurants, and a roof-top pool.

Huntington Beach is an emerging area rich in culture and offers many outdoor activities. The hotel’s owners are hoping that Paséa’s proximity to the pier and Surf City will draw some of the 16 million visitors the area receives each year. The hotel received high praise before it even opened its doors as CNN included it on its list of Best New Coastal Hotels.

“The hotel’s design celebrates the culture and the magnificent views of Huntington Beach,” said Kathryn Mickel, Principal at MONOGRAM. “We wanted to offer luxurious coastal living with clean lines and elegant materials. Our designs incorporate the local area’s charm and were based on our interpretation of a modern California beach house.

Paséa Hotel & Spa is owned by Pacific Hospitality Group and R.D. Olson Development. MONOGRAM worked alongside several designers and architects who worked on various areas of the project.

 

About BBGM

Since 1987, BBGM, an internationally distinguished architecture and interior design firm based in Washington DC, has made a name for itself providing innovative hospitality, residential, and workplace design to its clients worldwide. BBGM’s merger last year with MONOGRAM has deepened the firm’s impact in the luxury hospitality industry, both domestically and internationally. With its location in Scottsdale, Arizona, MONOGRAM delivers to BBGM a tight knit team of seasoned design professionals and a portfolio that ranges from guestrooms at Lansdowne VA, spas in Hawaii and casinos in Aruba, to luxury villas in Dubai.

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CNN Names Paséa Hotel & Spa Among Best New Coastal Hotels

The latest news coverage from CNN Travel revealed the Best New U.S. Coastal Hotels, with the Meritage Collection's newest addition, Paséa Hotel & Spa, making the list.

With an all-custom design by MONOGRAM at BBGM, the new Huntington Beach hotel offers ocean-view accommodations for all 250 guestrooms and suites. A grand opening is planned for early summer 2016, with continued press coverage leading up to the event.

An excerpt from the article on CNN:

"...the latest from Meritage Collection is about blending modern, beachy features with unfussy service.

Expect to see the concierge playing the ukulele in the lobby as you're taken to a cabana for check-in.

Or be taken on a pedicab tour of Huntington Beach Pier before meeting with the hotel's surf butler."

- Chadner Navarro, CNN

 

Click here to read the full list on CNN's website.

Click here to learn more about the MONOGRAM design of the Paséa Hotel & Spa.


BBGM Announces Two Internal Promotions to Principal


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Media Contact: Ciara Amaral

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ciara@verasolve.com 

 

WASHINGTON, DC. May 11, 2016—BBGM, an internationally distinguished architecture and interior design firm based in Washington DC, announced today that two of their Senior Associates, David Delcher and Reade Elliott, will be promoted to Principal.

David Delcher has over 21 years of experience, 20 of which he has spent at BBGM. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Catholic University and is a registered architect in Maryland and California. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC).

Reade Elliott has over 28 years of experience in the industry and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science Advanced Architecture Design degree from Columbia University. He is a registered architect in Virginia and New York, and is a member of the AIA, USGBC and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

“We are thrilled to be promoting David and Reade to principal as we value their tremendous expertise and demonstrated commitment to our clients,” said Domenic Giordano, Principal in Charge at BBGM. “We look forward to their continued leadership in these new roles.” 

Both gentlemen will continue to lead the projects they are working on as they transition into their new positions.

 

About BBGM

Since 1987, BBGM, an internationally distinguished architecture and interior design firm based in Washington DC, has made a name for itself providing innovative hospitality, residential, and workplace design to its clients worldwide. BBGM’s merger last year with MONOGRAM has deepened the firm’s impact in the luxury hospitality industry, both domestically and internationally. With its location in Scottsdale, Arizona, MONOGRAM delivers to BBGM a tight knit team of seasoned design professionals and a portfolio that ranges from guestrooms at Lansdowne VA, spas in Hawaii and casinos in Aruba, to luxury villas in Dubai.

  

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Bisnow Covers DC Wharf, 12 Architects on Board

BBGM is among an all-star team of architecture firms contributing to the redevelopment of the DC Wharf in Southwest DC. The project is the second-biggest mixed-use project in the country, calling on 12 architecture firms to provide innovative designs solutions that capture the vision of PN Hoffman CEO, Monty Hoffman, for a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood.

 

An excerpt from the article:

The Wharf is the center of the DC commercial real estate universe at the moment, by virtue of its location—right on the Washington Channel, a short walk from the National Mall—and its scale as the second-biggest mixed-use project in the country... Hiring 12 architects to design more than a half-dozen buildings at the same time can have some logistical challenges. But PN Hoffman principal Shawn Seaman tells Bisnow the potential headaches were worth the risk, considering the ultimate goal of The Wharf.

- Ethan Rothstein, Bisnow

 

Click here to learn more about BBGM's design of the Wharf InterContinental Hotel.

Click here to read the full article on Bisnow.



BBGM Design Welcomes D.C. Guests to the New Ball Park Hotel


We’re thrilled to announce the recent completion of the Ball Park Hotel (a Hampton Inn and Suites) located at the center of one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods of D.C., The Navy Yard. With close proximity to Nationals Park, the Ball Park Hotel provides guests not only the convenience of staying nearby, but the excitement and entertainment of game days.

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant roof deck and bar overlooking the stadium, as well as a ground floor function room directly across the street from the entrance to the stadium.

The project, led by Principal-in-Charge Domenic Giordano, entailed approximately 97,000 square feet, lasting for two years and reaching completion in January 2016. Keeping the Hampton Inn and Suites brand standards in mind, Mr. Giordano was able to add custom modern flair to the hotel’s design. “The hotel is on a tight, irregular urban site and we chose to employ a ventilated porcelain panel façade with striking coloration to distinguish it from the larger buildings surrounding it,” said Mr. Giordano.

Once an industrial neighborhood, The Navy Yard has transformed itself into the home for many new residents, businesses, and restaurants. Aside from sports and entertainment, the neighborhood offers various transportation points, trails, and parks.

Stay tuned for photography and additional information on the Ball Park Hotel. 


BBGM's Bahram Kamali Lays Out Pros & Cons of Design-Build

BBGM Senior Principal Bahram Kamali offers valuable insights on the pros and cons of design-build project delivery, considered a successful alternative to the traditional method.  

An excerpt from the article, as seen on Hotel News Now:

Design-build is considered to be a successful alternative to the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method. To figure out if this type of construction model is right for your project, all parties involved (owners, designers and contractors) must understand the advantages and disadvantages of the process.

Advantages of design-build delivery
There are many advantages of using design-build construction to carry out a project. For example, because the contractor is involved from the start of the project and the owner has a single entity that is responsible for the work, the designer and the contractor can act as a team and start off with a clear and shared understanding of the project. This can significantly enhance the overall coordination of the project.

Click here to read the full article on Hotel News Now.