BBGM Recent News

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.

MONOGRAM Teams Up to Design the Irvine Spectrum Marriott

An excerpt from the article in Hotel Management Magazine:

R.D. Olson Development is scheduled to open the 271-room, full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott at 7905 Gateway in Irvine, Calif., in summer of 2017.

Located next to the Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum, which opened in 2014 and was developed by R.D. Olson with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Irvine Spectrum Marriott will be the first ground-up construction project with Marriott’s new Millennial-focused design elements. Completing the construction is R.D. Olson Construction, while the project architect is WATG.

Monogram will do the interior architecture for the hotel, and Steven Langford Architects will do the interior architecture and design for the hotel’s restaurant and rooftop terrace.Irvine Spectrum Marriott's design will pay tribute to the local area, in this case the Irvine Ranch. The 15-story, 206,332-square-foot hotel will have 50 suites with kitchens, 121 king beds, and 100 double queen bed configurations. Guestrooms will have views of Saddleback Mountain, Laguna Canyon or Spectrum Center.

Click here to learn more about the project.

Click here to read the full article in Hotel Management.

BBGM Hosts Open House, Reveals New DC Office Space

Last week, BBGM hosted a successful Open House event, joined by past and present clients and consultants to celebrate the momentous occasion. The internationally renowned architecture and interior design firm unveiled their new DC office design to the general public at the event, held on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Despite competing with the regional excitement over the ongoing 2016 ACC Basketball Tournament, the event enjoyed a wonderful turnout of attendees. The BBGM DC office was joined by colleagues from their MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors team, as well as visitors from their Scottsdale design studio. Catered hors d'oeuvres and professional mixologists provided a fantastic blend of sophistication and indulgence. Guests enjoyed the delightful food & beverage selection, while networking with industry peers and touring the all-new BBGM office and design studio. 

Click here to view photography from the event. 

Special thanks to partners Nick Giordano, Bahram Kamali, Bruno Grinwis, Kathryn Mickel, the BBGM and MONOGRAM at BBGM staff, Spielmann Studio, Windows Catering Company, and our wonderful clients and consultants for supporting the event, and helping BBGM celebrate in style!

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Principal Kathryn Mickel Chimes in with Industry Experts on Hotel Security

Principal Kathryn Mickel joins industry experts as they try to weigh the needs for a secure property without turning the building into an unsightly and unwelcoming fortress, as featured in Hotel News Now.  

"Elevators can require keycard access, Mickel said. Without a keycard, those elevators won’t leave the lobby level, which helps protect guests in their rooms. Some card systems even restrict which level the cardholder can access, and hotel employees would have separately coded cards."

Read the full article on HNN's website.

MONOGRAM Redesigns Kansas City Marriott

As featured in boutique DESIGN: "The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel will start a major renovation in January. The hotel's owner, Watermark Capital, has tapped interior design firm MONOGRAM at BBGM to revamp the 295-key property, which designers say will blend a modern aesthetic with locally inspired details." 

Renowned BBGM Joins Forces with MONOGRAM
"We see this merger as an opportunity to expand our bench of passionate architects and designers, allowing us to broaden our reach in a new and innovative way while ensuring our attention to clients remains at the highest level," said Domenic Giordano, Principal of BBGM. "The Principal at MONOGRAM, Kathryn Mickel, is a talented designer, her depth of knowledge as well as unique approach to luxury interiors will be an asset to BBGM as we continue to globally grow our brand." Click the link below to read the full article on AZ Big Media.