BBGM Recent News

BBGM in the News: Phoenix Business Journal
Washington-based design firm BBGM has announced that it will merge with Phoenix luxury hospitality design firm Monogram. BBGM has operated since 1987, creating hospitality spots worldwide as well as in the District of Columbia, such as the Watergate, Mandarin Oriental, W Hotel and Graham Hotel. The merged entity, called MONOGRAM at BBGM, represents the first time BBGM has expanded its operations to the Western U.S. MONOGRAM has created luxury resorts throughout the world in places like Hawaii, Aruba and Dubai. BBGM Principal Domenic Giordano specifically pointed out Monogram principal Kathryn Mickel as one of the perks of the merger. "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. Click the link below to read the full article on PBJ's website.

BBGM in Hotel Business Design
BBGM Principals Domenic Giordano, Bahram Kamali and Bruno Grinwis are featured in an article in "Hotel Business Design". The article focuses on the firm's boutique size and its ability to attract intriguing projects, both large and small. The group also discusses their tight-knit work environment and how it enables the three leaders to practice a less structured approach to management. Click on the PDF link below to view the entire article.

BBGM in Hospitality Design
BBGM's Graham Hotel in Washington, D.C., is the focus of an article in Hospitality Design. Located on a quiet side street in the heart of Georgetown, the Graham Hotel is polished to perfection. Just minutes from the waterfront and walking distance to upscale shops and restaurants, the Graham Hotel offers an elite yet funky atmosphere to guests of this historic Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Click on the PDF link below to view the entire article.

BBGM in the News
At the Industrial Asset Management Council Conference, BBGM Director Al Gooden discussed how "alternative workplace strategies" impact real estate choices and the company's bottom line. According to Gooden, Facilities Managers need to carefully consider more than just reducing square footage when making workplace decisions because "One-Size-DOES-NOT-Fit All". The assumption that instant creativity "flows" when employees spontaneously collaborate might be true, but noise concerns and the ability to have quiet, focused work areas are key in the workplace design as well. The Workspace has to function for the task of the occupant; these are not just square footage decisions but people decisions. But it's not just physical space. Giving employees the proper tools and training, plus providing ongoing communication are all critical components of a successful telework program. To view the presentation, please click the PDF below.

BBGM in the News: A Closer Look at BBGM Projects
The following article, "From the Watergate Hotel to Reston Executive Center, a closer look at BBGM projects" was featured in tandem with a separate article appearing in the March 14 edition of the Washington Post. This story provides a glimpse of some of the hidden challenges associated with three major renovation projects: The Watergate Hotel, The Graham Hotel and the Reston Executive Center. To view the full article, please click on the "Web" link below.

BBGM in the News: Business is Booming
BBGM Principals Domenic Giordano, Bahram Kamali and Bruno Grinwis recently sat down with Abha Bhattarai from the Washington Post to discuss the challenges of some of their projects, the current trends in the hospitality and commercial industries and how they have continued to flourish year after year despite the ups and downs of the stock market. Please take a moment to click on the "Web" link below to read the entire story: "From the W Hotel to the Marriott Marquis, local design firm says business is brisk".

BBGM announces Promotions
Architecture and interior design firm BBGM has announced two promotions that recognize outstanding contribution, client service, and dedication to the firm. Tais S. Xavier and Cara Paglia are named associates. Tais S. Xavier is a registered architect and LEED AP. She holds an architecture degree and Urbanism from University of Brasilia. Cara Paglia is LEED AP and is registered interior designer in Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia. She holds a Bachelor degree in Interior Design from Mercyhurst University.

BBGM in Work Design Magazine
BBGM Director, Al Gooden, published an article in Work Design Magazine titled "The Urban Suburban". In the article, Gooden describes the trend of commercial office tenants leaving the city for more affordable office spaces. As property managers in the city work to lure tenants back, an increasing number of suburban landlords are being forced to renovate their office buildings into sleek, contemporary spaces, in order to compete with their urban counterparts. The article features two projects by BBGM - McLean Plaza and Reston Executive Center. Click on the PDF link below to view the entire article.