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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.

FAMOUS NAMESAKE HOTEL READIES ITSELF FOR MAKE OVER
BBGM was in the news. BBGM, a boutique architectural and interior design firm is the architect for luxury Watergate hotel. BBGM is excited to add another prominent D.C.'s big-name hotel to its portfolio. The firm designed the Mandarin Oriental, renovations at the Sofitel Lafayette Square, W hotel and the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park.

BBG-BBGM is now BBGM
BBG-BBGM of Washington, DC Rebrands - Creating a Simpler Name with the Same Talents Washington, DC - On December 16, 2013, the Washington office of BBG-BBGM announced its new name: BBGM. While retaining top talent and a deep reservoir of rich, diversified experience, the Washington, DC owners consolidated the brand name. Under this simplified name, the company continues to provide renowned expertise in international architecture, interior design and space planning - remaining a premiere and respected firm throughout the world. The New York and Shanghai offices of BBG-BBGM have joined HOK. The Washington, DC office of BBG-BBGM will continue as BBGM.

Marriott to Open DCs Newest and Largest Hotel in Spring 2014, Interiors by BBGM
"The Marriott Marquis Washington will be the largest hotel in DC, connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel will have a massive 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, 105,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meetings space, five dining outlets, a high-tech concierge lounge, and a bi-level health club.