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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.

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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.

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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.

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.