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
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MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM serves as a go-to resource for clients when it comes to renovations. Breathing new life into a hotel property can be tricky business, but the MONOGRAM team specializes in navigating these waters to deliver a successful project for clients and memorable experiences for guests.
We’ve pulled together a few sneak-peek snapshots to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the MONOGRAM designs that are currently under way. Projects currently in design phases include branded properties such as Marriott, Omni, and Kimpton as well as several independent hotels.
(Omni Hotels & Resorts)
Stay tuned for further releases as these exciting projects come closer to completion.
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BBGM is serving as Architect for a development being planned by IBG Partners and Wilco Residential which would bring 54 new condominiums to Georgetown. The project is in early planning stages, proposing a partial demolition of the existing two-story warehouses, with plans to restore the building’s shell and add additional levels.
An excerpt from Urban Turf:
The two-story warehouses on the 20,320 square-foot site would be partially demolished, with most of the exterior shell restored and an additional four stories plus penthouse built atop. Plans call for a 60 foot-tall building with 54 residences, comprised of two bedrooms and one bedroom- and two bedroom-plus-dens, ranging in size from 958 to 2,063 square feet. The design for the building looks similar to 3303 Water Street NW, a luxury residential building just down the block.
There would be one level of underground parking with 34 spaces accessible from Water Street; two vehicle elevators will transport residents to and from the garage entrance. An entry terrace and lobby will be accessible on 34th Street, which will be the second floor of the building based on the varying street elevation. The roof deck will have deck and green roof areas, along with both a swimming pool and a soaking pool.
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Press coverage of the historic Watergate Hotel renovation continues with the latest feature from Hotel Management. Following the property’s acquisition by Euro Capital and $125 million renovation, the rejuvenated hotel is ready for prime time.
BBGM was the architect for the project, and teamed with other firms for design of select interior spaces. The revitalized hotel will offer guests unique options for R&R, while still appealing largely to the affluent and business crowds.
An excerpt from the article in Hotel Management:
The property now has 336 guestrooms, half of them elevated with balconies with views of the city as well as the Potomac River. The floor-to-ceiling Zebrano marble bathrooms have solid granite vanities. Six Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites, and two Presidential Suites are also available.
For dining, the property has onsite dining options including the contemporary Kingbird restaurant, a dual-concept American-French venue with patio seating; the lobby’s Next Whisky Bar, framed by a wall of sculpted whisky bottles highlighted by bronze light; and the Top of the Gate rooftop lounge.
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The Hyatt House Hotel in Virginia Beach, designed by BBGM Architects & Interiors, is now open.
BBGM was the Architect and Interior Designer for the newest Hyatt House Hotel located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The newly constructed building consists of nineteen stories, an extended-stay hotel right on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. The hotel offers 156 extended-stay guestrooms, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, flexible meeting spaces, and dining facilities. The project entailed a custom design for its prime beachfront location. One of the unique design features focuses on the location of the bar, which has a vertically operable exterior glazing, creating a flexible space that opens up to become accessible directly from the boardwalk.
“The project has been very challenging since its frontage to the beach was narrow and the client requested a design that would offer ocean views from all guestrooms,” said Bahram Kamali, AIA, Principal-in-Charge of the project. “BBGM’s design solution delivered direct ocean views to all of the guestrooms while incorporating custom design elements to meet the client’s desired ambiance.”
27th Street Hotel Associates LLC as the owner and AHP Construction, LLC as the general contractor / design-builder worked with BBGM Architects & Interiors in creating this unique destination hotel that provides a fresh extended-stay option along the Virginia Beach shoreline.
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Senior Designer Israel Olmos is the most recent featured designer on Design Manifestos. This interview with Modelo grants readers a personal perspective on his journey through the profession, sources of continued inspiration and predictions for the future of architecture.
An excerpt from Design Manifestos:
On becoming an architect
The truth is that I became an architect by accident. I started a business right after finishing high school, which I ran with my brother for ten years. Life circumstances took me back to school, and when it was time to pick a major, I chose architecture because I had some regular clients in my used car dealership that were architects. They would receive cars as payments and then would sell them to me for an excellent price. So I saw Architecture as a way to expand my business, little did I know that I would fall in love with design and architecture. I have not looked back since.
On discovering his voice as a designer
I believe any architectural designer could never forget the first presentation they give directly to a client. Seeing a group of people paying close attention to what are you saying, understanding, and appreciating the work that you and your team put so much effort into is extremely memorable. At that moment I realized the kind of responsibility we as designers have to create meaningful projects that, in one way or another would change people's lives. Since design is so subjective, it's hard to pick somebody specific that influenced me as a designer. I am convinced that I have learned something from every single person I worked with in multiple projects. This includes, of course, junior staff that remind you of those big dreams that you had when you first finished school.
Israel Olmos is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as an Associate and Senior Designer with BBGM. His work on major projects around the world has been recognized by the design community and industry publications alike. His recent work includes the new InterContinental DC Wharf, historic renovation of the W Hotel DC and the recently completed DC Ball Park Hotel.
BBGM is proud to announce that Bahram Kamali has been appointed by its board of directors to serve as the firm’s new president. With the announcement of the board’s unanimous decision, BBGM further positions itself as an industry leader for years to come. As President, Kamali will be responsible for the firm’s overall operations, providing executive leadership and strategic guidance for initiatives in all offices.
Mr. Kamali is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered in numerous states and territories. As a published Architect and McGill University alumnus with teaching experience, Kamali offers a wealth of knowledge to complement his extensive experience in the design and construction industry, solidifying the trust and confidence of clients around the globe.
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