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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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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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 hitting industry rankings in full force. Based out of Washington, DC, the internationally renowned Architecture & Interior Design firm has undergone an impressive transformation over the past couple of years, including a merge with MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The merger has strengthened the firm’s offering for their hospitality clientele, yielding the highest quality in turnkey design services and providing convenience for clients on both coasts in the US.
BBGM ranked #95 on Building Design + Construction’s Top 100 Architecture Firms List. As part of the annual BD+C Giants 300 Report, this “Top 100” list provides a comprehensive look at the upper echelon of the US Architectural Design industry.
Cracking the Top 30% of firms ranked, BBGM is proud to stand among giants. With a staff of less than 50, BBGM has taken on major projects over the past few years that many view as impressive feats for a boutique firm.
Recent projects include the $125M renovation of the Watergate Hotel, new construction of the InterContinental DC Wharf, and the renovation and conversion of the Kimpton Glover Park. Not to be outdone, their counterparts of MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors have been hard at work, with recent projects in the limelight that include the newly constructed Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, and the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia.
Stay tuned for additional rankings updates as they are released by Building Design & Construction.
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HotelNewsNow recently published an op-ed piece by BBGM President and Senior Principal Nick Giordano. Mr. Giordano covers an element that is often passed over in the race for modern offerings and latest trends – families.
While many reading this article may occasionally travel on business, there is no doubt that a large portion of readers can also relate to the importance of hotel selection for a family getaway. Mr. Giordano makes the case for select-service, and why it can be a strong fit for families looking to travel.
Select-service hotels have become very popular and are now located throughout most urban areas to meet short- and extended-stay business travel. Although they’re focused on business travelers, select-service hotels can offer a great stay for families, too.
Select-service hotels can be a great choice for family vacations for many of the same reasons they work for the business travel. Not every family vacation needs to be at a resort destination with water parks, beaches or snow skiing.
Urban destinations offer a different experience from typical destination resorts, such as unique art and entertainment experiences, not to mention great food and beverage options and the pleasure of simply enjoying the culture of a particular city. Unlike a resort destination where the hotel is the focus, in an urban excursion the city is the attraction. The hotel becomes a place to sleep and unwind from a busy day out, not the destination.
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