BBGM provided Architectural services for 13 U, JBG Smith’s newest multi-family mixed-use project, located in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC – one of the hottest nightlife areas in the city.
BBGM, in conjunction with David M. Schwarz Architects, stepped up to deliver a high-end product that embodies the essence of U Street. Navigating a challenging process for the approval, design and planning stages, the development team managed to deliver a unique project that maintains the historical integrity of the overall neighborhood.
The high-end residential development offers 129 luxury units in a meticulously detailed brick and cast stone building, paying homage to the area’s rich architectural history with traditional charm. A series of setbacks and projections were created in the building’s façade to effectively break down the overall scale, creating a seamless addition to the U Street Historic District.
In order to attract the building’s target market, all members of the project team were challenged to deliver a residential product that would attract the most sophisticated tenants in an already competitive market. In addition to the task of delivering a successful luxury residential project, the team was also charged with the unique challenge of maintaining operations of retail outfits currently in operation while the building remained under construction.
The project team delivered.
Residents are drawn to a boutique-style living, featuring elegant finishes embraced by warm lighting. The intimate lobby is reminiscent of smaller high-end hotels, while the individual residential units are nothing short of spectacular. With an average unit size over 1,000 square feet and balconies or terraces in 60% of the units, the project team hit the mark for the high-end, sophisticated rental market, while successfully navigating project challenges.
Retail operations were also successfully maintained throughout the duration of the project, with the operating outlet being relocated to a complex throughout construction, and returning to a new turn-key store with upgraded finishes. Over 15,000 square feet of retail space occupies the ground floor, which is already 100% leased.
Residential units are leasing at a break-neck pace, well ahead of initial projections for the building. One of the penthouses has already been leased as well. JBG Smith is managing and leasing the building and has confidence that any decision to sell would beat their own records, and potentially those of the DC market in general.
BBGM was retained to create the new headquarters for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). SRCD planned to relocate its HQ from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Washington, DC in order to recognize efficiencies and achieve closer proximity to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Through the meticulous process of discovery meetings with the executive team and design charrette sessions, the design team came to the conclusion that SRCD’s Workplace Strategy needed to address a wide variety of meeting types and work styles. Inherent in the nature of SRCD’s operations, meetings range from small, casual gatherings to larger scale board meetings which occur throughout the course of the year, in addition to flexible day-to-day workspace requirements.
The traditional reception area was eliminated to create a “living room” space situated adjacent to a large communal kitchen, complete with high-top table. This family-style living room environment became the focus of the space, taking on its own personality as the “village center”. The private offices are also designed to support the public areas, reinforcing the overall living room concept. The space is designed to allow board gatherings and open meetings, as well as small or private get-togethers in a relaxed, hospitality-inspired atmosphere.
Comforting and transparent, the living room and “village center” concept is balanced by modern furnishings to complete the design. Decorative panels and draperies complement the writable walls strategically placed throughout the interiors. Natural light permeates the space, from the private offices to the central lounge and pantry, complementing, reflecting and expanding off of the healthy use of glass in the new SRCD headquarters.
BBGM Workplace teams have worked with numerous companies, associations and government organizations throughout Washington, DC and the surrounding area in creating unique work environments that improve productivity, morale and the bottom line. Their designs are known for incorporating out-of-the-box solutions, drawing on BBGM expertise in the hospitality, residential and mixed use markets in creating unique environments for clients and end users.
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As the U.S. rental market continues to show strength, Building Design+Construction has released its annual Giants 300 report, including the market-specific reports covering top Architecture & Engineering firms within the multifamily sector.
For 40 years, the editors of Building Design+Construction have ranked the nation's largest AEC firms as part of the Giants 300 report. BBGM ranked #83 on the BD+C list of Top Multifamily Architecture Firms.
As a full-service firm with locations in Scottsdale, AZ and Washington, DC, BBGM has been working with developers around the country in the design and development of unique projects and vibrant communities. Within the DMV region, BBGM has a strong reputation for reliable results and consistency in delivering projects on time and within budget.
BBGM has been working with multiple developers in Washington, DC, including several notable projects over the past year. Most recently in the Multifamily Residential sector, BBGM provided Architectural design services for 13|U, a boutique-style luxury living development located in the historic U Street Corridor in Washington, DC.
The firm has also been providing design services on a new residential concept for the 3401 Water Street development being planned for Georgetown. The InterContinental DC Wharf has also been garnering attention, with the property set to open on October 12th. BBGM served as the Architect for the prestigious hotel project on the southwest waterfront in DC.
BBGM and MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM are recognized leaders in their design fields and consistently rank among the top design firms worldwide. From luxury interior design to large-scale urban projects, we design projects that respect and reflect the distinct social, cultural and architectural traditions of their communities. Additionally, BBGM maintains a strong commitment to creating design solutions that are individually tailored to suit the specific criteria for each project.
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The Washington Business Journal walks us through a sneak peek of the renovation and repositioning of the former Savoy Suites, to the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel.
Led by BBGM, the renovation project entails a refresh of the guestrooms and public spaces, including an all-new lobby, restaurant, meeting spaces, and a 200-seat ballroom. As previously covered by Washington Business Journal, the hotel will also be home to one of DC's hottest new rooftop venues.
An excerpt from the Washington Business Journal:
While the renovation of the rooms is complete — the hotel remained open during the revamp — some parts of the property are still a work in progress. The planned restaurant in the hotel, a coastal Italian restaurant from chef Michael Schlow, called Casolare, is set to open in July; and a 200-seat ballroom off the lobby, to be called the Walnut Room, isn’t quite finished yet. A lower-level gym space from Urban Athletic Club is also complete; hotel guests can work out there for free or join one of the classes at a discounted price, and the gym is also open to members from outside the hotel. The hotel is Kimpton’s 10th in the District and the first outside of the traditional urban core or other tourist-heavy neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill.
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(Photo by Marvin Joseph, The Washington Post)
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy Nationals games this postseason, here’s your answer. The Washington Post gives us the story behind one of DC’s most inviting new rooftop bars – Top of the Yard. The new Hampton Inn & Suites, located adjacent to the Nationals Park, comes complete with unobstructed views of the ballfield. BBGM served as Architect for the newly constructed hotel and rooftop bar, which continues to attract baseball lovers and locals with its spectacular views and great atmosphere.
An excerpt from the recent article by Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:
“We want to be a thing that fans come to see, but we also want it to be a fun place in the neighborhood for people to come and hang out,” Wittes said. “That’s really important to us, being part of the neighborhood.”
Central to the neighborhood harmony are the Nationals, and a team spokeswoman said the franchise doesn’t have any qualms with the hotel’s visual access to the field.
“When Nationals Park opened in March of 2008, the hope was that the stadium would spur additional development in the surrounding neighborhood,” Jennifer Giglio, the team’s vice president of communications, said in a statement. “With dozens of new restaurants, retail, apartments, office buildings and hotels, the transformation of the area has been dramatic, and we are thrilled to welcome all of our neighbors.”
The roof was granted a silver LEED certification for its “green space,” features a fire pit and seats 50 people.
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Following its debut, the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach continues to garner press attention. The latest article from Hospitality Design goes into detail on design inspiration for the 250 ocean-view guestrooms and suites. MONOGRAM at BBGM Principal Kathryn Mickel provided additional insights on the essence of the design concepts, capturing the California allure of this newest addition to the Meritage Collection.
An excerpt from the article:
“The hotel’s design celebrates the culture and the magnificent views of Huntington Beach,” says Monogram at BBGM principal Kathryn Mickel. “We wanted to offer luxurious coastal living with clean lines and elegant materials. Our designs incorporate the local area’s charm and were based on our interpretation of a modern California beach house.”
The design includes local artwork, distressed wood finishes, and teak accents. Included among the guestrooms are eight luxury one-bedroom suites and the 1,900-square-foot penthouse suite.
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ June 10, 2016—MONOGRAM at BBGM, an internationally distinguished interior design firm based in Scottsdale, AZ, with an office in Washington, DC recently announced that there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 5pm at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. The hotel is located at 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA. The opening party will begin at 6:30pm.
MONOGRAM began their designs for the project in 2014 and it involved 241 guestrooms, eight suites and one penthouse suite. The hotel offers several amenities including a spa, two restaurants, and a roof-top pool.
Huntington Beach is an emerging area rich in culture and offers many outdoor activities. The hotel’s owners are hoping that Paséa’s proximity to the pier and Surf City will draw some of the 16 million visitors the area receives each year. The hotel received high praise before it even opened its doors as CNN included it on its list of Best New Coastal Hotels.
“The hotel’s design celebrates the culture and the magnificent views of Huntington Beach,” said Kathryn Mickel, Principal at MONOGRAM. “We wanted to offer luxurious coastal living with clean lines and elegant materials. Our designs incorporate the local area’s charm and were based on our interpretation of a modern California beach house.”
Paséa Hotel & Spa is owned by Pacific Hospitality Group and R.D. Olson Development. MONOGRAM worked alongside several designers and architects who worked on various areas of the project.
Since 1987, BBGM, an internationally distinguished architecture and interior design firm based in Washington DC, has made a name for itself providing innovative hospitality, residential, and workplace design to its clients worldwide. BBGM’s merger last year with MONOGRAM has deepened the firm’s impact in the luxury hospitality industry, both domestically and internationally. With its location in Scottsdale, Arizona, MONOGRAM delivers to BBGM a tight knit team of seasoned design professionals and a portfolio that ranges from guestrooms at Lansdowne VA, spas in Hawaii and casinos in Aruba, to luxury villas in Dubai.