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Hyatt House Virginia Beach Designed by BBGM Now Open

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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SRCD Gets New Home, Living Room and Kitchen Included

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.


Stay tuned for additional SRCD photography and project insights.


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BBGM Makes BD+C List of Hotel Sector Giants

As reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report by Building Design + Construction, BBGM ranked #29 on the list of Hotel Sector Giants. Rounding out a trifecta of strong rankings, BBGM reinforces its longevity and status as a major player in the hospitality industry with this latest rankings update. 

Touting major projects such as the $125M renovation of the Watergate Hotel, new construction of the Paséa Hotel & Spa and ongoing construction of the InterContinental DC Wharf, BBGM and MONOGRAM at BBGM continue to offer clients design solutions that complement the social, cultural and architectural traditions of the communities they serve.

BBGM was also named one of BD+C’s Top 100 Architecture Firms and Top Green Building Architecture Firms. BBGM and MONOGRAM at BBGM consistently rank among top design firms worldwide.


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BBGM Ranked Top Green Building Architecture Firm

Exhibiting a strong resurgence into the BD+C Giants 300 Report, BBGM has been ranked as one of the Top Green Building Architecture Firms in the country.

BBGM ranked #95 on Building Design + Construction’s list of Top 100 Architecture Firms, and #128 among the Top Green Building Architecture Firms.  BBGM offers clients sustainable design solutions and LEED certification services in all market sectors.

BBGM maintains a strong commitment to creating sustainable design solutions that are individually tailored to suit specific criteria for each project, as well as reflect the distinct cultural and architectural traditions of their communities.  Recent LEED-designed projects include Turnberry Tower in Arlington, 66 Business Park in Gurgaon, 411 New York Ave and the Residence Inn Arlington – Marriott’s 100th LEED property.

Operating with offices in Washington, DC and Scottsdale, Arizona, BBGM is a recognized leader in the design field and consistently ranks among the top design firms worldwide.


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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.

BBGM in Hospitality Design
BBGM's Graham Hotel in Washington, D.C., is the focus of an article in Hospitality Design. Located on a quiet side street in the heart of Georgetown, the Graham Hotel is polished to perfection. Just minutes from the waterfront and walking distance to upscale shops and restaurants, the Graham Hotel offers an elite yet funky atmosphere to guests of this historic Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Click on the PDF link below to view the entire article.