LEO A DALY Expertise Featured in July’s American School and University

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LEO A DALY Expertise Featured in July’s American School and University

Irena Savakova and Anya Grant Share Insights About the Design of the University of Maryland’s Thurgood Marshall Hall

The July issue of American School and University features an article from LEO A DALY’s Irena Savakova and Anya Grant, sharing the design successes for the University of Maryland’s Thurgood Marshall Hall.

Home to the university’s School of Public Policy, Thurgood Marshall Hall was designed to create connectivity between students, staff and visitors to campus. The design incorporated ancient Greek architecture with today’s technology to support that goal, and the results have been validated by a post-occupancy evaluation. In the article, Savakova and Grant share how LEO A DALY was able to overcome a limited budget to create this inspirational facility.

“The democratic ideals of equality, visibility and transparency served as organizing principles that guided the design of every element — from the interior program to the exterior expression,” they wrote.

Irena Savakova

Savakova, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, is a global design principal and Grant, AIA, is the education market sector

Photo of Anya Grant

Anya Grant

leader for LEO A DALY’s Washington D.C. studio.

Read the July issue of American School and University here. The magazine featured a photo of Thurgood Marshall Hall on the cover of the magazine, and the article starts on page 20.

Two LEO A DALY Projects Earn BD+C 2024 Innovation Spotlight

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Two LEO A DALY Projects Earn BD+C 2024 Innovation Spotlight

Carson Group and 20 Mass Make the Top 40 Great Solutions Report

Each year Building Design + Construction editors analyze hundreds of submissions to select 40 Great Solutions to publish nationally. 

The Great Solutions featured in this year’s BD+C roundup have exceptional characteristics that benefit clients/owners, building occupants and the broad market of development, design and construction. LEO A DALY earned two spots on the 2024 list.

“Both projects demonstrate the innovative results of collaborative partnerships combined with our comprehensive service capabilities,” shares LEO A DALY President, Steve Lichtenberger. “We aim to leave a sustainable signature by delivering visionary architecture with world-class occupant experience through highly refined engineering.”

An architect sitting on a blue couch, looking in the distance and smiling.

 

The Carson Group Headquarters post-occupancy evaluation validates the buildings’ innovative shell and building system design. The smart glass responds to changing concentrations of daylight to control heat gain and glare, and all building systems were designed in concert with the SageGlass envelope to maximize occupant comfort.

20 Massachusetts Avenue models a responsible placemaking design solution that restitches the urban fabric and now serves as a prominent anchor in Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. The design implemented creative modular construction with curated components prefabricated off-site which reduced waste by 50% and saved considerable cost and time.

A group of architects working collaboratively at a desk, looking at plans.

New Orleans Airport Named Best Airport in North America Three Years in a Row

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New Orleans Airport Named Best Airport in North America Three Years in a Row

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) receives top award for Best Airport in North America for third consecutive year.

The new 820,000-SF terminal at New Orleans International Airport

This article originally appears on flymsy.com

For the third year in a row, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) received a top award for Best Airport in North America (5 to 15 million passengers per year) from the Airports Council International (ACI) World’s 2023 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program. The ASQ awards highlight the world’s best airports as judged by their customers who are surveyed while they are in the airport.

MSY is one of only three airports in North America to win Best Airport recognition among those serving 5 to 15 million passengers per year.

“The Louis Armstrong International Airport continues to deliver an unmatched experience for its passengers that the entire Gulf Coast Region should be proud of year after year after year, ” said Judge Michael Bagneris, Chair of the New Orleans Aviation Board. “Moving forward, we will continue to provide the people who travel to and from New Orleans with the best possible customer service.”

Visit https://flymsy.com/best-airport-in-north-america-three-times-in-a-row/ to read more.

LEO A DALY Recognized for Leadership in Hospitality Industry

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LEO A DALY Recognized for Leadership in Hospitality Industry

Top interior designers inspire and help define 2024

A team of interior designers accepting an award.

The LEO A DALY Los Angeles studio earns NEWH 2024 TopID Award, a prestigious design award for excellence in the hospitality market. Since 2012, NEWH, Inc. distinguishes Top Interior Designers from around the world for their contribution to hospitality design and leadership.

“Recognition for design excellence and creativity that advances the hospitality industry is a tremendous honor for the firm and a reflection of our exceptionally talented team,” chimed Christy Coleman, Director of Design. “We also are pleased to help support NEWH’s objective of promoting scholarship, education and interest in the industry through our participation in the Los Angeles Chapter.”

guestroom with poster bed and ocean view

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Selection criteria for the TopID Award considers the firm’s luxury design portfolio with recent projects like Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club. The award also recognizes LEO A DALY for inspiring others to exceed creative standards and give back to the industry through engagement with NEWH.

Leslie Suhr promoted to Commercial Market Sector Leader

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Leslie Suhr promoted to Commercial Market Sector Leader

The experienced architect excels with client service and consensus building

 

Leslie Suhr is promoted to Market Sector Leader for the Commercial sector in the Omaha studio of LEO A DALY

LEO A DALY celebrates the promotion of Leslie Suhr, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C to Commercial Market Sector Leader for the Omaha design studio. The dedicated and successful architect continues her remarkable 17-year career with the firm.

From intern to licensed architect to senior architect, Leslie’s broad project exposure and experience confirms her passion for serving the commercial market. Her long list of work includes Carson Group Headquarters, JE Dunn Omaha, and the Capitol District Marriott and multi-family development.

“Leslie is an exceptional architect and collaborator with nearly two decades of project experience and proven leadership with the firm,” emphasized Managing Principal Chris Johnson. “She has worked on multiple award-winning corporate headquarters and on several projects recognized as “Omaha’s Best Places to Work.”

As Commercial Market Sector Leader, Leslie effectively leads commercial, corporate headquarters, workplace and tenant improvement design teams through all types and sizes of commercial builds and renovations including hospitality and mixed-use developments. Deep experience allows her to quickly uncover value for commercial developers and owners across the dynamic market.

“My long career with LEO A DALY involves many mentors who influenced my success,” shared Leslie. “This opportunity is a meaningful milestone that allows me to lead from experience and example. I respect this established team and we are passionate about designing efficient solutions with sensitivity to occupant wellness and performance.”

Leadership, discipline and dedication drive Leslie’s life outside the office too. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the board of directors for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Omaha. Leslie also is a Staff Sargeant and highly skilled musician in the 43rd Army Band – Nebraska National Guard with 21 years of service.

Global Architecture & Design Award bestowed to LEO A DALY

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Global Architecture & Design Award bestowed to LEO A DALY

Thurgood Marshall Hall earns design excellence and innovation award

Thurgood Marshall Hall of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy

“Working with the University of Maryland to create this state-of-the-art environment for public policy education and the world’s first Do Good Institute has been an incredible journey and achievement for all involved,” celebrated Principal-in-Charge Rauzia Ally. “We are extremely honored and proud to be recognized for the powerful democratic design of Thurgood Marshall Hall.

Out of thousands of submissions from more than 45 countries, LEO A DALY’s Thurgood Marshall Hall earns outstanding built project in the Institutional category of the Global Architecture & Design Awards 2023 (GADA). Spanning architecture, landscaping, urban and interior design, selected entries are carefully evaluated by an international jury panel composed of established scholars, esteemed professionals, prominent press members, creative design professionals, and experienced entrepreneurs.

As a building dedicated to democratic thought, visibility and transparency were metaphors necessary to infuse into the design. “These ideals became organizing principles from every element of the interior program and exterior expression,” shared Global Design Principal Irena Savakova. “Activity and discourse are on display everywhere in the building and we integrated sound privacy without interrupting visual connectivity.”

 

students and professor sitting in discussion area

The jewel piece of the design concept is the deliberative chamber, an oval-shaped learning environment created for United Nations-style debate. The chamber was formally identified as a signature organizing element of the program, and as such it is placed as a floating, sculptural element within the transparent glass box of the East building entry. In this way, it becomes an object of curiosity and inspiration that can gather attention from all arrival pathways and energize the Gateway Plaza of the College Park university campus 

The high-performance design of Thurgood Marshall Hall includes a targeted, customized solar strategy. Location specific encapsulated translucent fins and shading trellises coincide with the solar cycle, maximizing sunlight, framing unique views and minimizing energy use. 

Rethinking the Future (RTF) established GADA in 2012 with the aim to sustainably advance the built environment and to connect and inspire the next generation across the globe. 

campus view from Thurgood Marshall Hall to chapel

Innovative Design Strategies Revolutionize Veterans’ Mental Health Access in New and Renovated Facilities

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Innovative Design Strategies Revolutionize Veterans’ Mental Health Access in New and Renovated Facilities

This Veteran’s Day, LEO A DALY proudly commemorates its impactful journey in designing state-of-the-art VA mental health facilities from coast-to-coast.

An outdoor image of the Tampa VA facility with the sun setting in the west.

Image courtesy of Cullinan Properties

The 2019 Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act was introduced to strengthen suicide prevention efforts and expand access to integrative health services for all Veterans. From coast to coast, LEO A DALY, a leader in VA healthcare facility design, is collaborating with the VA and its healthcare providers to implement innovative mental health design strategies into both new constructions and renovated facilities. The goal is to streamline mental health access as an integral component of comprehensive Veteran care. 

Pete Yakowicz, LEO A DALY VP and National Director of Veterans Affairs Programs has dedicated over 42 years to working with the VA, including VA medical centers and clinics across the nation. He says, “We’re learning through collaboration with Veterans and their healthcare providers that prioritizing safety, comfort, and deliberate, trauma-informed design elements that reflect empathy, understanding and choice, can enhance the Veteran’s treatment experience and produce more positive outcomes. We are honored our work contributes to this important resource for the men and women who have defended our nation.”  

The Temple Terrace VA Clinic and Domiciliary in Tampa, Florida, which will begin seeing patients in January 2024 is the first facility to combine nearly every mental health service the VA offers in one location. It replaces three outmoded and undersized mental health clinics and integrates homeless Veterans care, PTSD treatment, suicide prevention services, substance abuse treatment and an inpatient treatment program.  

On the west coast is a renovated Building 209 on the West LA VA campus, which serves as a therapeutic and supportive residence for chronically homeless Veterans. A new Critical Care Center, which includes a 44-bed inpatient mental health unit and renovation of Building 500, the existing hospital, will result in an advanced, comprehensive, and pedestrian-centered medical campus dedicated to caring for the whole Veteran.  

Zach Klebba Picked for Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2023

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Zach Klebba Picked for Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2023

The national award places this LEO A DALY architect among the nation’s top young AEC professionals

An architect sitting on a blue couch, looking in the distance and smiling.
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Zach Klebba, AIA, has been selected as one of the distinguished recipients of Building Design + Construction Magazine’s “40 under 40” Award, chosen from a competitive pool of 170 entrants in the architecture, engineering, and construction field. This national accolade acknowledges emerging leaders under the age of 40 who exhibit exceptional dedication to their profession, active involvement in AEC organizations, significant career accomplishments, and a strong commitment to community service.

Zach expresses his gratitude for being acknowledged as an up-and-coming figure in the AEC industry, particularly for the recognition of his combined professional contributions and community involvement. He emphasizes, “Deriving inspiration from diverse experiences has been a driving force in my work. I believe we bear a significant responsibility to the communities we inhabit and serve. This is why I have made giving back a cornerstone of my life.”

A love for design is all in the family

His passion for design was kindled by his father, who transitioned from carpentry for Air Force One to the world of construction, unrolling blueprints on the family kitchen table. From a young age, Zach was captivated by these drawings, envisioning how lines on a page would ultimately materialize into tangible architecture. After a brief stint in journalism school that left him unfulfilled, he embarked on a six-year master’s program in architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Design and a Master of Architecture, he joined LEO A DALY as a designer. Within the firm, he brings a unique perspective, contributing innovative thinking and creative direction to projects across various market sectors, while also providing insights for new business ventures and participating in proposal design and client communications. Presently, he is narrowing his focus towards business development and the commercial market sector.

Throughout his decade-long tenure at LEO A DALY, Zach has not merely accepted challenges, but confronted them head-on. He underscores, “Embracing a teachable spirit is the most valuable trait a leader can possess, as it paves the way for a lifetime of boundless learning, opportunity, growth, and success.”

A group of architects working collaboratively at a desk, looking at plans.

 

Digging into the industry

Giving back to the industry that fuels his creativity is of utmost importance to Zach. In addition to founding and actively participating in several community organizations, he served a three-year term on the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Young Professionals Council and was chosen to be part of the esteemed Leadership Omaha program, becoming one of its youngest ever members. He also served as Associate Director on the AIA Nebraska Board for two years, where he initiated a mentorship program called the AIA Power Hour, revolutionizing engagement with industry professionals.

Committed to his community

Zach dedicates his spare time to his church and various charitable organizations. He established a non-profit called the Omaha Midnight Run, which organized a midnight 5k race through downtown Omaha. The mission was to stand as allies to the true superheroes in the community by partnering with groups already making a difference. As Executive Director of the non-profit, he orchestrated the efforts of over 150 volunteers and helped raise over $80,000 for the Hope Center for Kids and the Abide Network. Additionally, he collaborated with city police to create another event, the 5-0 Fitness Challenge, to raise funds for Special Olympics Nebraska and Omaha Crimestoppers, encouraging citizens to anonymously report crime. Among Zach’s career highlights are notable projects such as the Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center, Blackstone Hotel renovation, Abu Dhabi Zayed Military Hospital, Carson Headquarters, and Aksarben Curling Club. He was previously honored with a 2020 Midland’s Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.

LEO A DALY Earns Top Interior Design Award from The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) Dallas Chapter

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LEO A DALY Earns Top Interior Design Award from The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) Dallas Chapter

Winners are chosen as the elite firms who deliver exceptional interior design and provide support to NEWH 

A team of interior designers accepting an award.

The LEO A DALY Dallas studio was awarded a 2024 NEWH TopID Award, which is considered the highest honor bestowed upon an interior design firm within the organization’s awards programs. The award recognizes how design members of the chapter inspire others to exceed creative standards and give back to the industry through involvement and volunteerism with NEWH.  

Micaela Sheffield, Senior Interior Designer for LEO A DALY says the award feels especially rewarding, given the organization’s mission, stating, “NEWH is a globe-spanning community connecting the collective hospitality industry, offering leadership development, scholarships and education for the current and future hospitality designers. To receive this award from our colleagues in Dallas means we’re making an impact not only in designing celebrated hospitality environments, but also giving back to the industry as a whole.”

As part of the judging criteria, LEO A DALY submitted their interior design work on Shore House at the Del, which opened in 2022 as the crowning achievement of the multi-year master plan for the revitalization of the historic Hotel del Coronado. Coastal California Casual, the owner’s vision for this seaside hotel, was brought to life through creative interior design and embracing the hotel’s breathtaking location. Drawing inspiration from its rich legacy, the project challenged designers to preserve a 150-year tradition of iconic luxury while manifesting a contemporary, casual experience. 

LEO A DALY's design for Shore House at the Del blends historic inspiration with modern luxury.

Copyright Lawrence Anderson

Kathy Chavez, Senior Associate and LEO A DALY Market Sector Leader, Hospitality was on hand to receive the award with the team and is honored to accept it for the second year in a row. She adds, “Winning this award is a testament to our commitment to designing dynamic, unforgettable spaces that help our clients craft moments, memories and one-of-a-kind experiences that keep their guests coming back time and again.”

The award was received by the team at the Dallas NEWH Fundraiser and Scholarship Dinner at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on October 20th, 2023. 

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