20 Mass Earns Rethinking the Future Award, an International Honor

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20 Mass Earns Rethinking the Future Award, an International Honor

The Adaptive Reuse Project Won in the Mixed Use (Built) Category

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An international jury has honored the LEO A DALY-designed 20 Mass project with a Rethinking the Future Award, which recognizes excellence in global architecture.

The former federal office building at 20 Massachusetts Ave. in Washington D.C. was reimagined and rebuilt, becoming a 427,000-SF mixed-use development with office space, a luxury hotel — the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill at 20 Mass — amenities and retail. The adaptive reuse re-stitched the existing building into an evolving urban context and created a vital new social and cultural hub for the neighborhood. LEO A DALY designed the mixed-use structure for developer The RMR Group.

“The completion of the revitalization project at 20 Massachusetts Ave NW represents more than just a successful fusion of history and modernity; it symbolizes the collective effort and vision of stakeholders committed to creating a vibrant mixed-use destination that enriches the surrounding community and enhances the city’s urban fabric for generations to come,” says the award’s website.

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Christopher Bilotto, executive vice president of The RMR Group, has said: “This successful conversion of a former government office building into a Class A mixed-use destination is the culmination of significant efforts by RMR, its client Office Properties Income Trust, and the redevelopment project team.”

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20 Mass has previously been honored with several other awards, including ULI Washington, NAIOP’s DC/Maryland chapter and the Washington Business Journal. Royal Sonesta at 20 Mass is on the shortlist for the 2024 International Hotel & Property Awards. In addition to these accolades, the vibrancy of the public spaces, the mix of guests and local community at the street level restaurant, the completely booked conference spaces and Grand Ballroom for the next 3 years are a testament to a successfully implemented design vision.

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The building features wellness promoting zones (in blue), biophilia focused areas (in green) and art hubs (in red)

LEO A DALY Named AIA Florida Firm of the Year

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LEO A DALY Named AIA Florida Firm of the Year

History of excellence earns West Palm Beach studio AIA accolades.

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Florida announces LEO A DALY as Firm of the Year. A distinguished body of experts from the architectural community convened in Seoul to evaluate works submitted by architects in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2024 AIA Florida Design Awards.

The Firm of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement in design, community services, education, and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm with projects, accomplishments and service over a period of at least 10 years.

“This significant statewide recognition is a reflection of our team’s dedication to design excellence and as an active community partner,” celebrated LEO A DALY President, Steve Lichtenberger, AIA. “The West Palm Beach studio represents and reaffirms LEO A DALY’s commitment to the communities we serve and to the profession of architecture.”

LEO A DALY’s West Palm Beach studio has helped shape the skyline with iconic buildings in the area and across the state for over 50 years. From the first LEED Platinum laboratory building in Florida to the recent award-winning work on 360 Rosemary the firm continues to transform the human experience through design.

Managing Principal Bill Hanser, AIA, who has been leading the West Palm Beach studio prior to and after acquisition in 2009 for a total of 33 years, shares gratitude for and confidence in the team.​

“Receiving this award is not just a recognition of our past achievements. It’s a testament to our unwavering dedication to innovation and creativity, a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and community involvement that we have woven into every facet of our service.”

The notable award recognizes LEO A DALY’s commitment to culture. With employees from across the globe, interns and emerging professionals exchange diverse knowledge and experiences as they collaborate with mentors and leaders on major projects. Over half of the West Palm Beach studio has been with the firm for 18 years or more, far exceeding the national average of tenure. The team also supports more than 25 local and professional organizations and participates consistently in community service.
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LEO A DALY, an international design firm, has helped advance the profession of architecture with resilient and sustainable design strategies, and has been a significant contributor to developing the culture and identity of South Florida.

Tampa VA Mental Health Center Earns SAME 2024 Design Merit Award

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Tampa VA Mental Health Center Earns SAME 2024 Design Merit Award

LEO A DALY design for James A. Haley VA Mental Health Center streamlines therapeutic care for Veterans

The Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Clinic was recognized by AIA Nebraska with an Architectural Citation Award during the 2023 Gala Awards

Every two years the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) celebrates design excellence in the built environment. The SAME 2024 Design Merit Award was presented to members of the LEO A DALY planning, architecture, engineering and interior design team during the Society Ball & Awards Gala at the 2024 JETC conference in Orlando.

“The entire focus of design for the James A. Haley VA Mental Health Center—both inside and out—was to create a healing, therapeutic, restorative environment that would help enhance the lives of Veterans,” shared Federal Healthcare Global Account Lead, Peter A. Yakowicz, PE, MHA. “After three months in operation, it is also so rewarding to hear firsthand from staff how the planning and design of the facility makes it easier for them to do their important work.”

LEO A DALY’s ongoing collaboration with Veterans and the VA Staff who care for them has led to the transformation of Veterans’ health experiences.

Is this really for us?” asked a Veteran visiting the James A. Haley VA Mental Health Center for the first time.

 

“And if we are not inviting, if we are not welcoming, then that communication can be lost, and the veteran themselves can be lost on top of it.” shared Dr. Glenn Smith, Retired VA Mental Health Specialist and Veteran James A. Haley VA

 

“Our staff love coming to work here,” Bradiel Perez Pagan, Clinic Manager at the James A. Haley VA Mental Health Center

LEO A DALY provided full integrated design services including medical planning, architectural, interior design, structural engineering and MEP services for the award-winning VA mental health facility, which began seeing patients in ealy 2024. The trauma-informed and evidence-based design carefully balances the unique needs of Veterans and their caregivers.

The Green Globe certified project also integrates a list of sustainable design features: low wattage LED lighting, automatic lighting controls, a high-performance building envelope, water use reduction, reduced emissions, recycled materials, automated controls, and ecological landscaping.

Pam Bothwell Named Director of Business Development in Washington D.C.

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Pam Bothwell Named Director of Business Development in Washington D.C.

Bothwell is a long-time, local professional with deep experience in architecture, engineering and construction.

Pam Bothwell is Director of Business Development for the Washington, D.C. studio of LEO A DALY

LEO A DALY is pleased to announce Pam Bothwell as director of business development in the Washington D.C. design studio. Her experience living in the capital city and working across the design industry for decades lends extensive value to client relationships and projects that impact the economic and social fabric of the community.

“Pam understands and connects with the people and the complex processes involved with building projects in the capital city,” celebrated Rauzia Ally, managing principal of the Washington D.C. studio. “As a local business owner who has also held board positions for CREW, IIDA and IFMA, Pam is known for her dedicated service, valuable knowledge and integrity.”

Bothwell is honored to join the integrated team of designers, architects and engineers. “I have been deeply engaged in the community and have heard the resounding respect for LEO A DALY’s 60 years of service and work here.” A collector of local art, Bothwell also crosses paths with many who appreciate design from several different perspectives.

LEO A DALY’s long list of projects impacting the city include the recent redesign of the award-winning 20 Massachusetts Avenue.

ULI Washington Selects 20 Mass for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development

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ULI Washington Selects 20 Mass for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development

LEO A DALY project chosen as a “model for sustainable development” for downtown D.C.

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After months of nominations, site visits, and deliberations, ULI Washington chose 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW for the 2024 Excellence in Mixed-Use Development Award.

ULI Washington’s Awards for Excellence Program is an annual event that celebrates projects and initiatives that have made outstanding contributions to development within the Mid-Atlantic region.

The independent jury recognized 20 Mass as a model for the future of sustainable redevelopment honoring the project’s innovation and creativity that inspires and activates the area steps away from Union Station in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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The entire project team is honored by the ULI Washington recognition for the adaptive reuse project that fosters growth and productivity while uniting lifestyle and community.

20 Mass broadens the heart of the city connecting major neighborhoods in a swath previously lacking vitality,” celebrates Managing Principal Rauzia Ally. “Reaching broad goals for sustainable urbanism, it also highlights the soul of Washington, D.C. with reverent irreverent artwork in a world class hotel.”

The vibrancy of the public spaces, the mix of guests and local community at the street level restaurant, the completely booked conference spaces and Grand Ballroom for the next 3 years are a testament to a successfully implemented design vision.

20 Massachusetts Avenue is an example of a responsible placemaking design solution that restitches the urban fabric and now serves as a prominent anchor in Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C.

Ivan O’Garro Joins LEO A DALY to Lead Atlanta Studio

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Ivan O’Garro Joins LEO A DALY to Lead Atlanta Studio

Accomplished architect, practice leader and BD+C 40 Under 40 honoree, Ivan O’Garro, AIA, is the managing principal of the LEO A DALY studio in Georgia

We are pleased to welcome Ivan O’Garro, AIA, as a vice president and the leader of our Atlanta studio. 

O’Garro has extensive experience leading teams to successfully deliver major projects across markets including museums, federal buildings, and housing. In higher education, he has led teams on major projects at the University of California, Irvine and University of Texas at Austin. 

He was responsible for establishing the SmithGroup office in Atlanta in 2021. As design principal at SmithGroup, he managed project teams, staffing and billing for $100 million in projects. Among many major roles, he is the lead designer of the Gilcrease Museum, a 90,000-SF fine art museum, and project manager for the master plan for the Andy Warhol Museum, leading the visioning process and developing the plan. 

An industry leader, O’Garro is a Building Design + Construction Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree, and he’s been a frequent presenter at industry conferences. In 2015 he founded a nonprofit, SamanHaus, to provide pro bono architecture services in Haiti.  

O’Garro holds a bachelor’s in architecture from Louisiana State University, and while there he completed a yearlong fellowship at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he has held a passion for design since his mother bought him a copy of AutoCAD at age nine. 

He joined LEO A DALY on May 6. The award-winning Atlanta studio’s portfolio includes projects for major institutions in Georgia and beyond, including on the medical clinic at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the Reid-Cofer Library and the Georgia Gwinnett College Daniel J. Kaufman Library and Learning Center.

“I’m excited to join the incredible team at LEO A DALY in Atlanta,” O’Garro said. “I believe in the power of design to change communities and to change lives. LEO A DALY has been doing that for more than 100 years, and I look forward to spearheading the success of this important studio.” 

“Ivan brings a passion for architecture and a track record of leadership and innovation,” said LEO A DALY President Steven A. Lichtenberger. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to the LEO A DALY leadership team and to the Atlanta studio.”

Wake Technical Community College Opens Modern Public Safety Training Facility

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Wake Technical Community College Opens Modern Public Safety Training Facility

A new public safety training facility at Wake Tech East campus in Wendell, North Carolina creates a best-in-class interdisciplinary facility for aspiring and current first responders to train

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The Wake Technical Community College Public Safety Simulation Complex, designed by prime architect, Boomerang Design, and public safety specialty architect, LEO A DALY, opened in a ribbon-cutting April 23.

Spanning 80,000 square feet, the building hosts a comprehensive indoor training village, where a wide array of realistic scenarios faced by first responders can be simulated. The versatile design allows trainees to immerse themselves in various stress-stimulating scenarios, including complete darkness with distractions like strobe lights and sound, across simulated environments such as schools, hotels, or retail spaces. Adjacent classrooms serve as briefing areas, enabling seamless transitions between theoretical learning and practical training for service personnel and students alike.

The program includes a fully equipped laboratory area dedicated to the simulation and remote operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. Wellness features provide relaxing and natural spaces, including two outdoor debriefing areas and a water feature around the building that doubles as a sustainable stormwater management system.

LEO A DALY’s Cindy McCleary, Michael Bjornberg and Daniel Yudchitz attended the ribbon-cutting.

A Three Green Globes Certified building; the training Center features one of the county’s largest building mounted photovoltaic solar arrays. Prioritizing sustainability, resiliency, and occupant well-being, the facility integrates energy-efficient and intelligent building systems, passive solar shading and daylighting, and sustainable building materials.

Designed to accommodate a wide range of first responders, including law enforcement, fire, EMS, EMT, corrections officers, and crime scene investigators, this facility serves as a vital tool for enhancing recruitment and training diversity. This facility will serve as a tool to enhance the recruitment and training of diverse groups, as well as the advanced training and certification of police officers and emergency responders. Most importantly, it will provide a working opportunity for training in integrated, cross-disciplined, multi-response training or for de-escalation techniques.

“The design of the Public Safety Simulation Center promotes real-world preparedness, interdisciplinary engagement, and meaningful community interaction,” said Project Manager and Boomerang Design Lead Principal, Duane Hutchins. “The skills that this environment builds makes for stronger partnerships between public safety agencies and the public, paving the way for safer, more resilient communities here in Wake County and the State of North Carolina.”

“As the front porch of the Eastern Wake 4.0 campus, this facility will invite practitioners and students to Wake Tech,” said Cindy McCleary, LEO A DALY managing principal, who served as the firm’s principal in charge. “This state-of-the-art facility contains the infrastructure and technology to provide first responders with critical training experiences to hone their life-saving skills.”

International Hotel & Property Awards Shortlist 20 Mass Royal Sonesta

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International Hotel & Property Awards Shortlist 20 Mass Royal Sonesta

Prestigious International Award Recognizes Excellence in Hotel Design for LEO A DALY-designed Hospitality Project

Guest room at the International Hotel and Property awards Shortlisted Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill at 20 Mass in Washington, D.C.

Design et al has shortlisted LEO A DALY’s design of the Royal Sonesta at 20 Mass for the prestigious 2024 International Hotel & Property Awards, in the categories of “Hotel over 200 rooms” and “Hotel Design – Americas.”

The highly coveted award recognizes the best of hotel design worldwide annually. Only up to 10 projects are shortlisted per year and appearing on the short list is an honor in itself. LEO A DALY led the design work that reimagined 20 Massachusetts Ave NW, a former federal office building, as a vibrant mixed-use development anchored by a luxury hotel. The Royal Sonesta blends classical nuances of stature with the vibrancy and dynamic vibe of the city’s well-established art scene.

“Architectural masterpiece at 20 Massachusetts Avenue has been transformed into the distinguished Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill Hotel under the visionary guidance of acclaimed architect LEO A DALY,” judges said. “The hotel seamlessly amalgamates classical grandeur with the dynamic art scene of the Nation’s Capital, standing mere steps away from iconic landmarks such as the US Capitol and Union Station, thereby ensuring a prominent presence and capturing picturesque views along Massachusetts Avenue.”

With 274 rooms, the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill hotel also embodies a highly sustainable low carbon design solution for urban renewal and required significant coordination beyond the standard reuse routines. It started with a thorough understanding of the as-built conditions, evolved through complex structural assessments, multiple agency approvals and included implementation of creative modular construction to ensure final delivery and grand opening on time and within budget. The vibrancy of the public spaces, the mix of guests and local community at the street level restaurant, the completely booked conference spaces and Grand Ballroom for the next 2+ years are a testament to a successfully implemented design vision.

“This award sets a benchmark for industry standards, fostering healthy competition, and encouraging continuous improvement. This shortlist highlights the creativity and innovation embedded in our project,” said Irena Savakova LEO A DALY vice president and global design principal. “The International Hotel & Property Awards play a crucial role in celebrating and promoting genuine achievements in the dynamic world of international hotel and property design.”

Forbes Travel Guide Picks Two LEO A DALY Projects for 2024 Lists

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Forbes Travel Guide Picks Two LEO A DALY Projects for 2024 Lists

Two hotels with major LEO A DALY design work have been ranked highly by Forbes Travel Guide

The Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club has been awarded a five-star designation from Forbes Travel Guide for the second year in a row. In 2021 LEO A DALY designed renovations within the spa, multiple villas across the property, the lobby boutiques, featured restaurant, beach bar, a rooftop venue, the golf clubhouse and event space, and the reef tower and yacht club.

Forbes noted: “The 8,800 square-foot spa sits in a two-story villa that provides views of the water from its 13 indoor and three outdoor treatment rooms.”

“The architecture throughout the property combines the use of various geometric lines and upscale organic décor, such as furniture carved from driftwood.”

Earlier this year, the Ritz-Carlton Las Colinas outside of Dallas was designated as one of Forbes Travel Guide’s 30 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings Of 2024. LEO A DALY along with Jeffrey Beers International led the design team for the $55 million renovation. The Ritz Carlton celebrated its grand opening in January.

“Our team of top-notch architects, interior designers and others create customized luxury spaces that delight hotel guests across the world,” said Mark Pratt, AIA, vice president and global hospitality practice leader. “Congratulations to these industry-leading hotels and to our teams that contributed to them.”

 

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