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.

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.”

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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.

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LEO A DALY’s Gunner Riggert Selected as a Health Facility Institute Fellow

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LEO A DALY’s Gunner Riggert Selected as a Health Facility Institute Fellow

The FHFI designation highlights professional skill and competence

Gunner Riggert, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, received a fellow designation from the Health Facility Institute at the Health Facilities Symposium in April.

The FHFI designation is the highest level of individual affiliation for the Health Facility Institute. It reflects the professional skill and competence gained through education, training, experience and demonstrated accomplishments at least nine areas of expertise.

Riggert, a LEO A DALY senior associate and senior project manager, has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare planning and architecture. Based in the Omaha studio, he has led many major LEO A DALY healthcare projects, including most recently large, multifaceted federal health projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by, and associated with, other healthcare design professionals involved in HFI,” Riggert said. “Although working on federal healthcare projects is often complex and challenging, they are also the most rewarding.  It’s inspiring knowing our work has such a positive impact in the lives of our active military, our nation’s Veterans, their families, and caregivers.”

“Gunner’s commitment to excellence, passion and technical expertise have elevated many of our private and federal healthcare facilities in the past two decades,” said Joshua Theodore, LEO A DALY global health practice leader. “This is a well-deserved recognition of all his contributions to the industry.”

 

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.

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.”

20 Mass Earns Washington Business Journal’s Best Renovation Award

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20 Mass Earns Washington Business Journal’s Best Renovation Award

Washington Business Journal names the adaptive reuse project turning an office building into a contemporary social and cultural hub as 2023’s best renovation.

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20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, a LEO A DALY-designed mixed-use development in Washington, D.C., has been named the best renovation of 2023 by Washington Business Journal.

The former federal office building was reimagined to be a 427,000-SF mixed-use development including class A office space, a luxury hotel – the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill at 20 Mass – ample amenities and retail. Located four blocks from the U.S. Capitol and directly adjacent to regional transit hub Union Station, 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 $200 million transformation showcases eco-friendly design elements such as a green roof, high-performance glazing, and systems that reduce energy and water consumption. The project pioneered the use of prefabricated modular bathroom technology in D.C., streamlining construction and minimizing waste. Its roof reduces water consumption by 20%. A 10-story atrium was cut into the core of the building to add an abundance of natural light and vibrancy to the hotel,” the business journal wrote.

It continued: “On track for LEED Gold and WELL Silver certification, 20 Mass stands as an example of sustainable urban renewal that demonstrates how revitalization of aging structures can promote environmental consciousness and create vibrant community spaces.”

The award is the latest of many for 20 Mass. It was awarded “Best Renovation” in 2023 by NAIOP’s DC/Maryland chapter. And the hotel, the Royal Sonesta at 20 Mass, is on the shortlist for the 2024 International Hotel & Property Awards.

Read “Best Real Estate Deals: At 20 Mass, office conversion yields hotel, retail” in Washington Business Journal (behind a paywall).

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.

Adaptive Reuse Saves Embodied Carbon at Repositioned 20 Mass

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Adaptive Reuse Saves Embodied Carbon at Repositioned 20 Mass

Mixed-use development features luxury hotel and keeps carbon out of the environment while serving as a cultural hub for Capitol Hill

Our integrated design team excels in complex adaptive reuse projects. The process of redesigning a building to support a new function utilizes our structural engineers, our systems experts, our architects and more. Our teams’ deep knowledge allows them to tackle even the most complex projects. These adaptive reuse projects create far less embodied carbon compared to demolishing and constructing a new building.

A perfect example: 20 Mass, a former federal office building in Washington D.C., reimagined as a vibrant mixed-use development. The adaptive reuse project re-stitched the building into an evolving urban context and created a vital new social and cultural hub for the neighborhood. The resulting building combines ground-floor retail and restaurants to create a vibrant streetscape with an inviting entrance and pedestrian experience, a four-star hotel and Class-A office space with shared amenities between users, a penthouse ballroom and executive suite and an extensive green roof.

The Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill is the 274-key luxury hotel within the building. The project 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 project alone saved 6,900 metric tonnes of CO2eq. That’s equivalent to more than 17.5 million miles driven by an average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle.

The redesign incorporates sustainable and resilient design principles to address ecosystems, water, energy, resources and change. The project prioritizes environmental stewardship by utilizing eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient technologies to minimize its ecological footprint. Rainwater harvesting systems and permeable surfaces manage stormwater runoff, reducing strain on local water resources and mitigating flooding risks. Energy-efficient HVAC systems and lighting reduce energy consumption, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and promoting long-term sustainability. Additionally, the project emphasizes resource efficiency through waste reduction and recycling programs.

The design also anticipates future changes and challenges, such as climate change, by implementing adaptable features and resilient infrastructure. By integrating sustainable practices across all aspects of its design and operation, 20 Massachusetts Ave NW’s redesign demonstrates a commitment to environmental responsibility and resilience, ensuring the longevity and positive impact of the project on both the local community and the wider ecosystem.

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