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.

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.”

 

Housing for Veterans Created in Tunnel to Towers Partnership

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Housing for Veterans Created in Tunnel to Towers Partnership

Housing projects with wrap-around care services are underway through the partnership with Tunnel to Towers bringing Dignity-Driven Design to homeless Veterans

Housing for Veterans through Tunnel to Towers Comfort Homes

LEO A DALY, in partnership with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, is proud to announce the progression of two innovative housing projects for veterans in Florida and Georgia. These projects are part of a broader initiative to provide veterans with dignified, permanent housing solutions coupled with comprehensive supportive services.

In Florida, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has secured an 8.7-acre land donation from Manatee County in Bradenton. Plans for this site include the construction of 38 comfort homes centered around an 84-unit apartment complex, which will be complemented by a comprehensive supportive service center. Construction is poised to begin in spring 2024.

Housing for Veterans through Tunnel to Towers Adaptive Reuse of existing buildings

Simultaneously, in Georgia, efforts are underway to transform a 101-room hotel into permanent housing, providing hundreds of veterans with not only a place to call home but also access to vital support services. This full-scale conversion is expected to be completed by fall 2024.

Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership with LEO A DALY, stating, “Together, we are not just building homes; we are crafting communities of hope and healing for our veterans. Our collaboration with LEO A DALY enables us to further our mission with innovative designs that honor the dignity of those who served. These projects in Florida and Georgia represent just the beginning of our nationwide commitment to ensure no veteran is left without a home.”

The partnership with LEO A DALY extends beyond these projects, with the firm providing expertise in site evaluation, zoning reviews, capacity studies, and design services. This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to eradicating veteran homelessness and creating environments that promote healing and well-being.

Housing for Veterans through Tunnel to Towers repurposing of unused hospitality spaces

Mike Rodebaugh, AIA, of LEO A DALY, highlighted the synergy between the two organizations: “Working alongside the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, we’re inspired to apply our human-centered design process towards a mission that resonates deeply with our values. Our goal is to empower veterans through architecture that reflects respect, dignity, and care.”

Additionally, LEO A DALY, recently completed the design of the Temple Terrace VA Clinic and Domiciliary in Tampa, Florida. This VA facility is pioneering in its approach, offering nearly every mental health service provided by the VA in one location, including care for homeless veterans, PTSD treatment, suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment, and an inpatient program.

Read more (Paywall): Our projects with Tunnel to Towers are featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

BD+C Names LEO A DALY Top VA Design Firm

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BD+C Names LEO A DALY Top VA Design Firm

LEO A DALY claims top spot in BD+C 2023 Giants 400 Report as the largest Veterans Affairs facility architecture and architecture/engineering (AE) firm

VA Temple Terrace is one of many VA projects LEO A DALY has completed, earning the #1 design ranking for VA in BD+C 2023 Giants 400 Report

LEO A DALY continues to transform Veterans’ health experiences coast to coast as the nation’s largest Veterans Affairs facility architecture and architecture/engineering (AE) firm, as listed in the Building Design+Construction 2023 Giants 400 Report.

We have had the privilege of spending considerable time with Veterans and the VA staff who care for them. We use this meaningful collaboration to address the unique generational, physical, mental, social and gender-specific needs of Veterans and to design healing spaces that enhance their well-being by utilizing a patient-centered, team approach.

 

Pete Yakowicz, Vice President, National Director of Veterans Affairs Programs

Serving the VA for over 70 years, LEO A DALY devotes integrated design teams to help advance care. The recently-opened Temple Terrace VA Clinic and Domiciliary in Tampa, Florida is the first facility to combine nearly every mental health service the VA offers in one location. Up the coast in Connecticut the VA West Haven Medical Center design showcases a new clinical care tower and specialized surgical platform with high-tech, integrated equipment to enable hybrid, cardiothoracic, orthopedic, urology/cystoscopy, and robotic procedures.

Centrally located, the Veterans Hospital in Tulsa transforms outdated office buildings into a high-performing hospital serving the acute care needs in northeast Oklahoma. It is only the second project nationwide to implement the Federal CHIP-IN Act, with the Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center being the first to allow public-private partnerships to help fund and expedite the construction of healthcare facilities for Veterans.

On the west coast, LEO A DALY continues to work on the complete redevelopment of the West Los Angeles VA Campus (north and south). This includes the design of a new Critical Care Center and planning for an Ambulatory Care Center to create an advanced, comprehensive, and pedestrian-centered south medical campus. The north campus includes therapeutic and supportive housing for homeless Veterans. Also of significant size and exceptional design further up the coast is the expansion, seismic upgrade and renovation of the VA Medical Center in Portland, OR.

Cookie Constructions

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Cookie Constructions

It’s time to whip up a batch of fun!

It’s the time of year to mix up wonderful treats to share with everyone. But when you love design as much as we do, it’s tough not to see the built environment in everything we do.

Take cookies, for example. We couldn’t stop seeing iconic designs and architectural features in even the simplest of sweets. So, we put together a little match game to share our fascination with you.

Click below to play our Cookie Constructions match game, and see how quickly you pair the designs with the corresponding dessert. Accomplish that feat, and you’ll earn our bespoke recipe book of holiday treats, including favorites from some of our teammates.

Happy holidays from your friends at LEO A DALY!

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

LEO A DALY Earns AIA Nebraska Design Award for Third Consecutive Year

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LEO A DALY Earns AIA Nebraska Design Award for Third Consecutive Year

The Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center wins for celebrating Veterans with symbolic detailing and skillful integration of color

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

The LEO A DALY Omaha studio was awarded a 2023 AIA Nebraska Architecture Citation Award for design work on the Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center. The accolades recognize outstanding design submitted by AIA members in the state of Nebraska. This is the third consecutive AIA Nebraska award won by LEO A DALY, with the ORBT Station winning a Regional & Urban Design Award in 2021 and West Omaha Police Department Precinct winning an Architecture Citation Award in 2022.  

LEO A DALY Vice President and Market Sector Leader of Healthcare Jeff Monzu, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, says the project has led the way for future VA hospitals and clinics, stating, “As a result of the inaugural public-private partnership (P3) initiated by the VA, we successfully created a facility uniquely dedicated to honoring and caring for the comprehensive well-being of veterans, combining best practices from the VA and private sector for clinic layouts. Notably, this facility was designed and constructed in a timeframe that was over 30% quicker and at a lower cost compared to similar VA projects.” 

The undulating glass curtain wall of the Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center resembles the American flag waving in the wind

Freedom, honor and duty are at the forefront of the design for the $86 million outpatient facility, while creating a new gateway to the VA campus. Bold aesthetic strokes unfold through the design, inspired by symbolism but oriented toward experiential impact throughout all 157,000 square feet of floor space. The design prioritizes abundant natural light, access to views and physical access to outdoor walking paths and areas for reflection. 

LEO A DALY Associate and Senior Architect, Stacy Feit, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, expresses her enthusiasm as the significant project continues to garner recognition. Since 2020, it has received multiple awards in design, engineering, and lighting, with the most recent accolade being a 2023 AIA Central States Citation Award. She elaborates, “We’re proud to have designed an innovative environment for care that is attentive to honoring every veteran who utilizes the facility.”  

The award was accepted by the LEO A DALY Omaha team at the 2023 AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Gala at Steelhouse Omaha.

Teammates from the Omaha studio of LEO A DALY on hand to accept the Architectural Citation Award from AIA Nebraska

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