Bermello Ajamil and Partners’ Selected Projects #1

History of Bermello Ajamil and Partners

Bermello Ajamil and Partners was founded by Willy Bermello and Luis Ajamil in 1939 and it has its headquarters in Miami, Florida. With an emphasis on aviation, commercial, education, healthcare, maritime, municipal, residential, and transportation, it is a full-service A/E company that serves a range of market sectors. With over 200 awards for design excellence, BA is a well-known global planning and design firm with offices in Florida, New York, California, and Denmark. It is also ranked as a Top A/E firm in South Florida.

Bermello Ajamil & Partners is dedicated to promoting sustainability and achieving net zero carbon targets in their portfolio. Their goal is to lessen the negative effects that all of their actions have on the environment by adopting and promoting sustainable practices. Its Environmental + Sustainability Policy consists of a number of guidelines, protocols, and objectives.

The company-wide ethos of BA concerning robust and sustainable design goals is consistent with their systems, procedures, culture, and portfolio targets aimed at achieving net zero carbon emissions.

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Willy A. Bermello, AIA AICP

Mr. Bermello is the Principal and Chairman of the Board of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc. Being one of the top architects in South Florida, he is a registered professional architect in Florida with more than 40 years of experience in the field.

His experience spans a wide range of public and private projects, including the construction of sizable commercial and educational facilities as well as developments pertaining to aviation, transportation, and ports. Mr. Bermello has received numerous honors and awards for both his professional design work and his civic engagement in the community.

Luis Ajamil, PE

Mr. Ajamil is the President and CEO of the internationally recognized multidisciplinary design firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners. Under his direction, BA has grown globally to rank among the top companies in its industry. He is a professional engineer and planner who has a remarkable portfolio of creative master planning projects for clients in the transportation, municipal, and maritime sectors. Mr. Ajamil has been a keynote speaker and panelist at numerous conferences across the globe for many years, having established himself as a national and international authority in the maritime field.

Company Culture at Bermello Ajamil and Partners

BA’s culture fosters a commitment to meeting their clients’ needs and expectations on every project they undertake by embracing innovative design, implementing cutting-edge technologies, and ensuring functionality, resulting in intelligent, sustainable solutions that enrich the built environment.

We build more than landmarks. We build community. We build pride. We build opportunity. And we do it by pairing unparalleled skill with exceptional character.

BA is a community of creative thinkers who care deeply about history, technology, integrity, art, and the environments in which they live, work, and play. At BA, there are many moving parts that work together to form one remarkable engine with a shared commitment to meeting and exceeding their clients’ goals and expectations. And they want to spread that kind of energy. Every week, BA acts as a laboratory or extension of Florida International University, bringing in design students to work on real-world projects with the staff members, who are lifelong learners. This allows the students to gain practical experience.

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Architect-US is proud to work in close contact with Bermello Ajamil and Partners and to be able to ensure the firm gets to know and work with amazing young architects like Maria Malygina whom we helped process and sponsor his J1 Visa as well as find a job in the US through our Job+J1 Visa Program!

Maria Malygina

Russian Architect Maria Malygina graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Moscow Architectural Institute, and then went on to get her Master’s Degree in Architecture from the same University. She participated in multiple international competitions such as The Kant Museum in Kaliningrad (2017) and City of Players in Iceland (2018). Maria also took part in numerous exhibitions like The Architect’s House where she made an urban design for the FIFA World Cup Nizhny Novgorod, and VKHUTEMAS Gallery – best graduation works in 2018. Malygina’s work experience is as also substantial, before participating in the program, her last employment was as an Architect’s Assistant in Nizhny Novgorod with Msb-Project, where she took part in the design of several country houses in 3d modelling, interior design, visualization, and collages.

Bermello Ajamil and Partners Selected Projects

Four Seasons Hotel & Tower – Miami, Florida

The tallest building in the Southeast of the US is the Four Seasons Hotel & Tower. Which combines a five-star hotel with opulent residential condominiums, timeshare units, a fitness center, and Class A office space. The parking garage is enclosed by a low-rise podium made of stone and pre-cast panels, while the Tower is covered in a glass and metal skin. While housing retail spaces that enliven the neighborhood, the base serves as an elevated ground plane.

While the extraordinary Club and Spa sets a new standard for spaciousness, a 65,000 S.F. roof terrace with a pool and gardens created by renowned landscape architect Dan Kiley offers magnificent private spaces for relaxing and socializing. Residents have access to a lounge, elevators, and a private entrance.

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Great Stirrup Cay – Berry Islands, Bahamas

Norwegian Cruise Line owns a 280-acre private island in the Bahamas called Great Stirrup Cay. BA put together a team to evaluate the island’s infrastructure, operations, and visitor experience in order to provide a comprehensive plan for the future. In order to improve the visitor experience, BA looked into a variety of fresh facilities, F&B establishments, and activities. The new plan featured a 20,000-square-foot commissary kitchen, a 5-acre solar farm. Island-wide bike trails, a dune buggy park, four pools totaling over 35,000 square feet of water surface with slides. A rockwork grotto cave bar/swim up bar, and coastal cabanas. The intention was to create facilities and events that highlight the upland’s natural beauty and the surrounding waters. This will enable visitors to fully experience the island of the Bahamas.

In terms of operations, the plan calls for the addition of two piers big enough to berth Breakaway Plus class ships. The renovation of all current infrastructure to handle the additional capacity, the construction of a 20,000 square foot commissary kitchen and F&B operation. Administration offices, roads, and sustainability measures like a 5-acre solar farm. The pools, back-of-house infrastructure, civil work, and cruise pier master plan and design were finished by BA. While the beach work was recently finished, in order for the piers to proceed, the BA team is still concentrating on environmental permitting. The island resort is able to grow and develop its facilities while taking into account all aspects of infrastructure sustainability and coastal resiliency.

Design services, concept development, master planning, planning, design, and construction administration are all included in BA’s purview. BA is in charge of interior design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, marine engineering, planning, and internal project management.

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Selden Public Library – New York

BA’s innovative solution expands on technology first introduced in the main branch of this library system to automate material sorting and allow patrons to check out and return items themselves. In order to inspire wonder and creativity, BA also incorporated playful themes, shapes, and materials into the newly designed Children’s Reading Room and Activities Area.

The design team at BA was entrusted with creating conceptual alternatives and a planning and programming study for the Selden Public Library renovation, with the goal of providing the best possible working environment for both present and future users. The library has undergone two renovations, this one being the redesign. Constructed in 1986, the building underwent its initial renovation in 1999 with the aid of an alternative design team.

With the 2018 building renovation, the design team dealt with the client’s programmatic concerns and maintained and respected the eclectic approach of the previous renovation. The expansion and renovation of BA’s buildings maintain the same distinctive focus on materiality, industrial forms, and spatial organization.

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We will be posting more projects by Bermello Ajamil and Partners in the upcoming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for more of their incredible work! Every Friday we will be posting a new Featured Company, so join us again next week!

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