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Woolpert Acquires Florida-Based Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Landscape Architecture Firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners

DAYTON, Ohio (Jan. 25, 2024) — Woolpert has acquired Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA), a full-service architecture, engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm that specializes in services for the maritime, aviation, health care, commercial, and municipal markets. Among the largest AE firms in South Florida, BA has more than 160 staff members, is headquartered in Miami, has additional offices throughout Florida, and has an office in New York.
BA has grown through a 30-year partnership between Chairman of the Board and Principal in Charge Willy Bermello, a leading architect in South Florida, and President and CEO Luis Ajamil, a planner and professional engineer known for his expertise in the maritime industry. Bermello and Ajamil came together through a shared goal to meet client needs by integrating innovative design and technologies to produce functional, intelligent, and sustainable solutions. This partnership has yielded more than 200 awards for design excellence and project wins across six continents.
BA is known internationally for the planning and design of cruise line and port terminals. The combination of Woolpert and BA creates an ecosystem of integrated maritime solutions that leverages architecture, marine engineering, modeling, strategic consulting, and geospatial services. These include acquiring topographic, bathymetric, and hydrographic data and imagery along coastlines and the near-shore environment.

“Agape Network Celebrates Opening Agape Village Health Center”

MIAMI, FL – The Agape Network proudly announced the grand opening of the Agape Village Health Center on October 13th, 2023. Designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA), this 40,000 square-foot facility integrates the treatment of mental health and addiction. The Bermuda-style architecture features eight cottages housing up to eight women each, a two-story Rehab Center, a Daycare Center, and a spacious Cafetorium with a full commercial kitchen. This expansion will allow Agape’s patient capacity to grow from serving 1,000 to 2,500 individuals monthly.

The Agape Village expansion underscores a transformative approach in healthcare, blending behavioral health with primary care to offer a comprehensive and holistic solution, especially catering to vulnerable women, children, and families in the region. Dr. Jose E. Hernandez, the visionary founder of Agape, initiated a journey that has led to the creation of the new Agape Village Health Center with the relentless support of community figures, including Joseph and Alexandra Milton, and Architect Willy Bermello, who have been instrumental in the completion of this project.

FLL Terminal 5 Groundbreaking Ceremony

On October 9, 2023, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Terminal 5 (T5). Bermello Ajamil & Partners in association with Gensler and HDR designed the 180,000 sq ft terminal that will be JetBlue’s primary hub, featuring aircraft facilities, a fueling system, a passenger bridge, and a shared transportation center. 

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) was ranked as the #4 Top Architecture Firm by the South Florida Business Journal

This marks 13 consecutive years that BA ranked in the top five. BA also consistently ranks as one of the Top Hispanic-owned and Top Private-owned firms in South Florida. We are proud to be a part of this community and grateful for the opportunity to serve it. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our team of professionals for their dedication.

Pompano Beach McNab House and Botanical Gardens

The City of Pompano Beach selected BA to provide Design Services for the McNab House and Botanical Gardens. As the original concept planners for this project, BA is intimately familiar with its history, vision, and incredible potential. The opportunity to transform the historic McNab House into a vibrant commercial venue and to create a world class botanical garden that will serve as a sanctuary for the community is a task we approach with great enthusiasm and dedication.

For more information: McNab House and Gardens | City of Pompano Beach

Plaza Premium Lounge at Orlando International (MCO) ranked as one of the 10 Best Priority Pass Lounges in the World

BA designed Plaza Premium Group’s state-of-the-art lounge at Orlando International Airport (MCO) that caters to Orlando’s unique mix of business and leisure travelers. The public lounge in Terminal C features custom-designed seating options, quiet zones, workspaces and a family-friendly zone and has a curated Orlando Storytelling Wall developed in partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art.

NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Port of Galveston to add a fourth Cruise Terminal

Growth continues at the country’s fourth-busiest cruise port as Galveston Wharves decides to move forward with a new cruise terminal, confirming their support for expanding the port’s cruise business and aligned with the port’s 20-Year Strategic Master plan.

Bermello Ajamil Wins Two AIA Awards for Architecture

Two BA projects were recognized for excellence in Architecture as part of the 2023 AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter Design Awards…

The Avenue Hotel & Residences Groundbreaking in Coral Gables

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) designed a new Parisian-inspired mixed-use development –The Avenue Hotel & Residences in Coral Gables..

Shoma One Towers at Douglas Road Metrorail Station

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) designed Shoma One – a composition of two 40-story residential towers…

Grand Opening of the Agape Village Health Center

The Agape Network proudly announced the Grand Opening of the Agape Village Health Center on October 13th, 2023.

Fort Lauderdale Terminal 5 Groundbreaking Ceremony

T5, spanning 180,000 sq ft, will be JetBlue’s primary hub, featuring aircraft facilities, a fueling system, a passenger bridge, and a shared transportation center.

Arquitectura Exhibit Opens at the Cuban Diaspora Museum

Arquitectura is an exhibit at the Cuban Diaspora Museum that shows a representative group of Cuban American architects professionally educated and acclaimed in the United States, and throughout the world.

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) was ranked as the 4 Top Architecture Firm by the South Florida Business Journal

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) was ranked as the 4 Top Architecture Firm by the South Florida Business Journal

Middle Country Public Library in Centereach NY featured as one of year’s most impressive in America­­­n Libraries

The Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York was featured in American Library’s most recent issue showcasing the year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries. BA’s scope of work which concluded in mid-2022 included architectural design, construction documentation, and construction administration services for the selective demolition and renovation of existing components of the Centereach Public Library, and the addition of two smaller buildings to support required alterations.

MCO Plaza Premium Group Lounge ranks “Top 10 Best Priority Pass Lounges in the World – AFAR”

BA designed Plaza Premium Group’s state-of-the-art lounge at Orlando International Airport (MCO) that caters to Orlando’s unique mix of business and leisure travelers. The public lounge in Terminal C features custom-designed seating options, quiet zones, workspaces and a family-friendly zone and has a curated Orlando Storytelling Wall developed in partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art.

Pompano Beach McNab House and Botanical Gardens

The City of Pompano Beach selected BA to provide Design Services for the McNab House and Botanical Gardens. As the original concept planners for this project, BA is intimately familiar with its history, vision, and incredible potential.

Haifa Port selected Bermello, Ajamil & Partners to design Israel’s first purpose-built cruise terminal.

Haifa Port selected BA to design Israel’s first purpose-built cruise terminal

Stereotaxis Lab

BA provided full design and construction administration services to the new State of the art Stereotaxis Lab

Galveston Cruise Terminal 10 has won Landmark Award from HBJ 

Galveston Cruise Terminal 10 has won the Houston Business Journal Landmark #Award in the Special Projects category! Congrats to all the project teams involved!

PIANC America 2023 Conference

BA’s Director of Ports and Marine Engineering Daniel Ramos is looking forward to the PIANC America conference and BA supporting this important event as a Silver Sponsor…

Block 45, Miami largest transit-oriented, mixed income development breaks ground.

36-Story Atlantic Station Breaks Ground, Miami’s Largest Mixed Income Transit-Oriented Development…

Nassau Cruise Port opens May 2023

Nassau Cruise Port set to open in May 2023. BA’s scope includes master planning, urban design, architectural design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and marine engineering services…

Inside the dynamic design of Royal Caribbean’s new Galveston cruise terminal

Royal Caribbean’s new $125m Galveston terminal, opening today, is not only designed as a world-first zero-energy cruise terminal, it’s a beauty of flow and efficiency…

UM School of Nursing & Health Sciences Proposed Expansion

BA healthcare team provided a feasibility study to expand the current University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Sciences building which included space planning, design narratives, and conceptual images…

The Shelborne South Beach Hotel

The Shelborne Hotel located at 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach was built in 1940, with an addition constructed in 1958. The Hotel is now looking to refresh its image while keeping the essence and overall Miami Beach vibe. This project consisted of partial and complete demolition of all public areas…

BA completes NYCEDC’s First-In-Nation Offshore Wind & Waterfront Training Program for M/W/DBEs

BA has successfully completed the first-in-the-nation, Offshore Wind and Waterfront Training program led by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Being selected for the inaugural cohort of the training program is an honor and BA is thankful to NYCEDC and its partners for recognizing the potential of MWDBEs and providing resources and education to a growing waterfront construction and the offshore wind sector.

NYCEDC curated an exceptional program, led by distinguished business experts and professionals at the forefront of the offshore wind industry in New York and New England. The program provided necessary training to take part as stakeholders in the next generation of renewable energy.

As a NYC certified MBE firm, BA is eager to provide architectural, coastal and marine engineering services in support of waterfront design and construction. This is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the offshore wind industry, and we’re excited to share our professional services in the growth of renewable energy in New York City.

“This is a first-in-the nation program intended to innovate and jumpstart the clean energy A/E jobs revolution that we are entering.”

– Daniel Ramos, PE, WEDG
Director of Port and Marine Engineering

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) designs the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold facility in Texas.

Oct 18, 2022

“Set to Open Nov. 9th, 2022, Royal Caribbean Group’s new Galveston terminal will be the first cruise terminal to generate 100% of its needed energy through on-site solar panels”. as shown in a featured article in Seatrade Cruise News linked below.

The $125m, 161,334-square-foot terminal at Pier 10 will accommodate up to 630,000 passengers per year and will be home to the Oasis-class Allure of the Seas, among other ships. 

Proposed School of Nursing & Health Sciences Expansion

Oct 11, 2022

BA healthcare team provided a feasibility study to expand the current University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Sciences building which included space planning, design narratives, and conceptual images. We proposed creating a 24,000 square-foot, 3-floor expansion while also updating the façades, grade level improvements, and internal layouts. The design language is striking, modern, and in keeping with the UM mandate to populate the campus with contemporary architecture.

North Miami Beach Hanford Boulevard Public Streetscape

Oct 4, 2022

The Hanford Boulevard Streetscape Kit-of-Parts is the recommended design guidance intended to unify development and establish a framework for coordinating streetscape elements within the public right-of-way along Hanford Boulevard. Such improvements are intended to establish a palette of streetscape furnishings/treatments that unite redevelopment within the pedestrian realm and improve streetscape conditions that enforce a unique design identity for this critical area of the Fulford Mixed-Use Town Center District.

BA NEWS

Port of Galveston to add a fourth Cruise Terminal

Growth continues at the country’s fourth-busiest cruise port as Galveston Wharves decides to move forward with a new cruise terminal, confirming their support for expanding the port’s cruise business and aligned with the port’s 20-Year Strategic Master plan.

Bermello Ajamil Wins Two AIA Awards for Architecture

Two BA projects were recognized for excellence in Architecture as part of the 2023 AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter Design Awards…

The Avenue Hotel & Residences Groundbreaking in Coral Gables

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) designed a new Parisian-inspired mixed-use development –The Avenue Hotel & Residences in Coral Gables..

Shoma One Towers at Douglas Road Metrorail Station

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) designed Shoma One – a composition of two 40-story residential towers…

Grand Opening of the Agape Village Health Center

The Agape Network proudly announced the Grand Opening of the Agape Village Health Center on October 13th, 2023.

Fort Lauderdale Terminal 5 Groundbreaking Ceremony

T5, spanning 180,000 sq ft, will be JetBlue’s primary hub, featuring aircraft facilities, a fueling system, a passenger bridge, and a shared transportation center.

Arquitectura Exhibit Opens at the Cuban Diaspora Museum

Arquitectura is an exhibit at the Cuban Diaspora Museum that shows a representative group of Cuban American architects professionally educated and acclaimed in the United States, and throughout the world.

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) was ranked as the 4 Top Architecture Firm by the South Florida Business Journal

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA) was ranked as the 4 Top Architecture Firm by the South Florida Business Journal

Middle Country Public Library in Centereach NY featured as one of year’s most impressive in America­­­n Libraries

The Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York was featured in American Library’s most recent issue showcasing the year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries. BA’s scope of work which concluded in mid-2022 included architectural design, construction documentation, and construction administration services for the selective demolition and renovation of existing components of the Centereach Public Library, and the addition of two smaller buildings to support required alterations.

MCO Plaza Premium Group Lounge ranks “Top 10 Best Priority Pass Lounges in the World – AFAR”

BA designed Plaza Premium Group’s state-of-the-art lounge at Orlando International Airport (MCO) that caters to Orlando’s unique mix of business and leisure travelers. The public lounge in Terminal C features custom-designed seating options, quiet zones, workspaces and a family-friendly zone and has a curated Orlando Storytelling Wall developed in partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art.

Pompano Beach McNab House and Botanical Gardens

The City of Pompano Beach selected BA to provide Design Services for the McNab House and Botanical Gardens. As the original concept planners for this project, BA is intimately familiar with its history, vision, and incredible potential.

Haifa Port selected Bermello, Ajamil & Partners to design Israel’s first purpose-built cruise terminal.

Haifa Port selected BA to design Israel’s first purpose-built cruise terminal

Stereotaxis Lab

BA provided full design and construction administration services to the new State of the art Stereotaxis Lab

Galveston Cruise Terminal 10 has won Landmark Award from HBJ 

Galveston Cruise Terminal 10 has won the Houston Business Journal Landmark #Award in the Special Projects category! Congrats to all the project teams involved!

PIANC America 2023 Conference

BA’s Director of Ports and Marine Engineering Daniel Ramos is looking forward to the PIANC America conference and BA supporting this important event as a Silver Sponsor…

Block 45, Miami largest transit-oriented, mixed income development breaks ground.

36-Story Atlantic Station Breaks Ground, Miami’s Largest Mixed Income Transit-Oriented Development…

Nassau Cruise Port opens May 2023

Nassau Cruise Port set to open in May 2023. BA’s scope includes master planning, urban design, architectural design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and marine engineering services…

Inside the dynamic design of Royal Caribbean’s new Galveston cruise terminal

Royal Caribbean’s new $125m Galveston terminal, opening today, is not only designed as a world-first zero-energy cruise terminal, it’s a beauty of flow and efficiency…

UM School of Nursing & Health Sciences Proposed Expansion

BA healthcare team provided a feasibility study to expand the current University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Sciences building which included space planning, design narratives, and conceptual images…

The Shelborne South Beach Hotel

The Shelborne Hotel located at 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach was built in 1940, with an addition constructed in 1958. The Hotel is now looking to refresh its image while keeping the essence and overall Miami Beach vibe. This project consisted of partial and complete demolition of all public areas…

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