IIDA MAC Honors Two OTJ Designs at Yearly Premiere Gala

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA MAC) recognized two of our projects at its yearly Premiere awards gala, held in downtown Washington D.C.  For 22 consecutive years, this prestigious competition, judged by a team of lauded design professionals from around the country, has honored the best interior projects submitted by Washington, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, and Annapolis firms.

Our design for the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center received the Award of Honor for projects under 10,000 square feet.  Located in Washington, D.C., this free-flowing collaborative space brings together staff, clients, partners, and the community to inspire each other, grow their networks, and devise ground-breaking technology solutions.   Booz Allen’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Joe Mahaffee, observed: “We needed the right environment to get the best out of our talent.  The Center’s open, adaptable space expresses our century-old spirit of teamwork, collaboration, and entrepre­neurialism in a way we’ve never done before.”  Innovators have taken note: the Center’s successful design is drawing the interest of leading organizations nationwide eager to leverage the built environment’s ability to connect tech forerunners and spark creativity.

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) was also recognized at the gala with an Award of Merit in the 10,000 – 30,000 square foot category.  This technologically advanced showcase invites visitors and staff alike to “press the power button” and enter into a brand-rich realm that celebrates the cultural importance of video games from Pacman through to today’s latest advances in virtual reality.  Rich Taylor, ESA’s Senior Vice President, Communications & Industry Affairs, noted: “ESA’s new office provides incredible experiences for interaction and engagement. From dedicated creative video game spaces to break-out rooms for collaboration, we now have a showcase that represents the innovative and energetic video game industry.”

Lance Jaccard, OTJ Managing Partner, remarked: “We’re thrilled to see our designs recognized by our industry peers.  We were privileged to work with exceptional clients who, like us, were eager to ask hard questions, push boundaries, and ultimately create spaces that inspire by looking to the future of the built environment.”

This year’s IIDA MAC awards competition drew an exceptional number of superlative entries with projects ranging from less than 10,000 to over 100,000 square feet.  We’re proud to have received two of the ten prizes awarded.

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