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16 Dec 2015


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Irena Savakova joins LEO A DALY

Washington, D.C. – Internationally renowned architecture, engineering, planning, and interiors firm LEO A DALY announced today that Irena Savakova has joined its Washington office as Director of Design. In this role she will lead a world-class design team in completing complex architectural projects for a variety of clients.

Savakova is an award-winning designer with 25 years of experience developing architectural and interiors projects for federal, commercial and educational facilities in the US and internationally. She enjoys an industry-wide reputation for her creativity, passion, and knowledge in managing complex core and shell developments, interiors, and space-planning projects.

“Architecture draws its identity from its context as well as from its uniqueness. I am thrilled to be joining a firm that shares my passion for design that strikes a balance between form and function, beauty and purpose—serving clients by listening to their concerns, understanding their goals, and sharing in their vision,” said Savakova.

Over the past seven years, Savakova has led or contributed to the architectural design of new signature facilities for the US Department of State, Social Security Administration, the National Guard Bureau, the Air National Guard, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and NASA. Her deft handling of the approval process with the National Capital Planning Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on sensitive historic sites such as St. Elizabeths Campus and at Joint Base Anacostia resulted in unanimous final design approvals.

“Irena is a collaborative designer who embodies everything we stand for at LEO A DALY. She will be a strong and energetic advocate for the continued elevation of our design culture. This is an important milestone for our office, and I am excited by the prospects for our future together,” said Stephen Wright, AIA, Managing Principal for LEO A DALY Washington, D.C.

Savakova began her design career in Bulgaria. In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Architecture degree and began practicing in the European Union, where she is licensed as a registered architect. In 1995, she earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and joined DMJM-Design (later AECOM) one year later.

The Washington, D.C., office of LEO A DALY is recognized for its 50-year history of design excellence, including important projects such as the National World War II Memorial, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, and the North Terminal of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Current projects include the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda, the new North Terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and the renovation of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design for George Washington University.

Toro Headquarters Building, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA – 18 Sep 2013
Bloomington Building
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The Toro Company, a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions, selected international architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY as design architect to expand its headquarters in Bloomington. The 75,000 sqft expansion, which officially broke ground on Sept. 5, will begin the process of expanding the company’s research, development and testing operations required for Toro’s state-of-the-art equipment. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

Zayed Military Hospital Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 Aug 2013
Zayed Military Hospital Building
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The Abu Dhabi Command of Military Works selected international architecture and engineering firm LEO A DALY to design its new 300-bed, 117,000 sqm (1.25 m sqft) Zayed Military Hospital campus that will serve all branches of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The design includes a 260-bed medical/surgical hospital, a 40-bed psychiatric hospital, a women’s services building, security facilities, a mosque and a utility plant.

KETV, former Burlington Station, Omaha
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KETV Nebraska Building
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KETV Nebraska Building – 24 Jul 2013
KETV, Omaha’s top-rated television station, recently purchased this 48,000 square-foot, two-story facility to house its growing broadcast operations. To transform it into a 21st century multimedia outlet, KETV chose the international architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY. The firm, which opened for business in 1915 in the station’s bustling neighborhood, will provide architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, and interior and lighting design services. Other project members include Broadcast Building Company as the contractor, DFW Consulting Group, Inc. as the MEP consultant and Vireo as the landscape architect.

Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial, USA

Families of Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty Break Ground for the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

MINNEAPOLIS – July, 2012 — Families of Minnesota firefighters who died in the line of duty, statewide fire officials, legislators and representatives from memorial designer LEO A DALY broke ground for the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial in a solemn ceremony at the State Capitol on July 13. Construction will continue throughout the summer, with a dedication ceremony to unveil the new memorial scheduled for Sept. 30, 2012, Minnesota’s newly designated Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.

Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial
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Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety Mona Dohman joined family members at the event, including:

• Kristi McCormick, a Hibbing fire equipment operator/paramedic and the granddaughter of Chauncey Pettinelli (from Virginia, Minn.), who died June 16, 1958;

• Brandon Hollingsworth, a Brooklyn Park firefighter and son of Thomas K. Hollingsworth (from Robbinsdale), who died Jan. 17, 1984

• Jack Zilliox, a retired Saint Paul Fire Captain and son of John Zilliox (from Saint Paul), who died Nov. 25, 1973;

• Linda Delude, widow of Barry Delude (from Minneapolis), who died Feb. 13, 2007; and

• Juanita Rosa, granddaughter of John Harmon (from Renville), who died May 22, 1921.

Since 1881, 208 Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty. In 2011, the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation launched an initiative to create a larger, more accessible and interactive memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol to give families, friends, co-workers and community members a permanent location to pay tribute to these men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

LEO A DALY is providing design, project management and cost estimation services to create the new memorial while Westwood Professional Services is responsible for survey and civil engineering. The firms are partnering on a pro-bono basis with the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation.

To pay for some additional construction costs and minor expenses for the Sept. 30 dedication ceremony, the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation is working to raise the final $80,000 over the next few months. There is still time to contribute to the cause: Financial contributions to the Minnesota State Firefighter Memorial fundraising effort can be sent to: Minnesota Fire Service Foundation c/o Flagship Bank, 7525 Office Ridge Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3644. Online contributions can be made at: www.mnfireservicefoundation.org. All contributions are tax deductible. Donations exceeding the goal will fund educational scholarships for children of active, retired or deceased firefighters, and for spouses of deceased firefighters.

“This has been a joint effort between firefighters, the business community and the public,” said Martin Scheerer, Past President of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association. “We’ve seen support pour in from all across Minnesota, and we’re particularly proud of the way many of the fire departments across the state have contributed to this important effort.

LEO A DALY News in 2012

SAC Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, Papillion, Nebraska, USA
SAC FCU Building Nebraska
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SAC FCU Headquarters – 12 Jun 2012
The largest credit union in Nebraska, selected international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY to provide design and engineering services for its new corporate headquarters campus in Papillion, Nebraska. LEO A DALY also provided site selection, programming and master planning services for the project over the past year.

China Mobile International Headquarters Campus, Beijing, China
China Mobile International Headquarters Campus Beijing
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China Mobile Beijing – 25 Apr 2012
The new international headquarters, which will be built in several phases in an area of 1.3 million square meters, consists of a campus of 26 specialized buildings to accommodate a variety of functions, including information collection, research and innovation, information services, international cooperation and exchange and display functions.

LEO A DALY Practice News in 2012

State of Minnesota Selects LEO A DALY to Design New Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial

(MINNEAPOLIS – March 06, 2012) The state of Minnesota has selected international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY to design the new Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the State Capitol grounds to honor the sacrifice of Minnesota firefighters killed in the line of duty.

LEO A DALY is providing design, project management and cost estimation services to create the new memorial while Westwood Professional Services is responsible for survey and civil engineering. The firms are partnering on a pro-bono basis with the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation.

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial
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“We are proud to collaborate with the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation to design a memorial that pays homage to our firefighters and recognizes their extraordinary sacrifice to our community,” said LEO A DALY Minneapolis Managing Principal Ted Redmond, AIA.

The approximately 6,000-square-foot memorial incorporates several distinctive design features within a landscaped garden and paved assembly area. The main focal point is a large monolith supported by a grid of steel columns that houses the Minnesota Fire Service Memorial Statue. This bronze, figurative sculpture of a firefighter rescuing a child, which is currently on display at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, is lit by natural light through a circular void in the monolith.

The monolith is made of weathering steel, which over time rusts to form a protective coating – a process analogous to the oxidation of fire. The organizing grid of 100 potential pavilion columns embodies a repeating century of years – 10 decades by 10 years per decade. Currently, an incomplete constellation of 83 columns are mapped on the grid, recording the years in which Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty. The names of each of Minnesota’s fallen firefighters are inscribed on the columns. The design allows for new columns to be added onto the grid for additional inscriptions in the future.

Also, the memorial ground rises to present approaching visitors with a wall inscribed with names of the 791 fire departments throughout the state. The site’s landscaped garden and paved area provides a space for quiet reflection and contemplation, and also serves as the ceremonial location for large annual memorial services.

“We want to provide a meaningful experience to family, friends and community members who visit to pay their tributes,” said Glenn Waguespack, LEO A DALY’s lead designer on the project. “So the design incorporates evocative symbols of firefighters in every aspect of the memorial.”

Construction of the $500,000 memorial, which was completely funded by Minnesota’s firefighters, will begin in May 2012 and completed by September 2012.

LEO A DALY Opens New Office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Jay N. Kline, Regional Manager – Saudi Arabia, To Lead Office

(WASHINGTON – March 06, 2012) International architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY opens a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new office, which is the second office opened by the firm in the Middle East in recent years, will focus on infrastructure, housing, healthcare and education markets.

“Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing economy and is investing in its infrastructure, hospitals and universities,” said LEO A DALY executive vice president Charles Dalluge. “We have worked with Saudi clients on a diverse portfolio of large-scale projects since the 1970s, and we believe opening this regional office will help us play a significant role in fulfilling the country’s needs.”

Jay N. Kline, regional manager – Saudi Arabia, will lead the office in close collaboration with Ross Ensor, the firm’s corporate international director, to build prospective and existing client relationships, identify new project opportunities, and coordinate the firm’s projects in the country. Since joining LEO A DALY in 2008, Kline has primarily focused on the firm’s federal projects, serving clients such as the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration. His responsibilities included managing clients, developing pursuit strategies, overseeing proposal writing processes and preparing project interviews. Prior to joining LEO A DALY, Kline worked in a variety of sales and marketing positions within a wide range of industries, including fine jewelry, real estate and entertainment.

“Representing the firm in Saudi Arabia is an honor and I am looking forward to this challenge,” said Kline. “I lived in the Middle East as a youth and am therefore familiar and comfortable with the Arab people and culture. I will be striving to build strong and sustainable relationships with our clients in the next few years.”

Kline studied international studies with a specialization in international business and management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). During his studies, he was awarded the Nene Field Ambassador Scholarship which sent him to the University Of Helsinki School Of Economics in Mikkeli, Finland to represent UNO’s international studies program. Recently, he received the Young Member Medal award from the Society of American Military Engineers, Omaha Post, for his work as the co-chair of its programs committee.

The opening of the Riyadh office marks the eighth international location for LEO A DALY, which also has offices in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Beijing; Hong Kong; Benghazi, Libya; Istanbul, Turkey; Moscow; and Tripoli, Libya. The Riyadh office is located at 602 Akaria III – Olaya, P.O. Box 300726.

LEO A DALY Practice News

LEO A DALY Architects – Practice Developments
Izmir Health Park International Campus
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Recent LEO A DALY Designs

FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Building
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Florida Atlantic University Building
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Florida Atlantic University Building – 9 Aug 2011
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Platinum certification to the recently completed Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Engineering and Computer Science Building in Boca Raton, Fla. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Designed by international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY, FAU’s facility is the first academic building in southeast Florida to achieve this status.

Aegean Breeze at Alaçati, west Turkey
Aegean Breeze
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LEO A DALY : Turkish Resort Design
LEO A DALY is providing the master plan and concept design for Aegean Breeze at Alaçati, a five-star, contemporary beach destination resort that will break ground on the western coast of Turkey this year, with a grand opening planned in summer 2012.

LEO A DALY – Key Projects

Excellence Huanggang Century Center, Shenzhen, China

Excellence Huanggang Century Center
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Excellence Huanggang Century Center

Huijin International Center, Xiamen, China

Huijin International Center
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Huijin International Center

Baqiao District Housing, Xi’an, Shaanxi Provence, China

Baqiao District Housing
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Baqiao District Housing : Master Plan and Concept Design

Abu Dhabi New England Center for Children, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi New England Center for Children
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Abu Dhabi New England Center for Children

Bat’umi Resort and Master Plan, Georgia

Bat'umi Resort
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Bat’umi Resort

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LEO A DALY – Practice Information

LEO A DALY have offices across the globe inluding studios in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Beijing (China) and Hong Kong (China).


Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an internationally renowned architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm. The company’s portfolio includes award-winning projects in 70 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. LEO A DALY currently employs more than 1,100 architects, planners, engineers and interior designers in 30 offices worldwide. LEO A DALY consistently ranks in the top 10 largest architecture, engineering and interior design firms in the U.S., and is listed in BD World Architecture’s top 30 global practices.

LEO A DALY’s involvement in overseas commissions started in the 1960s with work in Brazil and Vietnam. The firm’s first permanent overseas office was established in Hong Kong where it has had a presence for more than 40 years. LEO A DALY has international offices based in Beijing, Tianjin, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow.

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