Williamsburg Inn Receives Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Five-Star Award!

Kollin Altomare’s resort-wide redesign helped the historic Williamsburg Inn in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia earn its spot on Forbes Travel Guide’s inaugural Verified List of the world’s most luxurious hotels in 2018!

Congratulations to The Colonial Williamsburg Company, Geller Investment Company, and special thanks to our partners:  Faithful Gould – Project Manager; EDSA – Landscape Architect; Puccini Group – Interior Designer; Next Step Design – Food Service Design; Clancy & Theys – General Contractor; TLC – MEP Engineer; VHB – Civil Engineer; and Siska Aurand – Aquatics Designer.

John D. Rockefeller Jr. opened Williamsburg Inn in 1937, as Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg was being restored to its 18th-century era.
Situated across the street from the historic downtown, the hotel is steeped in the Regency style of early-19th-century England with large columns, iron railings and a portico entrance, a contrast to the predominantly simple colonial architecture of Williamsburg.

Totally reimagining a guest’s approach to this historic inn, Kollin Altomare set the stage with a breathtaking, new reflecting pool at the property’s entry. Then, mindful of its classic elegance and sophistication, the design approach incorporated a refined blend of traditional colonial charm and luxurious modern accommodations. Existing structures were expanded to created new private event spaces that now include a stunning outdoor bar, fire pit lounge, picturesque fountain, and more family-friendly, outdoor pool/deck area.

For more on this royal Virginia residence, and the Forbes Travel Guide’s global rating system:

2018 Waterton Annual Leadership Learning Conference

As a valued business partner and supplier, Kollin Altomare was invited to participate in Waterton’s Annual Leadership Learning Conference outside Chicago at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Convention Center in Oak Brook, IL held August 21 – 23.

Michael Kollin attended the event as a silver sponsor and had a chance to interact with Waterton’s partners, associates and support teams in a relaxed setting overlooking the golf course. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for vendors and business associates to get more familiar with Waterton’s team, culture and performance goals, and learn about their strategies and changes in the markets.

Kollin Altomare participated as a silver sponsor

Waterton is a real estate investor and property management company with a focus on U.S. multifamily residential and hospitality properties. https://www.waterton.com/

HPS Conference in San Diego

Michael Kollin (pictured far right) was a key note speaker on a hospitality design panel at the first annual Hospitality Product Supply (HPS) Conference held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina August 8-10, 2018. 

The HPS Conference Summit is a unique suppliers trade show and conference setting providing attendees with an enjoyable and memorable

Paul Altomare (left) and Michael Kollin enjoying lunch at the Turf Club on the finish line at Del Mar Race Track

way to interact with the top Bath Fixture Manufacturers and Industry Professionals while experiencing the latest in product innovation and design.

Hosted by Alan Taranto of HPS, this was a quality hospitality event like no other, complete with a meet and greet that kicked off with a sunset sail excursion on the San Diego Bay, followed by a fantastic dinner coordinated by the HPS team. The welcome ceremony featured motivational speaker, Paula Mulford, who stressed the importance of engagement to generate behavior change, allowing people to be more effective in working together and achieving goals.

The conference events included lunch at the Turf Club at the Del Mar Race Track overlooking the finish line, followed by a dining adventure in beautiful Del Mar. The final day’s events wrapped up with key note speakers featuring both hotel design and development professionals.

Making Connections in the Windy City

Our Chicago office is now more than a year old and staffed with 3 full-time employees! Although they enjoy the full support of our Long Beach home office, our team is working hard to make their presence known in the local industry scene. This means that on top of designing projects, collaborating with clients, and maintaining project schedules, this tremendous trio also spends a good deal of time at networking events after-hours rubbing shoulders with designers, suppliers, brand executives and other architecture firms. Two recent events that had our Chicago staff out on the town were Hospitality Design’s CitySCENE Chicago and The AIA Chicago Small Projects/Small Firms Awards.

CitySCENE Next Generation Networking events are gatherings hosted by Hospitality Design Magazine that bring together up-and-coming and established hospitality professionals for a fun evening of networking. These casual events draw together attendees for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at some of the area’s hottest hotels and event spaces. Chris, Ron, and Dafne, along with team members from White Space interiors attended the April 18th event at Boleo Bar and Restaurant at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Downtown Chicago. The group from KAA/White Space took advantage of the chance to connect with many local professionals, and toured the Hospitality Design model room. Don’t they look cozy?

More recently, our Windy City group attended The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s 7th annual Small Projects/Small Firms Awards on May 4th. Billed as “the biggest little party of the year” by AIA, the evening highlighted the best residential, commercial, and institutional architecture and functional objects designed over the past year. Presented by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, the goal of this awards program is to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence. Chris, Ron, and Dafne were each able to vote for their favorite project out of 92 submitted for the People’s Choice Award, and enjoyed exploring the display room at Architectural Artifacts, where the awards were held.


Design comes to life at Four Seasons Punta Mita

The team at Kollin Altomare Architects has been working diligently for some time on a new vision for Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico. The enhancements will bring fresh and innovative spaces to the Resort’s already magical landscape, ideal for beachfront meetings, weddings and private events, along with active experiences for groups including AntiGravity fitness and aerial yoga classes.

The fully re-imagined Apuane Spa and a sophisticated transformation of the adults-only Tamai Pool will offer beautiful venues for activities outside of the boardroom, including team relaxation and outdoor cocktail hours. The KAA’s re-imagining of the Resort’s signature Sol and Luna luxury suites will create expansive four and five-bedroom accommodations for executives, groups and families seeking the height of luxury. The multi-million dollar renovation will debut later this winter.

KAA Staff Volunteer at Holiday Event for Local Charity

‘Tis the season for helping others, and Kollin Altomare Architects staff showed their holiday cheer this month by volunteering with Friends & Helpers, a local nonprofit organization, in El Segundo earlier this month.

Friends & Helpers was started in 1992 in Southern California by a victim of domestic violence to support the families within local shelters. Their goal is to provide support, education and encouragement for domestic abuse victims who have fled to a shelter or group home for safety. All of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation by receiving counseling, job training, financial planning and life skills. The organization supports several centers throughout the year.

Jill Guerrero, KAA job captain, introduced the rest of our staff to Friends & Helpers, and organized a volunteer day to give back local families in need. On December 6th, Jill and Kira Beltran, KAA interior designer, participated in this year’s holiday program, assembling packages of gift cards, toys and food for families in the program.

Friends & Helpers community outreach includes Back to School and Adopt A Family Holiday Program. Volunteers assemble school supplies, snack bags, hygiene items and holiday gifts as a way to provide the families with items we often take for granted and they desperately need all year round. This is made possible by donations, volunteer hours and company sponsorship. For more information on Friends & Helpers, click here.



KAA Founder Mentors Local Students, Serves as Juror for Exhibition


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Serving the community we live and work in is very important to us at Kollin Altomare Architects. Founder and principal Michael Kollin recently spent time mentoring Wilson Classical High School’s senior architectural students despite an increasingly busy schedule with all of our ongoing projects. As a mentor, he guided them and shared his knowledge gained through decades of professional experience as an architect.

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As the students presented their final senior projects June 10th, Michael served as juror, and later that evening was also a juror at an art showing of the students’ work. “Regeneration”is an exhibition of functional objects designed and built by students from Wilson High School’s Spring Architecture class. Using wood sourced from used pallets, students constructed upcycled tables and chairs inspired by both architecture as well as their personal experiences. The exhibit is on display at the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and will run until July 3rd in MOLAA’s Port to Learning Gallery.

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The Port to Learning is a new gallery space committed to expanding visitors’ understanding of topics central to MOLAA’s mission through interactive educational programming. For more information on the Regeneration exhibit, click here

Congratulations to these talented students! We look forward to seeing their designs around Long Beach in the future!

KAA Staff Members Motivate Students at Rogers Middle School’s Career Day


At Kollin Altomare Architects, we strive to be partners with the community we serve and give back to our local neighborhood whenever possible. We had a great opportunity to work with local children last week when KAA’s Trifon Metodiev and Bryan Pliez visited Rogers Middle School to present at their 6th annual Career Day. This year marked Kollin Altomare Architects’ fourth year of participation in this wonderful event that brings together children, teachers and the local business community.


Trifon and Bryan gave presentations to two classes of 8th graders at Rogers, and discussed the education required to become an architect, as well as the responsibilities and duties architects have every day. At the end of the presentation, students were given paper and time to create a drawing of any type of architecture they chose. All of the students’ drawings are included in the image album below. Thanks to Bryan and Trifon, we just may have some future architects who never considered this dynamic career before!


New Company Video for 2016


We’ve recently updated our company profile video, and we’d like to share it with all of you. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes view into our firm, we highlight our company background, vision, and glimpses of some of our most inspired designs. The video will also be showcased soon on our website homepage. Let us know what you think in the comments!


New Live Webcam Shows Progress at San Gabriel Sheraton Hotel Site


We’ve been talking about our work on the San Gabriel Sheraton for some time now, and for good reason: it’s one of the largest and most high-profile projects we’re working on! From concept drawings to the ground breaking ceremony, Kollin Altomare Architects has been an integral part of the team that is bringing this vision to life. The San Gabriel Sheraton is one of several new buildings that will form the redeveloped Valley Corridor area, and we are excited to see it all come together.

Even though completion is still some time away, you can now check up on construction progress anytime from your computer or mobile device by clicking here. These live cameras broadcast from the construction site 24 hours a day, giving visitors a true insider’s view into what it takes to build a landmark hotel. The website also features time-lapse video of construction progress from groundbreaking to current status, as well as high-resolution still photos and helicopter aerial views.

Checkout the site and let us know what you think!