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Mr. Bergerson

Tom Bergerson

Principal, AO Architects

Tom Bergerson, AIA, is Principal at AO, an Orange County, Calif-based architectural services firm with 10 distinct design studios serving the entire commercial real estate spectrum.  Mr. Bergerson is responsible for managing hospitality, mixed-use and retail teams leveraging over 35 years of comprehensive architectural services and development management experience to oversee projects across AO's hospitality, commercial, retail, and mixed-use design studios.

Mr. Bergerson is a team builder that seeks innovative solutions to strategically ensure the client's development goals are fully addressed. He has a proven reputation leading project teams and acting as the client's advocate, successfully navigating complicated development hurdles.

Notably, Mr. Bergerson is currently overseeing the design and development of The Inns at Buena Vista Creek, a 426-room, three Hilton branded hotels on one campus in Oceanside. He is also overseeing two Hilton Garden Inn projects in Pomona & San Jose. The San Jose project includes a five-story, 150-room modular hospitality project. His firm, AO Architects is a pioneer in modular design and construction for hotel and residential projects.

In addition, he is designing BANC, a visionary mixed-use development in Irvine, featuring an 11-story branded luxury hotel with an adjoining 6-story office building and boasting amenities such as an expansive roman spa and rooftop beach club. Other projects currently under construction include a Springhill Suites in Downey and the rehabilitation of the historic Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach. He is coordinating the final permits for a dual branded Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott in Orange.

Prior to joining AO in 2014, Mr. Bergerson was President at DMB Architects, where he launched and spearheaded the Orange County architecture and planning office in 2009. He also has held various leadership positions with renowned Southern California architecture firms including as Principal, Retail & Mixed Use at Cubellis, and as Retail Studio Director at Carter & Burgess.

Mr. Bergerson is a California licensed architect. He attended the University of Southern California's School of Architecture from 1981 to 1987. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Center.

Please visit http://www.aoarchitects.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-bergerson-69306310/

Mr. Bergerson can be contacted at +1 714-639-9860 or tom@aoarchitects.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.