Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for Miami-Dade County's LEED Silver SWM Facility by Arlene Kossman


On Friday, February 16, Mrs. Alina T. Hudak, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, cut the ribbon on Miami-Dade County’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) Department’s first ever LEED Silver building designed by TSAO Design Group. “You have designed a beautiful building and should be very proud,” stated Mrs. Hudak. During this ceremony, Christopher Cummings, a Miami-Dade waste-collector was recognized for his heroic efforts last year when he rescued a Miami-Dade Police officer who was injured in a car crash. 

Miami-Dade SWM Department is an integral part of the community and provides waste collection and recycling services to more than 300,000 households in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and nine municipalities. This facility provides the department with offices, shower facilities, locker rooms and assembly space to best serve Miami-Dade County. The administration building is located at SWM Department’s North East Transfer Station near I-95 and Miami Gardens Drive. The building boast solar panels, rain-water harvesting, and a hyper-insulated building envelope, among many other sustainable design measures.

TSAO Design Group is a full service Architecture and Design firm located in Miami and San Francisco, providing services to both public and private sector clients.

TSAO Staff Tours SFO BAB Project Construction Site by Arlene Kossman


In December, TSAO San Francisco staff visited the T1C - Boarding Area B construction site at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The team explored the first of three major construction phases for Boarding Area B, and watched as the first area of the concourse level was poured along with the apron level columns being erected. This is a ground-up renovation of Boarding Area B, the phases allow for the continued operations of the Interim Boarding Area B, which is currently home to Southwest Airlines and Frontier. Phase one is expected to open July 2019. When complete in 2021, Boarding Area B will have 875,062 sf over 3 levels, not including the jet bridges, 24 gates with 3 international gates capable of housing A380 Aircrafts, and an efficient integrated and flexible Baggage Handling System that utilizes state of the art technology – the Independent Container System (ICS) – the first of its kind in the United States. The TSAO Design Group project team, led by Doug Deremer, Jonathan Argueta and Erik Castro, is responsible for the architecture and airside planning on the ramp and apron level of Boarding Area B.

In collaboration with HKS/Wood Bagot/KYA/ED2 Design Venture
General Contractor: AustinWebcor Joint Venture

TSAO Design Group Miami opens its doors to workers without power by Leah Anderson

TSAO Design Group, Miami Office

TSAO Design Group, Miami Office

TSAO Design Group opened its doors to workers in need of Wi-Fi and air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power and cable lines across the region. Jason Hagopian, principal at Tsao Design Group in Miami, sent out an email blast last week to about 4,000 friends and colleagues, inviting them to use TSAO’s office. “We have power, WIFI, water and parking,” the email read. “Our office never lost power. We felt like we were miraculously operational."  A few took advantage of the offer. Hagopian opened up two conference spaces and some desks for clients and colleagues, some of whom typically work from home.

TSAO, an architecture and interior design firm based in San Francisco and Miami, was up and running only a couple of days after the storm because it has two internet providers, one of which never went out of service. The office is located near Miami’s Upper East Side and Belle Meade neighborhoods at 7636 NE 4th Court.

See article, "Out of an office due to Hurricane Irma? Some companies open their doors," published on The Real Deal website.

Hallandale Beach Club Project Wins 2017 IIDA South Florida Chapter Bragg Award by Leah Anderson

TSAO Design Group was given the BRAGG award for Best Commissioned Project for the Beach Club Hallandale project.  The BRAGG awards are the highest honor bestowed by the IIDA South Florida Chapter. The Hallandale Beach Club is a 45-story three-tower oceanfront condominium complex with 1,258 units.  The project scope included 132,000 SF of pool deck and amenity spaces.  Alongside pool remediation and water proofing, the vast pool decks' design objectives included improving circulation, wind mitigation, better utilization of deck spaces, expansion of outdoor amenities, landscaping, rebranding of food/beverage areas, and vital aesthetic updates to the property. Click image to see more on this project.

The Future of Airport Design by Leah Anderson

Changi, Incheon, Heathrow, Kuwait, Doha—each of these next generation airports represents the exciting future of airport design.  Boldly envisioned and brilliantly executed, they express the culture and hospitality of a city, a region and a nation as a destination for domestic and global travelers on business and for pleasure.  By necessity airports are paradigms of operational efficiency; aircraft landing and departures, time on the ground for provisioning, fueling and maintenance, baggage processing and a complex array of flight logistics determine an airport’s capacity to move passengers and aircraft to their destinations safely, efficiently and on time.  Technology has enabled advancements like online check-in and seat selection, home tag/self-drop RFID baggage systems, biometric processing and common use gate allocation to become a reality.  Airports of the future are not merely transit points but multi-venue branded environments offering entertainment, hospitality and retail options to maximize revenues and provide increasingly higher levels of personalized customer service.  In the future major international airports will be integral to regional transportation networks, linked by technology and ground transportation to provide end to end processing of customers and address the journey moments at each stage of the travel experience.  Flexibility and adaptability will be key as airports invest in facilities and infrastructure to meet the constantly changing demands of air travel.  A commitment to net zero resource consumption and green design principles helps to create a future that is sustainable for following generations.

Welcome to next generation airport design—your flight into the future has arrived.

Kaiser Permanente Projects Win 2016 Design Excellence Awards by Leah Anderson

Technology & Wellness Center

Technology & Wellness Center

Healthy Living Retail

Healthy Living Retail

The Kaiser Permanente Design Awards Program recognizes the contributions of KP professional design consultants for projects that achieve excellence for Kaiser Permanente facilities across all regions. TSAO Design Group won the 2016 Award for two projects, the Technology & Wellness Center at the 2238 Geary Boulevard Medical Office Building and the Healthy Living Retail space at 1600 Owens Street, both in San Francisco, CA. Please click on the appropriate project title for more information,

Plastic Surgery Medical Office Wins IIDA Award by Leah Anderson


Located in the Van Ness Corridor of San Francisco, this 5,000 SF plastic surgery medical practice incorporates a 2,500 SF state of the art surgical center. The spa inspired interior creates a calming contrast to the institutional setting of like practices. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Northern California Chapter, awards this outstanding project the 2012 Honors Award.

Award Winning Hult International Business School by Leah Anderson

Hult International Business School won the 2011 IIDA Honor Awards from the International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter. It was also featured in Interior Design magazine Best of Year for 2011 and XAL Volume 12, published in 2012. See more about this award-winning project by clicking image.

SenSpa - Award Winning Project in Historic Presidio Complex by Leah Anderson


Located in a one-story rehabilitated structure, the utilitarian wood frame building was originally built in 1919 as a medical supply warehouse within the historic Letterman Hospital complex. Its unglamorous exterior belies its Asian-inspired interior whose layout respects the structure’s integrity. SenSpa garnered the prestigious 2006 California Preservation Foundation award for its sustainable design and has been published in several noteworthy wellness publications.