Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Castell Project Opens Nominations for 2020 Castell Award

Peggy Berg

ATLANTA, GA, Feb. 19, 2020—Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today opened nominations for the second annual Castell Award recognizing a woman leader in the hospitality investment arena. 

“Women will one-day hold one in every three leadership seats in the hospitality industry - the Castell Award provides public recognition for the remarkable females leading the way and inspiring us all,” said Peggy Berg, president, Castell Project, Inc.

Heather McCrory
  “We invite men and women at all levels in the industry to nominate a woman leader or woman who inspires them. The Castell Award recognizes their work and encourages other women who will follow.”

The award winner will represent one or more of the following characteristics:

1.    Change-maker: Leads strategic improvement programs for their organization
2.    Trailblazer: Opens new paths in the industry
3.    Gender Equity Champion: Creates opportunities for women
4.    Principled Professional: Demonstrates ethical business conduct within their organization and the industry

Lindsay Wright
The Castell Award will be presented at this year’s Lodging Conference held in Phoenix, Ariz., from September 21-24, 2020, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.  The winner will receive a unique, handcrafted award acknowledging their leadership. 

The inaugural 2019 award was presented to Heather McCrory, CEO, North and Central America, ACCOR. The award was presented by Lindsay Wright, director of development and a mentee of Heather’s, together with Kirk Kinsell, Castell Project board member.

Kirk Kinsell
To nominate a female hospitality industry leader, please visit  Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2020.


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Ware Malcomb Announces Construction is Complete on Braille Institute's New Anaheim, CA Facility

Braille Institute, 527 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA

IRVINE, CA, Feb. 19, 2020 – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced construction is complete on the brand new facility of the Braille Institute located at 527 North Dale Avenue in Anaheim, Calif.
Ware Malcomb provided executive architect and interior design services for the project. Ware Malcomb’s branding studio also implemented interior and exterior signage that incorporated the Braille Institute’s new logo and brand strategy.

Tom Myers
“Moving all of Braille Institute’s Anaheim facilities together into one large building instead of several smaller ones has made it much easier for their patrons to navigate, and creates operational efficiencies,” said Tom Myers, Regional Vice President of Ware Malcomb. 
“The Braille Institute has been providing vital services for the visually impaired community in Southern California for 100 years, and this new space will allow them to do even more in the decades ahead,” said Mary Cheval, Director, Interior Architecture & Design of Ware Malcomb.
Ware Malcomb has worked with the Braille Institute on several projects over the past 25 years.
The Braille Institute is a non-profit organization offering a broad range of free programs, classes and services for thousands of students of all ages to empower themselves to live more enriching lives with blindness and vision loss. 
Founded in 1919 in Los Angeles, the Braille Institute first opened its Anaheim facility in 1971, with Ware Malcomb completing various projects on their campus since that time.

Mary Cheval
 Having served the community for four decades, the existing buildings were demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art facility.
The new, 14,735 square foot single-story facility includes a variety of unique spaces, such as an instructional kitchen, to teach the visually impaired life skills and how to navigate through the world.
The new building also features a central courtyard that contains multiple auditory and tactile guides including a bubbling fountain and contrasting surfaces. 
Ware Malcomb developed exterior and interior signage to enhance and highlight the facility’s new contemporary architecture, while integrating the new logo and brand standards created by the Braille Institute’s branding agency. 


Rachel Devany
VP Public Relations
 KCOMM for Ware Malcomb

Maureen Bissonnette
Associate Principal,