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ACE Mentor Program Encourages Future Architects, Designers

April 3, 2014
The ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Cambridge and Boston Mentor Program recently wrapped up another successful year of teaching and, ideally, instilling passion for design and building in talented high school students. The group of nine from the Community Charter School of Cambridge is diverse by background, age and interests. The mentor group is comprised of architects, landscape architects and engineers from SMMA and several other firms. The annual program begins in November with a selection of the participants, and meets weekly at SMMA until the middle of March. The two...

WPI Field/Parking Garage Wins ACEC Engineering Award

March 21, 2014
The Elevated Athletic Field and Parking Structure at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, designed by SMMA in collaboration with JJA Sports, was a Silver Award Winner at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Massachusetts Chapter annual Engineering Excellence & Awards Gala, held March 19 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. The design team had to overcome a lack of benchmark data for projects of this scale and complexity, resolving significant structural, surface drainage and environmental challenges. The positive impact is multi-faceted: the complex provides the WPI community...

Fleming To Be on IIDA Panel

March 20, 2014
SMMA interior designer Jocelyn Fleming (left) will be one of three designers participating in an IIDA New England event, “Let’s Talk – A Conversation with 3 Design Professionals and 3 Construction Professionals,” to be held March 25 from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Stone Source Showroom, 327 A Street in Boston. The two other designers are from Elkus-Manfredi Architects and Gensler. The construction companies’ participants are Paul Mancini of Trinity Building & Construction Management Corp.; Scott Giles of Lee Kennedy Company; and Ryan Caffyn-Parsons of Structuretone. The presentation and...

SMMA Announces Promotions

March 20, 2014
Symmes Maini & McKee Associates is pleased to announce the following promotions. Staff promoted to Senior Associates are, from left: Steve Szramiak, an architect; Crystal Kittredge, an interior designer; Chris Davis, an MEP engineer and SMMA's Commissioning Group Leader ; and Laura LeClair, a landscape architect (not pictured). Staff promoted to Associates are: Philippe Genereux, an architect; Anne Marie Bunnell, an architect; Allison Blanks, an architect in the firm’s Chapel Hill, NC office; Melanie Manley, an interior designer; Elizabeth Galloway, a civil engineer; Erin Prestileo, a...

Zarrillo Named 2014 Outstanding Alumnus by Rutgers Landscape Architecture Department

March 19, 2014
Mark J. Zarrillo, director of landscape architecture and planning at SMMA, has been named the Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture 2014 Outstanding Alumnus. The award is given annually to a Rutgers graduate who has contributed substantially to the landscape architecture profession. As part of the honor, Zarrillo has been invited to return to the Rutgers campus in the fall to deliver a talk as part of the department’s Common Lecture Series, which weekly features significant figures in the landscape architecture profession speaking to students and faculty. Current...

SMMA Designs GoDaddy Regional Headquarters

March 12, 2014
GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, selected SMMA to design their new East Coast headquarters at 1 Main St. in Kendall Square.  The new Cambridge office will occupy the top floor of 1 Main St. and is being designed to reflect the strong brand identity and creative workplace culture of GoDaddy. When completed in early 2014, it will provide office and collaboration space for the company’s technical, Research and Development (R&D), sales and customer support teams. The move to Cambridge is part of a global growth and acquisition strategy for...

SMMA Designing Expanded Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina

February 13, 2014
SMMA is providing full design services to Rockett Management for the expansion of the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina. SMMA has designed a new building perpendicular to the existing hotel and closer to the water’s edge. The new portion of the hotel will have 36 additional hotel suites, comprised of combinations of junior and mid-size suites and one master/honeymoon suite. It will also have 14 contemporary apartments on the two upper floors, ranging in size from 850 to 1,400 sf. A news item on the expansion appeared in the Feb. 4 edition of the The Salem News. The new building’s design,...

SMMA K-12 Studio Gets Support for School Projects at Year-End

January 30, 2014
SMMA’s K-12 Studio ended 2013 by gaining the support of several Massachusetts communities for new and renovated school projects . . . The Wellesley Special Town Meeting (STM) overwhelmingly supported the proposal to renovate two elementary schools – Fiske and Schofield. In addition, the town approved study of three other elementary schools – Hardy, Hunnewell and Upham – to determine "what if scenarios" for the renovation, replacement or consolidation of these facilities . . . The Studio was hired as an education consultant for the City of Waltham. The scope includes reviewing the city’s...

Zarillo Appointed to Massachusetts Registration Board

December 12, 2013
Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick has appointed SMMA landscape architect Mark Zarillo (left) to the Board of Registration of Landscape Architects for the Commonwealth. The board adjudicates and regulates the profession of Landscape Architecture in the state, ensuring for example the proper use of the term “Landscape Architect” and what qualifies someone to use this designation. Zarillo is a 12-year veteran of the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards (CLARB), the national organization that administers testing and licensing in the profession, where he was a volunteer...

Voters Approve Winchester High School Renovation

December 11, 2013
Voters in Winchester, MA Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a debt exclusion to pay for a $130 million overhaul of Winchester High School designed by SMMA. The measure passed by 68%, with 5900 yes votes and 2402 no votes. Fifty-one percent of registered voters cast ballots in the election. The Massachusetts School Building Authority will cover $44.5 million of the cost, leaving $85.5 million to the Winchester taxpayers. The funds will be raised through increased property taxes. The existing Winchester High School, built in 1970, poses numerous challenges to the architecture team and the school...

Pitkin Speaks at EdSpaces in San Antonio

December 10, 2013
SMMA’s Alex Pitkin (left), the firm’s director of institutional practice, spoke at EdSpaces, sponsored by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, held Dec. 4 to 6 in San Antonio. Pitkin spoke on “Designing for a Career-Oriented Future.” The session highlighted ways in which high schools, community colleges and vocational schools are shifting their facilities needs in the direction of providing additional space for career programs in high-growth fields like healthcare, construction, agriculture and technology. Pitkin offered the successful results creating "academies of...

SMMA Wins First Project at UNC at Chapel Hill

November 25, 2013
SMMA has won its first project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project is a renovation of 208 W. Franklin St. (left), which is home to the Development Office of the University. The scope of service includes interior design on four floors in order to accommodate an additional 26 people for the Campaign for Carolina fund raising effort. It will also include new furniture fit-up, new lighting and a renovation of the building’s HVAC system. The 21,000 s.f. building was built in 1999 and later purchased by UNC. It is on the periphery of the campus in the heart of downtown...

Megan Carriere Achieves Architecture Licensure

November 22, 2013
SMMA architect Megan Carriere (left) has achieved architecture licensure after passing the demanding time and examination requirements required by the AIA. She also advanced from Associate AIA to AIA. Megan has been at SMMA for 3 ¾ years and works mostly in the firm’s Higher Education studio. Most recently she was instrumental in designing the new Schneider Arena Addition and Renovation at Providence College, which opened just weeks ago, and is at present working on other PC commissions. Megan graduated in 2009 from Syracuse University with the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and SMMA has...

Cole School Named 'Verified High Performance School'

November 5, 2013
The Archie Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island was one of two Ocean State schools to be recognized as "Verified High Performance Schools," as designated by the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). SMMA architect Ed Frenette, second from left, was on hand on Friday, Nov. 1 at a presentation of the plaque in Newport. Northeast CHPS guidelines are based on national CHPS criteria but tailored to the climate of the northeast.

Galloway Achieves Certified Energy Manager Designation

November 5, 2013
SMMA Civil Engineer Elizabeth Galloway, left, has been accredited as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), an international organization of engineers engaged in energy management and sustainable design. Galloway achieved the designation after several years of experience working on energy efficiency and sustainable design projects at the firm and taking a four-day course, followed by a rigorous test, administered by the AEE on topics ranging from indoor air quality and energy accounting to HVAC systems, lighting and building envelope, among numerous...

Rownd Rejoins SMMA to Co-lead Health and Science Studio

October 22, 2013
In response to growing demand from life science and healthcare clients, SMMA/Symmes Maini & McKee Associates recently appointed Josh Rownd as Principal and Director of the firm’s Health and Science Studio. Rownd has 28 years of experience leading project development and design for healthcare and life science clients. Prior to joining SMMA, Rownd held leadership roles with HDR Architecture, DLR Group and Setter Leach and Lindstrom. He returns to SMMA, where he managed health, technology and science projects in the firm’s former Minneapolis office. “Josh is a strategist and problem solver,...

"Cantasia" is SMMA's Entry to CANstruction 2013

October 16, 2013
SMMA participated in CANstruction Boston, an annual charity event wherein A/E/C firms from Greater Boston compete in building sculptures made entirely of canned goods. This year’s CANstruction had a Hollywood theme: “Lights, Camera, Action!” The SMMA team was inspired to recreate a scene from a timeless motion picture – “Fantasia.” The scene shows the Sorcerer’s Apprentice about to climb a curved stairway, with his shadow cast against the floor and wall. There were 2,869 cans used for the sculpture, and they and all of the cans from CANstruction 2013 will be delivered to the Merrimack Valley...

SMMA Wins Providence College Design Competition

October 8, 2013
SMMA has been chosen to design the new Business School at Providence College, following a detailed process that included an invited, two-stage competition among seven prominent design firms. The winning SMMA scheme defines an interior Landscape of Learning formed on one side by a repurposed dormitory, Dore Hall. The interior of this building is converted to cellular spaces, while the gently curved new wing opposite accommodates larger learning venues and an auditorium. In between, a vibrant, sun-filled atrium with a bridge (left) becomes the building’s heart. The arc of the new façade expands...

Worcester Telegram Features WPI Green Athletic Roof

October 7, 2013
Just a day after the facility was presented at the AIA New England Regional Conference and Design Awards, the new athletic field atop a parking garage at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, designed by SMMA, was featured in the Sunday Oct. 6 edition of The Worcester Telegram. The article describes the project as a "deceptively complex undertaking," and quotes SMMA architect Robert Hicks about how the team addressed the concerns of the surrounding residential community. The article goes onto say: "Architects from around New England at a conference in the city Saturday absorbed the lessons of the...

Hogan Regional Center Sets Energy Savings Standard

October 3, 2013
SMMA was on hand on Wed., Oct. 2 for the ribbon cutting of the newly refurbished Hogan Regional Center in Danvers, MA, a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) site that serves adults with intellectual disabilities. DDS commissioner Elin Howe (left) led a group of numerous state dignitaries at the event. A design build collaboration between SMMA and J.C. Cannistraro, LLC, the project represented a completely new energy system for the 170-bed facility wherein a nearby power plant burning #6 fuel oil was decommissioned and replaced by clean-burning natural gas boilers in each building. In...

Gala Celebrates Opening of Schneider Arena

September 26, 2013
On the occasion of the first game of the women's hockey team at Providence College, there will be a gala evening event on Friday, September 27 to celebrate the grand reopening of the Schneider Arena Addition and Renovations. This extensive new three-story addition to the existing hockey arena, designed by SMMA, included renovation of support spaces and arena, full utility upgrades and new landscaping. In addition to the architecture, SMMA also did the structural engineering and landscape design. The 41,710 sf arena accommodates 2,978 seats. The project included renovation of 68,501 sf of...

SMMA's Linda Lukas Wins CoreNet Global President's Award

September 26, 2013
SMMA congratulates our friend and colleague Linda Lukas on receiving the 2013 President's Award from the CoreNet Global New England Chapter. Lukas, Director of Client Development at SMMA, will be presented the award at CoreNet Global's 9th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala on October 16 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston's Seaport District.

Framingham State Dining Commons Ready for Service

September 19, 2013
The addition to the McCarthy Dining Commons at Framingham State University, a collaboration between SMMA and Erland Construction, is nearing completion and is expected to go into service next week, just a couple of weeks into the new school year. The project was under an extremely aggressive schedule, beginning construction before the university's 2013 commencement exercises in the spring. The elegant design takes advantage of the dining hall's traditionally central role in campus life as a place of daily gatherings and special communal events. It serves as a "jewel box" of an addition by...

Hicks, Scott to Present Projects at AIA New England Conference

September 19, 2013
SMMA’s design for a rooftop field and parking garage for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (left) will be the opening session of the AIA New England Regional Conference & Design Awards Program on Oct. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, MA. It will be an all day conference with the WPI presentation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. “WPI Hits a Home Run and Scores a Goal” is the title of the talk, to be conducted by SMMA’s Robert Hicks, AIA and Alfredo DiMauro, Assoc. AIA and AVP for Facilities, WPI. There will be a tour of the facility later in the afternoon. The project is the first rooftop...

SMMA Signs onto AIA's 2030 Commitment

September 18, 2013
SMMA is now listed as a signatory of the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment. This is a growing national initiative that provides a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project's energy performance. The initiative is based on the premise that to rise to meet the energy reduction goals of 2030, design professionals have to apply the principles of sustainable design from a project's inception and early design through completion and ongoing building operations.