News and Events


Collaborative Workspace Opens in Financial District

October 28, 2014
More than 200 people attended the October open house at One Federal Street to celebrate the new shared office floor completed for Community Catalyst, Health Law Advocates, and Health Care for All. SMMA was recognized in the formal remarks for producing a dynamic environment within the confines of a not-for-profit-client budget. The new combined workspace for the three organizations is designed around an open office plan supplemented by multiple conference, teaming, and privacy options. The space is filled with natural light, owing to ceiling-height windows throughout. Cresa served as the...

SMMA Recognized by American School & University Magazine

October 8, 2014
American School & University magazine recently selected two SMMA projects – Providence College, Schneider Arena and the collective Master Plans for the Connecticut State University System, comprising Eastern, Western, Southern, and Central Connecticut State Universities – for inclusion in its annual Architectural Portfolio.  Each year, the magazine honors work that it feels best exemplifies excellence in educational design.  SMMA’s projects were among 127 awarded a 2014 Citation or recognized for Outstanding Design.  The Architectural Portfolio issue is scheduled for publication in...

Ed Bourget Joins the SMMA Team

August 18, 2014
Ed Bourget joins SMMA as a Senior Project Architect. He comes to the firm from Stantec, where he served as Senior Architect and Practice Leader of their Boston office. While there, Mr. Bourget worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning projects, including the Newport Art Museum’s Griswold House, winner of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Commission Award; the Auburn (ME) Public Library, winner of a Maine State Historic Preservation Award; and South Boston’s Macallen Building, winner of the AIA Housing Award and the Institute Honor Award for Architecture, and, per Mr....

SMMA Welcomes Jonathan Merin

August 18, 2014
Jonathan Merin, LEED AP, is SMMA’s newest Project Manager. Mr. Merin comes to SMMA from NELSON, where his clients included Verizon, for which he worked on an innovation center in San Francisco; Pearson, for which he transformed a 60,000+-square-foot closed-office environment into a 100% open space, with a benching system; Bank of America, for which he converted an aging data center into an alternative workspace, as part of the client’s My Work program; and, most recently, Google, which he describes as his most rewarding and challenging project to date, consisting of three interconnected...

Ribbon Cut on L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Center

July 22, 2014
The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Center, designed by SMMA/Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, opened recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony along scenic Brickyard Cove in Maine’s Casco Bay. The new Center replaces a series of smaller buildings on the Discovery Center’s site and serves as a new base lodge for L.L.Bean’s popular guided recreation experiences including kayaking, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, and cycling. The design of the Center is inspired by its pristine Maine coast location, Maine cottage architecture, and the familiar L.L.Bean brand. “We wanted to design a building that...

Marie Fitzgerald Honored by IIDA

July 2, 2014
On June 24, at the annual meeting of the International Interior Design Association's New England Chapter (IIDA NE), SMMA's Marie Fitzgerald was presented with a Leadership Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to both the field of interior design and the organization. This honor can be received only once in an individual’s lifetime, and is not given out every year.  In her two years of service on the IIDA NE’s Board of Directors, programs under Marie’s guidance have afforded members the opportunity to fulfill their continuing education unit (CEU) requirements, and also learn about...

The New Look of Modern Comfort...But Don't Sit in It!

June 30, 2014
Last week, SMMA took part in Herman Miller’s 2014 Design Challenge.  This year’s event celebrated the work of Charles and Ray Eames, pioneers in the development of aesthetic, functional, affordable furniture.  The chosen canvas:  the Eames Molded Plastic Chair.  Each participating architecture and design firm—21, in total—was tasked with using the Eameses’ work as a template “for expressing their own artistic visions.”  Regarding materials, concepts, designs—entrants were limited only by their imaginations.  They say you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.  Taking that...

Corporate Campus Planning: Spring 2014 Newsletter

June 10, 2014
SMMA's Marie Fitzgerald, IIDA (left) has an article in the Spring 2014 issue of Facility, the official newsletter of the Corporate Facilities Council. The article is a case study of SMMA's long relationship with Waters Corporation, specifically how SMMA helped the company achieve $100 million in net savings by "reinventing" its Milford, MA headquarters: "The Waters team decided to examine alternatives to building another facility, asking whether a more efficient use of existing space could be devised," Fitzgerald writes. "Global competition for young scientists, combined with a need for a...

McCarthy Dining Commons Showcased as Outstanding Design

June 10, 2014
The Framingham State University McCarthy Dining Commons expansion (left) has been selected as part of the 2014 Educational Interiors Showcase, sponsored by American School and University Magazine. The project, designed by SMMA, is one of only six Cafeterias/Food-Sevice Areas projects nationwide to win this honor, and only one of two undergraduate higher education projects to win. SMMA’s design approach was to achieve a large outcome out of a relatively small intervention—that is, taking advantage of the dining hall’s traditionally central role in campus life as a place of daily gatherings and...

Six Students Awarded SMMA Scholarships

May 29, 2014
Six outstanding Boston area high school students pursuing studies in architecture, engineering and related disciplines have been awarded scholarships from the SMMA Fund. Pictured is SMMA architect Kate Jessup, left, presenting a $1,500 scholarship to Brianna Maggio of Lynn Classical High School. The Fund was established in 2011 to encourage young people to enter and thrive in the design professions. It also represents a desire by SMMA to be active in the communities we serve—the two winners from Quincy High School, for example, attend school in a building designed by SMMA. The following...

Poinelli Receives CEFPI Award

May 1, 2014
SMMA’s own Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, CEFP, LEED AP, was recently honored with a Service of Distinction Award by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), at the organization’s annual Northeast Regional Conference.  Mr. Poinelli received the award in recognition of his role on the regional Board of Directors over the past four years.  He has been actively involved with CEFPI since 2007, having served as Co-Chair of its annual regional conference in 2011, Vice President of the Northeast Region from 2010 to 2011, Regional President-Elect from 2011 to 2012, and Regional...

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.