Full STEAM Ahead

In 2017, SMMA was engaged to provide Owner’s Project Management (OPM) services for the City of Framingham. The firm has been providing OPM Services on a new 137,000 sf facility that will replace the existing middle school on its current site.

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Challenge Accepted: Activating Large Forum Spaces

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an organization leading the translation of RNA interference into rare medical treatments, engaged SMMA in 2017 for a Kendall Square campus Master Plan. Together with lab architect TRIA, SMMA provided a 5-year plan to accommodate the company’s growth from its current...

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Prioritizing Wellness in the Workplace

Sarah Sopelak, Interior Designer, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C

It’s a known fact that full-time employees often exceed the standardized 40 hours of work time in the office. When faced with an ever-growing nationwide workload epidemic, it becomes pertinent to prioritize employee health and wellness in the workplace. First, let’s begin with the basics:

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Adorning the Boston Harborside

When a large multinational investment and financial company faced continuous expansion in the Boston area, it sparked a need for a change in strategy. One major multifaceted question rose to the forefront regarding their five existing Boston-based offices: How could the organization consolidate to...

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Brick by Brick: Preserving the Diaspora

Cultural preservation has a unique meaning for a nation whose people are scattered across the globe. For the Armenian Diaspora, their rich, 3,000-year-old history is both a foundation for cultural unity and a gateway for cultural evolution. Over the past six decades, the National Association for...

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Interior Design Teaming

An Argument for Recognition

Marie Fitzgerald, IIDA

Currently, 27 states require some form of regulatory licensure for practitioners to legally use the title of “interior designer”—and Massachusetts is not one of them. This contributes to an uneven playing field and creates a number of disadvantages for designers in the Commonwealth.

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Architecting Altruism

Michael Kyes, AIA, LEED AP

Volunteering with the Open Architecture Collaborative has allowed Mike Kyes to experience firsthand the profound and deeply personal impact of humanitarian design projects. In this Q&A, he shares some of those experiences and affirms his belief in the power of architecture to positively impact...

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Philip Poinelli

Thinking Outside the Box

Philip Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP, MCPPO

SMMA’s Phil Poinelli recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss the firm’s successful integration of a center for senior citizens into the design of Swampscott High School. That interview is transcribed as follows.

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Living for the City

Anne Fontaine, AIA

The appeal of urban life in a modern context continues to grow stronger by the day. Trendy mixed-use developments have highlighted the fact that any area can be “up and coming,” if the right amenities and conveniences are planned into the project. This is driving more developers to think about how...

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