Efficiencies

Setting a New Workplace Standard

While still retaining its corporate headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Cambridge Savings Bank decided to merge three back-office operations sites into a new 76,000 sf office building at 81 Wyman Street in Waltham, MA. Together with SMMA’s full services, CSB sought to not only optimize its growing...

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Paving the Way to an Urban Revival

The first phase of the master plan, 100 Hood Park Drive, is a 95,000 sf parking garage structure designed by SMMA. The garage will free up existing surface parking lots, thus allowing the additional development of buildings within the former business park. 

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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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Accelerating Science: a New Era of Discovery

Located at the center of Cambridge’s global biotech and technology hub, nestled next to notable Life Science institutions as MIT and Harvard University, stands a seemingly unadorned two-story brick building referred to simply as 21 Erie Street. Inside, however, the building boasts a much more vivid...

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Sustaining a Spirit of Inquiry

Brown University sought to take its existing lab spaces, many of which were first constructed in the 60s, and guarantee them resiliency through time and adaptability within the ever-changing scientific world. Through the advantage of having a Providence-based office, SMMA was able to use its...

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the new Somerville High School

A Community Aims High

SMMA's planning and design teams translated shared ideas, aspirations, and a future vision of the Somerville community into a multi-building urban design solution that reimagines and rebuilds Somerville High School while transforming its historic Central Hill campus.

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Bigger, Faster, Smarter Facility

M.S. Walker was faced with a dilemma: their property was subject to an eminent domain taking for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line Extension Project, and they had to find a new home for their rectification and bottling facilities as soon as possible. A family-run business...

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The Benefits of Airflow Studies

Andrew Oldeman, PE, CEM, LEED AP

For every project, both architectural and engineering, efficiency is a top priority. For data center clients, airflow studies are an excellent means of achieving maximum efficiency. They provide an accurate evaluation of proposed and actual effectiveness, both during design and post-construction. 

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Learning from the Past

By verifying predictions with real performance metrics, designs can be iterated and improved upon until a better understanding of is what being measured and how realistic one's virtual model assumptions are can be determined.

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SMMA AIA 2030 Energy Commitment

AIA 2030: Making a Commitment to the Future

The building industry accounts for somewhere between 40% and 50% of total energy consumption in the U.S. In 2013, SMMA pledged its support of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment, vowing to report progress in meeting predicted energy-consumption goals for buildings.

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