Federal Government

SMMA is committed to delivering quality facilities that integrate high-level design, functionality, and sustainability for federal government users. We offer a team of specialists experienced in solving the unique challenges of federal government clients and navigating the special requirements, permitting, and energy needs often inherent to their projects.

Problem-Solving Tradition

SMMA's design culture, built upon a foundation of interdisciplinary collaboration and related problem-solving capacity, positions us to deliver successful outcomes for federal government clients on time and on budget. Our Federal Government Studio is a forum for our multi-disciplinary team to share knowledge, engage as a group, and advance our understanding of our clients' goals.

Serving Those Who Serve Us

A particular strength of our team is planning and designing facilities for defense agencies and protectors of homeland security. We understand the opportunities associated with designing these projects, and we are proud to partner with those who serve us and protect our freedom.

Expert Opinion

Designing to Military Standards

In recent years, SMMA has designed a number of highly secured spaces for Army Reserve and National Guard training facilities, including arms vaults, communications security (COMSEC) areas, and secret internet protocol router network (SIPRNet) cafes, the latter being among the most challenging and interesting, in terms of design.

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Jennifer Howe


Principal | Vice President | Director of Site Design | Director of Federal Government Studio

Jen directs SMMA’s Site Design Group, overseeing all planning, civil engineering, landscape design, and permitting efforts. She also leads the firm's Federal Government Studio, providing design work across the country for federal and state clients, and champions sustainable design practices, with a particular expertise in developing zero-net-energy strategies.

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Fort Devens Armed Forces Reserve Center

Designing for Defense

We’ve been fortunate to work on a number of projects for the Federal Government, but few can match the scale, complexity, and time constraints of the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Devens in Ayer. Setting the precedent as SMMA’s first reserve center project, Fort Devens greatly informed our design methodology on subsequent reserve centers in Vermont, and proved that military buildings are capable of realizing aesthetic ideals while conforming to exacting standards and budgetary limitations.

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Maine Army National Guard Aviation Readiness Center

Form Follows Function

Government projects provide us a special opportunity to design structures in which the men and women who defend our freedom can take pride. In the case of the Aviation Readiness Center for Maine’s Army National Guard (MEARNG), designed to house the 126th, 142nd, and 224th units, our goal was to deliver modern facilities that allowed for the consolidation of the three units into a single, state-of-the-art training location.

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White River Junction Armed Forces Reserve Center

Aligning Design with Surroundings

By their very nature, government projects are, at their heart, collaborations. End users, construction managers, numerous agencies, architects—all of these stakeholders, and more, have input into how government facilities get designed and built. The Armed Forces Reserve Center in White River Junction was no exception.

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Mark O'Brien


Principal | Chief Mechanical Engineer | Director of Commissioning

Mark is the firm’s lead mechanical, HVAC, and commissioning engineer. He provides strategic and tactical direction for mechanical systems design, energy modeling, systems analysis, equipment selection, and systems master planning.

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Setting Our Sights on Zero-Energy Buildings

How Low Can You Go?

The building industry is moving toward higher energy performance, as codes become increasingly stringent and more owners opt for net-zero solutions. The Federal Government is providing leadership on this front: Executive Order 13514 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandate that all new federal buildings be designed for net-zero energy by 2020, and must achieve that goal by 2030.

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Alan De Haan


Senior Associate | Senior Project Architect

Alan is a senior project architect who has over 30 years' experience in delivering successful outcomes for government, K-12, municipal, advanced technology, and corporate clients. He has led multidisciplinary teams on projects involving complex building types, ensuring effective delivery of clients' aesthetic and design vision, as well as compliance to codes, program requirements, budget, and schedule.

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Join Our Team!

We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals who thrive on collaboration and are passionate about design. If you think you'd be a good fit, we'd love to hear from you. Visit our Careers page to check out our open positions.

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