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SmithGroupJJR Promotes Six to Vice President

December 22, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Martha dePlazaola Abbott, Mark Adams, Vince Avallone, Kathleen Hudson-Beitz, Mary Jukuri and Tim Tracey to vice president.   

Martha dePlazaola Abbott, LEED AP, is promoted to vice president and retains her role as l...

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SmithGroupJJR adds Debra Axelrood and Tony Catchot at Ann Arbor Office

November 24, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Debra Axelrood, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, EDAC, and Tony Catchot, RLA, ASLA, at its Ann Arbor office.

Debra Axelrood joins SmithGroupJJR as landscape architect after leading her own firm, Debra Axelrood, LLC, specializing in sustainabl...

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Construction starts for Toledo’s Middlegrounds Metropark, designed by SmithGroupJJR

November 17, 2015

Construction is underway on the first downtown metropark in Toledo, Ohio. The $3.7 million, 28-acre park on the Maumee River was master planned and designed by SmithGroupJJR, a recognized leader in architecture, engineering and planning.

Located on a former rail yard site, the park will stretch for about a half-mile from the Anthony...

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Breaks Ground on Collections and Conservation Center

November 10, 2015

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center has broken ground at an undisclosed location. The 100,000-square-foot building is designed by SmithGroupJJR.

The new Shapell Center will provide the archival-quality environments and robust systems necessary to s...

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SmithGroupJJR’S Russell Perry Named 2015 LEED Fellow

October 30, 2015

Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, co-director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading green design firms, has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

This year’s 35 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the signif...

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Three new Law School buildings, designed by SmithGroupJJR, open in Utah, Georgia and Washington, D.C.

October 15, 2015

Innovatively designed law schools connect place and purpose in legal education

Three new law school buildings, designed by SmithGroupJJR, are opening their doors to students during the 2015-2016 school year. In total, it amounts to nearly a quarter of a million square feet of new space for three of the nation’s leading law sch...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes Salowich and Beck to Studio Leaders at Detroit office

September 30, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Nick Salowich to Science & Technology Studio leader and Tricia Beck to Learning Studio leader at the firm’s Detroit office.

Nick Salowich, AIA, the Detroit office’s new Science & Technology Studio leader, suc...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes Varner, Bull and Wood at Washington, DC office

September 28, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted David Varner to office director, Bob Bull to director of operations, and Chris Wood to Cultural Studio leader at the firm’s Washington, DC office.

David Varner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, new Office Director, succeeds Russell Pe...

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SmithGroupJJR adds Vladislav Torskiy as Health Studio Leader at Chicago office

September 18, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Vladislav (Vlad) Torskiy, ACHE, AORN, International Associate AIA, as Health Studio Leader at its Chicago office.  

Torskiy joins the Chicago team following his tenure at SmithGroupJJR’s Washington DC office, where ...

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Solar Energy Research Center opens at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

September 11, 2015

The recently completed $59 million Solar Energy Research Center has opened at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Officially renamed Chu Hall after former U.S. Department of Energy Secretary and Berkeley Lab director Steven Chu, the building was designed by SmithGroupJJR.