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SmithGroupJJR Promotes Seven to Vice President

December 23, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Heather Chung, Sam D’Amico, Jeff Gerwing, Bonnie Khang-Keating, Lise Newman, Matt Richter and Bob Varga to vice president.                  ...

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center opens Comprehensive Transplant Center

December 18, 2014

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) has opened a new Comprehensive Transplant Center. Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the new facility consolidates four transplant programs into one building.

CSMC’s four transplant programs—liver, kidney, lung and pancreas—were formerly located at several locations on the 24-acre medical...

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SmithGroupJJR and River Architects Selected to Design Instructional Science Facility at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

November 25, 2014

The new $82 million instructional science facility at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be designed by a collaboration of national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR in association with local partner River Architects.

This project will provide a complete replacement of Cowley Hall, the current UW-La Crosse science ...

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Brock Environmental Center Construction Complete

November 13, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center reached construction completion today in Virginia Beach, VA. Designed by SmithGroupJJR and constructed by Hourigan Construction, the Center is an international model for energy and water efficiency and climate change resiliency.

The 10,000-square-foot, one-story ...

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Traverse City selects SmithGroupJJR to conduct feasibility study and preliminary design for new public pier

November 11, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the country’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has been selected to conduct a feasibility study and prepare preliminary designs for a new public pier in downtown Traverse City, Michigan.

The pier’s initial concepts include increased public access to the Grand Traverse Bay and fi...

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SmithGroupJJR adds Scott Kreitlein as Science & Technology Studio Leader at Phoenix office

October 22, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired  Scott Kreitlein, AIA, LEED AP, as leader of the Science & Technology Studio at its Phoenix office. He joins SmithGroupJJR from HDR, Houston, where he was science & technology principal.

Kreitlein, a 20-year architec...

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White House Visitor Center Reopens in Washington, DC

October 16, 2014

The White House Visitor Center, in an effort led by the National Park Service and the White House Historical Association, reopened its doors after a two-year, $12 million renovation. For the project, the Washington, DC, office of SmithGroupJJR, provided architecture and engineering services, working closely with Gallagher & Associates for...

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SmithGroupJJR adds Tony LoBello as Learning Studio Leader at Chicago office

October 13, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Tony LoBello, AIA, LEED AP, as Learning Studio Leader at its Chicago office. He joins SmithGroupJJR from Gensler, Chicago, where he was education leader.

In his new role at SmithGroupJJR, LoBello is focusing on continued developm...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes David Varner to Workplace Practice Leader

October 9, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted David Varner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, as leader of its Workplace Practice.

In his new role, Varner leads the firm’s national practice devoted to the design of workplace facilities, including corporate headquarters, campus dev...

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SmithGroupJJR-designed Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Opens its Doors

October 1, 2014

The new Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is now open on the Montgomery College campus in Germantown, Maryland. SmithGroupJJR, one of the country’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, designed the 237,000-square-foot, 93-bed hospital.

Offering medical, surgical, obstetric and emergency services and psychiatric c...

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Opens at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

September 17, 2014

The recently completed $95 million Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has opened for the 2014-2015 school year. SmithGroupJJR served as design architect, lab planner, structural engineer and landscape architect.

As the new, 230,000-square-foot ECE Building begins oper...

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Department of Veterans Affairs selects SmithGroupJJR for VISN 16

September 11, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has commissioned SmithGroupJJR, along with consultants The Innova Group and Booz Allen Hamilton, to perform comprehensive, integrated planning services for the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 16. The firms will collaborate to create a plan to address a broad spectrum of veterans’ n...

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SmithGroupJJR-designed University of Virginia Medical Center patient tower expansion project receives national honors

September 5, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, along with construction manager Gilbane, were awarded the 2014 Bronze Building Team Award from Building Design + Construction as well as the 2013 Best Project (Health Category) from Engineering News-Record for the planning, design and construction of the University of Virginia Medical Center Patient Tower Expansion in...

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Northeastern Illinois University New Education Building Project Awarded to SmithGroupJJR

August 27, 2014

The new $73 million Education Building at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, will be designed by national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR.

At 160,000 gross-square-feet, the new building will accommodate the span of teaching, learning, service and research needs of the Northeastern College of Education users. ...

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SmithGroupJJR adds Eric Kirkland as Director of Engineering in Dallas

August 20, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the leading architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S., has added Eric L. Kirkland, PE, LEED AP BD+C, senior vice president, as director of engineering at its Dallas, Texas office. He formerly served in the same role at the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office.

Kirkland’s relocation brings e...

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SmithGroupJJR hires Vladislav Torskiy as Senior Medical Strategist at Washington, DC office

August 12, 2014

Vladislav (Vlad) Torskiy, ACHE, International Associate AIA, has been hired as senior medical strategist at the Washington, DC office of SmithGroupJJR. Torskiy will provide his industry-leading expertise to the firm’s Washington, DC office’s health studio as well as its growing international health practice.

Torskiy has ...

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SmithGroupJJR’s Marianne O’Brien and Mark Roddy Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

July 17, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, is pleased to announce that Marianne O’Brien, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Mark Roddy, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. The recognition reflects their significant contributions...

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Centennial Hall at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Opens

July 10, 2014

The new, $44.5 million Centennial Hall has opened on the campus of the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Eau Claire. National architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR partnered with La Crosse, Wisconsin-based River Architects to design the 182,000-square-foot building.

Centennial Hall houses the College of Education and Human Scie...

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SmithGroupJJR’s Troy Thompson Appointed to the U.S. International Council on Monuments and Sites

July 7, 2014

SmithGroupJJR Vice President Troy Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, has been appointed to the U.S. International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) National Committee.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental international organization dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments an...

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SmithGroupJJR wins Merit Award from Illinois Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects

June 17, 2014

SmithGroupJJR was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) for its Main Street streetscape design in the Village of Lisle, Illinois.

The ILASLA awards program, which each year recognizes outstanding landscape architecture projects in the State of Illinois, was held o...

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SmithGroupJJR Reaches 100 LEED certified projects

June 10, 2014

SmithGroupJJR, a long-time leader of sustainable design, has reached the 100 LEED project milestone.

The firm recently achieved its 100th LEED certified project: the LEED-NC Platinum Oakland University Human Health Building, constructed in Rochester, Mich.  With the milestone, the 161-year-old architecture and engineering ...

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SmithGroupJJR Elects Three to Board of Directors

June 4, 2014

Bonnie Khang-Keating, Bill Kline and Joyce Polhamus have been elected to the SmithGroupJJR Board of Directors.

 

Bonnie Khang-Keating

Bonnie Khang-Keating leads SmithGroupJJR’s Los Angeles studio. For healthcare client Kaiser Permanente, she led the firm’s Phase 2 design services f...

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SmithGroupJJR receives 2014 Balanced Scorecard “Award for Excellence”

May 15, 2014

SmithGroupJJR has been awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence by the Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI). The award distinguishes the firms that have most successfully used a balanced scorecard approach to achieve a more strategy-focused organization.

SmithGroupJJR was chosen for the prestigious award because of its executive leadersh...

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SmithGroupJJR hires John Tran as Design Principal at Phoenix office

April 24, 2014

John Tran, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, has been hired as design principal at the Phoenix office of SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms. Tran joins the leadership team for the firm’s practice in Arizona and the southwest, while providing support to all SmithGroupJJR offices.

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SmithGroupJJR hires Brian Rener at Chicago office

April 8, 2014

SmithGroupJJR has added Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP at its Chicago, Ill. office.

Rener joins SmithGroupJJR as a senior electrical engineer. He comes to the firm from M+W Group, Chicago, Ill., where he was responsible for managing the Chicago electrical group and improving the quality of electrical designs companywide.

In his ...