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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. 

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DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital Renovation Complete

September 2, 2015

The third and final phase of a $77 million renovation at Sinai-Grace Hospital at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has reached construction completion with a new main entrance, lobby, admitting area and radiology department. Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the three-year construction project is the largest undertaking in northwest Detroit in more t...

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SmithGroupJJR Wins Two Awards for Excellence in Sustainability from the American Planning Association

August 31, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms, has won two 2015 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability from the American Planning Association (APA). 

The winning SmithGroupJJR projects are Scotts Run Station South Master Plan, honored with the Sustainable Urban Design Award; and Brock Envi...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes Polhamus and Chung at San Francisco office

August 27, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Joyce Polhamus to office director and Heather Chung to Health Studio leader at the firm’s San Francisco office.

Joyce Polhamus, FAIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, is a 19-year veteran of the firm who most recently served as the o...

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Sonora Outpatient Pavilion Breaks Ground

August 17, 2015

Adventist Health, Sonora Regional Medical Center has broken ground on its new $36 million outpatient pavilion and cancer center. The 64,000-square-foot building is being designed by SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest healthcare architecture, engineering and planning firms.

The new facility will house the Diana J. White C...

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SmithGroupJJR’s “Nature’s Edge” master plan selected by County of Los Angeles for Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

August 11, 2015

After 18 months of planning, review and community input, the County of Los Angeles has selected SmithGroupJJR’s “Nature’s Edge” as the blueprint for the new master plan for the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, located in Sylmar, California.

The Olive View-UCLA Medical Center dates back to the 1930s and is root...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes Chris Purdy to Learning Practice Leader

July 28, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Chris Purdy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to leader of its international Learning Practice. Purdy succeeds Mike Medici, who was recently elected as the firm’s president and managing partner.

In his new role, Purdy heads SmithGroup...

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SmithGroupJJR Promotes John Crump to Workplace Studio Leader at Washington, DC Office

June 29, 2015

SmithGroupJJR has promoted John Crump, AIA, LEED AP, to leader of the Workplace Studio at its Washington, DC office.

In his new role, Crump directs the planning and design services of the Washington, DC office’s Workplace Studio, mentors staff and provides his project management and design expertise. He is also advancing the f...

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SmithGroupJJR Hires Bryan Cannon to Lead Science & Technology Studio at Washington, DC Office

June 23, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Bryan Cannon, AIA, to lead the Science & Technology Studio at its Washington, DC office. Cannon brings his industry-leading expertise to the studio and its growing presence in the region.

Cannon was formerly design principal ...

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John D. Dingell Transit Center Begins Operation

June 12, 2015

The new $28.2 million John D. Dingell Transit Center has begun operation in Dearborn, Michigan, positioning the city as a pivotal player in transit connections within southeast Michigan and throughout the region. Planning and design of the project was the result of a collaboration of SmithGroupJJR and Neumann/Smith Architecture. 

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SmithGroupJJR’s Joyce Polhamus Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

June 8, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, is pleased to announce that Joyce Polhamus, leader of the firm’s San Francisco Health Studio, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. 

The recognition reflects her significant contribu...

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Tyler Junior College Opens New Nursing & Health Sciences Center

May 28, 2015

The $47.5 million Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center at Tyler Junior College (TJC) has reached construction completion. SmithGroupJJR provided campus planning, architecture, engineering, interior design, lab planning and landscape design services.

The 137,000-square-foot facility triples the classroom and laborato...

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SmithGroupJJR Elects four to Board of Directors

May 21, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the leading architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S., has elected Mark Kranz, Lise Newman, Sven Shockey and Tim Tracey to join its Board of Directors.

Mark Kranz

Mark Kranz, AIA, LEED AP, is a design principal at SmithGroupJJR’s Phoenix office. A member of the Science & Techn...

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SmithGroupJJR Launches New Leadership Team

May 19, 2015

SmithGroupJJR, one of the largest architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S., has named Mike Medici, Russ Sykes and Troy Thompson as managing partners to assume corporate leadership of the firm. The three were elected by the SmithGroupJJR Board of Directors at the firm’s annual meeting on May 18, 2015.

Medici, Sy...

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SmithGroupJJR hires Arnold Craig Levin as Workplace Strategist

May 6, 2015

SmithGroupJJR has hired Arnold Craig Levin as workplace strategist. Levin will provide his industry-leading expertise to the firm’s growing Workplace Practice.

Levin is a recognized authority in workplace strategy, change management and organizational design. Prior to joining SmithGroupJJR, he was managing director of workplac...

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University of the Pacific San Francisco Campus provides World-class Learning and Clinic Environments

April 30, 2015

University of the Pacific recently completed renovations on a 395,000-square-foot, seven-story building located at 155 Fifth Street in San Francisco’s South of Market district. The new University of the Pacific San Francisco Campus is home to the renowned Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as well as other graduate programs in the fi...