SMRT Media Center: Latest News and Articles

SMRT and Draper Laboratory at Interphex in NYC

SMRT's Brad Hodges, PE, and Draper Laboratory's Richard Morrison presented a case study, "Imagineering Future R&D Facilities: A Practical Guide" at the 2014 Interphex Conference in New York City. SMRT recently designed and engineered a controlled environments research and manufacturing facility at Draper Laboratory in Technology Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Interphex is a global conference focusing on biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions for life-enhancing drugs.

Derek Veilleux, AIA, Elected to the Board of AIA Maine

Derek Veilleux, AIA, NCARB was recently elected to the board of the American Institute of Architect's Maine chapter.  Derek is a talented architect with excellent communication, computer and graphic skills.   With a strong focus on Healthcare design, he has experience in all aspects of the architectural field, from schematics to design development through final construction.  We'd like to extend our hearty congratulations!

Patient Centered Medical Home- An Evolving Approach to Primary Care Medicine

Across the country, health systems are striving to achieve improved health outcomes and patient satisfaction, while simultaneously reducing the cost of care. This "triple aim" requires a new model: A primary care model that achieves higher rates of preventive care, manages chronic disease effectively, reduces emergency room and hospital re-admission rates and incurs fewer inpatient admissions. The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is emerging as one of the most promising developments to transform the delivery of healthcare in the U.S., offering a framework for wellness focused, physician-guided, team-delivered, continuous and coordinated care. This whitepaper defines the characteristics of a successful PCMH: the cultural and operational principles, the functional relationships, the physical elements to support a team-based model, optimal space configurations and design principles.


Ellen Belknap, President, SMRT Architecture, Engineering, Planning

Joanne O’Neil Lafferty, PCMH Director, Maine Quality Counts


Click here to read the whitepaper

Play Makes a Difference for Those in Long Creek Detention Center

From WGME13 -- A program at the Long Creek Youth Development Center is getting people to think outside the box when it comes to detention centers. It is also making a difference for some of Maines troubled teens.

The program uses art for social change, inside and out of prisons.  It's causing a ripple of conversation and movement in Maine about how we view punishment for troubled kids.

The teens of Long Creek, Maine's detention center for young people, perform an original play with a whole lot of life experience.

Their crimes are part of their story, but it's not where the story ends. Most of them are repeat offenders.    They admit they made mistakes, mistakes they've learned from.   They've taken a "Journey Through Punishment", the name of this play produced by the group Maine Inside Out.

The play challenges the audience to see the person behind the crime - and question the consequences of punishment. The script for the play came from open discussions and conversations about their past.   Even that, was something new for most of them.

It's helped me open up, because I'm more of a private person.  I don't like to put stuff out there, I keep it inside," said 18 year old Lonzo Small.

Most of the inmates say incarceration was probably what they needed to turn their lives around, which is exactly what they're doing. However, through this play, they ask the question. Could something have been done before they got to this point?

Mid Coast Topsham Breaks Ground

SMRT is committed to helping our healthcare clients reach the triple aim of simultaneously improving population health, reducing the cost of care and improving the patient experience and clinical outcomes. The Mid Coast Topsham was designed to achieve these goals and will go a long way to positioning  Mid Coast Medical Group for future success.  Yesterday’s ground breaking marked a major milestone in the journey to reach the triple aim.

MaineGeneral Medical Center Dedicates Alfond Center for Health

More than 12,000 visitors toured the new Alfond Center for Health at this weekend's dedication ceremony.  This 640,000 s.f. project was managed using Integrated Project Delivery; SMRT provided architecture and engineering services. Designed with a nature theme and featuring abundant natural light, the new hospital is tracking toward a LEED Gold rating for sustainability.

To read more, here are some great articles about the hospital:

MaineGeneral Website- Dedication Ceremony

Portland Press Herald- MaineGeneral opens Alfond Center, Naturally

MaineGeneral Facebook Page- Photos from the Dedication Ceremony

AIA Maine Newsletter Features SMRT

This quarter's newsletter from the Maine Chapter of The American Institute of Architects features SMRT's involvement in the New Regional Hospital for MaineGeneral. 

“The story of MaineGeneral is demonstrated in the results,” says Ellen Belknap, AIA, president of SMRT and principal-in-charge of the project. “To deliver a 640,000 square foot, technically demanding facility in 24 months of construction (with a design and construction overlap period of 18 months), speaks volumes about the IPD process and the project team."

Read the article here...

To LEED or Not to LEED? Ask the Facilities Guy- Richard Bilodeau, PE- SMRT

Question: My company is planning a new clean manufacturing facility. What are the considerations in determining whether or not to recommend pursuing LEED certification? 
Answer: With apologies to William Shakespeare: 
“To LEED or not to LEED, that is the question. 
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer 
The extra work of seeking LEED certification,
In order to take arms against a sea of environmental troubles,
And by opposing help end them?.......” 
The Central Question
While neither the Bard (nor Hamlet) ever lost any sleep over the questions of operating costs, climate change, corporate social responsibility or sustainability, today’s facilities professional must address these issues. Whether or not to seek LEED certification (or certification through any other sustainability program), is a question that goes well beyond the facilities engineering department. First, some background. Then data and questions to help you and others arrive at a decision.


Our Newest Licensed Mechanical PE

We would like to congratulate Kerry Dineen on passing his Mechanical PE.  Great work, Kerry!

Leann Fisher joins SMRT!


Leann Fisher recently joined SMRT as a Marketing Coordinator in our Andover office. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, and has been working in the Engineering/ Architecture industry for six years. She is a skilled writer with experience ranging from crafting press releases and project sheets to blogging for social media. 

Leann is an avid reader and can often be found spending her free time at the ocean. She completed her first half marathon just last weekend, a long-term goal of hers, and has already started to train for the next one. Welcome to SMRT, Leann!

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