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Governor Luis G. Fortuno of Puerto Rico broke ground recently on the new four building Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) being designed by SMRT in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The new AFRC will provide administrative, educational, training and community services. Six Puerto Rican veterans participated and were awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Iraq: Moises Diaz, Benjamin Perez, Luis Rivera Valentin, Richard Strzalka, Carlos Martinez and Douglas Hernandez. SMRT thanks them, and all those serving our country.
The team of Reed & Reed General Contractors, TY Lin International and SMRT has started design and engineering work on a new $63 million bridge to replace the aging Veterans Memorial Bridge between Portland and South Portland, Maine. The team was selected by the Maine Department of Transportation after receiving the highest technical score in a design-build selection process. The preliminary design utilizes multiple features to honor Maine veterans, intending to function as a living memorial to all those who served.
Paul Stevens, AIA, principal, has been named to the Portland Economic Development Plan Task Force, charged with preparing a single economic development plan to direct and support Portland's future economic growth. The City of Portland is working with the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, the Creative Portland Corporation and the Downtown Portland Corporation. Graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will provide initial project support.
SMRT has been retained to participate in a study for the State of Tennessee to evaluate the feasibility and provide a cost-benefit analysis of regionalizing jails in up to four counties.
SMRT is pleased to have designed and engineered GE Healthcare's new 230,000 square foot digital x-ray manufacturing facility, recently awarded a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Jim Landau, PE, Principal, has been named membership chair of the New England Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America. DBIA is the industry's pre-eminent resource for leadership, education, objective expertise and best practices for the successful integrated delivery of capital projects.www.dbia.org
The University of Maine recently awarded SMRT a contract to design FBRI's campus operations base, to develop administrative support space, offices for scientists and visiting collaborators, and meeting and conference rooms - all with remote access to off-site Technology Center process operations. FBRI focuses on forest-based bioproducts to meet society's needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologially sustainable manner.About FBRI
Christian Schoewe, a member of our architctectural design group, is SMRT's latest LEED accredited professional through the US Green Building Council. SMRT offers LEED accredited professionals in all disciplines.
MGMC has completed master planning for its new regional hospital located on a 150-acre site abutting I-95 in north Augusta, the site of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care. SMRT's healthcare team working in association with TROIJB provided comprehensive programming and campus master planning. MGMC has filed a letter of intent with the Maine Certificate of Need Unit for the 600,000 s.f. new facility.
SMRT recently helped the City of Bangor obtain federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for construction of approximately $1.8 million of improvements for the Bangor International Airport Stormwater Services project. The airport is located in the Birch Stream Watershed, which Maine's DEP has classified as an Urban Impaired Stream. SMRT provided the City with a suite of cost-effective retrofits to the existing system, using standard techniques alongside innovative approaches to develop a series of Best Management Practices aimed at improving water quality in runoff from the airport facility. Those recommendations formed the basis for the funding approval allowing implementation of the project.