Using Data Tools to Catalog, Classify, and Evaluate Facility Risk

John Tobin, AIA has been examining the important ways data analysis can help clients prioritize and make critical facilities decisions for years. Much of the focus on data tools in the A/E/C industry relates to the design and planning process, but there are many other important ways in which data analysis can help us to…

Adapting Medical Office Buildings to Increase Patient Safety and Confidence

One of the less visible, but daunting challenges to healthcare delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic: how to engender confidence and a sense of safety in patients and staff, so that people continue to receive both preventative care and non-Covid related treatments. Some studies have shown that about 1/3 of Americans are delaying healthcare during the…

Flyleaf—A Modular Ode to the Paper Book

In our daily design practice, we balance a multitude of parameters on behalf of our clients. Stringent timelines intersect with tight budgets and even more challenging sites. But what if you were able to design a space free from parameters? How would this affect the creativity and inventiveness of your design? Architecture competitions allow design…

Architects and Engineers Look to Embrace New Technology

Mainebiz interviewed 20 business leaders about their outlook on the coming year. Ellen Belknap, our President, spoke about Maine’s strong position for green technologies, particularly cross laminated timber, as the whole architecture / engineering / construction industry works to reduce carbon emissions.

Designing Secure Environments for Special Populations

The rising incarceration rates of women, the mentally ill, individuals with substance abuse issues and those aging in place demand new solutions for special populations within correctional environments. SMRT’s justice team, nationally recognized for its intelligent and innovative design of secure, functional and efficient facilities, brings the added value of experience and expertise in healthcare…

Building Healthy Workplaces

Jeana Stewart, the leader of our Workplace Studio, was interviewed in Mainebiz about the wellness concepts incorporated in the recently completed global headquarters for WEX. Jeana’s services and the workplace studio provide immense value to employers who understand the role a welcoming, healthy workplace environment plays in employee recruiting and retention. By using a collaborative,…