From Research to Ribbon Cutting: SMRT’s New Workplace Studio Aligns Client Goals and Vision

From Research to Ribbon Cutting: SMRT’s New Workplace Studio Aligns Client Goals and Vision

Jeana Stewart, NCIDQ, LEED AP, has been elevated to lead SMRT’s newly formed Workplace Studio.

Stewart has more than a decade of experience in the research, planning and design of workplace environments for clients in the corporate, education, science and technology, and government sectors.

Her selected experience includes the programming and design of the interior fit-up for the new WEX global headquarters, as well as interior workplace renovations for Raytheon Electronic Systems, and the British International School in Boston, among others.  Stewart has also designed interior spaces on academic campuses across New England, including Unity College, Kennebec Valley Community College, Lakes Region Community College and Plymouth State University.

“Space, and the process used to design it, should speak directly to each organization’s unique culture and values,” says Stewart. “Today’s technology-enabled work spaces must support mobility and accommodate five generations of workers with varying communication styles, as well as offer the flexibility to transition to whatever is coming next. Competition for talent in our current economy means owners and designers alike view workspace as a strategic tool for leveraging employee attraction and retention, establishing loyalty and making people feel valued.”

“I’m excited to lead this new studio, which allows SMRT to integrate research-based trends in contemporary workplace planning and design with its longstanding services of interior design, furniture selection and coordination, environmental graphics and coordination with in-house engineering,” Stewart adds. “From research to ribbon-cutting, SMRT is able to help clients establish and prioritize project goals that align with their strategic efforts, future vision and desired outcomes.”

SMRT President Ellen Belknap noted, “SMRT’s commitment to be nimble and responsive to market opportunities continues with our decision to organize our existing workplace design services within a formal studio. Jeana will provide vision and thought leadership to workplace environments planning and design. She will work closely with all of our market sector leaders to pursue projects with workplace environment components.”

Stewart is past president and a former board member of the Maine Interior Design Association (MIDA).  A nationally and Maine-certified interior designer, she has presented at NeoCon and NNECERAPPA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Mount Ida College and joined SMRT in 2007.

Stewart can be reached at or 1.877.700.7678.