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August 31, 2015 5:29 AM ET

Construction and Engineering

Company Overview of SmithGroupJJR LLC

Company Overview

SmithGroupJJR LLC provides architecture, engineering, and planning services. The company offers architecture, building systems consulting, campus planning, engineering, environmental science, interior architecture, lab planning, landscape architecture, lighting design, master planning, programming, urban planning, and design serviuces. Its practice areas include health, workplace, science and technology, learning, cultural, community, campus, and waterfront. SmithGroupJJR LLC was formerly known as SmithGroup, Inc. and changed its name to SmithGroupJJR LLC in November 2011. The company was founded in 1853 and is based in Detroit, Michigan with additional offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicag...

500 Griswold

Suite 1700

Detroit, MI 48226

United States

Founded in 1853





Key Executives for SmithGroupJJR LLC

President and Managing Partner
Age: 58
Chief Financial Officer
Head of National Health Practice, Director, Member of Executive Committee and President of California Operations
Vice President and Corporate Marketing Director
Principal and Office Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

SmithGroupJJR LLC Key Developments

SmithGroupJJR Announces Management Changes

Troy Thompson is now one of three managing partners for SmithGroupJJR. The company's board of directors voted this past May to appoint Thompson to the post as part of a long-range succession planning effort that has been in the works since 2009. The move is a shift away from the more traditional leadership structure of CEO and chief operating officer that it had been operating under. Joining Thompson as managing partners are Michael Medici of the firm's Phoenix office, who will also serve as president of the firm, and Russ Sykes, with the firm's Detroit office. Former CEO Carl Roehling and COO Randy Swiech will stay on but not in their prior leadership positions. Thompson, who was promoted from director of operations for the firm's D.C. office, said his selection is in part a reflection of the growth of SmithGroupJJR's growth in Washington, where it has won big-ticket projects like the MGM National Harbor resort and casino being developed at National Harbor and the planned Museum of the Bible. The firm has nearly 1,000 employees and 10 offices, including its first international office that opened in Shanghai in 2013, but Thompson said the D.C. office is among its large with nearly 200 employees. Steven Cohen has been named as Thompson's successor as director of operations for the firm's D.C. office.

SmithGroupJJR Announces Management Changes

SmithGroupJJR announced CEO Carl Roehling, 63, stepped down from the job he'd held since 2001, and Randal Swiech, 63, the firm's chief operating officer also stepped down. The three men assuming managing partner roles - chosen by their fellow partners in a succession process that began back in 2009 - are Michael Medici, Russell Sykes and Troy Thompson. Medici, 58, the new president and managing partner, will lead SmithGroupJJR's eight practices and firm-wide marketing functions. He will oversee the strategic growth of the practices, each of which is centered on key client markets. A former director of the Phoenix and Dallas offices, he has recently headed the firm's corporate learning practice, which will now be led by Chris Purdy. Sykes, 53, will lead the 10 offices of the firm with a focus on improving the quality and efficiency of the firm's project delivery processes. His recent role as the science and technology studio leader in Detroit is being filled by Nick Salowich. Thompson, 51, managing partner, will lead the firm's initiatives in talent development, research, knowledge management, and innovative planning/design tools and processes.

SmithGroupJJR LLC Elects Mark Kranz, Lise Newman, Sven Shockey and Tim Tracey to its Board of Directors

SmithGroupJJR LLC has elected Mark Kranz, Lise Newman, Sven Shockey and Tim Tracey to its Board of Directors. Mark Kranz, AIA, LEED AP, is a design principal at SmithGroupJJR’s Phoenix office. A member of the Science & Technology practice, Kranz was project designer for the $135 million Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab. Lise Newman, AIA, leads the Workplace Studio at SmithGroupJJR’s Detroit office. Her 30-year career has been dedicated to the programming, planning and design of workplace facilities and related functions. Sven Shockey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a design principal with SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC Workplace Studio, where he contributes to a variety of mixed-use, commercial and institutional projects. Shockey has led the planning and design of large-scale mixed-use development master plans, base buildings, and numerous interior fit-outs at locations across the U.S. Tim Tracey, AIA, is director of SmithGroupJJR’s Chicago office. In his role, he is focused on strengthening the office’s holistic and integrated design process while continuing to reinforce SmithGroupJJR’s reputation as an award-winning firm.

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