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November 27, 2015 6:35 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

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Announces the Selection of Hensel Phelps, SmithGroupJJR and AVRP Studios as Design Build Team

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center announced the selection of Hensel Phelps, SmithGroupJJR and AVRP Studios as the Design Build team for design and construction of their new $240 million, 170,000-square-foot hospital, adding 138 private patient rooms, six operating rooms, and the most advanced health care technology, programs and services to meet the needs of the growing South County region of San Diego. The Ocean View Tower at Sharp Chula Vista will be the first new hospital in the region in more than 40 years. The total cost to build the new hospital is $239 million, which is being funded through a combination of philanthropic donations to the Sharp HealthCare Foundation, bonds, cash reserves and the Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program.

SmithGroupJJR Announces Management Changes

SmithGroupJJR has promoted David Varner to office director, Bob Bull to director of operations, and Chris Wood to Cultural Studio leader at the firm's Washington, DC office. David Varner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, new office director, succeeds Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, who remains as co-director of sustainability for the firm. In his new role as director for the 200person office, Varner will focus on strengthening its design presence and the unique culture of its workplace, which integrates architects, engineers, interior designers, planners and other design professionals and specialists. Bob Bull, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been appointed as Director of Operations, rising from project manager. He replaces Steven Cohen, who relocated to the SmithGroupJJR office in San Francisco to serve in the same capacity. In his new role as director of operations, Bull will oversee all operational and financial aspects of the office, while working closely with Varner to provide leadership, management and vision to ensure growth and efficiency. A specialist in design and planning for higher education clients, Bull has managed some of the office's most noteworthy projects, including the Washington College of Law at American University, now finishing construction in DC and the new Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Bull joined the firm in 1995 as a project architect. Chris Wood, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the office's new Cultural Studio Leader. He succeeds Hal Davis, FAIA, LEED AP, who transitions back to practice in the studio and is leading SmithGroupJJR's work with other members of the design team, Freelon Adjaye Bond. Previously served as project architect in the Cultural Studio. Presently, he is project manager for the firm's design of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Conservation and Collections Center, now under construction and targeting completion in summer 2017.

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.

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