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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: 59
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 2016.

SmithGroupJJR LLC Key Developments

SmithGroupJJR Promotes Greg Mella to the Role of Director of Sustainable Design

SmithGroupJJR has promoted Greg Mella to the role of director of sustainable design. Mella assumes leadership of SmithGroupJJR’s firm-wide sustainability initiatives after serving as co-director with Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED Fellow, who is retiring from the firm. Mella led the SmithGroupJJR team to again work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create a new model for energy and water efficiency and climate change resiliency in the Brock Environmental Center, an ultra-green, $8 million workplace and environmental education center completed in late 2014 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Mella has served on several of its national committees and influenced the industry by creating resources to accelerate the profession’s understanding and adoption of high performance buildings. He is currently co-chair of the AIA 2030 Commitment Working Group and has helped define the metrics architecture firms use to report their progress towards meeting the 2030 energy targets.

SmithGroupJJR LLC Announces Executive Changes

SmithGroupJJR announced that it has hired Ed Burton to lead its international Science & Technology Practice. Burton succeeds Andy Vazzano, who transitions into a strategic, thought leader position for the firm. In this role, Burton heads the company’s eight Science & Technology studios that provide programming, planning and design of renovation, expansion and new construction projects for academic science, corporate research, technology park and forensic science clients. Burton was previously employed by HOK where he acted as the Science & Technology Regional Leader for Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Burton brings more than 25 years of experience of managing large and complex science and technology projects on three continents to the company. Drawn to the complexity of these building types, his experience includes the University of Southern California’s Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience where an interdisciplinary team of researchers will use predictive science to detect and cure diseases. Prior to coming to the U.S., Burton worked in London where he managed the design of the research space within the 980,000-square-foot Francis Crick Institute, a $931 million innovative biomedical research institute studying cancer, neurodegenerative conditions and infectious diseases. Burton has worked with a number of leading corporate and academic institutions in the United Kingdom, China, Russia and the U.S., including serving as the design leader for Dow Chemical’s Asia Pacific headquarters and research facility in Shanghai.

SmithGroupJJR Elects Hank Byma , Mary Jukuri , Roxanne Malek and Don Posson to Join its Board of Directors

SmithGroupJJR has elected Hank Byma, Mary Jukuri, Roxanne Malek and Don Posson to join its Board of Directors. New Board member Hank Byma, ASLA, serves as SmithGroupJJR’s director of China operations . Among the firm’s projects in China led by Byma is a new, 2,400-acre central business district development located in Kunming, a modern capital city of five million located in the southern Yunnan province. Byma has 30 years of experience in urban redevelopment, landscape architecture, land planning and design of resorts, large-scale residential and mixed-use developments, and recreational facilities. His philosophy emphasizes the importance of relationships between creative concepts, their context, and maintaining environmental sensitivity and long-term sustainability. Byma earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, preceded by dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from Michigan State University. He is a resident of Dexter, MI. New Board Member Mary Jukuri, RLA, ASLA, is senior campus planner and landscape architect. Based at SmithGroupJJR’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office, Jukuri is among the firm’s top experts in campus planning and urban design. She is currently serving as the firm’s principal-in- charge for the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign master plan update. She is also lead planner for a campus master plan update for the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which will provide direction on future building sites, preserve and enhance open space, address campus transportation and the necessary infrastructure to support future development of the campus. In recent years, Jukuri was SmithGroupJJR’s lead designer and landscape architect for the Detroit RiverWalk and lead planner for the firm’s work for the Arizona State University master plan update . A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, she is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Jukuri lives in Scio Township, MI. New Board Member Roxanne Malek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads the firm’s San Francisco studio dedicated to higher education. She has high expertise in a range of project types – from large scale academic projects to complex science and technology facilities. During her 19 years with SmithGroupJJR, Malek has been recognized for her project management and design skills while remaining at the forefront of some of the office’s most notable projects at academic campuses throughout California, including Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, University of California Davis, and University of California Berkeley. Among her most recent projects are the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Integrative Genomics Building, soon to start construction; and the University of California, Merced’s Science & Engineering Building II, which was awarded LEED Platinum certification in 2015. Malek is a graduate of Cornell University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture. She is a native of and now lives in San Francisco. New Board Member Don Posson, PE, CCP, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, serves as director of engineering at SmithGroupJJR and is based at the firm’s Washington, DC office. Among his most significant projects underway is the new Museum of the Bible, now under construction in Washington, DC and slated for completion in late 2017. For the $400 million, 430,000-square-foot project, Posson is serving as SmithGroupJJR’s engineering principal and lead mechanical engineer. He is serving in the same capacity for a new headquarters building for DC Water, to be constructed along the waterfront of the Anacostia River in growing southeast Washington, DC. When completed in 2018, the six-story, Class A building will target LEED Platinum certification.

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