With the diverse demands and complexity on K-12 projects, experience is a key component of successful project management. Experience is also a critical element to success in optimizing school designs for sustainability. Sustainable design is a core value for all of SMMA's K-12 projects, and we carry our organizational sustainability experience and knowledge from preliminary design all the way through post-construction occupancy.
A building, like an organism, is a group of interrelated systems. A living organism’s design, perfected over years of evolution, has no redundancy of systems, and its waste is food for other living things. It is part of a larger system. Similarly, sustainable design optimizes building systems to provide necessary services to users with a positive benefit to the environment.
We design places for people. Everyone should have access to clean air, water, healthy food, shelter, and beauty. Through responsible design practice, buildings can be a force for the greater good. At SMMA, we are doing our part, one project at a time.
Inspired by Nature
How do we create buildings that have a positive impact on users, society, and the environment? SMMA taps into the collective creativity of our people by aligning our project teams around the goals of each client. Drawing inspiration from the elegance of living systems, we support the design process with analysis—including energy and daylight modeling, and materials research—as well as verification, through building certification. The results are high-performance projects that promote health and productivity, reduce operational costs, and are resource-efficient.