Winchester High School Site Plan
Bancroft Elementary School Designed by SMMA
Analog Devices Exterior
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Exterior
Milton Landing Exterior
Wellesley High School Aerial View

Site Design

Site design at SMMA advances the aspirations of our clients and responds to the needs and expectations of the surrounding communities. We achieve at the best possible result by applying the expertise and ingenuity of an integrated team of civil engineers, landscape architects, and planners, working in concert with our clients and stakeholders.

Diverse Sites, Singular Focus

Whether redevelopment or greenfield, urban or suburban, SMMA’s Site Design Group views each project as an opportunity to serve our clients and advance our ideals. The common thread in all of our work is a sense of stewardship—respect for existing natural conditions, and a desire to enhance the environment. We do this by studying the existing landscape and creatively addressing building placement, land and open-space use, circulation, and stormwater management. We create exceptional designs by tapping into our diverse experience across SMMA’s design studios and developing solid relationships with our clients.

Forging a Comprehensive Design

Site design synthesizes the planner’s overview, the landscape architect’s eye for detail, and the civil engineer’s grasp of man-made systems. The practical facets of site design are the environmental and programmatic requirements that any design organization must address, from parking counts and impermeable surface issues to stormwater management strategy and water quality. SMMA's Site Design Group is equally focused on the more nuanced, aesthetic facets of site design, celebrating the site's essence—its natural rhythms, views, resources, vegetation, and topography.

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Embodying the Spirit of Collaboration

Not all landscape architects and civil engineers are cut from the same cloth; however, the methodologies employed by each when tackling design challenges tend to be somewhat consistent. When working in tandem, a team of landscape architects and civil engineers can draw on their inherent strengths to collectively create not only a workable, efficient plan, but a truly holistic and beautiful design.

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Permitting

The permitting necessary for any project—from local, state, or federal authorities—requires in-depth knowledge of current and emerging regulations; understanding the permitting implications of early-stage design concepts; engaging with the client’s team, including legal counsel, consultants, and scientists; preparing comprehensive application packages; and nurturing community relationships during the entire process. Our in-house team of site designers, architects, and engineers uniquely positions SMMA to provide comprehensive permitting services for a wide variety of client and project types.

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects at SMMA approach each project as a creative process of exploration and problem-solving to design beautiful, meaningful, and pragmatic spaces. Our goal is to help clients achieve their ambitions with designs that integrate natural and man-made systems in context with their surroundings, as well as embody each site’s unique essence of place.

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Civil Engineering

SMMA’s civil engineers provide deep technical expertise in all aspects of land development projects, including site layout, stormwater management, and utility systems design. Our team's project approach begins with a comprehensive understanding of the design intent, the regulatory climate, and the surrounding environmental context.  Early site design concepts examine the impacts of building and parking placement on the ability to “engineer” the systems and reduce impacts to the built environment.  

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Site Planning

At SMMA, land and building solutions develop holistically—the planner has the larger vision of the property in mind, as well as a timeline that envisions iterative building solutions that can be measured both in the short- and long-term—years for commercial real estate developers, decades for colleges and universities.

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Careers

Join Our Team!

We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals who thrive on collaboration and are passionate about design. If you think you'd be a good fit, we'd love to hear from you. Visit our Careers page to check out our open positions.

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