Life Science

Technology advancements and healthcare reform are disrupting the traditional methods of delivering, improving, and paying for medical services. These changes deeply inform the architecture of hospitals, clinics, and Life Science research facilities. Because of their experience and current immersion in the field, SMMA’s sector experts integrate the evolving state of Life Science disciplines into our work.


SMMA's architects, engineers, and planners apply their knowledge to turn today’s life science challenges into opportunities. This begins with a solid understanding of the subject matter, research, best practices, trends, and technology. The depth of our experience and the integration of design disciplines means that there is no learning curve when taking on complex projects and mitigating risk for our clients.

Portfolio Depth

Our Life Science portfolio ranges from research hubs and academic medical centers to health science R&D campuses, laboratories, and pharmaceutical manufacturing spaces. For each, we balance functionality and aesthetic goals to design facilities that nurture both the human body and its resilient spirit.

GE Healthcare Life Sciences Northeast Headquarters

People-Focused Design

In establishing its new Northeast headquarters, GE Healthcare Life Sciences had a clearly defined goal in mind: Consolidate operations, and, in the process, create better efficiencies and a strong collaborative culture.

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Lexington Technology Park | Shire

Revolutionaries of Life Science, Stewards of the Land

From SMMA’s first site visit, we were cognizant of the scope and importance of the property: This area served as a global headquarters to a major corporation focused on defending the country. Although the landscape and the buildings were of a different era, they were unique.

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C. Josh Rownd


Principal | Director of Life Science Studio

Josh leads SMMA's Life Science Studio, providing expertise in planning, project leadership and management, budgeting, scheduling, construction administration, and facilitation of research and advanced technology projects. He applies his 30+ years of experience to building teams with the required talents to skillfully integrate client and stakeholder needs and transform them into built solutions.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb

Flexibility for the Future

To put it simply: Bristol-Myers Squibb is in the business of saving lives. The pharmaceutical giant is dedicated to developing medical solutions to many serious, widespread diseases, such as depression, HIV, hepatitis B, rheumatoid arthritis, and melanoma. To expand its development of drug therapies, Bristol-Myers Squibb commissioned the Clinical Manufacturing Building, which will house five of its products for late-stage clinical trials.

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Jeffrey Jansen


Senior Associate | Mechanical Engineer

Jeff’s responsibilities include designing state-of-the-art mechanical systems for a wide range of sophisticated facility types, including sensitive research complexes, laboratories and vivariums, data centers, healthcare institutions, and commercial office buildings.

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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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