SMBW Announces Promotion of Sierra Roman, CID, to Firm Associate

SMBW Announces Promotion of Sierra Roman, CID, to Firm Associate

SMBW – January 11, 2018

SMBW is proud to announce that Sierra Roman, CID, has been promoted to an Associate in the firm. Roman, a 2006 James Madison University graduate from Chester, VA, has been with the firm for eight years and became a certified interior designer in 2010. Using a client-centric approach with an unrelenting passion for design, Roman has worked on an array of project types including commercial offices, higher education, community non-profits, outpatient healthcare facilities, and retail.

Tamara Van Meter, Firm Principal and Head of Interiors: “Sierra’s passion for design and sensitivity to the client’s vision are tremendous assets to our firm.   As a mentor, she works with young designers on maintaining design integrity with fresh creative ideas.  We are thrilled to welcome Sierra as an Associate and emerging leader at SMBW!”

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Shockoe Bottom business incubator to be ‘a game changer;’ slated for opening in early 2018

Shockoe Bottom business incubator to be ‘a game changer;’ slated for opening in early 2018

Richmond BizSense – December 29, 2017

“‘One thing it is easy to forget is that Capital One was a startup,’ said Jay Sanne, vice president of technology at Capital One and a Startup Virginia board member. ‘We look back on those times and we have a deep sense of responsibility to the Richmond area, and really to entrepreneurs and disruptors,’ he said. ‘They are trying to do the same thing that we did over the course of the last 25 years. We truly hope that this incubator creates companies that have the kind of impact that Capital One has had on this region.’

‘That is exactly what we are looking to do with this facility — have it be a focal point … so that we can compete with other peer groups’ cities around the nation.’ – Brian Bostic”

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Business incubator nearing completion in the Bottom

Business incubator nearing completion in the Bottom

Richmond BizSense – December 15, 2017

“Construction is wrapping up on Capital One’s 1717 Innovation Center, which is targeting an early 2018 opening. The 42,000-square-foot building will be the home of local nonprofit Startup Virginia and a starting point for the roughly 50 startups to which it provides mentorship.”

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As Richmond’s business scene has changed, so has Fahrenheit Group’s consulting services

As Richmond’s business scene has changed, so has Fahrenheit Group’s consulting services

Richmond Times-Dispatch – October 8, 2017

“Earlier this year, Fahrenheit made the move from its former office in Henrico into a new 6,500-square-foot space in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition area. (…) ‘We wanted something different, not a traditional corporate space,’ [Keith] Middleton said. ‘It is about our brand and culture.’

‘This space is definitely an extension of our team and our culture,’ [Rich] Reinecke said. ‘On any given day, we will have clients and nonclients using our space for various things. It is great for us, and the more people who come through here and interact with our team, the better.'”

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Modern Row House in Richmond, Virginia

Modern Row House in Richmond, Virginia

Busyboo – August 30, 2017

“Welcome to Richmond, Virginia, a city rich in American history and variable urban style, which is exactly what this modern row house offers – heaps of character and forward-thinking style.

Located in a Historic District known for limited space in which to build, this Jackson Ward neighborhood find was a true gem for the Georgian client looking to create something individual to their desires.

Such desires were fulfilled by SMBW while still blending in amidst the crowd of front porch wielding, cast iron donning, bay window owning exteriors, while a walk inside extends an immediate wow factor.

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New computer science school in Richmond ready to ‘disrupt public education’

New computer science school in Richmond ready to ‘disrupt public education’

Richmond Times-Dispatch – September 3, 2017

“‘I think getting students at that young age, [CodeRVA is] going to get them that experience before the negative stereotypes that come with computing,’ [Madalene] Spezialetti said. ‘There’s a lot more to do in computer science than just sitting in a cubicle staring at a computer for 10 hours a day.'”

There aren’t any cubicles in CodeRVA (…) It’s an open floor plan where students — with school-provided Google Chromebooks — will collaborate.”

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VBA on Main – New VBA home adds work, social space for members

VBA on Main – New VBA home adds work, social space for members

Virginia Bar Association Journal – Spring 2017

“The legal environment has changed dramatically in a generation, and the VBA is responding. This year, the association embraces its tradition as well as its future by moving to a new space complete with a member center and new technology for members to work, learn, and network. This lawyers’ home away from the office will be the ultimate association member benefit — and one not offered to this degree by any other statewide bar group in Virginia.”

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12-story tower proposed for Manchester

12-story tower proposed for Manchester

Richmond BizSense – June 5, 2017

“Richmond-based SMBW Architects was retained as the project’s architect, McDonald said. He added the firm is looking to retain Purcell Construction as the general contractor. 512 Hull Street would bring Richmond one of its first tastes of micro-apartments, which McDonald said will include studio units ranging from 400 to 500 square feet. One-bedroom units would range from 500 to 600 square feet.”

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PIEtech provides a fun environment which encourages hard work and camaraderie

PIEtech provides a fun environment which encourages hard work and camaraderie

Richmond Times Dispatch – May 4, 2017

PIEtech provides a fun and casual environment which encourages hard work and camaraderie. You can regularly see employees zipping around the office on scooters, challenging each over a foosball match or fighting it out for the ping-pong title. Colorful and interesting art adds an element of fun to an already pleasing environment”

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Downtown Development Forum showcases dozens of projects reshaping Richmond’s landscape

Downtown Development Forum showcases dozens of projects reshaping Richmond’s landscape

Richmond Times Dispatch – April 25, 2017

“'[T]he city and property owners have leased 300,000 square feet of office space in the last six months,’ said Lucy Meade, director of marketing and development for Venture Richmond.

The downtown advocacy group partnered with the city of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate to present the annual Downtown Development Forum on Tuesday night. (…) Hundreds of people attended the event at the Main Street Station Shed, one of the projects hailed at the forum. ‘No city has a structure like this in the commonwealth,’ Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said.

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