SMBW Launches the Market Report

SMBW Launches the Market Report

November 3, 2020

SMBW launches  new webinar series, the Market Report, exploring the state of core market segments.  TUNE IN to Episode One Tuesday, Nov 11 at 11:00. This discussion-based deep dive allows you to hear directly from our clients, large and small, on business, team + culture, and spatial strategies they are employing to plan for the year(s) ahead.

Watch the recording here:

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City ponders Public Safety Building sale as development offer looms

City ponders Public Safety Building sale as development offer looms

October 19, 2020 – Richmond Bizsense

“Five months after it was pitched to the city, a $350 million development proposal that would salvage part of the failed Navy Hill plan remains in play.”

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Re-Entry Roundtable, Part 3

Re-Entry Roundtable, Part 3

Have you been tuning in to SMBW’s Workplace Re-Entry Roundtable webinar series? Whether you’re returning or new, you won’t want to miss the final installment Thursday, 10/22. ⁠

We’ve assembled RVA’s design, workplace, and construction thought leaders to speak on workplace re-entry strategies. For the final installment of our 3-part webinar series, we’re looking ahead at what the future of the workplace and how we’re navigating these changes in real-time. Click the link in our bio to register today!⁠

Meet the Panel:⁠
Ginny Johnston, Capital One⁠
Lee Harrelson, CMTA⁠
Chris Durand, DPR Construction⁠
Stephen Jayjock, JLL⁠
Kim Smith, Knoll⁠
Tamara Van Meter, SMBW


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SMBW Takes Home 2 IDEAs Awards

SMBW Takes Home 2 IDEAs Awards

SMBW – October 9, 2020

On Friday, October 9, IIDA + ASID held their annual Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) to honor exceptional regional interior design work. SMBW designers Michelle Mikita and Shannon Dankos took home two awards! “Just the right amount of color and crispness, that gives a space balance,” said the jury.

First Place, S&P Global
Category: Corporate over 3,500 sf

Honorable Mention, Pietech 3rd floor expansion
Category: Corporate under 3,500 sf

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A New Home for the Humanities in Virginia

A New Home for the Humanities in Virginia

VIRGINIA HUMANITIES – July 28, 2020

“The new office will dramatically improve our visibility and accessibility, and make it easier to work with our local and statewide partners including the University of Virginia, all of which will substantially deepen our impact to support and amplify the stories of Virginians from across the state,” says Matthew Gibson, Virginia Humanities’ Executive Director.

We’re excited to help Virginia Humanities realize a new space!

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Workplace Re-Entry Roundtable, Part 2

Workplace Re-Entry Roundtable, Part 2

Struggling with getting back to work Post-COVID? Join RVA’s design, workplace, and construction thought leaders for Part 2 of our 3-part webinar series for an update. Panelists will revisit strategies and new updates on workplace re-entry.

Panelists
Capital One | Ginny Johnston, Employer Readiness
CMTA | Drew Roberts, Indoor Air Quality
DPR | Chris Durand, Construction
Knoll | Kim Smith, Furniture Solutions
SMBW | Tamara Van Meter, Workplace Strategy

WATCH A RECORDING OF THE LIVE WEBINAR HERE

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Designing for Future Leaders: A smart new design for the University of Richmond

Designing for Future Leaders: A smart new design for the University of Richmond

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The Future of Monument Avenue

The Future of Monument Avenue

July 6, 2020 – Richmond Times Dispatch

“For a century, Monument Avenue has showcased some of the Confederacy’s most revered figures. Soon, there will be a blank canvas. Over the past week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch asked demonstrators, residents, artists and community leaders what they’d like to see on the new Monument Avenue.”

Pictured here is SMBW’s 2019 submission, entitled ‘Deconstruction/Reconstruction’ for the design competition ‘General Demotion/General Devotion’, which posed a re-imagining of Richmond’s Monument Avenue. SMBW’s submission proposed an architectural shroud surrounding prominent monuments and transforming the central circles for spaces for community and contemplation.

The exhibit was planned by Storefront for Community design and held at The Valentine Museum.

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Workplace Re-Entry Panel Q+A

Workplace Re-Entry Panel Q+A

RVA’s design, workplace, and construction thought leaders answer your questions live, following the Workplace Re-Entry Roundtable.

Topics + Panelists
Construction | Chris Durand, DPR
Employer Readiness | Ginny Johnston, Capital One
Solutions | Kim Smith, Knoll
Indoor Air Quality | Lee Harrelson, CMTA
Project Management | Stephen Jayjock, JLL
Workplace Strategy | Tamara Van Meter, SMBW

Moderated by Spencer Grice of SMBW.

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Workplace Re-Entry: A Roundtable Discussion

Workplace Re-Entry: A Roundtable Discussion

May 28, 2020- SMBW

Are you prepared for the post-covid workplace? Join RVA’s design, workplace, and construction thought leaders for return-to-work strategies.

Topics + Panelists
Employer Readiness | Ginny Johnston, Capital One
Indoor Air Quality | Lee Harrelson, CMTA
Construction | Chris Durand, DPR
Furniture Solutions | Kim Smith, Knoll
Project Management | Stephen Jayjock, JLL
Workplace Strategy | Tamara Van Meter, SMBW

Moderated by Spencer Grice of SMBW.
Hosted live via Zoom webinar Thursday, May 28th at 8:30 am.

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Law Firm Re-Entry: Design Adaptations for a Post-Covid Workplace

Law Firm Re-Entry: Design Adaptations for a Post-Covid Workplace

May 21, 2020- SMBW

SMBW and our friends at the Virginia Bar Association walk you through a phased approach to reopening your firm for business, as social distancing restrictions begin to lift in the coming months.

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Developers look to salvage part of Navy Hill plan with $350M project, anchored by 20-story tower

Developers look to salvage part of Navy Hill plan with $350M project, anchored by 20-story tower

May 6, 2020- BIZSENSE

“Three months after Richmond City Council said “no” to the controversial Navy Hill project, the developers behind it are looking to revive a portion of the proposal with a mixed-use development that now calls for a taller VCU Health-anchored tower.”

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7-story ‘Soda Flats’ planned next to Hofheimer Building in Scott’s Addition

7-story ‘Soda Flats’ planned next to Hofheimer Building in Scott’s Addition

RICHMOND BIZSENSE- April 13, 2020

“Another new development with some height is planned along the Pulse Corridor on Broad Street, this time by one of the developers behind the Quirk Hotel.

Bank Street Advisors filed plans this month for Soda Flats, a seven-story building consisting of 73 apartment units and ground-floor retail at 2820 W. Broad St.”

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Construction to start in late spring on $52 million building project in the Virginia Bio+Tech Park

Construction to start in late spring on $52 million building project in the Virginia Bio+Tech Park

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH- March 06, 2020

Plans are being finalized for a $52 million building project in the Virginia Bio+Tech Park in Richmond that would serve as a temporary

SMBW Architects is the architect for the project. W.M. Jordan Co. is the construction manager, and Project Solutions Group is the project manager.

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SMBW Welcomes Lisa Clark to the Architecture Team

SMBW Welcomes Lisa Clark to the Architecture Team

SMBW- March 3, 2020

Clark’s architectural design experience spans market segments including mixed-use, higher education, and cultural facilities with tangible community impact. Clark has steered diverse commercial projects from conceptual design through construction administration as project designer and worked to collect a broad wealth of knowledge across trades to make her an adept designer and project coordinator. Her experience in in mixed-use arena brings great value to SMBW, as an emerging design leader in the mixed-use market.

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SMBW Welcomes Majd Soudi to the Architecture Team

SMBW Welcomes Majd Soudi to the Architecture Team

SMBW- March 03, 2020

Soudi is a 2019 graduate of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design.  Soudi, from Amman, Jordan, came to the United States for his undergraduate degree and brings a background in construction and previous work experience as an intern for two Jordanian architecture studios.

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Virginia War Memorial marks completion of $26M expansion project

Virginia War Memorial marks completion of $26M expansion project

BIZSENSE- February 27,2020

Nearly two and a half years after construction began, the Virginia War Memorial has largely polished off a multimillion-dollar expansion, marking the occasion with a dedication ceremony Saturday.

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SMBW Announces Promotion of Erin Rowe to Market Manager

SMBW Announces Promotion of Erin Rowe to Market Manager

SMBW – February 19, 2020

Rowe’s professional experience spans regional corporate and higher education projects, but her real passion is people. As an interior designer, she worked to truly get to know a client and understand their needs, offering research and relationship-based solutions resulting in thoughtful designs.  As Market Manager, Erin’s ability to connect with SMBW’s clients and the Richmond community will restructure the firm’s approach to winning new work and making community connections.  Erin is an active community member serving as the President of the Junior Board of Historic Richmond, the Vice President of Sponsorship for IIDA (International Interior Design Association), and a lifelong Big Sister volunteer to Richmond teens.

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Hardywood plans to consolidate and revamp its Richmond brewery and taproom

Hardywood plans to consolidate and revamp its Richmond brewery and taproom

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH – February 12, 2020

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is consolidating its operations on Ownby Lane in Richmond into one building, which the company is planning to renovate to give a refreshed look to its taproom and patio where visitors gather for beers.

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Hardywood to revamp Ownby Lane HQ after sale of original brewery

Hardywood to revamp Ownby Lane HQ after sale of original brewery

BIZSENSE- February 12, 2020

Excited to be partnering with our friend at Hardywood on a new vision for the brewery’s Richmond HQ location.

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VCU Health shares details of plans that rely on Navy Hill project City Council is poised to reject

VCU Health shares details of plans that rely on Navy Hill project City Council is poised to reject

RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH – February 4, 2020

“VCU Health released details on an expansion that would be part of the larger Navy Hill project on Tuesday, a day after the Richmond City Council took two steps signaling majority opposition to the project.

VCU Health said the plan — including offices for medical school faculty, retail shopping and dining, 1,500 parking spaces, and housing for the families of sick patients in need — is dependent on the $1.5 billion Navy Hill downtown redevelopment project”

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$2M deal clears way for 7-story ‘One Canal’ building downtown

$2M deal clears way for 7-story ‘One Canal’ building downtown

BIZSENSE- January 29, 2020

Check out our new mixed use project dubbed, One Canal, on Richmond Bizsense.

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CoStar in talks for new office tower within Navy Hill development

CoStar in talks for new office tower within Navy Hill development

BIZSENSE- January 14, 2020

“Representatives with developer NH District Corp. joined Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney in announcing Monday that real estate research firm CoStar Group has struck a tentative agreement to occupy a 400,000-square-foot office building within the development, should the City Council approve the $1.5 billion project” 

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Sprout School to take root in shuttered Manchester church

Sprout School to take root in shuttered Manchester church

BIZSENSE – November 27, 2019

Clients with a cause give our design work meaning and purpose. We’re thrilled to be taking this project to the next level with the YWCA.

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JMU celebrates grand opening of Paul Jennings Hall

JMU celebrates grand opening of Paul Jennings Hall

WHSV 3- October 11, 2019

The SMBW Dukes were extra happy to work on the interiors for this new residence hall at JMU. Congrats, JMU!

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New 100,000-square-foot building planned for biotech park

New 100,000-square-foot building planned for biotech park

BIZSENSE- September 17, 2019

Activation Capital has big plans for Jackson Ward and SMBW is happy to be a part of this team!

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Coliseum redevelopment planning leans on local businesses

Coliseum redevelopment planning leans on local businesses

BIZSENSE- August 07, 2019

The proposed Navy Hill development is the type of visionary project that recognizes the strength of the city of Richmond as a place of innovation. This project will reclaim a lost historic neighborhood that was once a thriving urban center in the city. It will show that Richmond is a city that values sustainable development built for all its citizens and visitors and that Richmond continues to be a place to call home.

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What is NH District Corp.? Documents lay out structure and business ties of Coliseum project group

What is NH District Corp.? Documents lay out structure and business ties of Coliseum project group

RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH- June 26, 2019

Questions about the Navy Hill development? Visit: https://navyhillrva.com/get-the-facts

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Local designs, designers pick up architecture awards

Local designs, designers pick up architecture awards

BIZSENSE- May 17, 2019

Our work at the 1717 Innovation Center brought us home an AIA Design Award last night! Extra special, as the awards ceremony was held in one of our current projects, the Virginia War Memorial.

Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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Project Feature: 1717 Innovation Center

Project Feature: 1717 Innovation Center

Office Snapshots – March 12, 2019

“A once underutilized building is now the Capital One funded home of Startup Virginia, a nonprofit incubator whose new space connects its participating entrepreneurs to mentors and programs in the community. Based out of a 100 year-old, 5-story heavy-timber former tobacco warehouse in the growing Shockoe Bottom region, the 1717 Innovation Center is a community-driven business incubator, housing the non-profit Startup Virginia. Capital One, who funded the project through their Future Edge program, also occupy space on two floors for gathering space and a research lab.”

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SMBW Announces Promotion of Melinda Jeffries, NCIDQ, to Firm Associate

SMBW Announces Promotion of Melinda Jeffries, NCIDQ, to Firm Associate

SMBW – January 28, 2019

SMBW is proud to announce that Melinda Jeffries, NCIDQ, has been promoted to an Associate in the firm. Jeffries, of Richmond, VA, first earned a B.S. in Biology, followed by a Master’s in Teaching from James Madison University in ’07 and ’08 respectively.  After having completed a Master’s in Fine Arts for Interior Environments at Virginia Commonwealth University, she began her career at SMBW and has been with the firm for over six years.  She continues to utilize her teaching skills through adjunct positions within the Interior Design Department at VCU.

Tamara Van Meter, Firm Principal and Head of Interiors: “Melinda’s background in teaching and science coupled with her artistic talent create the perform storm as a design leader.  She is a deeply analytical and strategic thinker which enable creative problem solving and design solutions.   Her engaging personality and communication style make her a natural mentor to our firm’s young designers as well as the regional design student community.  We are thrilled to welcome Melinda as an Associate of SMBW!”

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Ten projects, including 1717 Innovation Center and the ICA, earn Golden Hammer Awards

Ten projects, including 1717 Innovation Center and the ICA, earn Golden Hammer Awards

Richmond Times Dispatch – November 8, 2018

“Ten development projects in the Richmond area were deemed to be the best in their categories at the 2018 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.

There were 35 projects nominated for the awards, which recognizes the best in historic preservation, blight reduction and neighborhood revitalization.”

Click here to read the full story

Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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RTS Labs in Henrico poised to double its workforce over the next few years

RTS Labs in Henrico poised to double its workforce over the next few years

RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH- November 5, 2018

Small and large projects alike keep our design team nimble. Congrats to RTS Labs on their new office space!

Related Project: RTS Labs
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Project Profile: 1717 Innovation Center

Project Profile: 1717 Innovation Center

Knoll.com – October 30, 2018

“The 1717 Innovation Center provides opportunities for casual collaboration, fosters creativity, and supports employee engagement. [It] implements these forward-thinking concepts, paying particular attention to wellbeing, flexibility, hospitality, and a balance between individuals and teams.”

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Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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UVa launches First Lady’s Food Lab at Morven

UVa launches First Lady’s Food Lab at Morven

Charlottesville Tomorrow – October 18, 2018

“‘The unique thing that we are trying to create here at University of Virginia is to look at food systems, not just growing food, but actually working on access,’ [Dorothy] McAuliffe said. ‘We have plenty of food, but there is a gap in the food system that denies access to the kids that need it most.’

Housed in a former barn, the Food Lab is a meeting space and kitchen that will support food justice initiatives at UVa and in the Charlottesville area.”

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RTS Labs Moves into New Bigger Office in Richmond to Accommodate Growth

RTS Labs Moves into New Bigger Office in Richmond to Accommodate Growth

RTS Labs Blog – September 6, 2018

“Our office suite is not only fun and creative, it has lots of open space to accommodate multiple meeting styles with private zones for heads down work and meeting rooms for strategy sessions and client meetings. It’s simple and inspires collaboration. The space SMBW designed truly represents the culture we’ve built at RTS Labs.”

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Related Project: RTS Labs
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2018 Brick in Architecture Awards Honor Remarkable Design

2018 Brick in Architecture Awards Honor Remarkable Design

The Brick Industry Association – July 24, 2018

The Brick Industry Association recognized SMBW + team for our work at University of Richmond on the Queally Admissions Center with a Gold Award in the Higher Education category.

See the full list of winners here

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Project Feature: Envera Health

Project Feature: Envera Health

Office Snapshots – July 16, 2018

“Envera Health, a partner in healthcare engagement services, sought a Richmond-based location to consolidate multiple office locations creating a unified culture that aligns their work environment and community-centered mission. Designed by SMBW, the 25,000 SF facility can accommodate 100% employee growth utilizing flexible workstations and technology to accommodate frequent team reconfigurations. Taking advantage of the 19’ tall ceilings, mezzanines allow team collaborative lounges a bird’s eye view of the office below.”

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Increasing Remembrance

Richmond Magazine – May 24, 2018

“By Memorial Day next year, soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at the expanded Virginia War Memorial. Nearly a year after the $25 million project’s groundbreaking in June 2017, excavation of the hillside between the War Memorial and Second Street is complete, construction workers have laid the foundation, and the building is starting to take shape.”

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HandCraft building, Owens & Minor lease earn top GRACRE awards

HandCraft building, Owens & Minor lease earn top GRACRE awards

Richmond Bizsense – April 19, 2018

“The GRACRE ceremony, held at the Country Club of Virginia, recognized 23 projects and transactions. It was hosted by Cheryl Shanahan, EDC business development manager.”

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Startups at Shockoe Bottom incubator look to provide innovative services from health care to education

Startups at Shockoe Bottom incubator look to provide innovative services from health care to education


Richmond Times-Dispatch – April 1, 2018

“Moving into the 1717 Innovation Center was a ‘no-brainer’ [April Palmer, co-founder of Pivot Pass] said. ‘We came to Richmond because we felt the startup scene was right for us here,’ she said. ‘It is a market on an upward trend, and where we wanted to be,’ [Brig Leland, co-founder] added. ‘We could be in New York or Boston, but we chose Richmond because we see the potential in the area.'”

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Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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1717 Innovation Center starts engines in the Bottom

1717 Innovation Center starts engines in the Bottom


Richmond BizSense – March 27, 2018

“Gilbane Building Co. and SMBW Architects were the builder and architect on the project, respectively. The former tobacco warehouse could house up to 50 startups. Startup Virginia’s members can use the building and get access to mentorship, investors and events. Current members include DineGigsReRunner and Seasonal Roots. About 40 startups are signed on to be in the building, and they take month-to-month leases for different spaces, similar to how coworking spaces operate.”

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Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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Richmond’s Iconic Climax Beverage Co. To Re-Launch

Richmond’s Iconic Climax Beverage Co. To Re-Launch

Dogtown Dish – March 25, 2018

“Our next task was to decide where to set up the brewing/bottling operation and tasting room for Climax Beverage Co. We intend to locate Climax in Swansboro, just west of Manchester, as part of a destination based development that will focus on food & beverages. This large Swansboro development will include the old Siegel’s grocery store we have already begun restoring. (…) To flesh all this out, we have engaged SMBW architects to assist with the master planning. Climax Beverage Co. will be folded in as one component of a broad vision for this multi-faceted re-development effort. The hope is that the revitalized area will include a whole swath of purveyors including food vendors, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and fresh produce/market items to help serve the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. ”

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Main Street Station a hit as new venue for Virginia Wine Expo

Main Street Station a hit as new venue for Virginia Wine Expo

Richmond Times-Dispatch – March 5, 2018

“[Alex Papajohn, Executive Director of the Virginia Wine Expo], said the Victorian-era train station (…) is a ‘world-class venue’ that represents ‘a major reset’ for the event.'”

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Sweet as Pie

Sweet as Pie


Richmond Magazine – January 1, 2018

PIEtech, a fast-growing Powhatan-based company that creates financial-planning software, tapped SMBW to design its second location in Midlothian. The 17,000-square-foot space aesthetically speaks to PIEtech’s quirky and colorful identity, while also encouraging the company’s day-to-day operations to run as a well-oiled machine.”

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Related Project: PIEtech
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‘We need to show we have a wow factor’: Virginia Wine Expo 2018 is all new with new digs, better wine and booze

‘We need to show we have a wow factor’: Virginia Wine Expo 2018 is all new with new digs, better wine and booze

Richmond Times-Dispatch – February 14, 2018

“‘It is cool, beautiful, spectacular, and it’s a destination-worthy venue,’ [Alex Papajohn, creator and director for the Virginia Wine Expo] said. ‘We need to show we have a wow factor.'”

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At CodeRVA, High School Mimics the Workplace

At CodeRVA, High School Mimics the Workplace

NPR, WVTF Radio IQ – February 11, 2018

“We’re cognizant of the fact that we don’t know all the answers,” says [Michael Bolling, Executive Director of CodeRVA Regional High School].”We’re a lab and innovation school that’s taking chances to hope to influence, or change, education in the state and also the nation.”

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Fortune’s  2018 Business by Design List

Fortune’s 2018 Business by Design List

Fortune.com – December 22, 2017

“Banking and cutting-edge design don’t automatically go together. But Capital One has adopted design thinking as a mantra to reinvent itself as a software company and innovation incubator, rather than a traditional bank. After acquiring design firms Adaptive Path and Monsoon, Capital One has recently rolled out fresh digital features, from an emoji-enabled SMS chatbot to GPS-tracked transaction histories. In early 2018 it will unveil its 1717 Innovation Center in Richmond, a 42,000-square-foot facility housing an experience design research lab and, through a partnership with an incubator program, some 50 startups.”

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Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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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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Related Project: 1717 Innovation Center
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