Well-designed buildings and communities inspire us to strive for success everyday. At SMAt, our designs are sustainable, responsible and value-adding. SMA has provided planning and design services for public and private entities across the Northeast. From small, downtown infill structures to multi-acre community developments, we bring a depth and breadth of expertise and experience to every project.
We understand that our designs must react and respond to an existing urban fabric, and operate within that fabric to improve and promote the quality of life for its users. Most importantly, we understand that our designs should stand the test of time, incorporating sustainable design strategies and flexibility to adapt changing needs and anticipating future maintenance and life-cycle costs.
Successful residence hall environments facilitate the sharing of ideas among students, contribute to their emotional growth, and promote the development of peer relationships. These facilities also help to advance an institution’s strategic mission by creating a sense of community and fostering a sense of place and school pride.
Student residence halls are a key component to a well-rounded education. Much of what students learn is actually learned outside the classroom and much of this informal learning will take place within the residence hall.
In addition to providing housing, today’s residence halls must reflect an institution’s academic mission, its unique culture and its social philosophy. While programmatic elements take top priority, these facilities must also comfortably fit within the existing campus environment in visual harmony with their surroundings.
SMA has experience designing a wide variety of mixed use types in both urban and non-urban settings. These include: loft-style apartments, two-year school housing, living/learning communities, and traditional student residences.