SmithGroupJJR has expanded its national presence with the acquisition of TRO, a Boston, Massachusetts-based, multidisciplinary healthcare design firm. The move increases the company’s resources to 1,300 employees and 12 offices across the U.S. and China.
TRO’s recent projects include the Alfond Center for Health at MaineGeneral Medical Center, which utilized a collaborative Integrated Project Delivery method to complete the project 10 months ahead of schedule; the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston), a complex expansion over the hospital’s labor and delivery floor, as well as the full renovation of the existing NICU and the Menino addition and renovation at Boston Medical Center, which faces the compounded complexity of relocating existing, active departments into occupied space without interruption to patient care.
TRO will become the Boston office of SmithGroupJJR. Mark Jussaume, P.E., LEED AP, who has been with TRO since 1990 and most recently served as the firm’s CEO, steps into the role of office director for this location.
SmithGroupJJR’s growth plans include establishing additional offices and expanding services and markets into existing offices where there is strategic alignment with client needs. The acquisition of TRO follows other recent moves, including the opening of an office in San Diego, California; the addition of engineering services in all California offices and expanded service offerings at the Madison, Wisconsin office to include architectural design for the first time in the firm’s history. The firm has also recently created Workplace studios in its Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois offices and Science & Technology studios in Chicago and Dallas.
SmithGroupJJR Managing Partner Russ Sykes, P.E., LEED AP, acknowledged that establishing a presence in the Northeast, and Boston in particular, has been part of the firm’s strategic long-range plan.
The Boston office will continue doing business as TRO into the second quarter of 2018, at which time it will be fully integrated into the SmithGroupJJR brand.