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SMDA is phased out

August 2, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Chicago-based DBHMS, a design-build-engineering firm that acquired Sustainable Mechanical Design Associates in Grand Rapids two years ago, is now phasing out the SMDA name.

DBHMS said in an announcement that it is expanding its consulting services in Michigan from the former SMDA office.

Located at 89 Monroe Center NW, SMDA was founded in 2008 by Bob Gengelbach of Cascade, who passed away due to illness in 2011 at age 49. After that, the small firm was acquired by DBHMS, according to Kyle Rieth, a project engineer at the Grand Rapids office.

A 55-person, minority-owned firm founded in Chicago in 2002, DBHMS provides building systems design, high-performance building simulation, sustainability consulting and lighting design.

A. Aubrey Swift, director of design integration at DBHMS, leads the team in the Grand Rapids office, according to spokesperson Mary Schmidt.

The renamed DBHMS office in Grand Rapids provides building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design, as well as building assessments and commissioning services for western Michigan. DBHMS already has completed commissioning the new Gordon Foods corporate headquarters and is also the commissioning agent for the Downtown Market.

DBHMS also worked with Rockford Construction on day-lighting studies and commissioning for Rockford’s new corporate headquarters, nearing completion at Seward Avenue and First Street NW.

In Chicago, the firm has served well known clients such as Studio Gang Architects and Farr Associates, and consulted on high profile projects such as Aqua Tower, a high rise residential development; the Green Exchange, the country’s largest sustainable business community; and Poetry Foundation, a public poetry library and exhibition gallery.

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