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Updated: May 23, 2024

With major projects in Orono and Bangor, SMRT expands its presence in the Queen City

Group shot of SMRT architects in Bangor office Photo / Courtesy, Hannah Hoggatt From left, SMRT employees Jeff Aceto, Toby Richards, Bridget Cullen, Drew VanSteenberghe, Lura Wade and Emily Sprecher.

SMRT Architects and Engineers, Maine’s largest architecture and engineering firm, has expanded its work and its workspace in the Bangor area. 

The firm has relocated from 277 State St. to 74 Harlow St. in downtown Bangor, and says the new office space signals an added commitment to the region.

At 74 Harlow St., SMRT will have a total of 3,200 square feet between the first floor and lower level. The added space, in turn, will allow the firm to nearly double staff capacity. 

“This relocation signifies more than just a change of address. It's a testament to our dedication to Bangor and the community,” said Brad Hodges, who took over earlier this year as president of SMRT.

“We are excited to be part of the downtown revitalization efforts and look forward to contributing our expertise to projects that shape the future of the Queen City.”

Hodges took over from longtime SMRT leader Ellen Belknap at the start of the year. Belknap was a Mainebiz Woman to Watch in 2014.

In a Q&A with Mainebiz Senior Writer Renee Cordes earlier this year, Hodges said the "sky's the limit for SMRT," citing work for clients like L.L.Bean, Aroma Joe's and Hannaford. 

SMRT Architects and Engineers, which is headquartered at 75 Washington Ave. in Portland, is Maine's largest architecture firm, with 23 licensed architects and 105 employees, according to the 2024 Mainebiz Book of Lists. The firm reported revenue of $29.2 million in 2022. 

Photo / Jim Neuger
Bradley Hodges, who succeeded Ellen Belknap as president of SMRT Architects and Engineers at the start of 2024, has been with the Portland-based firm for more than two decades.

Bangor details

The Bangor office is about more than office space.

The firm says it "also signifies SMRT’s pledge to expand its regional footprint," and cites three significant upcoming projects. 

In Orono, SMRT will work with the University of Maine on upcoming construction of the Green Engineering and Materials Research facility — what UMaine is calling the Factory of the Future. The site will offer dedicated space to further develop advanced composite materials and structures nationally and internationally.

SMRT said the Factory of the Future "will embrace Industry 4.0 technologies, including AI-enabled digital manufacturing, to foster innovation and drive positive change."

Rendering / Courtesy of Consigli
In Orono, Consigli Construction and SMRT collaborated on ground-up construction of a site for Tyler Technologies.

Also in Orono, SMRT was the design partner on the new Tyler Technologies office space, working with Consigli Construction.

"SMRT ensured that the new Orono office fosters innovation and prioritizes employee well-being and community connectivity. These projects represent SMRT's vision to catalyze economic development, nurture talent pipelines, and strengthen community ties," the firm said.

In Bangor, SMRT has partnered with the Bangor Region YMCA on a reimagined community hub featuring a fitness center, two swimming pools, a full-sized gymnasium with an elevated track and outdoor sports fields. The site will also expand child care services.

An added bonus of the Bangor space is being able to draw on UMaine's engineering grads.

“Our Bangor office relocation marks a pivotal step in our firm’s continued growth. By anchoring ourselves in the heart of this vibrant city, we reaffirm our commitment to collaboration and deepen our ties to the region," Hodges said.

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