About SmithGroupJJR

SmithGroupJJR is one of the largest architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S. With a staff of 1200, we specialize in the healthcare, workplace, higher education, and science & technology sectors. Our integrated practice offers depth in all disciplines serving the built and natural environment, including architecture, engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing), landscape architecture, urban design and environmental science. SmithGroupJJR clients benefit from the technical expertise, creativity, and different perspectives that our multidisciplinary practice brings. As one of the nation’s leading sustainable design firms, SmithGroupJJR has long been in the forefront with innovative strategies for resource efficiency and environmental stewardship. For more information, please visit

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Employee Appreciation Day – March 4, 2016. The Detroit office of SmithGroupJJR celebrated National Employee Appreciation Day by providing breakfast treats to all staff in the morning (donuts, protein bars, coffee, juice), and a little Thank You gift on everyone's desk for their arrival, along with breakouts through the day. Board games were provided in our communal space for employees to play during a break, a movie was shown during lunch with popcorn (Office Space), among other treats.

Scavenger Hunt – The 2016 interns and mentors of the Detroit SmithGroupJJR office participated in a Downtown Detroit Scavenger Hunt put on by the Detroit Experience Factory. The hunt lasted approximately two hours and was broken down into teams of 4 to see who knew Detroit best! It was a great opportunity for the out of state interns to get to know the great city of Detroit, and for some bonding between the interns and mentors to kick off the summer program.

Food Gatherers Service Project – The Ann Arbor office of SmithGroupJJR banded together with co-workers and family members to help stock the food pantry shelves of a local hunger relief program.

A large model of City of Detroit is displayed on a wall adjacent to SmithGroupJJR's 17th floor lobby in the Guardian Building.