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Steve Cowan earns P.E. LicenseSteve Cowan, PE
January 2012-We are extremely proud to announce that J. Stephen Cowan has earned his Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As a young college student at James Madison University, Steve first worked for us in the summers of 2001 and 2002 as our Courier and Shop Drawing Assistant.  In 2003, Steve transferred to Old Dominion University and began working for us permanently while taking engineering classes.  Upon his graduation with a Civil Engineering Bachelor's Degree in 2007, he moved into an Engineer-in-Training position with our firm.  

Throughout the last 4 years Steve has worked long hours learning the ropes from his mentors, Danny Speight, P.E., Matt Marshall, Jr., P.E., and Jon Walesczyk, P.E.  He realized that all that hard work paid off when he passed the P.E. exam on his first attempt!

SM&F Wins 2011 HRACRE Design Awards
We are proud to announce that we have received 4 Excellence in Development Design Awards in 2011 from the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate:

Dragas Hall Renovation Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Award of Merit - Best Historic Rehabilitation Project 

Monticello Station Apartments at Wells Fargo Center Norfolk, VA

Award of Merit - Best Multi-Family Project

JT's Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground Virginia Beach, VA

Award of Excellence - Best Recreation/Entertainment/Hospitality Project

427 Granby Street Renovation Norfolk, VA 

Award of Merit - Best Historic Rehabilitation Project

Jon Walesczyk, PE named Partner of SM&F
April 2011 - We are proud to announce the promotion of Jon Walesczyk,PE to Partner with our firm. Jon has made significant contributions to the firm over the last 10 years with involvement in managing a number of important projects including the Laskin Road Gateway project at 31st Street at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Jon's "can-do" attitude has helped the firm establish solid working relationships with our clients and his demonstrated leadership skills support the foundation of our firm. A well deserved promotion indeed!

SM&F wins ACEC Virginia Engineering Excellence design award
December 2010 - The Virginia Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) bestowed an Honor Award upon our Williams Mullen Center project in downtown Richmond. The project is a 15-story Class A office tower with retail on the first floor and a 3-level parking garage.  View ACEC's December newsletter at for more information and for a list of all winners.

SM&F Wins 2010 HRACRE Design Awards
We are proud to announce that we have received 2 Excellence in Development Design Awards in 2010 from the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate:

Naval Aviation Monument, Virginia Beach, VA
“Award of Excellence” for “Best Recreation/Entertainment/Hospitality."  Learn more about the project at

1168 First Colonial Road Medical Office Building, Virginia Beach, VA
“Award of Merit” for “Best Office Building”

New Structural Engineer
June 2010 - We are pleased to announce that our firm has hired Erol Aydar, PE as a Structural Engineer with our firm.  Erol brings his extensive Revit® skills and federal government project experience to the table.  Erol's first Revit® project with the firm is the new LEED Silver, 300,000 sf, 2,000-student capacity Kellam High School project in Virginia Beach. 

SM&F wins City of Virginia Beach design award
December 2009 - The City of Virginia Beach's Planning Commission selected our Med-Systems Associates' medical office building project at 1168 First Colonial Road for a 2009 Design Award.

Richmond expansionDanny Rudd
June 2009 - Danny Rudd, EIT has been hired as a Project Engineer and Inspector in the Richmond area. This opportunity has allowed us to expand our services, especially Agent 1 Special Inspections, into the central region of Virginia.  We are actively pursuing new business opportunities. 

Employee promotions
April 2009 - We are pleased to announce the following job title changes: Jon Walesczyk, PE to Director of Operations and Wadetta Saunders to Office Administrator. These changes reflect growth, responsibility, and dedication to our firm over the years as well as continued leadership in the coming years.

SM&F has BIM capabilities
We possess Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities using AutoDesk® Revit® Structure and are eager to utilize this solution for your next project. Our CAD staff are continually training to improve coordination and collaboration amongst the disciplines and are employing it at our clients’ request.  We have several current projects using the software.

SM&F wins prestigious design award in competitive New York market
The New York Times, College Point Facility Addition project in Queens, NY was selected as the Best of 2008 Project of the Year in the Industrial category by McGraw-Hill’s New York Construction News.
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The project also received three awards in 2008 from the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards: Best New Construction Industrial, Best Industrial Interiors, and Best New Construction Landscaping
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SM&F Wins 2008 HRACRE Design Awards
We are proud to announce that we have received 3 Excellence in Development Design Awards in 2008 from the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate:

Campus Bookstore, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
“Award of Excellence” for “Best Commercial/Retail Building 20,000 to 100,000 SF”

Checkered Flag Smart Center, Virginia Beach, VA
“Award of Excellence” for “Best Commercial/Retail Building under 20,000 SF”

Riverwalk Landing of Yorktown Parking Garage and Pavilion, Yorktown, VA

“Award of Excellence” for “Best Master Planned Project”

SM&F project wins 2008 Outstanding Construction Award from AGC
The Austin American-Statesman newspaper project in Austin, Texas was recently awarded for Outstanding “Industrial/Warehouse over $5 Million” by the Austin Chapter Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Our team designed a 66,266 square foot tilt-up concrete addition and renovations to 29,629 square feet for the existing newspaper production facility. Tilt-up concrete wall panels for this project are load-bearing composite insulated panels. The General Contractor was Raymond Construction and the Architect was Dario Designs, Inc.