THE DESIGN OF 24/7 COMMAND | CONTROL and OPERATION FACILITIES
INTEGRATING HUMAN FACTORS WITH ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN,
TO OPTIMIZE OPERATOR PERFORMANCE, VIGILANCE AND SAFETY.
You’ve got a plant to run.
Let us shoulder some of the load.
"Ergon Refining, Inc. contracted with SLA to perform IFC design of 2 blast resistant buildings on site at our refinery. The first was to house our Process Operations Center, Safety personnel, and Operations break and locker room area and the second was a complete re-vamp of our refinery guardhouse. We received a very high level of service from the beginning over a wide range of fields. Everything from effective project management to innovative design solutions was handled by first class professionals who were both extremely knowledgeable and personable. All project deliverables were produced on time with no delays to any project milestones and no effects to project budget. I would highly recommend SLA to anyone because of their customer focused approach, high quality design work, and exceptional project team."
For Immediate Release Longview, Texas, May 21, 2014- Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has named Smith LaRock Architects, PC (SLA), of Denver, Colorado for their work with Design-Builder, Jacobe Brothers Construction, LTD (JBC) of Tyler, Texas the recipient of the 2013 Suppliers Innovation Award. The JBC-SLA team was recognized for its unique approach to facility siting and blast mitigation planning. “JBC has helped Eastman Chemical completely change its approach to facility siting”, said Steve Dickerson, Commodities Manager of Eastman Chemical. He added that, “Less than 1% of all Eastman Suppliers and Contractors nationwide ever receive this award.” "We are honored to be the 2013 Innovation Award winner for Eastman Chemical," said Derek Watson, JBC’s Director of Business Development. "As a Design-Builder we have worked hard to put together a team of professionals that specialize in facility siting planning which includes toxic, fire and blast mitigation planning.” “Today’s refineries, chemical plants and other related facilities are very concerned about providing a safe work environment for their employees. The challenge they face is in choosing the most economical and efficient means to address these needs. A critical partner in this process for us has been Smith LaRock Architects. Mike Smith and his team bring unique and specialized experience to this process and are second to none when it comes to planning for the design of blast-rated buildings and high tech control centers.” Mr. Dickerson went on to say, “We look forward to working with the JBC-SLA Team over the next few years to implement the recommendations made in the site-wide study they completed for us in 2013.” The Eastman supplier and contractor awards program, focuses on companies based or operating in North America, seeks to recognize those companies that display exemplary qualities in the services they provide to Eastman Chemical and its personnel.
"I was also impressed with their responsiveness and adaptability to meet our needs. Despite strict space, time and budget limitations, SLARC incorporated our personal preferences with design best practices. Their design and material expertise, plus the 3D views they provided, helped us quickly zero in on decisions. Given the cost of the building construction, we’ll have to live with this for a long time. I’m confident with SLARC’s guidance we made good decisions."
"Ergon West Virginia, Inc. was under construction with a remodeling effort of our Central Control Room. SLA was contacted to provide some input as to the layout of the operator's area. They were proided with a limited scope and a very tight schedule. Given these constraints, what we received was a very high level of input and details over a full range of interior design requirements. This included furniture design options, room layouts, lighting recommendations, acoustic considerations and HVAC improvements. The team provided by SLARC was very impressive in their wide range of skills and ability to pull a tremendous amount of information together in a short time frame. We are very pleased with the association we have had with SLARC and would recommend them highly."
"Smith LaRock completed two grass roots projects for one of our California facilities. One project was a centralized control room and the other was a 72,000 Sq Ft multi-craft maintenance facility with offices. Both projects were designed thru IFC DWGs and construction support for RFI during construction. Both projects exceeded our expectations. Smith LaRock also completed a project for us at Salt Lake City where the original Architect was not performing and needed to be replaced. I've worked with a number of Architects, the unique difference with Smith LaRock is their ability to turn rough concepts and ideas into a functional reality. I recommend their services and would use them again without question. Service Category: Architect Year first hired: 2004 (hired more than once). Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity"
“Our Centralized Control Building project has flown very well for us. The JBC and SLA Team brings the best of both worlds for us: a local general contractor with strong relationships with local subcontractors and a highly specialized A/E group that brings us a wealth of experience in projects of this nature. We appreciate the very organized process they have brought to us along with their willingness to listen to our concerns, make changes rapidly, stay on schedule, stay on budget and meet our needs when it comes to projects of this magnitude. It has been a pleasure working with their team; we have numerous projects here and look forward to a future relationship.”
"The quality of your service is top of the line. I enjoy working with Smith LaRock Architecture PC; the coordination with your company is seamless and you’re always on top of the situation. We would not hesitate teaming up with your company again."
"SLA is very knowledgeable in both theory and practice. SLA knew inside out and worked along the construction as it progressed. SLA was willing and had worked extra time and worked outside the requiring time to discuss and resolve countless inquiries on this project. Your rapid response and clearly clarify the issue as you guys always have done is very impressive. I have been so fortunate to work with you guys."
"I've had several opportunities to work with Mike Smith and his group at Smith LaRock Architecture. They are very knowledgeable in all aspects of control rooms and other similar facilities and I've enjoyed working with them on projects."
"…in regard to the great work you guys did for us in North Dakota at our Tioga Gas Plant: impressive! It’s clearly the best control room we have in Hess!"
"Michael, and his colleagues at Smith LaRock Architecture have a very deep understanding of the design requirements for the 24x7 command, control, and operations center environment. Mike remains consistently engaged with developments of display, large screen display, lighting, and acoustic technology. Mike's designs are innovative, but based on proven technology. Mike's designs are focused on the needs of the end user, but also under the umbrella of business requirements. I strongly recommend Mike and his team at SmithLaRock Architecture."
"We work with many architectural consultants in our industry so when we come across exceptionally good people and great firms we think it important to share. Lorne Bourdo and his team at Smith LaRock continually brought forward thinking concepts to our control center project. In addition, they have been advocates of our DIRTT interior pre-fabricated construction solution and shared project details in an efficient and timely manner. Truly, Lorne has been a pleasure to partner with and we look forward to working together with Smith LaRock in the future."
"Smith LaRock was hired to create a Revit library for our products. The library was recently loaded into our new website, and the feedback on the quality of work on those models has been very positive. We are extremely satisfied with Smith LaRock’s attention to detail and communication throughout that process to ensure the models were as accurate as possible. They did a great job!"
"Michael and his team are superb to work with. They are very knowledgeable, understand their clients needs and come up with a very functional, ergonomic and comfortable design. I highly recommend Michael."
"Mike Smith is the most knowledgeable architect in the control room business. His work is the best in the industry. He has a firm grasp of the ergonomic requirements and the functional needs of operators. His designs are practical as well as attractive. I have found Smith LaRock easy to work with and always very accommodating. I would recommend him. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert"
Smith LaRock Architecture (SLA) completed the design of a two story control building for one of our west coast marine oil terminals. As design lead for the control building, SLA served as the architect of record and was also responsible for the structural, mechanical, and electrical design aspects of the building. SLA facilitated open, effective communication between the multiple engineering firms involved and delivered an aesthetically pleasing and functional design. Their support continued throughout the construction phase with timely resolution to technical inquiries being the norm. SLA easily met all expectations placed upon them and was a key contributor to the successful delivery of the new facility. This was, by the way, entirely expected as we do have a history with SLA: this is the third building they have successfully designed for this site. SLA is a trusted company with an established track record that continues to demonstrate expertise in their field and the ability to deliver a high quality product. I would not hesitate to use SLA for future projects and highly recommend their services.
"I have worked with Smith LaRock Architecture P.C. on projects in Alberta, Canada. Their staffs are skilled, experienced and knowledgeable. The comments from them are insightful. I have no doubt that they can provide professional service of high standing. I’m looking forward to working with them again in the future."
"In regard to the great work you guys did for us in North Dakota at our Tioga Gas Plant. Impressive, it's clearly the best control room we have in Hess."
"I have had the pleasure of working with Smith LaRock Architecture on 2 different occasions, first to build our original Main Control Building and then, years later, to renovate the same building. On both occasions I found their staff to be very knowledgeable and skilled, and the quality and service we received was no different for the renovation than it was for the original building. They conduct themselves as true professionals, delivering a quality design on schedule at a reasonable cost. I look forward to working with them in the future, and highly recommend their services."
"Every experience I’ve had with SLA has been a positive one, whether coordinating on control room projects for mutual clientele or requesting a proposal for their architectural services on our projects. Not only are they knowledgeable, efficient, and responsive, the entire team is extremely pleasant to deal with."
Inside or outside the fence line, we’ve got you covered.
CONTROL CENTERS | CONTROL ROOM UPGRADES | TERMINAL CONTROL BUILDINGS
NEW CONSTRUCTION | RENOVATIONS | ADDITIONS
We specialize in the architectural design of technical facilities required by our clients. Whether control room design, full control building design, adaptive reuse, or renovation and addition; we offer a team of experienced design consultants capable of listening, contributing to, and helping to define your needs. Resulting in a solution to fit your needs and budget.
We work to ensure that proper ergonomics, furniture, accessibility, communications, and way-finding within our control building designs are effective, and supportive of ISO 11064 principles. We use our experiences and techniques to enhance control room vigilance and better situational awareness within a facility.
Well-designed control rooms balance efficiency with ergonomics creating better operator vigilance and alertness. This in turn promotes better life safety for your facilities! The importance of safety for on-site personnel in industrial plants is critical and starts with the employees and operations.
Our goal is to design blast-resistant buildings to meet the prescribed design criteria. Through diligent detailing and building systems that are defined to protect occupants against explosive risk, fire, and toxic material releases in accordance with recommended practices from RP-752 and RP-753 of the American Petroleum Institute (API).
Smith LaRock Architecture P.C. is an agile design firm offering many services to the process control industry. Our group of architects and designers specialize and focus solely on your industrial building needs. SLA has the experience and knowledge to make your project successful.