SLA offers an impressive array of design, consultative, cost analysis, engineering, and project management services that add immense value to every project.

Clients come to us for our knowledge, they hire us for our capabilities, and they stay clients because they know our work, appreciate their new facilities, and trust us to deliver a project on time and on budget.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, or what processes you’re controlling.  Smith LaRock Architecture applies proven design principals and industry best practices to all of your building types.  

Industries & Clients we serve:

Clients include refining – Oil & Gas, LNG, Chemical manufacturing, Pipeline Control, Power Utilities (electric, gas, water), Energy, Manufacturing, Sterilization and many others.

They come from all industry sectors with unique scenarios and requirements for every project, and all desire to improve safety, security, and optimize workflow processes.

Buildings we design & engineer for our Clients:

Smith LaRock clients

Albemarle  |  Andeavor  |  Australia Pacific LNG  |  BP  |  Bantrel  |  Big West Oil  |  CB&I  |  Canadian Natural  |  Chevron  |  Chevron Phillips  |  City of Medicine Hat  |  ConocoPhillips  |  Delek Refining  |  Eastman  |  Encana  |  Enmax  |  Equilon  |  Ergon  |  Esso Imperial Oil  |  Exxon Mobil  |  Gibson Energy  |  Halliburton  |  Hess  |  HollyFrontier Corporation  |  Husky Energy  |  Imperial Kearl  |  JE Jacobs  |  Lake Charles LNG  |  MEG Energy  |  Marathon Oil  |  Motiva  |  Murphy Oil Corporation  |  Nexen  |  Nova Chemicals  |  OXY  |  Peabody Energy  |  Petro Canada  |  Phillips 66  |  Sasol  |  Selex EX  |  Shell  |  Synenco Energy  |  Technip  |  TransAlta  |  Valero  |  Weatherford  |  Westlake Chem  | Williams

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  • Smith LaRock Architecture (SLA) completed the design of a two story control building for our west coast marine oil terminal.  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 and 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 our 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.

    D. Tagalog Andeavor
  • 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.

    Rex Dimaano Magna Engineering
  • 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.

    Ian Nimmo User Centered Design Services
  • 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 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.

    Tom Chunat Andeavor
  • 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.

    Senior Project Manager Delek Refining
  • 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.

    Senior Engineer Major Oilsands Operation in Alberta, Canada
  • Michael and his colleagues at Smith LaRock Architecture have a very deep understanding of the design requirements for the 24×7 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 Smith LaRock Architecture.

    Rick Barreth Apply HCS
  • I was also impressed with their responsiveness and adaptability to meet our needs. Despite strict space, time and budget limitations, SLA 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 SLA’s guidance we made good decisions.

    Neil Stanton Ergon
  • Michael and his team at Smith LaRock 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.

    Bob Freeborn Nexen, Inc.
  • I have worked with Smith LaRock Architecture P.C. on Chemical-industry 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.

    Glen Peng AGN Engineering
  • 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.

    John Anderson Magna Engineering
  • SLA is very knowledgeable in both theory and practice. SLA knew inside out and worked alongside the construction as it progressed. SLA was willing to work extra time to discuss and resolve various inquiries on this huge project. Your rapid responses clearly clarified the issues, as you guys always have done; it's very impressive. I have been so fortunate to work with you guys!

    Pimmarn Charnvarn Bantrel
  • …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!

    Dave W. Hess
  • 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 provided 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 SLA 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 SLA and would recommend them highly.

    Benjamin Jesovnik Ergon

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