Over the past 80 years, SBA has honed our expertise in a wide variety of project types through work with our diverse range of clients in academia, healthcare, residential development, commercial and corporate institutions, and urban planning.
With architects, interior designers, lighting specialists, and planners, SBA can provide well-rounded and innovative solutions for any building project.
For more details on our distinctive service offerings, please visit our information pages on: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Healthcare Planning, Lighting Design, Master Planning, Urban Design, and Strategic Planning & Operational Analysis.
SBA is a design-led practice that specializes in environmentally- and socially-responsible buildings that enrich the communities they serve. Whether the project is a small academic residence hall or a large-scale healthcare campus, our designers partner with clients to ensure that their complex programs and institutional visions are translated into intelligent, imaginative, and beautiful structures.
As a firm, we are dedicated to understanding how buildings shape neighborhoods, appreciating that any facility must respect and enhance its surroundings, both aesthetically and functionally. By designing with the past, present, and the future in mind, we are able to create architectural environments that integrate seamlessly into the natural fabric of the community and the organization—both today and tomorrow.
SBA is a recognized leader in the evolution of healthcare planning and design. As experts in inpatient and outpatient facility development, SBA has completed a wide range of successful, award-winning healthcare environments, including community health clinics, ambulatory care facilities, academic medical centers, cancer care specialty environments, and pediatrics hospitals.
SBA’s successful planning initiatives begin with understanding. We work with our clients in a variety of working sessions to comprehend the specific needs, values, and inspirations behind a client and their project. Adopting a holistic approach, our healthcare planners look not only to the requirements of the current facilities but to the evolving technology, care models, and populations that will inform how services must develop in the future.
From campus-scale planning to department and suite-level organizations, SBA’s designers and planners help you develop patient-centered and sustainable designs that will endure for years to come. Using evidence-based design models and our extensive body of research and expertise, SBA will assist you in developing design solutions that are tailored to your project’s needs and culture.
SBA’s interior design force is comprised of designers, resources assistants, and database specialists. We house one of the most extensive resource libraries in New England, which is essential to our ability to remain an up-to-date source of information and inspiration for our clients.
Our interior designers are integrated seamlessly into each of our cohesive project teams, so that our architects and interior specialists are always working in tandem to ensure harmonious relationships develop between building elements and interior dynamics. We aim to create efficient and sustainable environments through the effective use of space planning and fluid way-finding routes along with the selection of superb furnishings, finishes, colors, artwork, and natural and artificial lighting strategies. Our buildings generate the kind of long-term user satisfaction that keeps occupants, employees, and visitors satisfied for years to come.
Our clients are as diverse as the services we provide. SBA’s unique range of tools, deliverable options, and wide-ranging staff expertise allow us to tailor our project management and specifications processes to our clients’ particular needs.
Any successful project requires a holistic approach. Our lighting design practice coordinates with our design professionals from the initial concept of a project through post-occupancy. This integrative approach offers clear advantages to our architectural and interior designers as we are able to streamline integrated, economical, and environmental lighting solutions.
Our goal is to promote greater degrees of productivity, health, and wellbeing in our buildings’ occupants. As much as possible, we orient buildings to maximize the available day-lighting capabilities and energy-efficient solutions. We complement these ambient, naturally lit environments with harmonious artificial lighting strategies. We achieve advanced green lighting technique by adopting innovative technologies and efficient lighting controls to reduce energy consumption and operational costs.
SBA’s award-winning lighting experts use state-of-the-art software to develop building models that enable us to work with clients throughout the process, in an effort to meet their aesthetic, visual, and functional needs.
Strategic Healthcare Planning & Operational Analysis (make this a hyperlink to Sterling)
Sterling Planning Alliance, our in-house planning division, provides clients with the resources necessary to meet and exceed planning and program development expectations. Sterling will partner with your organization to facilitate and manage an inclusive planning process. Our team members work with an executive leadership committee and internal user groups to analyze, prioritize, rethink, redesign, and create an attainable, cost-conscious plan for development. Together we enable you to maximize resources, overcome traditional organizational barriers, create consensus, avoid implementation obstacles, and achieve results.
Our goal is to improve healthcare delivery by helping providers manage their planning process, maximize resources, and identify achievable strategic, facility, and program options.
When faced with the challenges of uncovering wasteful processes and developing LEAN working methods, there is a lot at stake. Sterling and SBA understand the difficulties of planning a healthcare facility that can satisfy the diverse objectives posed by a wide group of stakeholders and in developing strategies and long-range visions for your campus. Healthcare leaders need partners who understands these issues and who bring years of experience tackling these very challenges. Together, Sterling and SBA provide the resources, knowledge, and research that you need to maximize the efficiency and success of your healthcare environment.
SBA’s extensive expertise in master planning comes from each of our market sectors, including academic, mixed-use, residential, and healthcare. Because we understand the impact that a solid planning foundation will have on a community, campus, or commercial development, we help our clients make thoughtful decisions that can bear upon future sustainable growth and economic development.
Dedicated to forging collaborative partnerships with our institutional clients in higher education and healthcare, we have worked with numerous organizations to strengthen their campuses with each new project. Our versatile planning and design teams skillfully assess potential site locations, determine best-usage scenarios, and explain these analyses clearly and effectively to team members and institutional boards. Focusing on programming, scheduling, and connectivity issues, we strategize relationships between individual projects and surrounding environments in order to maximize accessibility, functionality, and beauty.
Through our streamlined planning endeavors, we have helped clients successfully determine the best times and locations for expanding or renovating their campus resources, which aids in minimizing disruption to ongoing services or spaces. In dense urban settings, we can prepare institutional master plans that support our clients’ strategic plans. We can also provide detailed phased renovations or building consolidation strategies for projects of any scale or size.
International Urban Design
In addition to our portfolio of U.S. planning and design projects, SBA has had several unique and exciting opportunities to be involved with several large-scale planning endeavors internationally.
As China surges to become a leading world economy, several new urban design projects have introduced brand new towns that serve communities of 25,000 people on plots as large as 200 acres—totaling upwards of 12 million square feet of building area. These urban design and mixed-use developments combine elements ranging from civic, commercial, hospitality, and retail space to cultural and educational facilities, offices, research, recreation and sports facilities, entertainment venues, and residences.