HISTORY

Sherlock, Smith & Adams (SS&A) was founded in 1946 when Chris J. Sherlock, an engineer, and Moreland Griffith Smith and Richard J. Adams, both architects, formed a partnership to practice architecture and engineering. They knew on the basis of past experience that an organization combining these two functions is capable of offering a more efficient type of professional service than if provided by separate companies.

In 1957, under the laws of the State of Alabama, a corporation was established as a successor to the partnership. Today, the founders' legacy lives on as the firm is continuously engaged in the design of public and private facilities, from large-scale new developments to small interior renovations.

At SS&A WE CONSIDER OUR CLIENTS
an integral part of the design team.

We dedicate ourselves to achieving a deep level of understanding of our client’s needs paired with our ability to lead complex teams that stir creative minds.

We are a team‐oriented firm that collectively meets client needs by using different approaches, moving beyond quantitative information to capture the qualitative, human elements of a program. We begin by gaining an insightful understanding of our client’s overall aspirations for their projects, including every member of the "team," and achieving a solution that is greater than the sum of its parts.

We utilize in‐house resources to aggressively address our client’s rapidly changing business environments where costs, schedules, and quality present collective moving targets.

We work hard to respond to the unique needs of each client by understanding their organization, values, challenges, day‐to‐day business practices, and future goals.

 

WHO WE ARE

  • Sherlock, Smith & Adams (SS&A) is a full-service, employee-owned Architecture-Engineering (AE) firm established in 1946.
     
  • We offer the following services: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, fire protection engineering, estimating, and construction administration.
     
  • We specialize in design for healthcare, senior living, education, training, research, and diverse Department of Defense facilities.
     
  • SS&A designs projects throughout the United States as well as abroad and is adept at dealing with various soil conditions, wind conditions such as from hurricanes and typhoons, and seismic conditions for some the most intense seismic zones in the world.
     
  • A recognized award-winning leader, we have stood the test of time by delivering exceptional quality service and excellent design.
     
  • Our highly qualified team serves both government and private markets.
 

OUR REPUTATION

SS&A's delivery of excellence since 1946 provides you the assurance of a successful project.
We are a stable, fiscally conservative firm with 85% repeat clients. Our awards and client testimonials speak to our record. Contact us for a list of references.

TECHNOLOGY

Sherlock, Smith & Adams maintains its progressive commitment to the future by taking advantage of new ideas in technology. Many of SS&A’s standard production methodologies have been developed in response to the needs of our clients. We are supported by a secure infrastructure with redundant servers and ftp sites available to exchange information worldwide. Our clients benefit from the most updated versions of architectural and engineering software such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), CAD, SpecsIntact, MCACES, Dr. Checks, and 3D rendering. We stay at the forefront of design technologies employing such design techniques as rain water capture, solar power generation, geo-thermal HVAC Systems, and evidence-based design techniques related to medical design solutions.


DESIGN + ENGINEERING
WORLDWIDE EXPERIENCE

SS&A excellence in design and engineering can be found throughout the world.


AWARDS

Sherlock, Smith & Adams has a remarkable record of 85% repeat business. Our longstanding client relationships demonstrate a legacy of quality. The following is a list of some of the awards that are indicative of the quality of service that SS&A provides.

Society of American Military Engineers
Huntsville, Alabama Post
2013 FIRM OF THE YEAR

ASID Alabama
FIRST PLACE INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD FOR HEALTHCARE
 Assisted Living Facility
Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore, AL

American Institute of Architects
AIA Awards Program
HONORABLE MENTION
Ambulatory Health Care Center
Maxwell AFB, AL

Pacific Air Forces
PACAF Civil Engineer Awards
AWARD FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE
Replace Medical/Dental Clinic
Facility Design, Andersen AFB, Guam

United States Air Force
Design Awards Program
AIR FORCE CITATION AWARD
Medical/Dental Clinic
Andersen AFB, Guam

Alabama Historic Commission
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Woodlawn High School Renovations
Birmingham, Alabama

United States Air Force
Design Award Program
AIR FORCE CITATION AWARD
Medical / Dental Clinic
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(LEED Silver Level certification)

USAF Materiel Command
HONOR AWARD CONCEPT DESIGN
Medical / Dental Clinic
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(LEED Silver Level certification)