Helping Governments Take Care of Citizens at the Local Level

For more than 35 years, SMA has been serving Public Works, Engineering, and Planning departments of local governments throughout the Rocky Mountain West region. Our emphasis on close working relationships and frequent interaction allows us to provide solutions tailored to our client's needs.

Our technical teams are accustomed to working with local governments in every facet of planning, funding, engineering, and building public works projects. Our staff has an unparalleled understanding of public agency issues, procedures, and policies.

Full Range of Services

SMA’s depth of services covers the key stages of most any local government project - planning, permitting, environmental compliance, funding procurement, data gathering, preliminary engineering, final design, bid assistance, construction administration, and project close-out. We can help you complete your project as efficiently as possible through the various services we offer, including:

  • Renewable Energy and Feasibility Studies
  • Planning
  • Water / Sanitary Sewer
  • Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • Solid Waste
  • Transportation / DOT Permitting
  • SPCC / SWP3
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Aerial Photography / Topography
  • Grading and Drainage
  • SUE
  • Telecommunications (Small Cell, Broadband Networks and Fiber)
  • Local Use Permitting
  • Surveying / GIS
  • Structural Design and Analysis

Sustainability and Operational Efficiency Through Integrated Planning Tools

The quality of infrastructure and availability of dependable municipal services directly corresponds to a resident’s quality of life. SMA understands the challenge of achieving a balanced budget while maintaining an outstanding level of service, be it through utilities, improvement projects, renewable energy enhancement or planning.

SMA will help inventory your infrastructure and assist you with the development of an asset management plan to improve your overall knowledge of the facilities. A strategic management plan of your infrastructure can help establish expectations for both the residents and your agency in terms of communication and justifying funding requirements. SMA has an experienced team of field personnel, surveyors, GIS technicians, utility system operators, and engineers who can help local government agencies, large and small, with each step of the asset management planning process. Services associated with asset management include:

  • Policy Development Support
  • Inventory and Condition Assessment
  • Level of Services Goal Setting
  • Criticality and Business Risk Analysi
  • Lifecycle Costing
  • Operations and Maintenance Optimization
  • Funding Strategy Development
  • Management Consulting and Plan Development

Building the Future Together

SMA specializes in assisting local governments by providing high-quality technical services, ranging from infrastructure design to master planning. By offering comprehensive engineering, geomatics, and environmental services, in addition to aggressively pursuing funding assistance, SMA is equipped to handle a wide range of projects.

Past Experience

Santa Fe River-Bishops Garden Diversion Structure

The Bishops Garden Diversion Structure is an historic grade control structure that serves the important role of stabilizing the river in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. The structure was in imminent danger of complete failure, thus threatening the stability of the river downstream. The design of the project started with a concept based on the City’s River Corridor Master Plan and was fine-tuned using hydraulic modeling. The modeling not only confirmed the hydraulic performance of the structure and its impacts on the existing FEMA flood plain but allowed for a clear understanding of how the new structures would fit into the existing historic stonework. The result is an aesthetically pleasing feature in a high use recreation area that the City has emphasized with a multi-use trail and adjacent park benches. Winner of the ACEC Civil Engineering Excellence Award.

Foothills Enhancement Project

SMA was contracted by the City of Farmington for roadway improvements for a 7,300-foot section of Foothills Drive. Services included roadway widening design, trail design, street improvement plans, roundabout design, intersection geometry, lane assignments, drainage structures and grading plans. Prior to the roadway design, SMA completed surveying, environmental documentation (including a categorical exclusion), and a traffic study to evaluate requirements for potential traffic calming devices. SMA completed proposed drainage improvements to address the issues and participated in public meetings to present the project and answered questions to concerned citizens. Originating as a city funded project, SMA later assisted the community in acquiring state funding.

Let's Work Together

Our success in providing local communities with quality services lies in our commitment to listen, understand, and perform based on your specific needs. Our local presence, knowledge and experience enables us to be efficient and effective in delivering your next project.

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