SmithGroupJJR announced its acquisition of TRO, a Boston-headquartered healthcare design firm. The transaction raises SmithGroupJJR’s resources to 1,300 employees in 12 offices throughout the U.S. and China.

Recent TRO projects include the Alfond Center for Health at MaineGeneral Medical Center, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Menino Addition and Renovation at Boston Medical Center. TRO will become the Boston office of SmithGroupJJR and Mark Jussaume, P.E., LEED AP, will be the office director.

“A former SmithGroupJJR employee joined TRO and recognized the similarities between our two firms’ cultures and values,” Jussaume said. “A year of discussions grew into this opportunity to join forces. There’s no doubt that this partnership will add tremendous depth in all disciplines and allow our expanded organization to leverage deep expertise in several key market sectors.”

SmithGroupJJR Managing Partner Russ Sykes, P.E., LEED AP, added: “As opportunities to grow the firm have been identified, the Northeast was an obvious gap in the geography of our offices. New England is a prime location for the markets we serve and a great region for recruiting talent. We were already teamed with TRO to deliver projects in the region, including working together at Exeter Hospital and on Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. This move allows us to be closer to those clients while continuing to expand our portfolio in other markets.”