M. F. Smith Associates started with the usual tools - a dog, a pickup truck, and a skill-saw. Now, over 35 years later, we have valued and happy homeowners, trusted, valuable employees, and first class sub-contractors and suppliers.
Michael F. Smith got started in construction in high school and continued in the summers between his years at Boston College, until he was drafted into the Army in 1965, where he spent four years teaching Artillery Survey. After the Army, Mike enrolled in Construction Technology at Roger Williams University.
Using his background, Mike went to work for Campanella Corporation as a Project Engineer. His last postition with them was as Project Superintendent on the Provincetown, Massachusetts breakwater.
After leaving Marine Construction, Mike then joined Midbay Corporation, Residential Contracting, Jamestown, Rhode Island as a partner to Spenser Dickinson. Spenser shortly thereafter created Solar Homes of Rhode Island with Mike as partner, and built the first solar heated home in Rhode Island.
M. F. Smith Associates was started in 1975 when Mike went out on his own. Mike was successful in a competitive HUD solar demonstration program and received a $10,000 grant to design and build a solar heated home on Pemberton Avenue in Jamestown utilizing drain-down collectors and water-to-air heat pump.
There have been many successful projects throughout the years. One of these was the design, construction, and sale of the commercial condominium building at 18 Southwest Avenue in Jamestown. This building has a solar hot air system with radiant slab heating all of the south facing units. The major part of this building became Jamestown Family Practice when Newport Hospital purchased two of the four units.
This was the beginning of a long relationship with Newport Hospital that included designing and constructing handicap facilities for Portsmouth Family Practice.
In 1985, MFSA constructed the Guth Residence in Saunderstown, Rhode Island. This home was designed by Oliver Cope, Architect, of Park Avenue, New York City. This residence was featured in House Beautiful and the premier issue of Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.
Our in-house design work was in the traditional drafting table process until we started using 3-D Cad design in 1997. We can work with your design, with your architect's design, or our own in-house design.
Through the years we have formed many lasting relationships with our customers and almost all of our business is repeat work or referrals from our happy home and business owners.