Smith, Fause & McDonald, Inc. was founded in San Francisco in 1986 to provide engineering services in the areas of acoustics and audiovisual systems.  Core clientele were institutional and public sector clients involved in the construction or renovation of multi-use and complex facilities, including schools, universities, city halls, convention centers and similar public uses.  SFMI developed a reputation for its ability to execute complex designs on time and on budget.

With the growth interest in integrating of communications engineering into the building fabric, SFMI began to formally offer communications engineering services in 1991.  The demand for communications engineering has spread to encompass not only those building types that SFMI had historically served but additionally entire university and school campuses, office buildings, and metropolitan scale communications infrastructure.

Principal and founder Peter McDonald was a principal in the firm of Smith, Fause & Associates (SFAI) of Los Angeles prior to forming Smith, Fause & McDonald, Inc.