Consulting engineering firm celebrates 50 years

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineering, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm that focuses on projects in the Built Environment, is celebrating its 50th year in business. Founded in 1965 by Ian Smith and John Andersen, the firm has grown to include nine offices and over 400 professionals across Canada.

Smith + Andersen has worked on a diverse portfolio of projects in various sectors, including arts and culture, sports and entertainment, office space, institutional, industrial, health care and residential. Some of the firm’s noteworthy projects include the Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Humber River Hospital in Toronto, the Pacific Centre Redevelopment in Vancouver (including the flagship Nordstrom store), TD Place Stadium in Ottawa and Edmonton’s ICE District Towers.

Smith + Andersen has been committed to energy-efficient solutions since the oil crisis of the 1970s, with sustainability playing a key role in all of the firm’s projects. In 2011, the company created Footprint, a sister firm to offer clients a range of sustainability services, such as site planning, energy modelling and the facilitation of a LEED certification process.

To help celebrate 50 years in business, the firm has redeveloped its corporate website to align with its philosophy, acting as a visual representation of Smith + Andersen’s work.

“We felt that redesigning our website for our 50th was an important milestone because it not only showcases our work over the last 50 years, but also allowed us to look internally and reflect on our core values,” said Kevin Farbridge, principal, in a press release. “The result not only helped us to realize how far we’ve come over the last 50 years, but also allowed us to connect and thank all the amazing people with whom we work. It’s these relationships, and subsequently projects, that have made Smith + Andersen one of the leading engineering firms in Canada.”

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