Arup, the international engineering and consulting firm, announced the launch of its buildings engineering practice in Toronto. The rapid growth of Arup’s Canadian practice has been based on the successful delivery of significant transportation planning and design projects. To this, they have now added structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as well as sustainability consulting to deliver fully integrated building projects from and in Canada.
“Helping to design ambitious buildings is what Arup is best known for,” said Fiona Cousins, principal, Mechanical Services. “With an already strong business and staff in Canada, we saw an increasing demand for Arup’s building expertise in this market. We are very excited to bring our 65 years of engineering experience to Toronto’s diverse construction industry.”
Arup’s Toronto building practice will be headed by John Batchelor, principal, Structures, who has been leading the Toronto office’s work on the Spadina Line extension and Queens Quay waterfront development. Batchelor was responsible for founding Arup’s business in Japan in the 1990s, and has worked on major buildings and infrastructure projects in London, New York, Hong Kong and now Toronto.
Significant projects in Canada include the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, a multi-phase redevelopment plan for 2,000 acres of city waterfront; Montreal Autoroute 30, a 42 km highway link to bypass Montreal and alleviate congestion; Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, including two iconic stations as part of an 8.6 km line extension; and Toronto Pearson International Airport, innovative multidisciplinary design for Canada’s largest airport.