Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has opened its first Canada office in Toronto.
The move is the initial phase of the firm’s strategic plan to strengthen and expand its Canadian presence. With this commitment, Thornton Tomasetti now has 38 offices around the globe.
The firm has been collaborating with Canadian architects, developers and consultants for more than 30 years on more than 50 projects involving nearly each of its 10 practices.
High-profile Canadian projects currently underway include structural design and façade optimization analysis for the 1.4-million-square feet Rogers Place, an 18,500-seat hockey arena for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers scheduled for completion this year, as well as several buildings in the surrounding ICE District, a new 4.4-million-SF mixed-use sports and entertainment district.
The firm is also providing structural design services for the expansion of BMO Field, Toronto’s pro soccer stadium.
In addition to structural design services, the firm anticipates a strong need in the region for its Construction Engineering, Façade Engineering, Sustainability and Weidlinger Transportation practices as well as the value-added offerings of CORE studio, the firm’s R&D incubator.
The Toronto office will be managed locally by associate principal Chris Minerva, who most recently managed the Toronto office of MMM Group, a division of WSP.
He has considerable experience in structural design, planning and project management for a range of project types, as well as in public-private partnership models that are prevalent in Canada.
Minerva is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, Canada.
Thomas Z. Scarangello, P.E., chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti, said, “Expanding into Canada is a key strategic initiative of our five-year plan. As we look to grow our business, Canada is a natural fit. We have considerable project experience there and an extensive client base. It is also a market in which our services are recognized and valued.
“We look forward to bringing the centers of excellence of our 10 practices to Canada.”