Stantec is set to acquire Wood & Grieve Engineers
Global design firm Stantec is deepening its capabilities in Australia with the planned acquisition of Perth, Australia-based Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE). An award-winning, buildings engineering-focused consulting services company, WGE provides structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, hydraulics engineering, and a broad range of related specialty services for clients throughout Australia.
The firm will bring over 600 talented engineers and specialists distributed across offices in Albany, Busselton, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. The transaction is subject to due-diligence and expected to close in January, 2019.
“WGE brings the creative culture, demonstrated expertise, and regional presence to help us continually serve communities throughout Australia with an expanded array of services and reach into new sectors,” said Gord Johnston, Stantec president and chief executive officer.
“Together, our teams will successfully support some of the largest, most critically important infrastructure projects in the region.”
With nearly six decades of experience in key regional markets, WGE has numerous notable projects to its credit, including engineering services for the 60,000 seat, $700mn Optus Stadium which opened in Perth earlier this year.
- Who is Argent’s new Head of Construction?
- Solar Alliance begins construction of 2.4MW facility in US
- Dubai’s Nakheel awards $6.4mn contract for piling work at PALM360 on Palm Jumeirah
WGE teams provided design and documentation for the electrical, fire engineering, fire protection, mechanical, sustainability, technology, and vertical transportation components for the stadium. For the largest buildings project ever undertaken by the Western Australian government, WGE provided a range of services to support the $2bn, 783-bed Fiona Stanley Hospital located in Perth.
The firm provided electrical and vertical transportation services to assist the government’s goals of delivering one of Australia’s most technologically advanced hospitals. Within the hospitality sector, WGE is providing multidisciplinary services for the 172-room, five-star Hotel at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) located in Hobart, Tasmania. The finished project will also include a 1,075-seat theatre, conference centre, and three-story public library, among other gathering spaces.
Supporting the high-rise residential market in New South Wales, the firm is also providing multiple engineering services for the Darling Walk project in the Convention Centre Precinct delivering a collective 1,500 apartments in nine towers on three plots.
“Like Stantec, we share a passion for the culture and talent that define our teams. We see this as an incredible opportunity for our staff to enjoy growth opportunities within a global network while extending our capabilities to grow and support markets in our resident region,” commented Jose Granado, WGE chief executive officer.
Digital tools key to ensuring housebuilder quality
The Code will sit at the centre of the new arrangements being put in place by the NHQB that includes the appointment of an independent New Homes Ombudsman Service (NHOS). In development for four years, it has had input from a broad range of stakeholders and takes into consideration other emerging policy including on leasehold and building safety, all of which the NHQB is committed to supporting.
The consultation will run for four weeks (from June 9 to July 7) and the NHQB is encouraging as many stakeholders, customers and interested parties as possible to respond.
Tom Boland, Global Head of Digitalisation at Zutec, said the Code will dramatically increase build standards and involve a hand-in-glove approach linking the physical build and digital worlds.
"Housebuilders will need to adopt the total capability of digital tools to check quality, have a digital footprint and allow homeowners to fully understand how their house has been built, and easily understand any defects that need rectifying," he said. "Residents will benefit from safer, better constructed homes and housebuilders will benefit from improved productivity and lower costs from fully implementing technology."
Rating the States 2021 edition issued
A strong building code is critical to reducing the damage and destruction caused by hurricanes each year. On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today released the 2021 edition of Rating the States, its signature report evaluating building codes and the administration of code provisions along the hurricane coastline from Texas to Maine.
Now in its fourth edition, Rating the States is released every three years following the building code update cycle of the International Code Council (ICC).
The report scores the 18 Atlantic and Gulf Coast states vulnerable to hurricanes based on a set of questions related to statewide building code adoption, administration and enforcement and contractor licensing requirements in the adopted building code. It also provides a roadmap each state can follow to improve residential building regulations and reduce the cycle of repeated losses resulting from hurricanes and other severe weather events.
"Building science has advanced significantly over the last decade, providing cost effective strategies to reduce the impact of Mother Nature. Modern building codes are core to addressing the known risks of high winds and heavy rain that invariably come with these systems," says Dr. Anne Cope, chief engineer at IBHS. "Strong adopted and administered codes apply the latest science and engineering knowledge to protect homes and families from the catastrophic damage hurricanes bring and make our coastal communities more resilient for the future."
The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, will host the Intelligent Supervision Assistant for Construction (ISAC-SIMO) project, which was created by Build Change with a grant from IBM as part of the Call for Code initiative. ISAC-SIMO packages important construction quality assurance checks into a convenient mobile app.
Turn to page 78 of the current issue to read more from Boland on how field BIM is a "game changer" for the industry