About

History

Smith + Andersen is a trusted Canadian consulting engineering firm with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax. Founded in 1965, Smith + Andersen has grown from an established reputation as trusted mechanical and electrical consultants, reaching new levels of engineering and design excellence in the communications, security, and audiovisual fields, and providing enhanced services such as lighting, building automation systems, and intelligent integrated systems design. Thanks to our client-focussed approach, Smith + Andersen is able to apply efficient, sustainable, and reliable design and engineering solutions on the most exciting projects across Canada. From fully-integrated hospitals and welcoming schools, to healthy workplaces and secure transit stations, their team has established lasting relationships with public and private sector clients across the country. Next Section

Philosophy

The Smith + Andersen Group’s design philosophy is simple: to provide our clients with a space that is safe, comfortable, ecologically sound, and fully complementary to the interior design and architecture of the structure. We are proud to have been selected as the mechanical and electrical engineers for projects across Canada. Clear communication is critical to our process. That’s why any project we undertake begins with a full understanding of the client’s requirements, then continues with regular contact to discuss developments over the course of the job. Our strict principles kick in right from the outset, so clients benefit from our vast experience in selecting systems, preparing budgets, developing preliminary designs, coordinating with architects, and controlling the system costs and project schedule. Previous Section Next Section

Technology

As a trusted firm with more than 55 years to our name, we understand that there are tried and true design processes. But a key piece of our flexibility – and the way that we have established ourselves as the consulting engineering firm of choice – is our commitment to innovation. Our multi-disciplinary project experience, combined with our ability to collaborate nationally, has resulted in a company culture where new technology is embraced rather than feared. This is particularly evident through our use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM allows for a holistic design approach, providing the immediate and reoccurring integration of mechanical and electrical spaces and systems with the entire building model in a 3D virtual environment. With a team of more than 150 trained BIM personnel that work across all of our locations as a cohesive team, Smith + Andersen has dedicated staff in place who, in addition to contributing to project work as required, regularly advance our cross-company standards. Whether we’re improving communication within a large design team on a multi-million dollar P3 project, or facilitating a smoother transition to energy modelling software for a sustainability consultant, our BIM specialists offer both big picture perspective and realistic solutions. Smith + Andersen has also embraced 3D Scanning – leveraging this technology to build a digital re-creation of entire buildings, rooms, and specific equipment. With trained scanning technicians on staff, we have the capability to create and view 3D point cloud models in software such as Autodesk Recap Pro to manipulate or verify measurements – or migrate this model into Revit for sharing with owner groups and design team members. Through a tried and tested review process, Smith + Andersen carefully analyzes the potential benefits of new technology alongside the ease of integration into trusted work processes. In each instance, our priority is clear: to improve communication and facilitate further collaboration amongst all design and construction team members. Previous Section Next Section

Qualifications

Since 1965, we have been delivering integrated services and project management for building systems. Smith + Andersen takes pride in offering clients engineering excellence through creative design, attentive service and a dedication to professionalism at every stage. S+A’s wide-ranging expertise and strategic know-how ensure our clients have ready access to a comprehensive range of talents that can respond to any project’s specific demands. Working together in a highly-cooperative environment forms the inspiration for our core belief: “We Engineer Confidence.” No matter the project, at Smith + Andersen we want our clients to know they have chosen the best firm for the job. In an industry in which simple solutions are rare, we believe that the decision to partner with us is decidedly simple. Previous Section Next Section

Total Quality Management

One of Smith + Andersen’s core values is our commitment to quality. We have developed many tools over the years to support this goal, including design manuals, master specifications and checklists. Using a simple, pragmatic approach, we continuously evolve our processes and evaluate projects on an ongoing basis. We formed a company-wide Quality Management Team that includes representatives from all of our offices. This team continuously improves, reinforces and develops our TQM Tools and Processes. Our corporate culture encourages co-operation and communication across all disciplines, with our designers and engineers working side-by-side in a shared commitment to quality for each project. Through this daily cooperative teamwork, S+A’s designers and engineers can offer fully coordinated systems. Previous Section