We tackle every internal process and project through the lens of sustainability.
From our training practices and policies informed by our understanding of energy-efficient and low-carbon design, to our drive to challenge the industry with bold solutions, Smith + Andersen actively contributes to the growth of sustainable design and construction in Canada.
As a nationally respected engineering consultant collaborating across several disciplines, we are always considering the impact that our work has on the natural environment. We take pride in this commitment, and take responsibility for incorporating sustainable design practices into every project. Our teams have decades of experience helping clients meet energy and carbon reduction standards – often well in advance of the minimum code requirements.
Our aim is to not only rise to the challenge of supporting the sustainable objectives of our clients, but also to help champion the future of sustainable design in Canada.
When it comes to avoiding waste, increasing efficiency, and advancing the goals of our industry, collaboration is the key.
Smith + Andersen offers non-conventional design approaches to create flexible and innovative solutions that achieve clients’ sustainable design objectives. We provide highly-efficient solutions, such as geothermal systems to significantly reduce the energy consumption of some of Canada’s largest structures, and support owners and architects in the advancement of sustainable design alternatives, such as the use of heavy timber.
SPECIALIZING IN SUSTAINABILITY
GOLD FOR KINGLY
STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
“We are committed to quality” is one of our core values. So yes...we take quality seriously.
Over our nearly six decades, we have developed many tools over the years to support this commitment. Design manuals, master specifications, checklists - we use many tools to serve a larger, more pragmatic approach, and continuously evolve our processes to help evaluate projects on an ongoing basis.
We formed a company-wide “Total 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 cooperation 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. And, to take this even further, we host a weekly national conclave, where staff across the country are encouraged to present ideas and solutions from projects. This encourages an open discussion about what's working and what isn't, and allows staff to learn from each other within disciplines and across disciplines. Lasting quality takes a whole team.
When you have the opportunity to improve the sustainability of all of your offices, you TAKE it!
When we say that sustainability is one of our core values, it means that we truly value sustainability…to our core. Sustainability is a chief consideration in each of our designs, and is at the forefront of our business. So it would be truly mysterious if sustainability was not a significant consideration in the design, construction, and operations of our workplace.
Over a two-year period – from 2019 to 2021 – every one of Smith + Andersen’s nine offices across Canada either moved to a new office space or expanded their existing space. This gave us the opportunity to apply sustainable steps in the design and construction process.