WSP Group USA has been ranked No. 1 on the authoritative ZweigWhite list of fastest-growing engineering, environmental and architecture firms for 2008. This award reflects the firm’s consistent growth and success at outperforming the economy and their competitors to become market leaders.
WSP Group USA provides a broad range of speciality services to the energy, environmental, real estate, transportation and infrastructure sectors through four operating units: WSP Flack + Kurtz, WSP Cantor Seinuk, WSP SELLS and WSP Environment & Energy.
[SOURCE: Ewire.com – WSP GROUP USA TAKES TOP HONORS IN ANNUAL \HOT].
“North American design firm Stantec announced today it has offered to acquire Jacques Whitford, an environmental consulting services firm with more than 1,700 employees and 40 offices principally in Canada. The company’s trailing twelve month gross revenue is approximately C$230.0 million and net revenue is about C$170.0 million.
“Jacques Whitford is a leading provider of environmental management, remediation, and geotechnical engineering services and their addition will significantly strengthen our core capabilities in our Environment practice,” says Tony Franceschini, Stantec President & CEO. ”
JSonline reports that
“The recession and credit crunch, which have killed plans for new condominiums, hotels and other projects, are forcing some Milwaukee-area architectural firms to cut jobs.
In recent weeks, Kahler Slater Architects Inc. and Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc. have eliminated 20 positions and 15 positions, respectively. Other firms have made smaller trims as they deal with declining work from developers and other clients.”
SOURCE: JSOnline.com – Construction slump forces architecture firms to cut jobs
“As sales of new homes and villas slow to a near-halt, developers are struggling with a situation that would have been unthinkable just a year ago: no cash flow.” – UAE
SOURCE: The National Newspaper – As cash slows, developers face challenges
“Ron Triffo, Chair of the Board of Directors for Stantec announced today that Robert (Bob) Gomes will succeed Tony Franceschini as the Company’s next President & CEO, effective May 15, 2009. Tony Franceschini, who has led Stantec since 1998, will continue to be associated with the Company as a member of the Board of Directors.
Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. Our services are offered through approximately 9,000 employees operating out of more than 150 locations in North America.”
SOURCE: Marketwire – Stantec Press Release – – Stantec Announces New President & CEO
Westfield London – a new 1.7 billion pound shopping centre has opened to mixed reviews. Many think that the architecture may be understated and could be more grand and uplifting and that it feels like a place just for retailers to push their wares.
In recent years more and more shopping malls are becoming the ‘town squares’ of suburbs and cities with more and more emphasis placed on the secondary uses of shopping malls such as dining out, concerts, people watching and general passive recreation rather than consumption. Although these secondary activities are not welcome by some shopping centre managements.
What do you think of the new Westfield London merely a place to shop or does it add more to the community and area?
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