With a history in the Waterloo Region of Ontario dating back to 1976, GHD has announced the upcoming amalgamation of its Waterloo operations into a single flagship facility located in Waterloo’s “Idea Quarter”, with a move-in scheduled for December 2017.
The development of the new 455 Phillip Street location will provide GHD with a space that fosters collaboration and is adaptable for growth. Waterloo’s Idea Quarter at the David Johnston Research + Technology Park, is a community-based research park at the University of Waterloo. The Idea Quarter consists of 3.2 million sq. ft. of office space, 16,500 tech workers, and 20,000 co-op students.
When GHD relocates to the new facility it will be the largest lot location in its 4,000-person North American operations.
“The new 100,000 sq. ft. of building space will improve our ability to collaborate and work together,” said Steve Quigley, GHD’s general manager – North America, in a company release. “The move also reaffirms our commitment to staying in Waterloo Region and to contributing to the community here.”
GHD’s 500 Waterloo Region-based people who work in six separate locations will be moving into the new space.
“It is wonderful that GHD is a major player in this community, nationally, and internationally and that they have chosen to consolidate their work here in Waterloo Region,” said Ken Seiling, regional chair of the Region of Waterloo, notes in the release.
“I am pleased that GHD has committed to staying in our community for the long-term. GHD and its people have supported our community through collaborations with local businesses, economic development, employment and a continued support in hiring, to date, over one thousand local co-op students from our post-secondary institutions,” added Dave Jaworsky, the mayor of the City of Waterloo.
From its roots as a local five-person firm focused on environmental and municipal engineering, GHD in Waterloo had grown to its current scope of services that supports a wide range of global clients in the public and private sectors, in the markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.