Canadian Consulting Engineer

INGENIUM buys into U.S.

INGENIUM Group of Toronto, parent company of Giffels Associates and NORR, has bought a portion of the U.S. practice...

February 21, 2005   Canadian Consulting Engineer

INGENIUM Group of Toronto, parent company of Giffels Associates and NORR, has bought a portion of the U.S. practice of ARCADIS.
Arcadis operates in the infrastructure, buildings, environment and communications sectors. Ingenium has bought the company’s buildings design practice, which is located in three offices, in Michigan, and North and South Carolina.
The purchase is reuniting Giffels with a former company. Giffels Associates was established in the U.S. in 1925. A quarter of a century later Giffels and Vallet of Canada was established in Windsor, Ontario and then moved to Toronto in 1963 and became a wholly owned Canadian company. The U.S. group was purchased by Arcadis in 1999. So now, what was once the Canadian branch office is buying back its former parent. Many of the 160 staff involved in the merger are long-time Giffels people.
Both companies have won outstanding awards for projects in the automobile manufacturing sector. In 2003 the buildings practice arm of Arcadis received a NOVA Award for the Rouge Complex Sustainability project for the Ford Motor Company. The project transformed and remediated an immense brownfield complex and realized a building with a 10.4-acre “green roof.” Installed on the Assembly Building at the Ford Rouge Center, it is the largest green roof in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Giffels won a 2004 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award for the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama project. (See Archives, October-November 2004).


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