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For the second consecutive year, WalterFedy has made the list of Waterloo Area’s Top Employers. Released earlier today, the list recognizes businesses in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph that are industry leaders based on the physical workplace, work atmosphere, benefits, vacation and time-off, communications, performance management, training, and community involvement.

 

The judges identified WalterFedy’s commitment to employee engagement, training and development, and employee support as some of the key factors behind our selection for the list this year.

 

“Today was a great achievement for our team,” said Victoria Campbell, Human Resources Manager. “We will celebrate being named one of Waterloo Area’s Top Employer, but we will also celebrate the people who work here, who care a great deal about the work they do and who they do it with!”

 

Creating an environment where people are supportive and collaborative within departments and across the company is an important part of our corporate culture.

“I love my job because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission,” said Parisa Fazeli, a structural designer at the firm. “This truly creates an environment where everybody is there for each other and supportive.”

 

Alex Lubczuk, a member of the Asset and Facilities Management team, appreciates the opportunity to work with friendly, skilled professionals that WalterFedy continues to attract. “It’s nice coming in to work every day—our teams are diverse and the people we bring in are talented.”

 

We are always striving to deliver exceptional value and build long lasting relationships for our clients, and the same can be said for how we operate internally. “These internal relationships are essential to our business success, and a great deal of time and effort is put into building an environment where this can continue to be fostered,” said Victoria. “We want to learn and grow together as a team.  When you are stretching yourself and taking on new challenges, there is always a team of people around you that are supporting you, and encouraging you to keep going. The friendly faces, and smiles, the willingness to try something new, excitement around a new idea for a project, and the desire to come together as a firm to achieve a common goal. That, to me, is engagement.”

 

Read more about WalterFedy’s recognition.

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We are happy to announce we are the recipient of a Diamond Award for Building Engineering in recognition of our work at Conestoga College's Waterloo Campus.

 

In association with Moriyama & Teshima Architects, we provided mechanical, electrical, structural, and civil engineering services for the College’s $43.5 million, 165,000 square foot expansion of their Waterloo Campus. This project included both a renovation to the existing structure and a new building, nearly doubling the existing area of the College. Part of this project’s funding was supported by the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and was delivered through a fast-tracked process completed over three phases. In order to meet funding requirements, we strategically designed phases in parallel to expedite the design, tendering, and construction processes.

 

The project included several exciting additions that supplemented Conestoga's existing complement of training and student services programs. The Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Management was designed to educate students interested in hospitality and simultaneously positions Waterloo Region as a culinary tourism destination. The newly added access hub provides career advising, language training, testing, and academic advising for students, newcomers to Canada, job seekers, and area employers. The project also included the addition of the Centre for Advanced Learning, which focuses on information and communications technology, digital technologies, and business.

 

In line with the College’s mandate for sustainability, we were directed consider their targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction and sustainability in our design. Given the constraint of a limited capacity increase the existing electrical power on site, we designed a new cooling plant, which was the largest electrical load in the facility, to use a smaller chiller supplemented with ice storage. By pre-cooling with ice during the evenings, we were able to design a system that did not require additional power supply for the new building.

 

We were also involved in the design of a 150 kW solar installation on the new building. It was important to the College that the solar array was visible to the students and the public to showcase their commitment to sustainability. For this reason, the array was installed above the main entrance to the facility facing a major street – University Avenue. While this limited the physical size and angle of the array,  our firm, in conjunction with local solar panel installers, prepared the preliminary layout of the solar array detailing position, angle, and quantity of the solar panels to maximize electrical output.

 

The complexities the project presented were an invigorating challenge for our team, and we are thrilled with the end result. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the academic community to deliver projects that support student success and benefit the greater community.

 

Congratulations to all of the project partners involved in making this development a success.

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This April, we had the privilege of receiving recognition from Sustainable Waterloo Region for our sustainability efforts in 2018. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Award recognizes the organization that has reduced the most GHG emissions relative to their size. 

In 2018, we successfully worked to reduce both our direct and indirect GHGs by 6%. We also re-committed to reduce our GHG emissions by an additional 40% after achieving our initial Silver Pledging Partner reduction goal. In order to meet this new reduction goal by 2027, we've developed a five-year action plan and now have annual implementation projects and reduction forecasts in place.

 We take our commitment to sustainability seriously; it’s one of our core values! The nature of our work affords us the opportunity to have a significant impact on environmental sustainability through both project work and through our own corporate actions. We are grateful to our internal Sustainable Advisory Committee for continuing to push us to improve, and to organizations like Sustainable Waterloo Region for helping us set smart goals for a greener future.

 

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On November 2, our sister company AEC Developments attended the Ontario General Contractors Association Safety Awards Breakfast. At the event, they received two prestigious health and safety awards: a Distinguished Achievement in Health and Safety award for achieving a Zero Injury Frequency in recognition of a three-year period between 2015 and 2017, in which we accumulated 101,273 hours without a lost time injury; and a Recognition of Our Commitment to Workplace Health and Safety award presented by The Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour.

 

Safety is a core value at AEC and WalterFedy. We are committed to the health and safety of all members on our project teams including staff, trade contractors, consultants, and customers. As an active company in the construction industry, AEC Developments is dedicated to the ongoing objective of reducing the risk of injury, and take every reasonable precaution to provide a safe and healthy construction environment. Their commitment to health and safety forms an integral part of their organization and we are proud that they have been recognized for their efforts.

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Congratulations to team 43|40 on winning first place at the 2018 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling competition at the end of September. The team of WalterFedy employees, Cory Rosa, Qinyu Lu, Patrick Darby, Maria Melo, Josh Gibbins, and Matthew Woods, competed against 8 other teams to model a 60,000 SF net-zero, all electric museum building in Denver, Colorado.

 

The teams presented their projects at the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA and were evaluated on the following six categories: energy use, teamwork, innovative approach, creativity, workflow, and presentation. A large focus was placed on adopting new techniques and workflows to advance modeling and simulation to meet the growing challenges faced by today’s designers and modelers. 

 

“One of the most exciting things was learning what other experts were doing.  We were impressed by the high level and diversity of innovation” – Cory Rosa, Team Captain


While the competition was fierce, Team WalterFedy was victorious. Congratulations to everyone involved, and a special thanks to the LowDown Showdown hosts for organizing a fantastic event. 

 

View the winning submission here, as well as the competitor's designs. 

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