Architects Name WSP Top Engineering Partner

For the third year in a row, WSP USA has been chosen as the leading MEP engineering partner of the world’s top architects, as surveyed by UK-based publication Building Design.

Also for the third year in a row, the firm tied for second place for structural engineering.

Building Design surveys the world’s top 100 architects to determine which firms they think provide the highest quality engineering service.

“To be the favored partner of the world's top architectural practices is fantastic recognition of our people and the ethos of our practice," said David Cooper, president of WSP’s U.S. buildings practice and the region’s chief commercial officer.

“Our primary goal is to be beneficial partners to our clients, helping them realize their architectural vision through the thoughtful and innovative application of engineering,” he continued. “I am impressed every day by our staff’s dedication to our ethos, passionately believing that our clients’ success is our success.”

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Comfort and sustainability were at the forefront of the design for the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

U.S. Projects

In the U.S., WSP has been involved in numerous high-profile projects that epitomize the outcome of partnering with architectural clients. A few recent examples include:

181 Fremont: This distinctive mixed-use tower in downtown San Francisco’s Transbay District stands 800 feet with 54 stories of ultra-luxury condominium residences and "Class A+" office space. The firm worked with the architect to incorporate innovative design strategies for sustainability, water savings and energy efficiency, which complement the architecture, including façade optimization, enhanced daylighting and visual comfort, reduction of water consumption by more than 30 percent, and high efficiency central plant and air delivery systems. Read more here.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium: The new home of the Atlanta Falcons will open in time for the 2017 football season. The multi-purpose stadium is targeting LEED Platinum certification, which WSP is supporting through high performance design. The facility is using mostly LED lighting, including for sports lighting, which is an unusual step for a facility of this size. The inclusion of a fully mechanized roof will allow the stadium to be climate-controlled and used for indoor and outdoor events.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital: WSP + ccrd, a WSP company, provided master planning and mechanical and electrical engineering services for the one-million-square-foot hospital expansion, which included a new patient tower, ambulatory care building, and other areas. The firm worked with the architect to keep both comfort and sustainability at the forefront of the design, with myriad strategies used to reduce carbon footprint. Daylighting is used extensively throughout the hospital and a unique heat pump chiller contributes to 5.5 million gallons of water savings per year. Read more here.

56 Leonard: This striking new high rise has redefined the lower Manhattan skyline. WSP provided structural engineering for the 57-story tower, which consists of a series of irregular boxes, with cantilevers ranging from 10 to 25 feet. The design required that every floorplate be able to support itself, so our structural engineering team needed to treat each one in an innovative, imaginative way. Read more here.

Arthur Ashe Stadium: A new retractable roof, designed by the structural engineering team at WSP, was on full display at the 2016 U.S. Open. Designed to open and close in under seven minutes, the new 236,000-square-foot roof was constructed using 5,000 tons of steel resting on 1,700 self-supported beams. While the roof blends seamlessly with the existing stadium, it is actually a completely separate structure. Read more here.

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The lightweight retractable roofing system at Arthur Ashe Stadium can be closed in under 10 minutes at the first sign of bad weather. The 2016 U.S. Open last summer marked the first time the retractable roof was used.

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