In his new position, Mr. Connor will serve as managing director of the Atlanta buildings practice, leading a multidisciplinary staff of 36 individuals specializing in engineering services for clients across multiple markets but with notable expertise in science and technology and high containment laboratories.
The Atlanta buildings practice of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff offers comprehensive services in lab planning and design; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering; building technology systems design; and commissioning. Some of the firm’s recent projects in the region include Georgia Tech Marcus Nanotechnology building, the Augusta University Cancer Research Facility, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Mr. Connor’s 33 years of experience spans several market sectors including commercial construction, laboratories and research facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and packaging machine development. He has been involved in numerous technically demanding projects in the pharmaceutical and research industries. He is a frequent public speaker on the subjects of engineering and construction of complex laboratory facilities, design/build and validation. He is recognized as an international leader in the field.
Mr. Connor was the founder of the Pivotal Point Group, LLC and Connor Engineering Solutions, consulting firms providing services for complex projects in the U.S. and abroad, including a solar energy research institute, national research foundation facility and center for translational medicine, all in Singapore. From 2009 to 2015, he worked as a consultant and contract employee with Smith Carter USA, a firm that is one of many acquisitions that today make up WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S.
“Under Michael’s leadership, our Atlanta buildings practice will continue to maintain its world leading expertise in laboratory and high-containment facility planning and design, but it will also leverage the expertise of our broader business and continue extending its offering in Atlanta and the Southeast region into other sectors such as commercial real estate, higher education and healthcare” said David Cooper, president of the firm’s U.S. buildings practice.
A licensed professional engineer in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, and Alabama, Mr. Connor received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. He is a member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); International Society for Measurement and Control (ISA); and International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).
Leslie Gartner, senior vice president and the previous managing director of the Atlanta office, will remain based in Atlanta. With Mr. Connor’s hire, Mr. Gartner has transitioned into a new role leading the development of the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s national science and technology practice.
About WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. In May 2017, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will rebrand as WSP.
The firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 36,700 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. wsp-pb.com/usa WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has numerous openings in engineering, technical and managerial positions across the United States. Job descriptions, locations and benefits are posted on the firm’s careers site.