WSP is positioning its specialty services within property and buildings to help clients better capitalize on shifting trends in the built environment.


nws-Ells-HerbertNew York, NY — WSP USA, a leading international engineering and professional services consultancy, is refocusing the firm’s specialty services to meet the demands of the buildings sector. 

In addition to structural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, the firm offers comprehensive design and consulting services for a range of specialist areas including acoustics, building technology systems, commissioning, fire protection and life safety, lighting design, SMART and sustainability. 

“The increased industry focus around the role buildings play in occupant experience, health & wellness, post occupancy operational efficiencies and tenant productivity enabled by IoT and SMART technologies create unique opportunities for better business value across the built environment,” said Herbert Els, senior vice president at WSP who was recently named director of specialty services. “We are aligning ourselves to help our clients capitalize on these trends.”

WSP is focused on leveraging our expertise as trusted strategic advisors enabling clients to adjust to new market disrupters and explore unchartered business opportunities. Some of the firm’s recent specialty services focus includes implementing a converged network for 181 Fremont, a mixed-use high-rise, that allows operators to integrate, automate and optimize all of the intelligent systems and equipment that provide services to the building and its occupants. WSP has also designed lighting systems that support circadian rhythm and contribute to employee wellness, satisfaction and productivity. Additionally, the firm and provided comprehensive sustainability and health-related design assistance to help Colorado Health Foundation achieve its goal of creating the healthiest building in the state of Colorado. 

“Together with our clients, our specialty teams consider the journey from home to facility, human and machine interfaces within the environment, systems that support user experiences, and the support of community and workplace culture,” said Mr. Els.  “Included in WSP’s process are licensed professional building systems engineers who are subject matter experts and thought leaders in their respected disciplines.  By including our breadth of service, we engage and align with the project goals across multiple viewpoints.”

Mr. Els joined WSP in 2012 and is also the leader of the firm’s building technology and SMART practices. He has championed the benefits of integrated design on projects like Salesforce Transit Center, Salesforce Tower and several SMART building strategic engagements, including a multinational financial services company.

WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms—WSP. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment sectors. With more than 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

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