• March, 2018
    Tacoma Engineers was proud to be the structural engineer for the recently restored Petrie Building in the heart of Guelph. The restoration of this unique heritage building has been the subject of recent articles by the CBC and in The Globe and Mail. Congratulations to the Tacoma team members who worked so hard to help bring this landmark back to life!
  • December, 2017
    Tacoma is proud to volunteer our time, finances and professional abilities to help our local community organizations. As a part of this, we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity Huronia for the construction of two semi-detached units for deserving families.

    Whether contributing our skills in engineering and design, financial donations, or participating on-site in construction, we believe enthusiastic contributions to our communities are part of what makes us who we are. For more information on the work of Habitat Huronia and how you can become involved, visit their website.
  • November, 2017
    Tacoma Engineers is excited to announce that the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church received an Award of Excellence (in the category of 'Small and Lovely') at the 2017 Canadian Association of Heritage Professional (CAHP) awards presented during the APT – National Trust for Canada Joint Conference in October. The conference was held in Ottawa, Ontario and attended by several members of Tacoma Engineers staff. Tacoma’s Kevin Hughes and Mike Rekker, as part of a team of heritage consultants, worked with the Township of Oro-Medonte and Parks Canada to complete the restoration of the church originally built in 1849. The project was a great example of the Township and its citizens coming together to restore this small but lovely building that can now be enjoyed for years to come. What started as a condemned building is now a beautifully restored church that can be enjoyed by everyone. Tacoma’s Mike Rekker recently presented a case study paper on the church restoration in November at the Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    » Photo of recognition of award for the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church: Award of Excellence.
  • Announcing Waterloo, Ontario location - November, 2017
    To better serve our local Kitchener-Waterloo clients, Tacoma Engineers now has a Waterloo location! The same Tacoma team that has served KW for over 30 years will continue to provide practical engineering solutions to the community utilizing this new office space, enabling us to be even more responsive to local clients and projects.
    Tacoma Engineers Inc.
    180 Northfield Drive West, Suite 4
    Waterloo, Ontario
    N2L 0C7

  • July, 2017
    PEO has released a new guideline providing best practices for engineers performing structural condition assessments of buildings. Tacoma’s Director of Heritage & Investigation, Will Teron, was one of six contributing members to the development of this document, Structural Condition Assessments of Existing Buildings and Designated Structures Guideline. While not a legal standard, this document will form the basis for engineering assessments in the Province of Ontario. Great work, Will!

  • June, 2017
    Tacoma paintball was back this month when a group visited Splatzone in Cambridge. This teambuilding event encouraged our group to get out of the office and interact in a new environment.

    » Here’s a photo of the group after the event.
  • May, 2017
    This month a group of Tacoma employees took part in the Reebok Ragnar Niagara overnight relay race. Starting in Cobourg, Ontario and ending in Niagara Falls, this long-distance running event allowed the group to experience scenery from a variety of Ontario locales while pushing themselves and working as a team.

    » Here’s a picture of the successful team!
  • March, 2017
    Tacoma Engineers, as part of a team of heritage consultants, worked with the Township of Oro-Medonte and Parks Canada to complete the restoration of the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church originally built in 1849. The restoration efforts included the addition of a new foundation system, replacement of the floor framing and restoration of the log-framed building structure.

    Tacoma became involved in the project in September of 2015 through to the reopening event in August of 2016 to celebrate with the community the completion of the church restoration.

    The Township was recently the recipient of two Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards presented by the Ontario Heritage Trust for Excellence in Conservation and Community Leadership. Tacoma’s Mike Rekker and Kevin Hughes attended a Recognition of Achievements Presentation held by the Township of Oro-Medonte in February to share in the excitement of the completed project and receipt of the awards.

    » Here’s a photo of the Recognition of Achievements Presentation held by the Township of Oro-Medonte.
  • March, 2017
    Tacoma Engineers is excited to announce the renewal of our annual partnership with Habitat for Humanity - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Habitat has many challenging projects ahead, and Tacoma is proud to partner with them to provide quality housing for our local communities.
  • March, 2017
    As part of a strategy to make a larger impact in their community, Habitat for Humanity - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) is planning a condo development called ‘Cityview Village’. Read the CBC article here. Through our partnership with Habitat WDG, Tacoma is proud to contribute our efforts and expertise to this challenging undertaking!
  • September, 2016
    This month Tacoma celebrated our 30th Anniversary! A celebration was held at the Frank Hasenfratz Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing (thank you to Linamar!) and was well attended by many who we've worked alongside over the years - contractors, architects, engineers, building officials, property owners - and more. Thank you to all those who have worked with us over the years and helped to make this milestone possible and our celebration a success!
  • September, 2016
    Starting this month you may notice a difference if you visit the Tacoma Guelph office. Cathy Williams, our office administrator and friendly face at reception for the past 17 years has decided it's time to retire and spend more time with her family. While Cathy will be dearly missed at Tacoma, we wish her all the best in retirement!
    Taking over from Cathy, Tacoma is happy to welcome on board Cyndy Maltby. Cyndy comes to Tacoma with a background in administration and accounting and is a great addition to the team. Welcome Cyndy!
  • September, 2016
    We are excited to announce that you can now make invoice payments directly on our website. The link can be found under the "Contact" dropdown on our website, or you can use the following link: Make a Payment.
  • August, 2016
    On August 23 the Tacoma team took a turn peddling the Big Bike, in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The Big Bike is a team event aimed at raising funds for heart disease and stroke research. A big thanks to all the friends, family and clients who helped us raise over $6,500 for this worthwhile cause!

    » Here's a photo of the team right after the big ride.
  • August, 2016
    This summer saw the return of the Annual Tacoma Softball game! Set up in a tournament style, four teams of Tacoma employees swung for the fences, with Director of Engineering Steve Adema's team coming out on top.
  • May, 2016
    Tacoma Engineers is pleased to announce that we have renewed our annual partnership with Habitat for Humanity - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Through this relationship we help to make quality housing available to those in need while also providing a sense of purpose and enrichment to the Tacoma staff. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Habitat to improve the communities in which we live and work!
  • April, 2016
    The Grand Valley Construction Association recently held the 2016 Building Excellence Awards, and once again Tacoma Engineers was proud to be involved in several award winning projects, including:
    • • Award of Excellence for Mammoet Canada by Zehr Levesque Inc. (Industrial $10-$20 Million)
    • • Award of Excellence for Hammond Manufacturing by Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. (Industrial $5 - $10 Million)
    • • Award of Excellence for Holiday Inn Building Envelope by Collaborative Structures Limited (Commercial up to $2 Million)
    • • Award of Distinction - Innovation for EMDC Intermittent Centre by Collaborative Structures Limited
    Tacoma Engineers would like to thank the GVCA for providing this opportunity to recognize and celebrate excellence in the building industry.
  • March, 2016
    As part of giving back to the community, a group of Tacoma employees volunteered an afternoon to help prepare a meal for the Life Centre, run by Royal City Church. This program exists to provide a safe environment for those who are in need and provides up to 600 meals a week in downtown Guelph.
  • February, 2016
    Tacoma was proud enter a team in the Barrie Construction Association Hockey Tournament for the third year in a row.

    » Take a look at the team!
  • February, 2016
    The 2016 Tacoma Ski Day was held at Osler Bluff Ski Club this past February 25. The weather cooperated and the team once again had a great time zipping down the hill.
  • January, 2016
    This month Tacoma is happy to welcome Brad Stroyan to the Guelph engineering department. Brad is a graduate of McMaster University and his interests are in the areas of advanced parametric analysis and optimizing building structures through examining building systems. Welcome to the team Brad!
  • January, 2016
    Tacoma Engineers is proud to announce that we are now able to offer engineering services in the State of Michigan. Nick Lawler, M.A.Sc, PE, P.Eng, is our principal engineer for Michigan, with 5+ years of working experience in the state. We are excited to be able to extend our tradition of providing cost-effective, practical solutions to our clients operating in Michigan, while continuing to develop relationships built on trust and dependability.
  • November, 2015
    The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) has recently awarded the Basilica of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario with the Peter Stokes Restoration Award. Tacoma Engineers was proud to have played a significant role in the restoration of this Guelph landmark and National Historic Site over the past nine years. See the award on the ACO website.
  • November, 2015
    Gerry Zegerius of Tacoma's Guelph office was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). Gerry will be serving a two-year term, and will begin his work as a member of the Conference Committee.
  • October, 2015
    This year the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) Awards were given out during the National Trust Conference in Calgary. Tacoma Engineers was proud to be involved with two award winning projects:
    • • Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate - Winner of the CAHP Award of Excellence for Conservation Projects - Engineering
    • • Redemptorists' Monastery Renovation - Winner of the CAHP Award of Excellence for Conservation Projects - Architecture
    Two members of Tacoma’s Heritage & Investigation team, Will Teron & Gerry Zegerius, were proud to attend the event and accept these prestigious awards.
  • October, 2015
    Will Teron, Director of Heritage & Investigation, was privileged to offer a presentation at the 2015 National Trust Conference in Calgary. Entitled "Controlling Preservation Costs: An Engineers Perspective", the presentation was one of many offered to the almost 500 delegates attending this important event which brings together a variety of stakeholders concerned with the protection of Canada's Heritage.
  • October, 2015
    Steve Adema, Director of Engineering, recently travelled to Washington D.C. to present at the 2015 Engineering Ministries International (EMI) Conference. Steve discussed his recent trip to Nepal, where he was part of a team undertaking the structural assessment of buildings damaged in the April earthquake.
  • August, 2015
    The Tacoma Barrie office participated in a team building event at "Iron Nation", Barrie's first indoor axe throwing venue. The group was introduced to the art of axe throwing and had a five round contest to determine the day's champion.
  • June, 2015
    Steve Adema, Tacoma's Director of Engineering, was given the opportunity this month to assist with disaster relief in Nepal. Steve travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal with Engineering Ministries International and World Vision International to provide structural engineering assessments of buildings damaged by the recent earthquake.
  • June, 2015
    This month several groups of Tacoma employees helped Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph to renovate their latest project at 327 York Road.

    » More information and photos.
  • May, 2015
    On May 29, the Tacoma staff headed to Flag Raiders in Kitchener for an exciting afternoon of paintball.

    » See a photo of the team.
  • May, 2015
    This month Tacoma Barrie welcomed a new member to the engineering team. Jacob Lean joins Tacoma as a graduate of both Lakehead University and Loyalist College. With professional interests including the integration of steel and wood materials in residential construction, Jacob will be a welcome addition to the Barrie office!
  • March, 2015
    Tacoma Engineers is pleased to announce that we have renewed our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph through 2016. This support will help Habitat as they continue their efforts to bring affordable housing to those in need.

    » Read More.
  • February, 2015
    For the second straight year, Tacoma Engineers took part in the Barrie Construction Association Hockey Tournament.

    » See a photo of the team!
  • February, 2015
    This month the Tacoma Barrie office is happy to welcome Ben Scott to the engineering team. A recent graduate of the University of Waterloo with a master's degree in the behaviour of stay-in-place concrete formwork, Ben also has an interest in heritage building restoration. Before joining Tacoma, Ben volunteered for the fall with Engineering Ministries International to assist in the design of an orphanage, seminary and chapel in Myanmar, South East Asia. Welcome to the team Ben!
  • January, 2015
    Tacoma Engineers was part of the design team tasked with restoring the Talisman Square residential apartment complex in Guelph, Ontario. More information on this unique project requiring creative solutions can be found in the case study on Dryvit Canada's website.