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  • Scott Garrett retires from the Barrie office - July, 2018

    After 30 years of commitment to Tacoma Engineers, one of our Partners, Scott Garrett has retired from the Barrie office. Scott spent his first 15 years in Tacoma’s Guelph office and led the Barrie office since its inception in 2002. Scott developed many great relationships with clients and the community, and we hope to nurture and grow those relationships further. We thank Scott for the contributions he has made to our company, and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life!
  • Mike Rekker of Tacoma Engineers publishes an article in Ontario Building Envelope Council's Magazine - May, 2018

    Congratulations to Mike Rekker of Tacoma Engineers for having his co-authored case study published in the Spring Edition of “Pushing the Envelope Canada” magazine, the publication by Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC). The paper, entitled “Restoring an Historic Church to its Former Glory” was also presented to the Barrie Historical Archive in October of 2017 and at the 15th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology which was in held in Vancouver in November 2017.

    » Read the pdf, “Restoring an Historic Church to its Former Glory”
  • Barrie office of Tacoma Engineers celebrates 15 years of providing Structural Engineering, Building Consulting, Heritage & Investigation services in Barrie region - April, 2018

    Tacoma Engineers recently celebrated our 15th year at our Barrie office. Held at Heights of Horseshoe (Horseshoe Valley), the event presented a wonderful opportunity to catch up with many of our clients and fellow construction industry members, while reflecting on our history in Barrie. Thank you to all who made it out to celebrate with us!
  • Tacoma Engineers renews partnership with Habitat for Humanity Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph - April, 2018

    We're very happy to announce the renewal of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph for 2018. Through this partnership, Tacoma is able to give back to our community through both finances and time, to help provide housing for families and individuals that are in need.
  • Tacoma Engineers helps Habitat for Humanity Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph with construction of 3-block condo - April, 2018

    This month Tacoma was able to help Habitat for Humanity Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph with their latest and most ambitious project: “Cityview Village”, a 3-block condo development with 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units. We had three groups of staff on the construction site on three consecutive days to help with construction. Thank you to all the staff who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute to this great cause in our community!

    » Photo of Staff from Tacoma Engineers on a build site for Habitat for Humanity Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
  • Guelph - Tacoma Engineers brings The Petrie Building back to life as the structural engineer - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers partners with Habitat for Humanity Huronia to provide engineering and design services, financial donations, and construction assistance - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers wins restoration award for Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church at Canadian Association of Heritage Professional in Ottawa - 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.
  • Waterloo location announced by Tacoma Engineers and will provide Structural Engineering for Waterloo region - November, 2017

    To better serve our local Kitchener-Waterloo clients, Tacoma Engineers now has a Waterloo location! The same Tacoma team that has served Kitchener-Waterloo 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
    519-804-9631

  • Tacoma Engineers contributes to PEO best-practices document for engineers performing structural condition assessments of buildings in Ontario - 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!

  • Tacoma Engineers enjoys teambuilding event at Splatzone in Cambridge - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers participates in Reebok Ragnar long-distance running event in Niagara Falls - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers consults on engineering of restored Church for Township of Oro-Medonte and Parks Canada - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers renews partnership with Habitat for Humanity - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph to provide quality housing - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers contributes to condo development for Habitat for Humanity - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers celebrates 30th Anniversary of providing Structural Engineering in Guelph, Barrie - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers will miss long-term employee at the Guelph office - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers announces online invoice payments - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers supports the Heart & Stroke Foundation by raising $6,500 in the Big Bike - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers enjoys the return of summer with their annual softball game - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers renews partnership with Habitat for Humanity - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph to help to make quality housing - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineer wins four awards at The Grand Valley Construction Association's Building Excellence Awards - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers volunteer to prepare a meal for the Life Centre, run by Royal City Church in Guelph - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers provides engineering services for every award winning project at Canadian Farm Builders Association (CFBA) Awards - March, 2016

    The 2015 Canadian Farm Builders Association (CFBA) Awards were recently announced and Tacoma Engineers is honoured to have been involved with every winning project. Congratulations to the winners of each category! We are proud to have a long history of serving the farm building industry and are excited to continue to work with the many outstanding builders represented at these awards. Read the articles in The Ontario Construction Report covering the CFBA Awards and Tacoma's involvement.
  • Tacoma Engineers enters team in Barrie Construction Association Hockey Tournament - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers enjoys a great day skiing - 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.
  • Guelph office of Tacoma Engineers welcomes addition to the engineering department - 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers offers engineering services in Michigan, USA - January, 2016

    Tacoma Engineers is proud to announce that we are now able to offer structural 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.
  • Restoration of Basilica of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario wins Peter Stokes Restoration Award - 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.
  • Gerry Zegerius appointed to the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers wins two awards at Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) in Calgary - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers' Will Teron presents at National Trust Conference in Calgary - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers' Steve Adema presents at Engineering Ministries International (EMI) Conference in Washington - 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.
  • Barrie office of Tacoma Engineers enjoys a team building event in Barrie - 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.
  • Steve Adema from Tacoma Engineers provides structural engineering assessments of buildings in Nepal - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers helps Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers enjoys paintball excursion in Kitchener - 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.
  • Barrie office of Tacoma Engineers welcomes new member of engineering 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers renews partnership with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph - 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.
  • Tacoma Engineers has fun at Osler Bluff Ski Club - February, 2015

    The Annual Tacoma Ski Day for 2015 was held at Osler Bluff Ski Club on February 26. The weather was beautiful, the skiing was great and the team had an awesome time!

    » See a photo of the group taking a break at the chalet.
  • Tacoma Engineers participates in the Barrie Construction Association Hockey Tournament - February, 2015

    For the second straight year, Tacoma Engineers took part in the Barrie Construction Association Hockey Tournament.

    » See a photo of the team!
  • Barrie office of Tacoma Engineers welcomes new addition to engineering 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!
  • Tacoma Engineers helps design the restoration of a residential apartment complex in Guelph - 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.