Guelph, Ont., October 28, 2016 – Today, local success story Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Incorporated (RWDI) officially opened its new 130,000 square foot facility at 600 Southgate Drive in the Hanlon Business Park. A major expansion to the existing building increased the floor area by 40 percent and will accommodate an additional 200 people over the next five to seven years.
“We are extremely proud to be a world renowned company that is based right here in Guelph,” says Michael Soligo, Chief Executive Officer, RWDI. “The City of Guelph was an important partner in this move; they were very supportive and keen to have us remain in Guelph. This new space offers a better sense of community for our staff as we are all under one roof.”
The efficiencies created by the move will allow RWDI to continue to focus investment in research and development. The new facility has already incorporated major equipment and software upgrades including state-of-the-art wind tunnels and a water tunnel. These new investments, coupled with RWDI’s reputation for attracting top talent in the scientific and technical sectors, will allow the company to increase its service offerings and enter new markets both locally, and globally.
“Guelph is incredibly proud to be home to the expanded RWDI,” said Mayor Guthrie. “This is a globally-recognized company that could have chosen to locate anywhere. We’re thrilled that they chose Guelph. We welcome their investment, and the many clean-tech sector jobs they are bringing to our city.”
“This move will ultimately benefit our clients, our staff and our organization. We will continue to work on unique and interesting projects locally and world-wide while growing our staff and high-end service offerings,” added Michael Soligo.
RWDI’s three year Southwestern Ontario search ended in 2014. The new location has amalgamated the previous three separate buildings in Guelph into one newly renovated building. RWDI’s expansion is aligned with the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy by adding to the city’s current supply of high quality labour and strengthening Guelph’s targeted clean technology sector.
Named one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies by Canadian Business Magazine, and one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies by Deloitte Canada, RWDI is an internationally recognized specialty engineering consulting firm that focuses on the science of buildings, structures and the environment. With over 15 offices worldwide, RWDI uses a variety of engineering, computing, and scientific capabilities to help designers create comfortable environments and high performance buildings and structures. RWDI has worked on massive construction projects globally, including the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and the soon-to-be tallest, the Jeddah Tower.
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