Arup opens Montréal office, expands reach in Canadian market

February 28, 2013 |
Beauharnois Canal Bridge Anthony J Branco

Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that it has opened an office in Montréal, Québec. Active in Canada since 2000 when it opened its Toronto location, Arup has had a presence in Montréal to deliver the design of the recently opened Autoroute 30. The office will be led by Associate Principals Martin Landry, QAA and Douglas Balmer, and will deliver engineering and consulting services to the Québec market.

“Our new Montréal office further establishes Arup’s commitment and investment in the Canadian market, and increases our ability to provide the highest-quality service to clients in multiple market sectors,” said Andrew McAlpine, principal at Arup.  “We are excited to formalize and expand our presence in this vibrant community.  We have had a warm welcome here and experienced growing interest in what Arup offers.”

Arup embraces the ideal of total design: the integration of the design and construction processes and the interdependence of all the professions involved. A driving force within the firm since its founding in 1946, this idea supports the creative nature of engineering design, the value of innovation and the social purpose of design.

Furthermore, Arup’s independent ownership structure leads to clear-sighted, thoughtful decisions about its priorities as a business and a member of society and enables principled advice that puts the needs of clients and communities at the forefront.

Arup’s recent projects in Québec include the Autoroute 30 (A30), the 42 km highway including nine interchanges, twin two-km-long bridges, 29 other bridges, and a 100-m tunnel beneath the Soulanges Canal; a number of assignments over many years planning the growth and development of Mirabel, Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau and Jean Lessage International Airports; and working as part of a team with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to establish the business case for replacement of the Champlain Bridge.  Other projects in Canada include design of two stations on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension in Toronto, planning and engineering associated with the redevelopment of Toronto’s waterfront, and design of two stadiums and the velodrome being used for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (

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