ASPECT Structural Engineers selected as one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers

The global structural engineering practice joins a competitive list of top employers in the 2024 “Top 100 Employers” Project.

The 2024 list of “Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers” was announced this morning in a special magazine published by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The Top Small & Medium Employers category focuses on smaller enterprises with less than 500 employees, and is part of the “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” project. Conducted since 1999, this project includes 19 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach Canadians annually through publications such as The Globe and Mail.

Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is a competition that is now in its 11th year, and recognizes the small and medium businesses (SMEs) that offer the nation’s best workplaces and more forward-thinking human resources policies. Applicant employers are evaluated across eight categories of criteria:

  1. Workplace
  2. Work Atmosphere & Social
  3. Health, Financial & Family Benefits
  4. Vacation & Time Off
  5. Employee Communications
  6. Performance Management
  7. Training & Skills Development
  8. Community Involvement

The announcement noted that, this year, the competition for recognition amongst SMEs was stronger than ever. The competition is open to any company in Canada that has less than 500 employees worldwide, and is a commercial, for-profit business. Kristina Leung, management editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, noted that, “What’s remarkable about the employers on this year’s list is how quickly and effectively they’ve worked to create rewards and other programs developed from employee input…SMEs have enviable levels of customization, flexibility, and speed-of implementation that are difficult for larger employers to match.”

This is ASPECT’s first year recognized on the list since the firm was first founded in 2016.

“Creating an environment that established new possibilities for what a workplace could be was a big part of why we started ASPECT,” says Gina Sheppard, COO and one of the Founding Principals of ASPECT. “Of course, this recognition means so much to the leaders who started ASPECT – Andrew Chad, Bernhard Gafner, Mehrdad Jahangiri, Adam Gerber and me – but it is actually a direct reflection of the incredible people that make up ASPECT today. There are so many team members who set the “tone” for who we have become as a firm, and who have since stepped up to become leaders of ASPECT and of the industry.”

Some of the reasons for ASPECT’s selection, as identified by the jury panel, include:

  • Maintaining a formal hybrid work policy that enables employees to work from home for up to two days per week as well as the option to work from anywhere for up to two weeks per year.
  • Providing flexible work hours.
  • Encouraging employees to adopt healthy habits with an annual fitness allowance of $600 that can be put towards any type of physical activity (examples include gym memberships, ski passes, fitness classes, or personal training sessions).
  • Taking a thoughtful approach when employees are called upon to care for their loved ones, providing compassionate leave top-up of up to 80 per cent of salary for 15 weeks.
  • Supporting employees with $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year.

Stories and photos surrounding the ASPECT work culture, values, and overall approach can be found through the competition homepage, along with a complete list of this year’s winners.

Recipients of this year’s award will be recognized at an award ceremony this evening. Read the full press release here.

If you have any questions about this or other ASPECT awards, please contact:

Samantha Armitage

Director, Marketing & Communications

sam@aspectengineers.com

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About ASPECT Structural Engineers

ASPECT Structural Engineers is a globally acclaimed, full-service structural engineering firm. Founded in 2016, we are now a cohesive team of more than 50 engineers, fabrication designers, technicians, and support staff. Through thoughtful yet pragmatic design practices and rigorous training, the engineers and designers at ASPECT understand not only their role in contributing to a project, but also how to support the roles of others.

Many members of the ASPECT team started their careers in other disciplines, pulling from their experience working with carpenters, contractors, suppliers, or architects to contribute to a wider understanding of the value that structural engineers can bring to a project. Our team-based approach focuses on better design, improved constructability, and unwavering accountability.

From the beginning, ASPECT has been driven by the importance of true sustainability, underscoring our commitment to understanding, and educating others on the benefits of, mass timber. Beyond producing award-winning structural engineering work for everything from office buildings, to bridges, to custom homes, we also dedicate a substantial amount of time to working with other industry leaders - industry suppliers, architects, and clients - to work through new ways to design and build for the future. Our diverse team is active in markets around the world, with dedicated offices in Canada (Vancouver and Toronto), Switzerland (Bern), and the United States (Seattle).


1925 Victoria Park, Toronto, ON

2023 Holcim Awards: 1925 Victoria Park Wins Gold

Ontario’s first 12-storey, near zero, mixed-use rental development, recognized at the Holcim Awards.

The Holcim Foundation aims to reduce the construction sector’s impact by spreading awareness to enable a future where built environments help both people and our ecosystems to thrive. As an extension of this mission, the Holcim Awards competition, created in 2004, advocates for the development of sustainable building solutions. Each year, the awards provide global recognition for the most significant approaches to sustainable design and construction. This year’s awards recently took place in Venice, where the 1925 Victoria Park project received the prestigious Gold Prize for North America. This mixed-use rental development located in Toronto, Ontario aims to transition the industry towards sustainable apartment living, utilizing decentralized manufacturing of modularized components to create a scalable and sustainable design solution.

A huge congratulations to Well Grounded Real Estate and PARTISANS on this impressive global recognition! Our team at ASPECT is honored to be a part of this award-winning development, along with Serotiny Group Inc. and CREE Buildings.

Continue reading to learn more about the project and its future implications for Canadian housing.

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A high tech, low-cost solution for urban living.

The concept for this sustainable rental development focuses on a cost and energy- efficient solution for Toronto’s housing crisis. ASPECT is providing full Engineer-of-Record services for this new 12-storey residential building, as well as specialty engineering, shop drawings for all timber and timber-concrete-composite and façade panels, and installation/temporary works engineering. The structural system will incorporate prefabricated building elements, which allow for a 17-week construction duration, intended to minimize disruption to the surrounding neighbourhood, and to rapidly provide much-needed housing to the market. The building showcases a central open courtyard that is surrounded by open-air corridors to maximize air flow and regulate the building temperature through passive ventilation. In addition to the environmental benefits, the building design is meant to enable social connection and create a sense of community amongst tenants.

In Canada, and beyond.

Through thoughtful design, 1925 Victoria Park will provide future residents with a nature-centric living environment that promotes physical and social health. The project has surpassed the City of Toronto’s Green Standard Tier 4, while approaching net-zero. The jury for the 2023 Holcim Awards emphasizes the project’s excellence and scalability is “a promising solution for sustainable housing production within the Canadian context and beyond.”

With the design stage now complete, we are eager to see the construction process turn this ambitious project into a reality.

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Renderings courtesy of Partisans

Full winners list from the 2023 Holcim Awards: https://www.holcimfoundation.org/awards-2023

ASPECT regularly works with and advises on prefabricated / modular design solutions as well as multi-residential design solutions. Check out the Projects page to take a look at our wider portfolio.


Camera House Recognized at AFBC Architectural Awards of Excellence

This custom single-family home in Pemberton Valley, BC, was recognized for design excellence by The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC).

The AFBC is a non-profit organization that aims to advance architecture and design within the province of British Columbia. Each year, the AFBC recognizes projects that demonstrate modernization, diversity, and inclusivity in architecture.

This year, Camera House received recognition for Design Excellence in the Single-Family Residential category. Built as a rural retreat for a young family, the home is situated on a sloped, five-acre lot in Pemberton Valley. The home’s moniker is a nod to the way the dramatic windows and skylights frame the surrounding landscape like a camera lens. Capturing incoming light, the design emphasizes a connection to the natural environment while offering scenic views of the mountain ranges. The roof structure is comprised of a series of 3-series sided boxes, allowing the architecture to open up views to the natural scenery through clerestories. 2x trusses were used to simplify backframing and create the vaulted interior ceiling. The project also includes a workshop building and pool shell.

We would like to congratulate our friends at Leckie Studio for this prestigious and well-deserved recognition! The ASPECT team is proud to have provided Engineer of Record services while working with Leckie Studio as they led this award-winning project.

For more information about the AFBC Architectural Awards and to see the full list of winners, click here.

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ASPECT regularly works with and advises on custom home projects and has built a dedicated team, uniquely qualified for this type of work. Check out the Projects page to take a look at our wider portfolio.