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  • December, 2014
    On January 1, 2015 new regulations in the Ontario Building Code will be coming into effect which will serve to substantially enhance accessibility in both new building construction and renovations of existing buildings. For more information on these changes see the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website.
  • November, 2014
    Nathan Proper, P.Eng., is now serving as an Associate Member of the CSA Technical Committee responsible for updating CAN/CSA-S157 - Strength Design in Aluminum. This standard governs the use of aluminum load-bearing components used in buildings or other structural assemblies. Nathan is excited to contribute his expertise and experience to help in the development of this important standard.
  • September, 2014
    Starting in September, Tacoma employee Brandon Martin and his wife Emily will be volunteering five months of their time to serve aboard the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship which treats people in a variety of African ports. Africa Mercy is operated by the charity Mercy Ships, which seeks to provide medical treatment to those who would otherwise have no access to modern medical facilities. We wish Brandon and Emily all the best as they serve the people of Madagascar, and look forward to their safe return!
  • June, 2014
    Alex Nowakowski is now a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, Huronia. As a board member, Alex is committed to tackling the issue of affordable housing in Barrie, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth.
  • May, 2014
    Scott Garrett, Director of Technical Services in Tacoma's Barrie office, has been appointed to the Board of Director's for the Barrie Construction Association. As a board member, Scott will help to guide the Association as it serves the various stakeholders in the Barrie construction industry.
  • April, 2014
    Congratulations to Alex Nowakowski of Tacoma's Barrie office on receiving his credentials as a LEED Green Associate! As a LEED professional, Alex has an understanding of current green building principles and practices and has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable design.
  • April, 2014
    The Grand Valley Construction Association Building Excellence Awards Gala was held at St. George's Hall in Waterloo on April 25, 2014. Tacoma was once again recognized for contributing to an award-winning project:

    • Award of Excellence for Hitachi Truck Manufacturing Plant by Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. (Industrial $10-$20 Million)

    Tacoma Engineers would like to thank the GVCA for providing this opportunity to recognize and celebrate excellence in the building industry.
  • February, 2014
    On February 27, the Tacoma Team enjoyed our annual Tacoma Ski Day. Osler Bluff Ski Club played host for a second straight year to a great day of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
  • February, 2014
    On February 14, a team from Tacoma Engineers took part in the Barrie Construction Association Annual Hockey Tournament. The team played hard and had a great time.
    » See a team photo.
  • January, 2014
    This month, Tacoma's Steven Adema joined a team from Engineering Missions International on a weeklong trip to San Cristobel, Guatemala. The team included other design professionals from Texas, Florida, Colorado and Nebraska. Juan Wesley School benefited from the completion of a site master plan, infrastructure assessment and design of new buildings, including a multi-purpose gymnatorium and new roof structures on several adobe buildings. Find out more about this project at the following link: Guatemala (San Cristobal) School Master Plan & Infrastructure Assessment.
  • November, 2013
    Congratulations to Mike Rekker of Tacoma's Barrie office on achieving his Building Science Specialist Ontario (BSSO) designation. As a member of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) Mike has joined a group of professionals dedicated to the implementation and effective use of Building Science Principles in the Construction Industry of Ontario.
  • November, 2013
    Tacoma is very excited to announce the addition of a senior structural engineer to our Barrie office. Frank Hochban, P.Eng joins our team after 17 years with a large engineering firm in the Greater Toronto Area. A proven team leader with a solid background in mentoring and coaching, Frank has an extensive work history involving structural investigations, design and review of concrete and steel structures. As a long time resident of Barrie, Frank is looking forward to working with local clients, providing practical and effective structural solutions for our community.
  • October, 2013
    On Saturday, October 26, Kevin Hughes of Tacoma's Barrie office took part in the Simcoe County 5km race, hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-op. On a cold, windy day, Kevin placed first overall with a time of 22:20. Congratulations Kevin!
  • September, 2013
    On Saturday, September 27th a brave group of Tacoma Warriors took part in the second annual Wellington Warrior Challenge as part of a fundraising effort for the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
    » Read the Guelph Tribune article.
  • September, 2013
    As a local company, Tacoma Engineers believes in helping to support the community in which we live and work. One of the ways we do this is through our support of Habitat for Humanity. Tacoma is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Habitat for Humanity as a Framing Partner and corporate sponsor.
    » Habitat for Humanity 2013 announcement.
  • August, 2013
    The Tacoma Guelph Engineering team is happy to announce a new addition this month. Ryan Jacklin will be joining the group by way of Western University where he is finishing his master's degree studying the behaviour and retrofitting of residential wood structures under hurricane loading. Ryan's main interests include the design of wood buildings and the numerical analysis of structures. Welcome to the team Ryan!
  • August, 2013
    On August 27th, the Tacoma Guelph office pulled out the bats and gloves for a spirited (and humid) afternoon of softball.
    » See some action shots.
  • March, 2013
    Tacoma Guelph would like to welcome Kevin Simonds to the Engineering team this month. Kevin is currently finishing his Masters of Engineering at McMaster University and his main interests include reinforced masonry design as well as the retrofitting and restoration of heritage buildings. Welcome to the team Kevin!
  • February, 2013
    On February 6 the Tacoma offices held the annual Tacoma Ski Day event. The Barrie and Guelph employees ventured out to Osler Bluff Ski Club near Collingwood and enjoyed a fine winter day on the slopes.
    » Take a look at the group photo.
  • January, 2013
    The Tacoma Barrie office is happy to welcome a new face to the engineering department this month. Jonathan Harvey is a McMaster graduate who comes to Tacoma after working in the field in Niagara Falls and Kansas. With interests in investigation and restoration Jonathan is another great addition to the Barrie office.
  • October, 2012
    On October 14, a small but mighty group of Tacoma Employees and their children took part in the Oktoberfest Run Waterloo supporting Engineers Without Borders Run to End Poverty.

    This year our group joined the University of Waterloo's EWB chapter in helping raise a nation-wide total of $167,479.00 for EWB's efforts to eliminate poverty in rural Africa. A very big thank you to all of our sponsors. We are looking forward to making this an annual event at Tacoma to support this worthy cause.
  • October, 2012
    Tacoma is happy to welcome on board another new addition to our engineering team. Ryne Cameron joins Tacoma after completing his master's degree in structural engineering at McMaster University. Ryne's interests include reinforced concrete design as well as the retrofitting and restoration of heritage buildings and will be a great addition to the Guelph office.
  • September, 2012
     This month the Tacoma Guelph office is happy to welcome a new team member to the engineering department. Nick Lawler is a University of Waterloo graduate with four years of experience in structural engineering and rehabilitation in Detroit, Michigan. With interests in steel framed buildings, restoration, investigation and rehabilitation engineering Nick will make a great addition to the team.
  • July, 2012
    Over the month of July several groups of Tacoma employees took part in the Habitat for Humanity Centre Wellington Build. Trading in calculators and AutoCAD for hammers and saws the Tacoma Team took the time to give back to the local community while helping to frame the roof for a new semi-detached house. Congratulations to all those who volunteered their time for a great cause.
    » See a photo from the event.
  • June, 2012
    Last month the Tacoma Guelph office grew by two! The technology department welcomes Steve Kolkman, a Conestoga College graduate with experience in residential framing and a special interest in agricultural and residential construction. Joining the engineering department is Emily Golem. A University of Toronto graduate, Emily's interests include forensic engineering and restoration of heritage buildings. Welcome to the team.
  • June, 2012
    On June 24 a dozen Tacoma employees took part in the Spartan Sprint obstacle race at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro, Ontario. Everyone on the team finished the race and escaped with only minor injuries. Congratulations to the participants!
  • April, 2012
    On Friday, April 20 The Grand Valley Construction Association Building Excellence Awards Gala was held at Bingemans in Kitchener. Tacoma was proud to be recognized as part of the following award winning projects:

    • Award of Excellence for Conestoga College Roofing Centre by Collaborative Structures Ltd. (Institutional $0-$2 Million)

    • Award of Excellence for Greentec Facility Expansion by Collaborative Structures Ltd. (Industrial $0-$2 Million)

    • Award of Merit for Cargill Meat Solutions by Collaborative Structures Ltd. (Industrial $10 Million-$20 Million)

    Once again we'd like to thank the GVCA for recognizing our commitment to excellence.
  • March, 2012
    The Tacoma Team is happy to welcome two new members to the team this month. Alex Nowakowski comes to the Barrie engineering department by way of Lakehead University, while Harry Bye will be joining the Guelph engineering department after recently graduating from McMaster University.
  • March, 2012
    On March 1st the employees from both the Barrie and Guelph offices took part in the annual Tacoma Ski Day. Held at Beaver Valley Ski Club, the event allowed the group to partake in some outdoor recreation while enjoying the company of their co-workers.
  • December, 2011
    To celebrate his 50th birthday, Scott Garrett of the Tacoma Barrie office has decided to undertake a remarkable journey through the year of 2012. An avid runner, Scott plans to participate in 12 ultra marathons through the 12 months of the year. These 100 mile races will take Scott throughout North-America and will be a test of willpower and determination. Follow Scott's progress on his website: www.12in12.ca. Good luck Scott!
  • November, 2011
    National Farm Building Code Update

    An update to the National Farm Building Code of Canada (NFBCC) is on the horizon! The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), with advice from the Provincial / Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC), has agreed to work on updating the requirements for large farm buildings with a view to incorporating these updates into the 2015 National Building Code and National Fire Codes. The new requirements will be objective-based to match the format of the model building codes.

    Recently announced, the CCBFB/PTPACC Joint Task Force on Farm Buildings has been cast to examine the update to the 1995 NFBCC.  The Joint Task Group will outline the work necessary to update the technical requirements in the National Farm Building Code (last published in 1995). This will include specifying the approach for drafting technical requirements. Another key element is to determine how to incorporate large farm building requirements into the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and to define the appropriate publication for small farm building requirements.

    Will Teron, Senior Structural Engineer at Tacoma Engineers, has been selected as a member of the Joint Task Group.  This selection is largely based on Tacoma Engineers commitment to engineering for the farm building industry over the past 25 years and its active involvement with the Canadian Farm Builders Association.  Tacoma Engineers is proud to be part of this group and looks forward to working with nationwide professionals in the drafting of new requirements for farm buildings which ensure a safe and secure environment while recognizing the unique needs/characteristic of the agricultural sector.
  • October, 2011
    Will Teron of Tacoma’s Guelph office recently served as chairman for the Technical Advisory Committee on Farm Fires (TACFF), which provides research and recommendations for the design of farm buildings to reduce fire risk. The committee’s recommendations were incorporated into the best-practice document “Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm” published by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). For more information on this publication, or to obtain a copy, please visit the website
  • October, 2011
    Will Teron of Tacoma's Guelph office has been accepted as a Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). CAHP is an organization which represents the interests of professional practitioners in many related fields of heritage conservation. For more information please visit their website: www.caphc.ca.
  • October, 2011
    On October 16th, Tacoma entered 25 runners in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Run to End Poverty program. The results were impressive, as 23 racers completed the 5km run and two finished the half-marathon, many with personal best times and some within the top echelons of their respective categories. More importantly, Tacoma raised over $11,000 for EWB's campaign, which brought the total for the Run to End Poverty program to over $49,000! We couldn't have done it without the support of our family, friends and corporate sponsors. Thank you to everyone who supported us for making this event a huge success!
  • September, 2011
    On Wednesday, September 21 Tacoma Engineers celebrated 25 years in business with staff, clients and colleagues. Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club hosted the 100 person golf tournament and dinner, with the goal of both reminiscing on 25 memorable years, while further growing the many long term relationships that have helped us reach this point. Despite wet weather and some mediocre golf skills the turnout was wonderful and resulted in good laughs and great fellowship. Click here to see some photos of the day.

    Tacoma Engineers wants to take this time to thank all our clients for their support over the past 25 years. The growth of our company, our people and our community is a result of the great people we work with – our colleagues and clients. We appreciate the loyalty, guidance and feedback we’ve received from our clients. We will continue to cherish and build on it, to remain the engineering firm that our clients want to come to – because of the way they are treated, listened to, and looked after. Thank you!
  • August, 2011
    As part of Tacoma’s 25th Anniversary, a group of Tacoma employees will be taking part in the Run to End Poverty program on October 16th, organized by Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Incorporated with the Scotiabank Waterfront 5km race, this run serves as both a catalyst for individual fitness as well as raising funds for EWB, which strives to build awareness and support for initiatives which address the root causes of poverty in rural Africa. For more information on EWB’s work please visit their website: ewb.ca
  • July, 2011
    Kevin Hughes of Tacoma’s Barrie office recently attended & presented at the North American Masonry Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His paper, entitled "Behaviour of Reduced-Scale Reinforced Concrete-Block Shear Walls and Components", was a summarization of research completed during his Masters degree. Click here to see a summary and photos of the event.
  • July, 2011
    On Saturday, July 9th a group of eleven Tacoma employees took part in the 2011 "Warrior Dash" extreme race at Horseshoe Valley Resort. Up hills, over obstacles, through scorching heat and mud pits the whole team persevered and completed the race in only slightly less than record time. Click to see the before and after photos.
  • May, 2011
    To continue to serve our clients in a timely fashion the Guelph office has made two more personnel additions. Former co-op student Eric Olbach joins the technology department after graduating from Conestoga College while Heather Yates comes to the engineering department by way of McMaster University. Welcome to the Tacoma Team!
  • May, 2011
    Habitat for Humanity Wellington County has chosen to recognize both the individual and corporate commitment of Tacoma Engineers to the Habitat mission. The Habitat staff visited our Guelph office to extend their appreciation and presented the company with a plaque to display. Over the last several years various members of the company have taken the opportunity to offer assistance ranging from design and consultation services through on-site construction. We're proud to have the opportunity to serve the Guelph community through the Habitat organization and look forward to a continued partnership!
  • April, 2011
    Tacoma Engineers is happy to welcome a new addition to our engineering team. Tyler Griffith comes to our Guelph office with 3 years of structural engineering experience focusing on residential and wood framing construction. Welcome to the Tacoma Team!
  • March, 2011
    Tacoma Ski Day - Similar to years past, the 2011 Edition of Tacoma Ski Day was a success. The Barrie and Guelph offices took a beautiful March day to get out and enjoy the last vestiges of winter while interacting with co-workers in a more casual setting on the slopes of Mount St. Louis Moonstone. As winter draws to a close, Tacoma is looking forward to a productive spring season!
  • November, 2010
    The staff at Tacoma Engineers Barrie took a little time out to do some bowling and team building. Kempenfelt Bowl was the destination for some exciting 5 pin action as the engineers and technologists squared off in a friendly match. Although no one remembers the final scores both sides are claiming victory. » Click here for some photos of the evening.
  • November, 2010
    Tacoma Engineers is happy to welcome back Aaron Maksym to our Technology department. A former long-serving Tacoma staff member, Aaron brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience with a variety of building projects from his sojourn in British Columbia. Welcome back Aaron.
  • October, 2010
    Lending a Hand - Over the past couple of months, various members of Tacoma Engineers have been active in volunteering their time with Habitat for Humanity Wellington County to help frame a new semi-detached house for deserving families. Read more about it in the Hammer Time newsletter.
  • September, 2010
    Simcoe County Administration Building Construction is underway for this unique steel building which incorporates sustainable building design features including photovoltaic panels and green roofs. » Click to see the progress
  • September, 2010
    Extending Services To meet a growing demand from our national clients, Tacoma Engineers is now licensed to provide engineering services in Saskatchewan & Manitoba. This grows our existing serviceable area which includes Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia.
  • August, 2010
    Powered by the Sun The demand for solar power and other renewable energy resources is constantly growing. In response, we have recently bolstered our structural engineering resources for solar installations on both new and existing buildings, as well ground-mounted applications. At Tacoma Engineers, we are working with owners, contractors, renewable energy firms, and government to ensure the most cost-effective methods of adding renewable energy infrastructure to our built environments.
  • May, 2010
    Tacoma grows again! To further service our growing clientele, several new members have recently joined the Tacoma Team. In Guelph, Tyler Ing and J.D. Hill have joined our Engineering and Technology departments respectively on a full time basis, while Eric Olbach and Tim Schnarr will be here on a co-op term. In Barrie, Alex Zaichenko has joined the team in a Senior Engineering role. Tacoma Engineers would like to welcome the new members to the team!
  • April, 2010
    On Friday, April 23 The Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) held their annual Building Excellence Awards Gala to recognize and celebrate excellence in the building industry. Tacoma Engineers was proud to be a part of the following award winning projects

    • Award of Excellence for Flanagan Foodservice Freezer Addition (Industrial - $2 million to $10 million) by Collaborative Structures Limited

    • Award of Excellence for The Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing (Restoration & Conversion) by Kiwi-Newton Construction Ltd.

    • Award of Merit for the Brossard Building, 54 Metcalfe, Elora ON (Institutional - Less than $750,000) by Grand River Contracting Inc.

    • Award of Merit for Strassburger Windows & Doors (Industrial - $2 million to $10 million) by Gateman-Milloy Inc.

    Tacoma Engineers would like to thank the GVCA for once again recognizing our commitment to excellence.
  • February, 2010
    Tacoma Ski Day was a success! After travelling to Horseshoe Valley Resort, the Tacoma team enjoyed speeding down the slopes with some light snowfall throughout the day. With no broken bones and a warm dinner to cap off the experience, a good time was had by all. » See some pictures from the day.
  • February, 2010
    Construction is underway on the Georgian College Centre for Health & Wellness! Structural steel framing has begun for this 165,000 square foot addition to the Georgian College Campus in Barrie, Ontario. Check back for updates as the building progresses. » View the current development
  • February, 2010
    Tacoma is hitting the slopes! On February 25 the Tacoma team will be taking some time to enjoy the wonderful winter weather and head to Horseshoe Valley resort, near Barrie, Ontario. Check back later to find out how the day went.
  • November 11, 2009
    Congratulations to Bodystream on receiving the Green Project Award at the Barrie Chamber of Commerce Gala event. Tacoma Engineers is proud to be part of the design team. We support the innovative thinking and the approach Bodystream has taken to implement green technologies, construction methods and energy efficiencies. To find out more click here.
  • September 21, 2009
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in attendance today for the Grand Opening ceremonies of the Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing. Tacoma Engineers was recognized as the Prime Consultant for this world class research and development facility. The 90,000 square foot building in Guelph, Ontario contains a machining area for training and demonstration purposes, a testing room, classrooms, training rooms, a 20' high galleria for corporate functions, and a 120 seat theatre. Tacoma worked with CEO Linda Hasenfratz and Kiwi-Newton Construction to develop a building design reflecting the core values and high brand value of Linamar Corporation.

    Special features of the facility include a sleek aircraft-quality metallic façade, a green roof, a Living Wall, a 15' x 60' operable skylight, specialty wall and glazing systems to manage the various acoustic challenges of this multi-purpose facility, and a reflecting pool abutting the galleria used for building cooling.

    Other guests on hand for the opening ceremonies of this leading class Centre included Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Minister of Research and Innovation John Milloy, as well as several other federal and provincial elected officials, and Mayor Karen Farbridge.
  • October, 2008
    Tacoma designs Canada's first Leed-CS certified building for Collaborative Structures Limited of Cambridge, Ontario. (Daily Commercial News, October 23, 2008).
  • October, 2008
    Will Teron, P.Eng. has been accepted as an Expert Member of ISCARSAH (International Scientific Committee for Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage, one of the scientific committees of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Will's work history includes the restoration of Church of Our Lady, in Guelph, Ontario in 2006-2008.
  • August, 2008
    Will Teron, P.Eng., has been selected as chair of the of the Large Farm Buildings Task Force, an industry developed group supporting updates to the National Farm Building Code. (August, 2008.,
  • January, 2008
    Nathan Proper, P.Eng. has been appointed to the CSA subcommittee on air-supported structures. Nathan has extensive experience in the design of fabric structures around the globe. (January, 2008)