After completing graduate school at the University of Waterloo, I worked for a structural engineering firm where I had a several opportunities to work on building enclosure-related projects in addition to our typical structural design work. Based on this work experience and my previous co-op placements working for a building science consulting firm, I felt that furthering my career in building science would be more diverse, interesting, and challenging than continuing with structural engineering. I had been in touch with RDH during my time at the University of Waterloo, and based on the great things I had heard about the firm from friends and in the industry, I was interested in joining the team and moving to Vancouver.
I started at RDH in 2010 as Engineer, working primarily in our Existing Buildings Group. Despite some previous experience in building science, I had many great experiences learning about the technical and business aspects of building enclosure consulting from the Project Managers and Principals. Although my focus had shifted to building science, my previous structural engineering experience was a huge asset, particularly when rehabilitating existing buildings. Within a year, I started managing some of my own small projects and shortly after, I started managing larger projects with staff reporting to me. Early in 2014, I was given the opportunity to move to California, to assist with launching the new office in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, growing the new office and establishing new clients has been both fun and exciting.
What I like best about RDH is the diversity of work, from consulting with architects and builders on large new construction projects, to working with existing building owners to design and implement repairs that meet their needs. Additionally, the environment at RDH is relaxed—it’s not a stuffy firm filled with thousands of employees sitting in cubicles, punching the clock; my co-workers are constantly challenging me to keep learning and are making me a better engineer in the process. There’s a very good balance between working hard and doing what it takes to get the job done and having the flexibility to manage your life.