PBK Architects, a firm with locations in Timmins,
Sudbury and Thunder Bay, has merged with five other companies into
The new, national firm amalgamates PBK, Arcop
(Montreal and Toronto), AE Consultants (Newfoundland and Labrador), North46 (Prince
Edward Island), Smith Carter (Winnipeg and Ottawa), and WHW Architects
“We’re excited to bring greater depth and
breadth to our regional and national clients as we help them create inspiring
spaces that elevate the health, social vitality and sustainability of their
communities,” Sudbury partner Roch Belair said in a news release.
“Recognizing that market conditions are
right for us to mobilize together for future opportunities and position
ourselves in a nationally competitive marketplace, we’ve organized our national
sectors in the six key areas for which our collective firms have become known.”
Those sectors include sports and entertainment,
health care, science and technology, hospitality, security and defence, and transportation.
According to the release, Architecture 49
places priority on community impact projects that have been the foundation of
the regional legacy firms. An example of this is PBK’s architectural leadership
in education, community and First Nations, and industrial projects in Northern
and Eastern Ontario; sports, entertainment and transportation in the greater
Toronto area; and the retail and commercial sector in Ottawa.