By Phil Roberts…
Building strong relationships with the architects that they work with is vital for Entuitive, the young Calgary and Toronto-based consulting engineering practice who provide innovative ideas for clients throughout North America and internationally. Their vision is to bring engineering and intuition together in order to enhance building performance. The firm has quickly built a reputation for being able to simplify complex ideas and deliver results which bring value to their clients.
Entuitive’s principals, Sean Smith and Brock Schroeder, believe that the firm’s great strength is its ability to collaborate with the client, design team, construction manager and other stakeholders early on in a project, thereby identifying risks and deliver innovative solutions to unique challenges. “Driven by our values – collaborative, creative and advanced – we thrive on working with the design team and client within an integrated framework.”
Realizing innovative performance solutions is Entuitive’s main goal for each project, whether it be commercial, institutional, residential or any other type. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery play huge roles in helping Entuitive’s design teams understand projects with ever increasing complexity. The firm leads in the use of specialized design software such as Rhino and in-model shop drawing reviews instead of traditional hard-copy methods. They’re constantly refining in-house software that helps their platforms communicate with each other in an effort to quickly optimize design solutions.
At the University of Toronto, Entuitive is providing structural consulting for the transformation of Knox College into the new home of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. The renovation and addition will respect the history of Knox College, a Neo-Gothic building built in 1875, while creating spaces for collaborative studio work, lectures, an advanced fabrication lab, a main hall for public events, a public gallery and a library. When completed it will be the largest architecture school expansion ever undertaken in Canada.
The challenge for Entuitive was to design structural work that respected the interior and exterior style of the building, while increasing the amount of natural light for the third floor studio space. Their collaboration with three architecture firms, NADAAA Inc., Adamson and Associates and E.R.A. Architects Inc., will feature a jagged roof profile to allow for skylights above the studio space.
Despite only three years in operation, Entuitive’s 90-person staff and growing have decades of experience, and their creative approach to engineering solutions distinguish them from other consultants. The firm’s imagination is showing that engineering can coalesce with architecture and not compete against it.
Though no architects work at Entuitive, the practice’s approach to design makes them ideal consultants. Entuitive understands the design intent and vision of the architects they work with, and this comprehension allows them to define structural concepts for a building early in the process. These are engineers who work well with architects in a truly collaborative effort to arrive at an optimal solution for the design intent.