Canadian Manufacturing

Engineering firm RWDI investing $41.1M to expand Guelph, Ont. facility

The company, which has worked on some of the world's tallest skyscrapers, is adding to its research centre outside Toronto, creating 125 jobs

September 15, 2017  by Canadian Staff

GUELPH, Ont.—Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. is embarking on a major expansion at its headquarters and research centre in Guelph, Ont.

The company, which provides specialty environmental and climate engineering services for major construction projects worldwide, plans to spend $41.14 million to build a series of advanced testing facilities used to model and prototype construction projects.

RWDI said the expansion requires investments in new technology and equipment, including the construction of three wind tunnels and open channel water flume technologies. The company is well-known globally for its engineering services and has worked on seven of the world’s 10 tallest skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and One World Trade Center in New York City.

The engineering firm anticipates creating 125 new positions at its 130,000 sq. ft. Guelph site as a result of the expansion.


Along with the company’s investment, the Ontario government has committed $1.73 million to the project through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, while the federal government has awarded the company $4.5 million through FedDev Ontario.

“Our roots have been in Ontario for more than 40 years, so we are thrilled about our expansion in Guelph,” Michael Soligo, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “This partnership with the province allows us to invest in state-of-the-art technologies—which will help us boost our competitiveness, offer even greater innovative solutions for our valued customers around the world and push the boundaries of what is possible.”

RWDI expects to complete the work by 2021.