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Commercial | EXP
Engineering and design
firm exp has more than 110
locations in North America.
EXP PROVIDES ENGINEERING, PLANNING AND DESIGN SERVICES FOR COMPLEX PROJECTS. BY RUSS GAGER
mployee-owned and with more than 110 locations primarily in
North America, exp consults on, engineers and designs projects
that feature a high degree of technical complexity. These include
commercial, institutional and governmental projects from
theme park rides to massive civil infrastructure projects and government facilities.
“We offer specialized, very high-end services in specific areas that we
focus on like healthcare, science, technology, hospital, gaming, telecommunications – those areas where the structure itself is not as important
as the process that it is housing,” President Jeff Kishel explains. “It’s those
more complex project types where we bring specialized services that go
beyond simply designing the structure.”
Theme park attractions are an example of the complicated projects on
which exp works. “Those are relatively complex projects that involve
moving large numbers of people around the attraction and rides, and the
systems are quite complex,” Kishel points out. “Bringing that all together
in an efficient way is a challenge, more so than a big empty box.”
Telecommunications structures increasingly are being designed
around what is inside the structure, Kishel reports. “Today’s data centers
have to deal with enormous amounts of heat compared to just a few years
ago,” he says. “The cooling is a big issue. The power and how the systems
are configured has a lot to do with the value and benefit of the facility.”
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Kishel lists exp’s local presence as a competitive advantage. “We’re present in over 100 locations across North America,” he points out. “That is
combined with the ability to use worldclass expertise wherever in the
organization it is needed. So we are able to move specific expertise from
location to location as projects require it.”
Approximately 60 percent of EXP’s office locations and employees are
in Canada, 30 percent in the United States and the rest is international,
Kishel estimates. “Some locations offer multiple services, and others are
really project offices,” Kishel explains. “They’re there for the duration of a
project, and then when that project is done – if there’s not another one –
that office will be closed, and we’ll open another one somewhere else
where another project is starting up. They all vary in terms of size and
service, but the objective is to grow as many as possible to the point
where they offer all the services the company can provide.”
On many of its design projects, exp uses 3- and 4-D modeling. These
models are accessed onsite through tablet computers and other types of
“That contains all the information that you need to build and operate
the project going forward,” Kishel declares. “The best way I can describe
it is you have a living model, an exact representation of the facility or the
project that you’re building that exists in real time. You can access any
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Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
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Wood's CRW Corp.
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