Building Systems Expert to Build Integrated Sustainability Strategy Team
San Francisco – Multi-disciplinary engineering firm Buro Happold announced that Steven Williamson, a specialist in advanced building systems and sustainability consulting, will lead the firm’s growing San Francisco office. Williamson, a partner, was previously based in Buro Happold’s founding office in Bath, England.
“To say we are excited to have Steve in San Francisco is an understatement,” said David Herd, Buro Happold’s managing director for North America. “With the drive to enhance value and performance through greater integration, smart solutions, more than ever, require the ability to see the big picture. Steve brings this kind of thinking to his new role here; he’s a natural fit with the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Since joining Buro Happold in 2003, Williamson, a mechanical and electrical engineer, has earned recognition for his work on prominent developments across Europe and the Middle East, including the Torre Iberdrola in Bilbao and the Exeter Forum in Cornwall. His diverse team comprising product designers, urban planners, and social scientists—in addition to MEP, structural and facade engineers—also have developed long-term sustainability strategies for clients such as global retailer Marks & Spencer and the 2012 Olympics.
“Whether we’re looking at the performance of a mixed-use tower or an entire company, connecting the economic, social and environmental implications of design helps our clients bring sustainability into the core of their business strategy.” said Williamson. “For me, the opportunity to further this thinking in a place so well known for collaboration and innovation was irresistible.”
About Buro Happold
Established in 1976, Buro Happold is a global engineering design practice with an international network of 29 offices, including offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Recent and current projects led by the San Francisco office, which grew more than 30 percent in 2013, include the Transbay Transit Center with Pelli Clarke Pelli; the UC Santa Barbara Institute for Institute for Energy Efficiency with Kieran Timberlake; Fuseproject’s new headquarters with Grey Studio; and Azure at Mission Bay, a mixed-use residential development by HKS.