Stantec acquires JDA MacKenzie Architects

North American design firm Stantec recently announced that it has acquired Halifax-based JDA MacKenzie Architects.

“With the JDA MacKenzie team joining Stantec, we continue to strengthen our architecture presence in Atlantic Canada,” says Leonard Castro, Stantec’s buildings leader for Canada. “JDA MacKenzie is a great complement to the practice we have built in the region over the last two years.”

Founded in 1982, JDA MacKenzie’s 24 staff provide full architectural services to clients in the health care, public safety, commercial and industrial sectors. The firm has designed a diverse range of projects, including the Sanofi Pasteur Vaccination Challenge Unit – the first of its kind in Canada – in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the new K-12 School for Wagmatcook First Nation, Nova Scotia; the 5,100-square-metre Yarmouth Justice Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; the $18.6-million upper-year student residence at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia; and the 750-seat St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We share the same values and goals as Stantec: a dedication to excellence and strong client relationships,” says JDA MacKenzie senior partner Paul Frank. “Stantec’s architectural presence in Nova Scotia signals a strong vision for architecture in Atlantic Canada and we are excited to contribute to that vision.”

Stantec employs almost 1,000 staff across 14 offices in Atlantic Canada, including more than 350 staff in three offices in Nova Scotia. Since 2011, Stantec acquired PHB Architects and QuadraTec Engineers in Newfoundland Labrador, and Architecture 2000 in New Brunswick, signalling a strong commitment to building an integrated architecture and engineering practice in the region.