HDR Canada Creates New Business Unit: Building Engineering Services

HDR Canada has expanded its service delivery within mechanical, electrical structural and civil engineering to form a dedicated Building Engineering Services business group, providing solutions for the built environment. The new practice is part of a growth strategy to target new market sectors, while continuing to support our important current clientele.

This move follows the acquisition of Hurley Palmer Flatt Group, the United Kingdom’s leading independent engineering consultancy in July 2019, a critical step in expanding multidisciplinary building engineering services globally.

The new Building Engineering Services group in Canada brings together experts with diverse and broad experience in major projects, from transit facilities and industrial installations to commercial and institutional buildings. The services being offered moving forward include mechanical, plumbing electrical, structural and civil engineering.

One important area for growth is in mission critical facilities such as complex data centres, with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable, green building design.

Key team leaders within the group are:

Neil MacDonald – Business Group Manager

Neil has worked both as an engineering consultant and as section manager for large metropolitan municipalities. Neil is a Professional Engineer licensed in Ontario, with a track record of success delivering a wide range of design and construction projects. Neil’s areas of expertise include: multi-disciplinary design and construction of many different types of facilities, project management, contract management, solid waste management, renewable energy, and contaminated site remediation.


Kevin Henry – Senior Mechanical Engineer

Kevin is the mechanical engineering team lead in the Toronto office, where he directs, mentors, develops and supports the Toronto Architectural Engineering team. His experience includes the complete design of mechanical systems and project management for a wide range of projects, including for the data, educational, healthcare, civic, and energy sectors. Kevin’s expertise extends as well to contract documents, construction contract administration and commissioning for a variety of applications.

Najib Maliyar  Senior Mechanical Engineer

Najib is a lead mechanical engineer with over 33 years of experience in design and project management of building mechanical services projects for water/wastewater treatment and municipal water pollution control plants. He has also worked on healthcare and recreational facilities, office, educational, transportation, commercial, residential and heritage buildings. Najib has extensive knowledge of TTC Design Manual, Master Specifications, Directive Drawings and TTC CAD standards.


Alireza Deghani  Senior Structural Engineer

Alireza has over 23 years of dedicated experience in large scale engineering projects such as transit projects, industrial structures, high-rise steel and concrete buildings and underground structures, as well as the oil & gas and mining industry.

Tina (Hua) Tian – Senior Electrical Engineer

Tina has 30 years of experience in power distribution systems and communication systems for transit, oil & gas, power, wastewater as well as residential and commercial buildings. During her extensive career, Tina led and provided technical expertise in various projects through engineering design and calculations, technical advisory, bid document evaluation, vendor document/drawings review and overall project management.


HDR Canada is able to provide a full complement of skills for its clients, offering support in every aspect of a project for a seamless service.