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Dave Thompson, BEng '94

Leaving his fingerprints across Hamilton’s hospitals

There have been some big projects in Dave Thompson’s engineering life, but the redevelopment of Juravinski Hospital stands out as a professional highlight.

Nearly a decade from proposal to completion, the $180 million project redesigned health care on the site of Hamilton’s former Henderson Hospital – coincidentally, the hospital where he was born.

Thompson’s connection to Hamilton runs deep, and since earning his degree in civil engineering in 1994, he has played a role in many of this city’s largest healthcare projects.

He is now a partner with the architectural and engineering firm WalterFedy, and general manager of the firm’s Hamilton office.

The well-established Kitchener-based firm opened its Hamilton office in 2015.

“I was chosen to lead the office in August 2016 and became the firm’s first full-time Hamilton person,” he says. “We now have 28 staff, working on projects for McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton Port Authority, Brock University, Mohawk College and the City of Hamilton, to name a few.”

Thompson entered the world of consulting engineering after completing a college program in architectural technology. Several years later, his enthusiasm for building engineering led him to McMaster as a mature student.

After earning his engineering degree, Thompson returned to Group Eight Engineering, ultimately working his way to a partnership in the firm.

The eventual sale of the company to a much larger firm brought new opportunities, says Thompson.

“I was able to work with engineers and designers on healthcare projects across North America, which gave me the chance to learn and grow as an engineer,” he says. “It also reinforced the importance of my project management skills and client relationships.”

He adds that he loves the process of consulting engineering – from problem-solving with clients, to preparing proposals and launching projects.

“And I enjoy seeing what I have been lucky enough to accomplish when I walk into a facility that I helped to design.”

 

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