Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thornton Tomasetti Acquires Green Consulting Firm Fore Solutions; International Engineering Leader Launches New Building Sustainability Practice

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has announced the acquisition of Fore Solutions, a green building consulting firm that will allow Thornton Tomasetti to significantly expand its sustainability consulting services and integrate green objectives across all its practices.

The new Building Sustainability practice will be headed by Gunnar Hubbard, Fore Solution's principal and founder, who becomes a principal at Thornton Tomasetti. Wolfgang Werner, formerly director of sustainability, becomes a vice president and head of the practice's East U.S. region.

The phenomenal growth of the green building movement in recent years means that sustainability is here to stay. By 2015, approximately half of new construction in the United States is estimated to incorporate some measure of sustainability.

The addition of Fore Solutions gives Thornton Tomasetti expanded experience and an established brand in the green building world.

With the creation of its Green Building Strategy Team in 2007 and a sustainability department in 2010, Thornton Tomasetti started offering sustainability services and performing sustainability project work. The addition of Fore Solutions will greatly advance Thornton Tomasetti's sustainability services effort to address clients' needs for high-performance, energy-efficient buildings.

The Fore Solutions team will remain based in Portland, Maine, which is now a Thornton Tomasetti office within the East U.S. region.

Joseph Burns, managing principal, Thornton Tomasetti, said, "This is a dramatic expansion of our commitment to sustainability at Thornton Tomasetti, especially our ability to support a new Building Sustainability practice. I look forward to working with our Fore Solutions team in expanding our newest practice, as well as integrating sustainable services in our existing practice areas."

About Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. With practices in building structure, building skin, building performance, construction support services, property loss consulting and building sustainability, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 40 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is a 550-person organization of engineers and architects collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

About Fore Solutions

Established in 2003 by Gunnar Hubbard, Fore Solutions is a leading high-performance green building firm recognized for its expertise in assisting design teams, contractors and building owners to create or improve the environmental performance of their buildings and communities. Fore Solution's passion and experience enable it to serve as LEED consultants, facilitators, sustainability consultants, and energy modelers and daylight analysts.

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