PBK Architects, GENIVAR's business partner in architecture, acquires ANO
Architects

MONTREAL, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - PBK Architects Inc. ("PBK Architects"), GENIVAR's business partner in architectural services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ANO Architects Inc. ("ANO Architects"), an architectural consulting firm with 25 employees based in Timmins and Sudbury in Ontario.

"PBK Architects is very pleased to welcome ANO Architects," said Elisa Brandts, President and Managing Principal of PBK Architects. "Thanks to this acquisition, our global solutions in architecture are expanding. Our clients will reap the benefits of a full range of services provided by highly skilled professionals in architecture, building science, sustainable developement, as well as project management," mentioned Ms.Brandts. "Our architectural practice has grown over the years in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago and now has over 100 employees including approximately 20 architects and over a dozen LEED accredited professionals. Together with GENIVAR, we have carried out many integrated projects for institutionnal and private clients, including sports and recreational complexes, arenas, as well as transit and advanced technology facilities. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with our colleagues from GENIVAR across Canada and in the Caribbean, as we develop new business opportunities," concluded Ms. Brandts.

"The GENIVAR team is very pleased to welcome ANO Architects in the PBK Group. This acquisition will expand our Ontario Northern base of operations and suppport our ongoing commitment to the region," said Marz Kord, Senior Vice-President, Northern and Western Ontario, GENIVAR. "Our growing clientele in buildings will benefit from our one-stop approach to engineering combined with architecture services provided by PBK Architects, ensuring more effective project integration," he added. "ANO Architects is active in the commercial, educational, industrial and institutional sectors. The firm will also enlarge our private and public client base," he concluded.

"We are very proud to be joining PBK Architects, and this merger gives us an opportunity to grow. Having been involved in many projects in Northern Ontario, we will be in a better position to develop our potential and to work on larger and more complex projects, given both PBK Architects and GENIVAR's scale of operations and capabilities and its range of locally available multidisciplinary expertise," said architect Andy Cotnam, President and General Manager of ANO Architects. "We will ensure our firm's ongoing continuity as we further develop our team and clientele. We will have access locally to all the technical services and support needed to offer our clients a complete range of services. PBK Architects and ANO Architects also share the same core values, including a strong entrepreneurial culture focused on regional development," he added.

About ANO Architects/Architectes Inc.

ANO Architects/Architectes Inc. is a full-service architectural firm with 25 employees working in offices in Timmins and Sudbury, Ontario. The ANO organization began in 1978 when architect, and now president of ANO, Andy Cotnam partnered with architect John Osburn to form Osburn Cotnam Associates in Timmins. ANO Architects has designed projects for private and public-sector clients for commercial, recreational, hospitality, educational, healthcare and industrial projects.

About PBK Architects Inc.

PBK Architects Inc., GENIVAR's business partner in architecture, is a Canadian firm of architects based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Cornwall, Timmins, Thunder Bay and Sudbury, Ontario. It was originally founded in the mid-1960's as an affiliate of Phillips Barratt Engineers, and continues to practice today as an integrated architectural and engineering company. As one of the largest architectural firms in Vancouver, PBK has designed projects across the country from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, as well as in United States. PBK's projects include a diverse range of sectors from recreation, transit and transportation, advanced technology and laboratory buildings to municipal facilities.

About GENIVAR

GENIVAR is a leading Canadian engineering services firm providing private and public-sector clients with a full range of professional consulting services through all project phases, including planning, design, construction and maintenance. Ranging in size, its clients operate in various market segments, including the buildings, industrial, power, municipal infrastructure, transportation and environmental sectors. GENIVAR is one of the largest engineering services firms in Canada in terms of number of employees, with more than 4,400 managers, professionals, technicians and technologists and support staff in over 85 locations across the country and abroad. www.genivar.com

SOURCE GENIVAR Inc.

For further information: For further information: Elisa Brandts, Arch., President and Managing Principal, PBK Architects Inc., Tel.: 604-736-5329; Marz Kord, P.Eng., M.Sc., MBA, Senior Vice-President, Northern and Western Ontario, GENIVAR Income Fund, Phone: (705) 264-9413; Andy Cotnam, B. Arch, O.A.A., M.R.A.I.C., President and General Manager, ANO Architects/Architecture Inc., Phone : (705) 267-6438; Marlene Casciaro, Director of Communications, GENIVAR Income Fund, Phone: (514) 340-0046, ext. 5184

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