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WSP Appoints Steve Burrows As USA Director of Buildings

Steve Burrows, who has held senior leadership positions at Arup and AECOM, has joined WSP, the global engineering, design and environmental consultancy, as Executive Vice President and the USA Director of Buildings, announces David Cooper, PE, LEED AP BD&C, President and CEO of WSP USA


Mr. Burrows, 55, who served as the Americas leader of AECOM’s Building Engineering Practice, led the firm’s Commercial Market Sector in the Americas across all business lines, and was a co-chairman of AECOM’s Global Technical Innovation Board.

Before joining AECOM, Mr. Burrows worked at Arup for more than 29 years, the majority of which was in the U.K. as a leader of Arup’s Manchester office.  The last five years of his tenure at Arup were spent in the USA, where he led the firm’s San Francisco Buildings practice, its overall North American Commercial Buildings practice and served on Arup’s board for North America.

“The role of the Director of Buildings for WSP USA is especially pivotal, given our full integration of building structures (formerly WSP Cantor Seinuk) and building systems (formerly WSP Flack + Kurtz) into a synergistic buildings practice, and our conviction that the best way to deliver best value for our clients, and help design the best buildings, is as a fully integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy,” says Mr. Cooper.  “We put a great deal of time and effort into this search, and we know we have found the right leader in Steve.  Given his passions, experience, and values, we are confident that under his leadership we will not only grow our national and global capabilities to deliver fully integrated building engineering services, but we will do so while staying true to our core values -- putting clients first, demanding technical excellence, and successfully delivering pragmatic innovation.”

Mr. Burrows, who will be based in WSP’s San Francisco office, has led the engineering of many significant projects, including Apple’s planned headquarters in Cupertino, California; the Beijing Olympic Stadium (the Birdsnest); Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business; and the Manchester Stadium in the U.K., built for the Commonwealth Games.  He brings a depth of global experience encompassing museums, mixed-use and commercial buildings, retail and entertainment developments, hotels, airports and light industrial parks. 

Mr. Burrows is a structural engineer, having received his BSc. in civil engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic.  He is a chartered engineer in the U.K., a professional engineer in California, and a LEED accredited professional.  In addition, he is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Among the honors he has received are the Brunel Medal in 2004 and the distinguished Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. He also presents engineering shows on TV on Science and National Geographic channels to promote engineering across the globe.