The infrastructure that holds our cities together was built over generations.
With age, increasing urbanization, and new environmental realities, these systems need to be upgraded and expanded in bold, innovative ways.
We’ve forgotten what it took to construct these systems that supported the rise of cities in the first place. Today, individual buildings get more attention than the hidden infrastructure that connects them.
Until something goes wrong. Often terribly wrong.
Events like Hurricane Sandy, the ice storm in Eastern Ontario, and Red River flooding in Manitoba expose the vulnerabilities in our cities.
Better to find opportunities to strengthen our systems now, before disasters come to test them.
We study a project from many angles using our multi-disciplinary experience. We often act as translators between different disciplines and stakeholders: lawyers, engineers, planners, municipal politicians, utilities, regulators, and ordinary citizens. We make sure that everyone understands all the options so they can make the best decisions.
Ideas can’t create change until they’re put into practice. That’s why we are adamant about finding workable solutions that get implemented and achieve results. We continue our work with clients on the design, vendor and partner selection, legal negotiations, regulatory approvals, and consultations needed to get a project done.
We are active in the broader community as experts and educators for smart infrastructure renewal. We travel the world learning and speaking about exciting projects that actually work. We want everyone to catch our passion for building resilient neighbourhoods and cities.
- Metro Vancouver, BC
- City of Vancouver, BC
- City of Seattle, WA
- City of Portland, OR
- City of Surrey, BC
- City of Richmond, BC
- District of North Vancouver, BC
- District of Squamish, BC
- Capital Regional District
(Greater Victoria, BC)
- City of Coquitlam, BC
- City of Kelowna, BC
- City of Revelstoke, BC
- City of Saint John, NB
- City of Yellowknife, NWT
- Port Metro Vancouver
- Portland State University
- Simon Fraser University and
Simon Fraser Properties Trust
- University of British Columbia
- Fraser Health Authority
(Royal Columbia Hospital)
- Provincial Health Services Authority
(BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital)
- Vancouver Coastal Health
(Vancouver General Hospital)
Utilities & Developers
- Shape Properties
- Wesgroup (Parklane Homes)
- Creative Energy
- BC Hydro
- BC Utilities Commission
- Ontario Power Authority
With a solid grounding in technology, engineering, economics, and city planning, our team sees the whole picture. Large generalist consulting companies often don’t have the breadth and depth of expertise required to get the kinds of results we’ve achieved.
We are driven to help our clients do more with less. Our efforts are more efficient because we take a conservative approach and watch projects get better, not worse, as they mature. Our solutions are more robust because we know what it takes to get them implemented and how they actually work in the field. We keep our eye on the outcomes our clients seek, and we adapt as required to ensure their success.
We aren’t invested in a particular technology, approach, or business model, so we’re free to find the solutions that best match a project’s needs, client preferences, and local context. If a study isn’t worth doing, we’ll say so. We have no incentive to give you answers that generate design work or support specific technologies.
"The NSWWTP effluent heat recovery project is a first for Metro Vancouver and Reshape played a big part in making it happen. Thanks to Reshape’s insight, savvy guidance, persistence, and sharp negotiating skills, we were able to achieve a successful result. During lengthy negotiations, Reshape kept suggesting new, creative solutions to help navigate to a fair and balanced agreement. "Lillian Zaremba, Senior Project Engineer, Utility Research and Innovation, Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver
"Reshape was instrumental in helping us obtain the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for River District Energy. At the time RDE was the first developer-owned district energy utility in BC to apply for a CPCN. Their skills and experience were invaluable in helping us prepare the application and respond to BC Utilities Commission staff and intervener requests."Ross Hanson, Senior Vice President, Wesgroup
"Reshape's balanced approach, deep knowledge of energy economics and regulation, and comprehensive industry experience has been key to testing viability, developing appropriate risk mitigation strategies, and finding a private sector partner to deliver a cost effective, low carbon district energy system for UBC's residential community."Orion Henderson, Director, Energy Planning and Innovation, UBC Energy and Water Services
"Reshape has a unique understanding of utility finance and regulatory issues, which has been instrumental to the successful development of the City-owned district energy utility, Surrey City Energy."Jason Owen, District Energy Manager, City of Surrey
"The technical expertise, professionalism, experience, and facilitation role that Reshape brings to the project is outstanding and has made a real difference in the outcome. We certainly look forward to Reshape continuing as our advisor as the project advances."Mauricio Acosta, Director, Energy & Environmental Sustainability, Fraser Health Authority