International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti has expanded its presence in Brazil and Latin America through a strategic alliance with São Paulo-based firm BRZ-Experts. Since setting up shop in 2012, Thornton Tomasetti’s Brazil office has been manned by Director of Engineering Euclydes Trovato with assistance from Consultant Rafael Gomes de Oliveira and support from across the firm. The two have now transitioned to BRZ’s São Paulo office where Euclydes will continue to represent Thornton Tomasetti as director of engineering.
• BRZ-Experts has 24 professionals, including several industry veterans with more than 30 years of experience. The firm has been providing services to the Brazilian and international insurance industries for more than 25 years. It offers services in forensics, risk management, technical analyses, cause and origin studies and repair cost estimations for damaged structures.
• Thornton Tomasetti has collaborated with BRZ on insurance investigation projects in the past and will continue to pursue this as well as new design and various other types of work.
• Through this alliance, BRZ will benefit by gaining Thornton Tomasetti’s broad expertise in structural design and property loss consulting, which will improve the firm’s ability to attend to a broader set of claims. Thornton Tomasetti will gain a more solid footing in Brazil and Latin America by collaborating with a local firm.
• The two firms are currently collaborating on a new 45,000-square-meter Albert Einstein Hospital Medical Research and Learning Center in São Paulo. Thornton Tomasetti will provide structural and façade engineering and sustainability design from its Boston, Chicago, London, Miami and Portland offices for the project designed by Safdie Architects and Perkins+Will.
Joseph Burns, S.E., P.E., F.ASCE, FAIA, LEED AP, Thornton Tomasetti managing principal who oversees the firm’s Brazil region
“Through this alliance, BRZ-Experts gains a connection to a larger critical mass of engineers, increasing their capabilities, and we benefit from a closer working relationship with an established local firm. While other international consulting firms are pulling out of Brazil because of the economic and political climate, we are committed to staying. Our alliance with BRZ will help both firms weather the current downturn while positioning us for future growth.”
Newton Maier Borelli, CEO and technical director, BRZ-Experts
“With our alliance, the globalized reinsurance market can now count on us when appointing engineering experts for complex claims. Our collaboration will also create new opportunities in
insurance and design markets in Brazil and in other Latin American countries.”
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. Through its 10 complementary practices, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 50 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Thornton Tomasetti comprises more than 1,200 engineering, architecture, sustainability practitioners and support professionals who collaborate from offices across North America and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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