Built Environment

The Built Environment

The Built Environment is a broad umbrella term that encompasses a diverse set of building structures. As opposed to the natural environment, the Built Environment provides the setting for human activity and community, ranging in scale from homes and buildings, to full neighborhoods and cities. From condos and townhouses, to offices complexes and retail plazas; From civic, academic and healthcare institutions to sports arenas, performance halls, libraries and churches, the Built Environment represents the majority of man-made places where we live, work and play.


HGC Engineering actively supports leading developers, land-use planners, architects and engineers in addressing all issues pertaining to noise, vibration and acoustics in and around the structures of the Built Environment and in their relationship to nearby environmental zones of influence like industrial areas and transportation networks.

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HGC has contributed knowledge, skills and experience to the education of young architects at Waterloo for two decades and made repeated contributions of technical expertise to institutions in the local area. Both the generosity and ability as teachers are extraordinary.”

Rick Haldenby, O'Donovan Director

University of Waterloo, School of Architecture

Over the years we have worked HGC on numerous projects ranging from 1300 seat performance auditoriums to 300 seat churches and in all cases we have been impressed with the high level of service and the excellent results. Our clients have all been very complimentary on the excellent acoustic results in their buildings.”

David Parker, President

Parker Architects

I first used HGC expertise some 17 years ago to solve a very tricky problem with commercial exhaust fan noise on a hotel project. HGC’s solution was so effective in reducing the fan noise level that it quelled all complaints from neighbors. Since that time I have used HGC expertise on a variety of Independent School projects with the primary emphasis on sound attenuation within the buildings and help with theatre acoustics. They are consummate professionals.”

Les Andrew, Principal

Andrew Incorporated Architect

We have worked with HGC Engineering on multiple projects in which the acoustics of a space has been critical.  This includes two performance theatres, university teaching environments, and multiple churches.  In all instances, we have been very pleased with the results.”

Lawrie Carter, Principal

Architecture Incorporated

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