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Peter Flack – Flack + Kurtz Inc.

Engineering Specialty:
Green Building Design

Biography:
Peter Flack is a professional engineer and co-founder of Flack + Kurtz Inc. He graduated from New York University in 1951 with a B.S.M.E. in mechanical engineering (2) and was instrumental in creating the green movement seen today in modern engineering.  He, together with Norman Kurtz, established Flack + Kurtz Inc. in 1969.  Some of Flack’s most notable past works throughout the period include the Audubon House, NRDC headquarters, the World Financial Center, the American Business Center in Berlin, and Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (2). Peter Flack retired from Flack + Kurtz in 1996 prior to its acquisition by the WSP Group (1). He continues to be both active and influential in the realm of architectural engineering today and has served as a juror for the Society for Design Administration’s Canstruction New York Competition as recently as 2006 (3).

Selected Projects:

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

References:
(1) New York Times Article
(2) Audubon House: Building the Environmentally Responsible, Energy-Efficient Office (Wiley Series in Sustainable Design), pg. xxv
(3) Society for Design Administration Past Jurors

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Written by Jordan Miller

February 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Engineers

WSP

Main Office
ONE PENN PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR, 250 W 34TH STREET
NY 10119
NEW YORK
UNITED STATES
TEL: +1 (212) 465-5000

Additional Offices:
19 Offices in Texas (Including Austin), 2 in Washington, 16 in California, 5 in Florida, and 45 more offices around the US (82 in total) and 420 offices across 37 countries

Number of Employees: Over 49,000 

Engineering Specialties:
Design
Engineering and Construction Consulting
Environmental Consulting
Professional Services
Town Planning
https://www.wsp.com/en-GL/services

History:
Flack + Kurtz was acquired by WSP, a Canadian company founded in 1959 with British and American roots. It is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. It was established by Chris Cole and three other partners trading as the Williams Sale Partnership. They didn’t pick up until 2014 when they purchased Parsons Brinckerhoff and ever since then had begun acquiring major firms all over the world. Their most recent addition was in 2020 when they acquired Golder, a geotechnical consulting based in Canada.

Selected Projects:

 

One World Trade Center
Skypark
The Quayside
Mount Pavilia
Xiqu Centre
K11 Atelier, King’s Road,

Written by Jordan Miller

January 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Engineers