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WSP Acquires Leach Wallace in the US, Creating Largest North American Provider of Engineering Design Services to Healthcare Clients

May 1, 2019

NEW YORK, May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSP (WSP: TSX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of US-based Leach Wallace Associates, Inc. (“Leach Wallace”), an approximately 125-person provider of mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design services and related services to clients in the healthcare sector.

This acquisition, which is in alignment with WSP’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, creates the largest pure-play healthcare engineering practice in North America, and expands its geographical presence in the United States. Leach Wallace has locations in Elkridge, MD; York, PA; and Charlotte, NC. The firms, which have a record of pursuing and winning work together, offer complementary expertise which will cement WSP’s offering in the healthcare market.

“The addition of Leach Wallace to the WSP team strengthens our market share in the building sectors, most particularly in healthcare, while expanding our engineering and consulting services across the country”, noted Greg Kelly, President and CEO of WSP in the United States. “We look forward to welcoming all our new colleagues to WSP.”

Robert A. Banas, Leach Wallace’s President, commented, “Becoming part of WSP is great news for Leach Wallace as it will be the ideal partner for us during the next stage of our growth. In our view, the company’s professional expertise and vast network are key assets that will enable us to develop nation-wide and we look forward to strengthening our service offerings across multiple sectors, while continuing to provide the highest levels of service to our clients.”

Leach Wallace has participated in projects such as:

-- the Christiana Care Health Services’ new 350,000 square foot addition to its existing Women’s Building in Newark, DE; -- the Inova Schar Cancer Institute’s new Center for Personalized Health Campus at the previous Exxon Mobil Headquarters in Falls Church, VA; -- the Carolinas Medical Center Patient Tower Expansion and Renovation in Charlotte, NC; and -- the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Prince George’s County, MD.

WSP was ranked the #2 healthcare engineering firm in North America last year by Building Design + Construction (top pure-play engineering firm to make the list) and #3 globally by ENR. The firm’s extensive healthcare portfolio includes projects throughout the U.S. and across the globe and features industry-leading expertise from sustainability to smart building technology. Current WSP projects for healthcare clients include:

-- an $85M indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (“NAVFAC”) with several projects located across the U.S.; -- Children’s of Atlanta Hospital, a new 55-acre, 1.8M sq ft children’s hospital campus in Atlanta, GA; -- Banner University Medical Center, a new 12-story tower that was delivered with collocation of the design team in Phoenix, AZ; -- Kuwait Children’s Hospital, at 3.3M sq ft, the largest facility of its kind in the world; and -- BOE Hefei Medical Center, a 2M sq ft SMART hospital in China.

ABOUT WSPAs one of the world’s leading professional services firms, WSP provides engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power & Energy, Resources and Industry sectors, as well as offering strategic advisory services. Our experts include engineers, advisors, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. With approximately 48,000 talented people globally and 9,500 in the United States, we are uniquely positioned to deliver successful and sustainable projects, wherever our clients need us. wsp.com

ABOUT LEACH WALLACE Founded in 1990, Leach Wallace has built a network of key healthcare clients by providing personalized solutions on each engagement and has built an unparalleled understanding of the unique aspects of engineering design services specific to the healthcare industry. The Firm utilizes its expertise, and breadth of service capabilities to deliver comprehensive engineering design solutions to its clients. This reliable, tested engineering design process, coupled with Leach Wallace’s responsiveness to client needs has earned Leach Wallace a reputation as the leading healthcare engineering firm in the Mid-Atlantic region.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Denise RothChief Development Officer, U.S.Interim Communications Director WSP in the United StatesTel: (202) 370-2943denise.roth@wsp.com

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