SMEC's new Wollongong base a statement for region
They’re the engineering firm behind some of the region’s biggest jobs in recent years, and they’re expanding into a new office in Wollongong.
Engineering firm SMEC has christened a new Regent St office in a move the company describes as a statement of commitment to the region.
SMEC, which started as the local and hydro-focused Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation in 1949, but has since expanded to be a truly global engineering consultancy.
Celebrating the new office, in the MMJ building, last week, SMEC NSW/ACT state manager Peter Humphrys said the move showed the company’s commitment to the Illawarra.
“We made a conscious decision six years ago to open regional offices in Australia as clients were telling us that’s what they wanted,” he said.
“Strategically, Wollongong made sense for an office location. We opened our SMEC Wollongong office in February 2014 and within a few years it became apparent we needed bigger premises.
“We wanted to come into the CBD to stay close to our clients, contribute positively to Wollongong’s vibrant community and provide excellent amenities for clients and staff at our office.”
“In the [past] five years, we’ve grown from one person to nearly 20.
It’s also a signal of how much work the company has been getting in this region, including the big-spending Princes Hwy upgrade at Gerringong, Foxground and the Berry Bypass. SMEC has also had major roles on the Albion Park Rail Bypass, Wongawilli Rd upgrade, West Dapto Rd upgrade and Northcliff Dr extension.
Article: Ben Langford.
Images: Illawarra Mercury.