We engineer life experiences.

We integrate best-of-breed expertise in electrical engineering to build systems and infrastructure that are functional and beautiful.

Another LEED Gold Certified project!  We are proud to have been a part of the Queensborough Community Centre Expansion team.

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More power to you. With reliability, safety and sustainability in mind, we design entire electrical systems from hydro service, power distribution, to the plug in the wall.

Life Safety

Life Safety

Safe and sound. From detection to alarms, life safety systems are a critical part of a building’s design. We work in a holistic way to keep occupants safe, and meet building code.




Be seen in a good light. Our lighting solutions are designed by a team of artists and engineers to incorporate safety, function, sustainability, life experience and aesthetics.




Seeing is believing. We use 3D modelling software, including AutoCAD MEP and Revit, to bring plans to life, and change the way our clients experience design.


Selected work

BC Housing Renewal

This $100 million, P3 project involved the full renovation of twelve single room occupancy (SRO) hotels on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. These heritage buildings are a hundred years old, and needed renovations to make safe and affordable housing for more than 850 tenants, most of whom are at risk of homelessness. Acumen provided electrical engineering including life safety, power distribution, lighting systems and emergency generators.

Acumen has worked on over 40 social services projects. Here are a few:

  • Quibble Creek Health + Housing
  • Creekside Withdrawal Management
  • Welcome House Immigrant + Refuge Support
  • BC Housing Marguerite Ford Apartments


Photography: Michael Elkin

Creekside Community Centre

This LEED Platinum certified facility was part of the Vancouver 2010 Athletes’ Village. It was carefully designed to accommodate the Games, then seamlessly transition into a thriving community recreation centre. Acumen engineered the electrical systems, which include designing specialty lighting that uses daylight sensors to maximize energy savings and security systems.

Acumen’s LEED experience includes 27 projects that are LEED Platinum, Gold and Silver certified. They include:

  • Whistler Public Library
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • UBC Buchanan Complex
  • White Rock Operations Facility

Douglas College Health Sciences

Having designed the David Lam campus main building, Acumen then provided full electrical engineering services for a new 103,118-square-foot health sciences building. It includes nursing simulation labs, the first of its kind in Western Canada, which immerse students in realistic ER, OR and home care scenarios with computer-operated “patients” that exhibit symptoms of illness and respond to treatments. Acumen provided lighting design, lighting control, power distribution and life safety systems. Watch video.

Our educational portfolio includes more than 100 post-secondary projects. Here are a few others:

  • Northwest Community College
  • SFU Saywell + Blusson Halls
  • UBC Earth Sciences
  • Kwantlen Community + Home Health

Edmonds Community Centre + Pool

This new $40 million, two-story state-of-the-art aquatic complex is LEED Silver certified. The 90,000-square-foot facility includes includes a natatorium housing lap and leisure pools, lazy river and waterslides. It also has a weight and cardio room, two full-sized gymnasiums, activity rooms, lounges and an indoor playground. Acumen provided full electrical engineering services including lighting, power distribution and life safety systems.

Acumen’s recreational experience includes ten aquatic centres. Here are a few:

  • Chimo Aquatic + Fitness Centre
  • William Griffin Community Centre
  • Canada Games Pool Upgrades

Gateway Casinos

Gateway’s Starlight, Grand Villa and Cascades properties are home to gaming spaces as well as hotels, convention centres, ballrooms, restaurants and lounges. They also include live performance theatres and a large, 208-square-foot video wall. Acumen designed the power, life safety and specialty lighting systems for these cutting-edge entertainment facilities.

We have hundreds of hospitality and tourism projects in our portfolio. Here are a few more:

  • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Sidney Pier Hotel + Spa
  • Whistler Hilton Resort + Spa


Lakes District Hospital

This new $55 million, design-build health care project in northern B.C. provides emergency and acute care, including diagnostic imaging, a lab and a pharmacy. Acumen provided electrical engineering including power distribution, life safety systems, IMIT, lighting and emergency power.

Acumen has worked on over 50 health care projects, including acute care. Here are a few of our acute care projects:

  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • VGH Diamond Health Centre
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Langley Memorial Hospital Maternity Expansion

Langley Civic Facility

This project transformed a commercial facility into the Township of Langley’s civic centre in order accommodate many new tenants and requirements. As part of Acumen’s design of the electrical systems, we provided a state-of-the-art access control system for the community policing office that provides the highest level of security while still ensuring accessibility to the public.

Acumen has worked on over 150 government projects. Our municipal government portfolio includes:

  • Maple Ridge Municipal Town Centre
  • Surrey City Hall Addition
  • White Rock Operations Facility
  • City of New Westminster Renovations

Lululemon Athletica Headquarters

This 51,400-square-foot, major renovation transformed an old four-storey building into the new, state-of-the-art, global headquarters of Lululemon. In addition to offices and boardrooms, the renovation added a living wall, yoga studio and fitness space. It also included the Whitespace Workshop: a sophisticated lab space for creating and testing new products, including a Swimex resistance pool and environmental test walk-in chamber. We provided full electrical engineering services including power distribution, life safety, lighting, lighting control systems, and voice and data cabling infrastructure. We also provided lighting design to meet very specialized requirements.

Acumen has worked on dozens of corporate office projects. Here are a few more:

  • BC Hydro Edmonds
  • David Suzuki Foundation HQ
  • IBM Pacific Development Centre
  • British Columbia Nurses’ Union HQ + Education Centre

Provincial Transportation Management Centre

This $28 million, five-story 100,000 SF facility is the provincial operations headquarters for the Ministry of Transportation. Built to post-disaster standards, it includes office space, meeting rooms, command centre and Tier II data centres. Acumen provided electrical engineering services to this cutting-edge facility including power distribution, lighting, lightning protection, life safety, security and IT systems.

Acumen has worked on over 150 government projects. Our portfolio for the BC government includes:

  • Surrey Pretrial Services Centre
  • Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
  • Family Place Integrated Services



Acumen Engineering / Photographer: Andrew Latreille, Latreille Delage Photography

Samuel Brighouse Elementary

This new, state-of-the-art, 48,500-square-foot school is LEED Gold certified. The $13 million project includes the use of natural daylight throughout the school, and the integration of smart boards in classrooms. Acumen provided electrical engineering services for the power, lighting and life safety systems, including LEED design.

Acumen has worked on over 150 schools. Here are a few:

  • Collingwood School
  • Pitt River Middle School
  • A.R. MacNeill Secondary
  • Terry Fox Secondary


Acumen Engineering / Photographer: Andrew Latreille, Latreille Delage Photography

Sechelt Hospital

An acute-care hospital in Sechelt that is undergoing a $44 million phased renewal. The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority retained Acumen to design the power, lighting and life safety in a way that seamlessly integrates the renovation and expansion with the existing, 25-year-old systems. The expansion has achieved LEED Gold certification.

Acumen has worked on over 50 health care projects, including acute care. Here are a few of our acute care projects:

  • Lakes District Hospital
  • VGH Diamond Health Centre
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Langley Memorial Hospital Maternity Expansion

SFU Saywell + Blusson Halls

One of North America’s most sophisticated research facilities, this arts and social sciences complexes meets the highest energy conservation and sustainability requirements. It houses forensic research, archaeology, criminology, clinical psychology, First Nations studies and high-security Level 3 forensics containment labs. Acumen designed all electrical systems, including security and communications. Watch how the project came alive.

We have worked on over 35 SFU projects. Here are a few:

  • SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
  • SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
  • SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
  • SFU Fraser International College


Acumen Engineering / Photographer: Andrew Latreille, Latreille Delage Photography

Surrey Pretrial Services Centre

This $90 million, P3 project was an expansion and renovation to a men’s maximum security facility. A state-of-the-art facility, it aims to achieve LEED Gold. Retained by the Province of B.C., we provided electrical engineering services including power distribution, lighting, life safety, security and IMIT.

Acumen has worked on 40 policing, justice and correctional projects. Here are a few more:

  • RCMP Detachments
  • Kelowna Courthouse Renovations
  • Richmond Provincial Courthouse
  • Semiahmoo RCMP + Library

Trout Lake Ice Rink + Community Centre

A testament to innovative architectural design and engineering practices, Trout Lake Ice Rink achieved LEED Silver certification and the Trout Lake Community Centre is LEED Gold Certified. Acumen’s electrical engineering design includes a control system that adjusts lighting levels to adapt to the amount of natural daylight streaming in and to the building users’ needs, producing 38 percent energy savings.

We have worked on over 90 recreation and community centre projects. Here are a few more:

  • Guildford Recreation Centre
  • Creekside Community Centre
  • Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre
  • Queensborough Community Centre


Photography: Michael Elkin

UBC Earth Sciences

This is a new, $75 million, five-storey, 164,000-square-foot facility that unites three UBC science departments, hundreds of researchers and thousands of students. It provides highly collaborative, leading-edge laboratories that have floor-to-ceiling windows, which welcome passers-by to observe the research in action. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre complex, customized computer labs, seminar rooms and common areas for students. Acumen provided electrical engineering services for this LEED Gold certified project, including lighting, power distribution, communications and life safety systems.

Acumen has worked on more than 30 UBC projects. Here are a few more:

  • UBC Buchanan Complex
  • UBC Wayne + William White Engineering
  • UBC Civil Engineering Earthquake Research

VGH Diamond Health Centre

Vancouver Coastal Health and UBC collaborated on one of B.C.’s first P3 projects: a state-of-the-art, integrated health services facility housing 35 clinics, nine UBC programs and over 190 physician offices. This centre serves approximately 600,000 patients per year, and brings together outpatient care services at Vancouver General Hospital. Acumen engineered the power, life-safety and security systems for this 365,000-square-foot, $95 million, high-tech health centre.

Acumen has worked on six P3 projects which have been constructed, or are in construction. They include:

  • BC Housing Renewal
  • Surrey Pretrial Services Centre
  • Lake District Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital

YVR Integrated Operations Centre

The new integrated operations centre at Canada’s second busiest airport centralizes all operations into one location to improve efficiency and response times. It includes thoughtfully planned emergency operations centre, operations control centre, security command centre, meeting rooms and offices, and a multi-purpose room for training, media briefings and events. Acumen provided the electrical engineering including power, lighting, life safety, security, IT and AV systems.

Acumen has worked on over 150 government projects. Our portfolio for the federal government includes: 

  • Canada Post
  • Canada Revenue Agency Vancouver Renovations
  • National Film Board of Canada


We’re specialists by design.

Our electrical engineering firm has been around since 1976. In that time, we’ve completed over 7,100 projects for companies around the world and here at home.

We provide assessments, strategic planning, engineering, specification development, procurement processing and contract administration for design-build, P3 and stipulated-price projects.

Maciej Lewandowski

Managing Director, PEng, MSc


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