WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced that David Barber, principal and fire safety engineer with 20 years of experience working in Arup's Australian division, has transferred to its Washington D.C. office to develop fire safety solutions in the Americas.
Barber has extensive experience working closely with clients in developing fire safety solutions that complement buildings and result in systems integrated with the building form, while meeting regulatory and non-regulatory fire safety objectives. With an interest in high-rise building evacuation and the developing role of building sustainability in fire safety and protection, David will focus his efforts on local and national projects. His considerable international experience includes projects in the high-rise towers, road and rail infrastructure, retail, conventional hall, and hospital industries.
"Fire safety impacts all engineering disciplines, and David's preferred approach is a cooperative application of best project resolutions to ensure safety, client satisfaction, and the best possible building outcome," said Greg Giammalvo, Washington D.C. office leader and principal at Arup. "With such broad international experience under his belt working for Arup in Australia, our D.C. office will benefit considerably from David's well rounded and creative approach. We're happy to welcome David to D.C."
David will be responsible for winning new work and managing projects related to fire safety engineering. He will apply his vast experience collaborating on the fire safety engineering for rail and roadway tunnel to new and existing infrastructure projects, and integrate with his building-focused fire safety colleagues in D.C.
"Since working on a project here nearly 14 years ago, I knew it was a place I'd like to relocate to at some point in my career. With family in the area and Arup's willingness to share senior managers, the opportunity very quickly became a reality," Barber says. "I'm excited to apply the experience I've gained working on international infrastructure and tall timber building projects to new initiatives in the U.S. and look forward to collaborating with our regional teams to continue to provide new and creative solutions to our clients."
David joined Arup in 1997 and has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering industry. He received his bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering with a concentration in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury, NZ, is a chartered professional engineer, sits on the board of directors for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and is a member of the National Fire Protection Association.
While Arup has been involved with major building and infrastructure projects in and around the metropolitan D.C. area for many years, the office officially opened in 2008.
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com)
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