Our History

Quartek Group Inc. developed initially as a Niagara branch office of F.J. Reinders and Associates Canada Limited between 1979 and 1992. In 1992 MPS Reinders Niagara was formed as an independently owned firm of multi-disciplinary design professionals. In 1998 Robert MacKenzie, OAA, and Stan Butcherd (previously MacKenzie Butcherd Architects) joined the firm.

Through the combined leadership of firm principals, Patrick MacNeill, Douglas Peters and Robert MacKenzie, the company was re-named “Quartek” in January 2000 to better reflect the philosophy of a single-source design and project delivery solution for our many new and returning clientele. After the closing of Peninsula Engineering Inc. in 2004, a number of their former core mechanical, electrical and structural engineering staff joined our team, enhancing Quartek’s capabilities in these disciplines.

Ian Elmes, B. Arch., OAA, and Richard Baker, B.Arch., OAA formerly principals of Baker and Elmes Architects joined Quartek Group Inc. in 2006.

In 2010, Paul Uppal formerly  became a director of the company and presently leads the development of building science services.  That same year Patrick MacNeill stepped down as long-standing president of the Company to fill a role in corporate development until his retirement in 2012 and current consultancy part-time position.  Robert Mackenzie assumed the role of firm president and lead the consolidation move of the Company to one central St. Catharines office location in 2012.  Since 2010, Norman Ocampo has fulfilled a role as Director of Quartek’s Architecture department. In 2015 Robert  stepped aside from the Company presidency to rekindle corporate development and broader outreach in marketing, while  long-standing  Director of Engineering, Douglas Peters was elected to step into the corporate leadership of Quartek.

The Way We Work

Architecture, engineering, planning and other defined scopes of design services are all too often compartmentalized into the limited range of each professional discipline. Everyone at some point in our lives will experience the result of the “Silo Effect” in the unfortunate outcome of a decision made without all of the factors revealed.

At Quartek we approach a project with an interest in offering a more holistic view to design challenges. Project designs are often vetted in a group setting, to encourage problem solving from many individuals and areas of expertise. Our people are architects, engineers, planners and designers who work together in an environment that promotes communication, innovation and creative acts of serendipity. This approach can involve the input of more design participants during the conceptual and formative phases of a project’s development. Collaboration often leads to logical, streamlined solutions producing ideas that can save time and reduce costs to the overall project budget. This same approach offers a second benefit to our customers by creating attractive buildings, spaces or objects that possess a level of elegance, harmony and design simplicity, because they are simply well thought out.

Sustainable Design

Quartek has been involved with sustainable design projects many years before LEED certification and “Green Design” entered the mainstream consciousness of the Public. Quartek is routinely engaged in LEED applicable building projects. We have current knowledge and skill sets to retrofit mechanical and electrical building systems to improve performance and qualify for available energy incentives, grants, etc. We are members of the Green Building Council of Canada and have accredited professions who can perform energy models and assist you with the application process.

Our People

Quartek has a full-time staff of 33, which includes 5 registered architects, 3 professional urban planners, 3 OAAAS  Licenced Technologists, a registered interior designer, 6 professional engineers and 3 graduate engineers-in-training (EIT). Our design team is supported by technicians and technologists with extensive experience in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and project management.  From a resource perspective, we are Niagara’s largest multi-disciplined Architectural & Engineering design firm.