Cunliffe & Associates is a structural engineering firm formed in 1989 that focuses on buildings while specializing in bringing architects’ visions to life in a pragmatic, fiscally responsible manner.

You can rely on Cunliffe & Associates’ team to deliver the experience, motivation and resources to provide the most effective structural design for your project. Trusted both locally and globally, Cunliffe & Associates are experts in the design of a broad range of commercial, residential, recreational and educational building structures.

Our commercial projects have ranged from low-rise manufacturing and high-tech office buildings to a major hotel and convention centre overseas. Retail complexes include the shops of tenth line, Kanata West, Riverview in Kingston and Kanata Eagleson. Our seniors and long-term care include long-term care facilities include Amica Westboro and Glebe, the Grove in Renfrew, St. Patrick’s. High rise residential includes the Soho condominiums at Parkdale, Champagne and Italia, the Charlesfort’s Hudson Park, The Gardens, Continental & The Merit condominiums, Rio Can’s Frontier, Elmvale Acres, Westgate and soon Lincoln Fields. C&A has provided the structural engineering services of our team to six school boards designing over 30 new schools and hundreds of additions and renovations in Eastern Ontario. Our institutional clients also include private schools, college and university authorities. Our commercial buildings comprise numerous buildings in Kanata Research Park including Alcatel, Stealth, and Nokia buildings, and the four commercial towers of the Blackwood Centre, plus the Merivale campus of JDS Uniphase and its tenant fit-up for the new Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Headquarters. Our portfolio includes both Post disaster buildings and Blast Resistant Design.

Cunliffe & Associates is a long-term, trusted and dedicated partner for continued structural design and guidance. This includes a relationship with Kanata Research Park that spans more than thirty years and thirty projects. Cunliffe & Associates is a highly respected and highly relied upon on structural engineering firm as we enjoy an excellent partnership with many architectural, and development firms in the Ottawa area.

We are fully equipped with the latest structural design software, including BIM Revit, an integrated and object-based software that allows all disciplines to compare drawing components, increasing our efficiency and accuracy resulting in economic designs. Computer modeling and dynamic and static analysis of structures under wind and earthquake loading is carried out using state-of-the-art CSI ETABS software, recognized as a world standard.

To meet the needs of the numerous property management companies in the area as well as large organizations, we have expanded our services to include structural building assessment & condition reviews for existing structures. Clients for such services have included the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, the federal government & the City of Ottawa to name a few. This is continually being done to ensure the structural integrity of the city’s buildings are maintained in a safe, working condition for years to come.


Awards & Recognition

City of Ottawa Urban Design – Salvation Army Grace Manor – Urban Infill – 2005

Canadian Wood Council Winner – Beechwood National Memorial Centre – Institutional Wood Design (Less than $10M) 2009

Canadian Wood Council Winner – Nepean Sailing Club 1989

City of Ottawa Urban Design – Central Archives & Material Centre – Public Places & Spaces – 2011

Ontario Masonry Award – Schools – Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School – 2010

Ontario Masonry Award – Commercial – The Marshes Golf Club Clubhouse (Honourable Mention)

Ontario Masonry Award – Residential High Rise – Anglin Bay Developments, Kingston (Honourable Mention)

Ontario Concrete Award – 2017 Institutional building – Broadview Public School featuring tilt-up construction

City of Ottawa Urban Design – Winston Plaza – Public Places & Spaces – 2015

City of Ottawa Urban Design – ByWard Market George Street Plaza – Public Places & Spaces – 2017