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The following is a listing of some of the projects in which J. W. Cowie Engineering Limited provided consulting engineering services. Projects identified by (INV) denote projects where Cowie Engineering services included site investigations, engineering analysis, design review, reporting and in some instances providing expert evidence during litigation. The engineering services provided by Cowie Engineering on all other projects included engineering investigation, reporting, restoration design and in many cases project management and in many cases when required, providing expert opinion during litigation on behalf of the Owner.

(a) Masonry Walls:

  • Historic Architectural and Structural Engineering Investigation and Temporary Stabilization of Exterior Stone Masonry Walls, Province House, Charlottetown, PEI
  • Stone Masonry Exterior Walls, American Consulate General's Building - 360 University Ave., Toronto, ON (INV)
  • Eight Storey Apartment Building, Frederick Ave., Halifax, NS
  • Kays Bros. Building. (Historic) 48 Queen St., Charlottetown, PEI, (INV)
  • Concrete Block Masonry Walls of New K-12 School, Port Saunders, NL (INV)
  • Exterior Walls of Municipal Building, District of the Municipality of Lunenburg, Bridgewater, NS
  • Strengthening Masonry Walls of Administration Building, Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Shubenacadie, NS
  • Oxford Theatre, Oxford St., Halifax, NS
  • Zion Baptist Church, Yarmouth, NS (Preliminary INV)
  • Commercial Building Complex, Barton Street - Stoney Creek, Ontario
  • Prince of Wales Martello Tower, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax Nova Scotia (Collapse of Stone Masonry Musket Gallery) (INV)
  • Saint Philipe & Saint Jacques Parish Church, Edgemont Bay, PEI (INV)
  • Provincial Building (Sandstone Masonry Restoration) – Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Town of Truro Historic Buildings:
    • Old Post Office, Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia (Historic Restoration of Masonry Walls and Slate Shingled Roof.)
    • Civic Building, Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia (Investigation Revealed Major Structural Defects Resulting in Demolition of Building.)
    • Colchester YMCA, Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia (INV)
  • Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston, NS
  • Shed 22, Halifax Port Corporation - Investigation of Brick Masonry Exterior Walls and Replacement with Precast Concrete Wall Panels
  • Alderney Manor – Twelve-Storey Senior Citizens Apartment Building – Dartmouth, NS – included extensive testing and research in UK.
  • Scott Maritimes Limited, Abercrombie, NS - Exterior Walls - All Buildings – included extensive on-site full size lateral load testing
  • Convoy Place – Three Apartment Buildings – Halifax, NS
  • Forest Hills Towers – Apartment Building – Fredericton, NB (INV)
  • LeMarchant Towers – Apartment Building – Halifax, NS
  • R.C.M.P. "H" Division Headquarters Building – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • M.A.P.P. Building - Main Postal Station – St. John's, NL (INV)
  • Public Archives of NS – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Harbour Island Hotel – Tampa, Florida (IV)
  • Brentwood Towers – Apartment Building – St. John's, NL (INV)
  • St. Mary's Basilica – Granite Stone Steeple and Building Structure – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Oxford Court – Condominium Apartment Building – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Lions Senior Citizens Tower – Apartment Building – Moncton, NB
  • Admiralty Place – Condo Apartment Building – Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • The MacMillan Building – Office Building – Charlottetown, PEI
  • The Clinton Building – Office Building – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Sportsplex – Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • Toronto Hydro Distribution Station – Gerrard St., Toronto, ON (INV)
  • Medical Arts Building – St. George at Bloor, Toronto, ON
  • Twenty-Storey Condo Apartment Building – Scarborough, ON (INV)
  • Kenworth Acres–Seniors Housing Complex – St. Catherine's, ON (INV)
  • Control Tower – Charlottetown Airport – Charlottetown, PEI (INV)
  • Saint Andrew's United Church – Halifax, NS
  • Northwood Manor – Eleven Storey Seniors Apartment Building–Halifax, NS
  • Granite Stone Panels on Office Building – 394 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON (INV)
  • The Sherwood Apartment Building – Halifax, NS
  • North Sydney Shopping Mall – North Sydney, NS
  • St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Centre – Scarborough, ON (INV)
  • The Oaklands – Apartment Building – Avenue Road, Toronto, ON (INV)
  • Renaissance 2 – Apartment Building – Kitchener, ON
  • St. Matthew's United Church – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • St. David's Presbyterian Church – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Airport Hotel - Halifax International Airport – Enfield, NS (INV)
  • Three-Storey Office Building – 2175 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON (INV)
  • First Baptist Church Halifax – Oxford St., Halifax, NS
  • Cumming Hall, NS Agricultural College (Historic Restoration) – Truro, NS
  • Knightsridge Fire Station – Halifax, NS
  • Truro Mall – Truro, NS
  • Cape Breton Regional Hospital – Sydney, NS (INV)
  • Aberdeen Hospital – New Glasgow, NS (INV)
  • New Halifax Infirmary (QEII) – Retained by Various Contractors & Bonding Companies (INV)
  • Osgoode Hall – Toronto, Stone Masonry Walls and Historic Masonry Chimneys (INV)
  • Sheriff Hall, Dalhousie University – Halifax, NS
  • Queen's Gate – 4-Story, 24-Unit Condominium, 80 Waterfront Drive, Bedford, NS (INV)
  • Basilica Cathedral of St. John The Baptist – St. John's, NL (INV)
  • Founders Hall – Charlottetown, PEI (INV)
  • Queen Elizabeth High School – Halifax, NS
  • St. Patrick's High School – Halifax, NS
  • Fort Massey United Church – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Russell Street Centre, Northwoodcare Inc. – Halifax, NS
  • Halifax Grammar School, Atlantic St., Halifax, NS
  • Chui Residence, 23 Edgewood Grove, Toronto – Client: City of Toronto Legal Department
  • Ingles Residence, 123 MacPherson Ave, Toronto – Client: City of Toronto Legal Department (Precedent Case)
  • Mariam Hall, UPEI, School of Business Administration (INV for General Contractor)
  • Vehicle Wash and Storage Facility, Cheticamp, NS (INV for General Contractor)
  • Six Storey Office Building, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS
  • Welsford - Parker Monument Restoration – St. Paul's Cemetery – Halifax, NS

(b) Masonry Chimneys and Fireplaces:

More than 500 investigations have been conducted on Masonry Chimneys and Fireplaces related to damage claims for Insurance Companies. The damage claims have been related to flue fires, lightening, windstorm, vibration (construction, blasting and compaction equipment) and settlement. In some cases the improper construction of the chimneys and fireplaces has resulted in substantial fire damage to houses. The chimney and fireplace investigations have been conducted throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Many of the investigations involved litigation. Engineering investigations of chimneys have been conducted for clients other than insurance companies, including:

  • Twenty Historic Masonry Chimneys at Osgoode Hall, Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario (INV) Client: Taylor Hazell Architects Limited.
  • 60-ft. High Radial Brick Masonry Chimney, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS and replacement with two insulated stainless steel chimneys supported by a steel pipe tower on a reinforced concrete base. Client: Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS
  • 200-ft. High Radial Brick Masonry Chimney at NS Hospital, Dartmouth, NS. Client: Public Works, Nova Scotia. (INV.)
  • 200 ft. high radial brick masonry chimney at VG Hospital, Halifax, NS (INV) Client: CBCL Limited/Capital Health, Halifax, NS.

(c) Steel and Reinforced Concrete Structures:

  • Seton Academic Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University (Jacking Up and Supporting Roof Over Central Auditorium), Halifax, NS.
  • Reinforced Concrete Swimming Pool - Embassy Towers, Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Elevated Parking Structure, Town of Yarmouth, Yarmouth, NS (INV)
  • Reinforced Concrete Tower Base 13 for Wind Turbine, Digby Turbine Farm, Digby, NS
  • Fire Damage to Structural Steel Framing of Boiler Plant, Ligni Bel Limited, Scotsburn, NS (INV)
  • North Side Sports and Leisure Complex, (Willie O-Ree Centre) Insulated Exterior Wall Panels, Fredericton, NB
  • Structural Engineering Assessment of Proposed Restoration of Deteriorated Concrete Foundation Walls of Houses, Hawkesbury Area, Eastern Ontario (INV) Client: LaFarge Canada Inc.
  • Esso Avitat Aircraft Hangar, 6120 Midfield Rd., Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, ON (INV)
  • CREIT Archives Building - Collapse of Open Web Steel Roof Joists During Erection of Structural Steel Framing - Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • Captain Joe's Lobster Storage Pound – Hubbards, NS (INV)
  • Collapsed "Tilt-Up" Wall Panel, Halifax North Mainland High School – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Seasons Motor Inn, Dartmouth, NS
  • Roof Collapse, Mitchell's Enviro Centre – Gottingen St., Halifax, NS
  • Roof Collapse, Stora Enso – Port Hawkesbury, NS (INV)
  • Shubenacadie District Elementary School – Shubenacadie, NS
  • Seton Academic Centre – Mount Saint Vincent University (Jacking up and supporting the RC ring bean of the roof over the central auditorium) – Halifax, NS
  • Village Shopping Centre – Sears Roof Collapse – St. John's, NL (INV)
  • South Shore Shopping Centre – Partial Roof Collapse – Bridgewater, NS (INV)
  • Edmundston Forum – Edmundston, NB
  • McGregor Bedding – Manufacturing Plant and Warehouse – New Glasgow, NS (INV)
  • Colchester Regional Vocational School – Truro, NS
  • C.F.B Goosebay – Numerous Buildings – Goose Bay, Labrador (INV)
  • Yarmouth Regional Hospital – Yarmouth, NS (INV)
  • Prestressed Concrete Water Storage Tank – Bridgewater, NS (INV)
  • Ten Industrial Buildings – Burnside Industrial Park – Dartmouth, NS
  • Numerous Insitu & Precast Concrete Storage Silos throughout NS and PEI (INV)
  • Associated Freezers – Roof Collapse – Burnside Industrial Park – Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • Clarenville High School – Clarenville, NL (INV)
  • Damaged and Collapsed Steel and Concrete Highway Bridges – Province of NS (INV)
  • Elizabeth Towers – First Floor Commercial and Seven Floors Apartments – Removal of Deteriorated Precast Concrete Wall Panels and Replacement with Unique Brick Masonry Veneer Wall System – St. Johns, NL
  • Baxter Foods Limited – Dairy – Dartmouth, NS
  • Numerous Canopies for Gas Stations – Several Oil Companies (INV)
  • Dolphin Collapse – Canso, NS (INV)
  • Collapse of Aircraft Hanger – Hfx Int'l Airport – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Jetty NN – CFAD – Bedford, NS (INV)
  • K-Mart Plaza Shopping Centre – Torbay Road, St. John's, NL (INV)
  • Partial Collapse of Wood Motors Ford Building – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Captain William Spry Community Centre – Halifax, NS
  • Industrial Building Collapse from Explosion – 30 Intermodal Drive, Brampton, ON
  • Pioneer Fisheries – Collapse & Restoration of Lobster Storage System – Tignish, PEI
  • F.S. Industries/Piercys Supplies – Collapse & Restoration of Roof – Dartmouth, NS
  • Parking Garage, Convoy Place – Halifax, NS
  • Northwood Manor – FRP Strengthening 10th & 11th RC Floor Slabs – Halifax , NS
  • Kensington Court – Halifax County Condominium Corp. No. 1 – Clayton Park, Halifax NS
  • Refloating Sunken Caisson, New Breakwater/Wharf, Mill Cove – Bedford, NS
  • Reinforced Concrete Firewall Replacing Failed Concrete Block Masonry Firewall Separating Sheds 22 and 23, Ocean Terminals, Halifax Port Corporation – Halifax, NS
  • Atlantic School of Theology, Residence Building, Ground Floor Settlement – Halifax, NS
  • Barrington Tower, Scotia Square – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • North Branch Library – Gottingen St., Halifax, NS (Restored Main Entrance Walkway)
  • West Curtain Wall – Halifax Citadel National Park Artillery Museum – Halifax, NS
  • Reinforced Concrete Ground Floor Parking Garage, Windsor Fire Station – Windsor, NS
  • Restoration of Colby Village Community Swimming Pool, Colby Village – Dartmouth, NS

(d) Timber Structures:

  • Structural Restoration and Modifications to the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre, Kearney Lake Road, Halifax, NS
  • Ottawa House (Historic), Parrsboro, NS (INV)
  • Evergreen Condominium Corporation (HCCC#278), Evergreen Village Lane, Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • 2nd & 3rd Floor Deflections and Foundation Settlement - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Wharves – Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Admiralty House, Stadacona - CFB Halifax – Investigation of Roof, 3rd & 2nd Floor, Strengthening of Second Floor Halifax, NS
  • Large Historic House Converted to Bed & Breakfast, Restoration of Severe Wind Damage, Lawrencetown, Halifax County, NS
  • Collapse of Timber Framed Wharf – Yarmouth, NS (INV)
  • Bridgewater Memorial Arena – Bridgewater, NS
  • Collapse of Three-Storey Apartment Building – Highfield Park – Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • deGarthe Buildings, Peggy's Point Road, Peggy's Cove, NS (INV)
  • Collapse of Five-Storey Apartment Building – Highfield Park – Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • House, Barn, Coach House and Ice House, Uniacke Estate – Mount Uniacke, NS (INV)
  • Fire Damaged Building, Pictou Advocate & Publishing Company – George St., Pictou, NS
  • Twenty-Three Unit Apartment Building – 2444 Barrington St., Halifax, NS (INV)
  • Green Lantern Building – Halifax, NS
  • Various Multi-Unit Residence Buildings, Wallis Heights – Dartmouth, NS (INV)
  • Bonny Lea Farm (school) – Chester, NS
  • Centennial School – Port Hawkesbury, NS
  • Core Storage Buildings – Stellarton, NS
  • Library/Administration Building - Atlantic School of Theology – Halifax, NS
  • C.F.B. Greenwood Officers' Mess - Greenwood, NS
  • Rockingham United Church – Halifax, NS
  • C.F.B. Cornwallis - Failure of New Floating Dock – Granville Ferry, NS (INV)
  • Failure of Fibre Cement Siding, Exterior Walls of Five Storey Wood Framed Apartment Building, Elmsdale, NS
  • Fisheries Products International - Restoration of Timber Roof Trusses – Riverport, NS
  • Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club - Collapse and Restoration of Roof – Dartmouth, NS
  • Numerous One/Two Storey Timber-Framed Structures – Barnes and Horse Riding Arenas - Collapsed During Construction Due to Inadequate Lateral Bracing. (INV)
  • ACTWU Office Building – Quinpool Rd., Halifax, NS
  • Laminated Timber Roof Trusses – Civic Building – Truro, NS (INV)
  • Numerous Houses – ON, NB, NL and NS (Including the failure and collapse of timber decks).


In addition to engineering investigation and restoration design services, Cowie Engineeringprovides structural engineering design and inspection services for new structures such as schools, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, high-rise and low-rise residential structures, institutional buildings and offshore structures. Structural engineering design services have also been provided to the Precast Concrete Industry. The following are some of the projects:

(a) Off-Shore Drill Riggs:

1. Rowan Gorilla II

  • Revise connections for flare boom tension cables.
  • Strengthen platform for well logging unit.
  • Structural design of service platform for mechanical ventilation equipment serving Shaker House including guards, ladders and floor grating projecting beyond side of drill rig.

2. A Galaxy II Drill Rig

  • Structural support for waste mixing box and hose flush unit.

(b) Schools:

  • Strait Area Education Centre – Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
  • MacLellan Junior High School – Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia
  • Mira Road Elementary School – Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia
  • Municipal Junior High School, District of Yarmouth – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
  • High School for the Municipality of District of Lunenburg County – Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia
  • Bridgewater Elementary School – Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
  • Central Kings High School – Kings County, Nova Scotia
  • Wagmatcook School – Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

(c) Commercial, Industrial, and Residential:

  • Twelve Storey Steel Framed Office Building, 300 Union St. Saint John, NB
  • New Elevator Additions to Seniors' Residential Facilities at:
    • Nova Apartments, Tusket, NS
    • Coleraine Plaza, Pictou, NS
    • Richmond Manor, Halifax, NS
  • Provincial Sign Shop Warehouse Addition, Bible Hill, NS
  • Pedestrian Bridge and New Entrance – Northwood Manor – Halifax, NS
  • Structural Steel Framing for New Curtain Walls – Northwood Manor – Halifax, NS
  • Townsend Place Developments – Office Building - Dartmouth, NS
  • Garrison Place – Office Building – Halifax, NS
  • Spryfield Shopping Centre – Halifax, NS
  • I.M.P. Aerocentre – Halifax International Airport – Halifax, NS
  • 300 Union Place – Twelve-storey Head Office Building and S.M.T. Bus Terminal, for Irving Oil Ltd. – Saint John, NB
  • Motel for F. Thibeau Enterprises – Yarmouth, NS
  • Lunenburg County School Bus Garage – Bridgewater, NS
  • Twelve-Storey Seniors Apartment Building – South St., Halifax, NS
  • Eleven-Storey Apartment Building – Queens St., Halifax, NS
  • Support Structure for Twin 15-Feet Diameter Satellite Antennae – Dartmouth, NS
  • Concrete Structure for the Support of a 30-Metre Diameter Rotating Satellite Dish Antenna - Teleglobe Earth Station – Mill Village, NS
  • Antenna Towers on Top of High Rise Buildings For Wireless Communications by Noika Siemers Networks, Metro Toronto, ON
  • Permanent Camp Facility – Hope Brook Gold Mine – Hope Brook, NL
  • Extension to Fabrication Facilities, M & M Manufacturing Ltd. Partnership – Dartmouth, NS
  • Aero Centre Extension, Phase II, Halifax International Airport, Halifax
  • Foundation/Floor Slab for Murox - Goldboro Building – Goldboro, NS
  • Mezzanine Railing Alterations, Building S100, STADACONA, C.F.B. Halifax, NS

(d) Institutional:

  • Rosedale Home For Special Care, New Germany, NS
  • Extension to Marine Drive Pentecostal Church, Head of Jeddore, NS
  • Atlantic School of Theology – New Library Building – Halifax, NS
  • NS Agricultural College – Athletic Centre – Truro, NS
  • Municipal Building – Kentville, NS
  • Bank of Nova Scotia – Westville, NS
  • Musquodoboit Valley Hospital – Halifax County, NS
  • Cape Breton Regional Jail – Sydney, NS
  • Eastern Memorial Hospital – Canso, NS
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Visitors' Centre – Cape Breton, NS
  • Royal Bank of Canada – Kentville, NS
  • NS Technical College – "D" Building–Additions & Renovations – Halifax, NS
  • Mount Saint Vincent University – Sports Complex – Halifax, NS
  • Baptist Headquarters Building – Saint John, NB
  • R.C.M.P. Detachment Buildings – Stellarton and Lunenburg, NS
  • Flight 111 Memorial Monument – Bayswater Beach, NS
  • Athletic Centre NS Agricultural College – Bible Hill, NS
  • Artillery Museum, Halifax Citadel National Historic Park – Halifax, NS
  • Track & Field Light Pole Foundations, St. Mary's University – Halifax, NS
  • Demolition of Six Storey "Coburg Tower" and Church Hall, Dalhousie University, Coburg Rd. – Halifax, NS
  • Demolition of Seven Storey "Simpson Hall", Nova Scotia Hospital - Dartmouth, NS
  • Renovation and Expansion to Building 301, Osborne Head Gunnery Range, NS

(e) Pre-Cast Concrete Design for Fabricators and Contractors:

  • Finished Product Loading Wharf – Sydney, NS
  • Acadia University Arts Centre – Wolfville, NS
  • Athletic Centre - NS Agricultural College – Truro, NS
  • Expansion of Halifax International Airport – Halifax, NS
  • Expansion of Alexander Graham Bell Museum – Baddeck, NS
  • Kings Place Development – Fredericton, NB
  • Garrison Place – Halifax, NS
  • Metro Two – Halifax, NS
  • Twelve-Storey Seniors Apartment Building – Sydney, NS
  • Acadia University Student Residence – Wolfville, NS
  • Malcolm Monroe Junior High School – Sydney, NS
  • North Side School – Sydney Mines, NS
  • Bras D'or Junior High School – Bras D'or, NS
  • Adult Vocational Training Centre – Sydney, NS
  • Expansion to Halifax Shopping Centre – Halifax, NS
  • Expansion to Dartmouth Shopping Centre – Dartmouth, NS
  • Bedford Institute of Oceanography – Common Use Building – Dartmouth, NS