Awarded GOLD in 2021 ICSC Design and Development Awards

Swanson Rink is proud to announce that two of our commercial projects were recently selected as GOLD recipients in the 2021 ICSC Design and Development Awards.  The $500 million expansion at The Beverly Center won in the renovation/expansion category: and the iconic new flagship for The Webster in the stores in excess of 10,000 sf.  Both projects represent a strong, collaborative effort between engineering, design, and construction teams and the owners’ vision.

Swanson Rink is thrilled to have been part of such a great team! Read more about the project awards here 

The ICSC Global Design & Development Awards are designed to honor and recognize the premier design and development trends of retail projects and retail store design internationally.


Swanson Rink Ranks Top 15 in Data Center Design

Swanson Rink continues to be a recognized engineering leader in the mission critical industry. We are proud to be included in ENR’s Sourcebook rankings for top data center design firms of 2021.

Engineering News-Record (ENR)—a top news source for the construction, architecture, and engineering industries—has released its annual rankings for engineering, design, and environmental companies according to annual revenue. The rankings—found in the 2021 Engineering News-Record (ENR) annual sourcebook—recognize industry leaders in specific market subsets including data center, airports, sports, highways, retail, and more.

Check out the full article and top lists here.

One Wilshire Upgrade Article

The One Wilshire project is in the news again! Click Here to learn more about this project and Swanson Rink’s role. Our team was proud to be a part of the One Wilshire project and is excited to work with GI partners, Data Aire, and the rest of the project team again!

Cheyenne Regional Airport Terminal Wins Best Transit Project​​!

Engineering News Record has named the Cheyenne Regional Airport Terminal project as the Best Project winner for the Airport/Transit category. Swanson Rink provided baggage handling services for the new 26,500-sq-ft terminal project. Congratulations to all teaming firms listed below!


Owner: Cheyenne Regional Airport
Lead Design Firm: Alliance
General Contractor: Q&D Construction
Structural/Civil Engineer: SEH Inc.
MEP Engineer/IT: ME Engineers Inc.

Aventura Mall Expansion wins “Best Retail Project of the Year”

The Aventura Mall won this exclusive award at the South Florida Business Journal’s 2018 Structures Awards. Congratulations to Swanson Rink’s retail team who provided electrical and telecommunications design for this innovative and unique project. Read more about the project here.

McCarran TSA Checked Baggage Recap Wins ENR Award

Wins ENR Award

The McCarran TSA Checked Baggage Recapitalization was awarded Best Airport/Transit Project for the ENR Southwest Region! Swanson Rink was the lead designer on the project, which included team members McCarthy Building Cos., Walter P Moore and PGAL. Read the official award announcement here in ENR’s November issue.

Swanson Rink has worked at the Las Vegas Airport for over 15 years on over 20 projects.

Congratulations to Rachel Gonzales – Winner of the Taking Responsibility Award

Rachel Gonzales implemented the Scrum approach to the CAD Department. The Scrum methodology emphasizes collaboration, team self-management and flexibility. Currently the team is using the Kanban (CAD Board) which is a work flow visualization tool that enables the cad staff to optimize the flow of their work. The daily Scrum meeting is used to verify staff workload and identify who needs help.

Thank you to Rachel for improving this process. The Innovation Incentive program at Swanson Rink has been around for many years. Previous examples included programming based efficiencies.

From Power Circuiting to Site Visits, Electrical Engineering Intern Ready for the Real World

Electrical Engineering InternSwanson Rink hired Nici James, a senior electrical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, to be an intern in our Electrical Engineering department. We asked what her experience was like and this is what she said:

What was your experience as an Electrical Engineer Intern at Swanson Rink like?
Overall, my internship in the Electrical Engineering department at Swanson Rink proved to be challenging and interesting, but most importantly – fun! This was not my first internship, but it was my first in the consulting engineering industry. The field of electrical engineering seemed so straightforward, but I learned it was actually quite the opposite. It was interesting to see everything else that goes into these buildings starting from the initial conception of design through the construction phase of a project. I spent my summer learning what goes into powering a building, which is not common knowledge!

What challenges did you face?
The transition into the work force, as it is for most engineers, proved to be a challenge. I quickly noticed that no amount of schooling could prepare me for the real world applications of electrical engineering. In college, I learned about the theories behind working at a design firm, but the majority of knowledge is obtained through experience in the field. This is why internships are imperative to engineering.

What did you learn?
I learned that it’s not a bad thing to ask questions. The only way to learn engineering applications in this field is to ask questions to the professionals who have been in the industry for years. They really know this industry inside and out, and they are great resources, especially for entry-level people like myself.

One of the best parts about working at Swanson Rink was the atmosphere and the people that work there. My coworkers were dedicated to helping me understand why we were doing what we were doing; and they didn’t think any less of me, no matter how silly the question seemed. I don’t think I could possibly put into words the amount of information that I learned during my experiences as an intern. I not only learned a lot of theoretical applications, but I also got to see how the business side of a consulting engineering firm works.

What surprised you?
The biggest piece I took out of my internship was how important communication is between the different engineering disciplines, and how it is an imperative part to completing a project. I was surprised by how much time an engineer spends interacting with people. They are pretty much in constant contact with architects, contractors, and vendors.

What was your favorite part?
My favorite part of this internship was the opportunities I had to work on a range of real projects; several of them being mall and office building projects. This gave me the opportunity to see the whole process that the electrical engineering team goes through to get a project out. The work completed on the mall projects mostly included the back of house lighting and power circuiting. I also had the opportunity to set up all of the lighting for stairwells as well as the parking garage receptacles for the mall. Additionally, I worked on the lighting as well as power for the office buildings. While designing the office buildings, I learned to be aware of what type of room I was working in; for example, the lighting and power needs are different in a kitchen than in an office. I was also able to go on a site visit to both a mall and office building, so I was able to see the construction process and the final product.

What advice would you give a first time engineering intern?
I would advise a first time intern to always keep an open mind and to ask questions. Both are extremely important to getting the most of your intern experience. It really is important if you want to understand what you are doing instead of just going through the motions.

Swanson Rink Expands Fire Protection/Life Safety Engineering Expertise

Swanson Rink has expanded its expertise in Fire Protection Engineering to include code analysis, design for fire sprinklers, fire detection/alarm systems and smoke control systems, fire modeling, egress modeling, and hazardous material analysis.

Swanson Rink has hired Simon Xie, a licensed professional engineer, to lead the Fire Protection Engineering Department. Mr. Xie graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering and a B.S. in Civil/Structural Engineering. He has five years of experience and has worked in a variety of building types including high rise office, university, lab and retail.