Grant Phipps Tsutsumi and Associates Limited was formed. For the first six months, business was conducted from a two-bedroom apartment on the 15th floor of Charter Towers in Calgary, Alberta.
Later that year, offices were relocated to a third-floor office space on 522, 11th Ave SW in Calgary where we shared space with an accounting group.
Company purchased and moved into a building at 5th Ave and 14th St at the same time the Canadian federal government was instituting the National Energy Program.
Company was turned into a corporate partnership operating under the name GPT Consulting Services.
GPT Consulting Services was sold to CH2M Hill and became the Oil and Gas division of CH2M Hill. We worked with them as their oil and gas group under the name of GPT Consulting Services until 1994.
With CH2M Hill getting out of the oil and gas business, a new partnership was established with Dan Fehr, who was running an engineering company called Concise Design Limited. Concise Design set up shop on 7th street and 6th Ave SW in Calgary on the third floor, eventually operating out of seven floors with 145 staff personnel at our peak.
Concise Design was acquired by Lauren Engineers & Constructors Inc., a U.S.-based company, that wanted to bring their lump sum Engineering, Procurement and Construction capabilities into the Canadian market but needed an experienced Canadian engineering company.
Opened Vancouver, British Columbia, office.
Partners from Concise Design along with Vancouver office personnel acquired a majority interest in the Canadian operation and began operation as Lauren Services, a corporate partnership.
We still maintain a relationship with Lauren Engineers & Constructors and continue to work with them to provide us with EPC capabilities.