It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former KMBR Principal George Boorman, P.Eng., M.Sc. on May 3, 2021 in Vancouver. George retired in 2013 after working with KMBR for 24 years.
George was an experienced engineer with specialization in civil engineering and building envelope design. He was a valuable resource for KMBR with regard to construction sequencing and constructability and durability of assemblies. During his time with KMBR, he undertook the Design Professional role for the civil design services of many of the firm’s projects. George was actively involved in consulting on all aspects of project development, including site development, building construction materials and methods, program analysis and planning as well as consultant coordination. For several years, George also acted as the General Office Manager for KMBR, involved in project management, staff management and day-to-day operating activities.
George was born in Rimbey, Alberta in 1951. We remember him fondly for his passion and larger-than-life personality. He was musical and loved to golf, garden and spend time with his family. Our heartfelt condolences to his life partner Cristina Marghetti—a KMBR architect and principal, their blended family of five children, four grandchildren, George’s siblings and his wide circle of friends.
George received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 1976, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary in 1980. George then worked as construction engineer with Northern Construction and gained valuable hands-on experience on large-scale institutional projects, including St. Pauls Hospital Phase I.
Between 1986 and 1989 George headed his own construction firm specializing in housing and light commercial projects.
In 1983 George returned to university at Brunel University, Uxbridge, U.K. to earn his Masters Degree in Construction Management in 1984. He then returned to Vancouver, and joined Spectrum Construction Co. to work on “The Landing,” a challenging renovation and seismic upgrade of a significant Gastown heritage building. He joined KMBR in 1989 and became a principal in 1991.
In 1999 George completed the Architectural Institute of B.C. courses to earn the designation of Recognized Building Envelope Professional (BEP) and thereafter acted as KMBR’s resident Building Envelope Specialist on all of the firm’s projects.