Company Profile

Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd. has been a source for electrical power systems and lighting designs in Vancouver for more than 50 years. We combine a strong technical base with a diversified staff of professionals allowing our consultants to offer expertise in electrical design of academic, residential, institutional, government, commercial, hospitality and industrial projects. With a consistent focus of delivering innovative design solutions for the most complex and technologically advanced projects, our professionals have gained a depth of understanding in how to design flexible, functional and cost-efficient facilities with a client focus.

Through specialists in power design, communication, security and lighting design, our company has demonstrated strength in the utilization of designers with a background in electrical contracting. This provides a valuable resource not only to builders but also to electrical contractors in solving on-site problems. Together our associates believe in bringing power and light to future projects while offering a shining example of what can be accomplished with the basic tenets of service, quality and ingenuity.

Company History

The high rise lights that make up Vancouver's skyline offer glowing testament to a familial dedication to service, quality and ingenuity in electrical engineering for more than 50 years. The spark that is now some 10,000 completed electrical engineering projects began with William Nemetz and his electrical contracting firm 'Domino Electric,' then continued when his son Arnold Nemetz, founder of Arnold Nemetz & Associates, opened his first electrical engineering firm in Vancouver in 1963. The company became a leader in designing functional and original systems for residential, commercial and industrial projects in the Lower Mainland.

Steven Nemetz joined his father's firm (Arnold Nemetz) in 1983 and currently serves as the President of Nemetz (S/A) & Associates. Under Steven's direction the business has expanded to offer a variety of specialized services in conjunction with basic power design.

After 32 years of an electrical engineering firm Nemetz (S/A) & Associates introduced a new division to meet the burgeoning demand for comprehensive lighting design, The Lucent Design Group. Lucent Design Group offers creative and practical lighting solutions with designers dedicated to devising a look that meets and enhances the vision of individual clients.

While high rise residential projects were once the backbone of the business; Nemetz (S/A) & Associates has now, 48 years later become internationally known and developed considerable versatility by utilizing electrical engineering expertise in the construction of hotels, food stores, community centres, office towers, shopping centres, film studios, schools, and resort projects.

Lucent Design Group

Lucent Designs Group (formally Light Art Concepts) is a dedicated lighting division that unites highly qualified interior and lighting design professionals, and combines their expertise to create complete lighting and design packages that can balance the clients practical, aesthetic, and budgetary needs. The end result provides the client with a design that is effective, efficient, and proficient, all while achieving the desired effect and intent of the space. Read more...

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By: Wendy Long

Fifty years ago Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight” topped the charts. Across the Atlantic, a foursome called The Beatles was featured at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. High in the sky, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

At the time in Vancouver, Arnold Nemetz was busy converting his father’s electrical contracting company, Domino Electric, into an electrical engineering consulting business. Fifty years later, in an era of rap music, social media and the international space station, the Nemetz business continues to thrive and evolve. The past five decades have seen Vancouver blossom into an international city and Nemetz electrical consulting engineers have had a hand in the construction of many buildings that now accent the city skyline.

“In the early days of the business it was very much One Person Does All – the engineering, lighting, communications, security, whatever the job needed,” notes Steve Nemetz, an electrical engineer who has followed in the footsteps of grandfather William and his father Arnold, and currently serves as CEO of Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.

“Now, things are specialized. We have a specialized lighting department that liaises with architects and interior designers and provides comprehensive and detailed lighting design. We have engineering in terms of power design. We have security, communications and information technology expertise within the office. But the underlying principles of the company have never changed. We still provide excellent service to the client, efficient and effective designs, and we also protect the owners through the course of design and construction by monitoring contractors on site.”

The years leading up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver proved hectic for the city’s construction firms and Nemetz was no exception. The year 2011 saw many a business “take a breath.” At Nemetz, some longtime employees chose to retire following the Games, prompting recent changes and promotions within the office. This past year Associate Gary Geissinger was made Senior Associate while Mark Herron, Darren Neuman and Ovidiu Cojocaru were promoted to company Associates. The office also celebrated Cojocaru earning his Canadian Professional Engineer – Electrical licence and welcomed Emma Cronin as the firm’s marketing coordinator.

Nemetz is particularly excited about a recent decision to expand the company’s Lucnet Design Group division to include a lighting design centre within the office. Lucent Design has been a successful enterprise since Nemetz opted to expand the office services to include lighting design. The new in-house centre will offer owners, architects and designers a sample board, computer renderings and other design features to aid in creating the most functional and esthetic lighting possible for their projects.

“We were initially known as a one-stop shop, basically engineering power design,” says Nemetz of the decision to launch Lucent Design Group several years ago. “There was the perception that, as engineers, we knew nothing about lighting design. We wanted to change that, to bring in the esthetics and design. So, we started the division. Based on the projects we’ve done, and the different lighting designs we’ve produced, we’re now at a world-class level in terms of lighting design. Lucent Design Group is long past being just a sidebar to the office, it is now an integral part of our service.”

Nemetz notes other company changes have taken place over the years. At one time the name Nemetz was synonymous with high-rise residential projects. But the company now has so much more to offer, including a retail and office/commercial department led by new company Associate Darren Neuman.

“For sure, we’ve done a lot of high rise residential and mixed use high rise,” concedes Nemetz. “We’ve many excellent projects of that type but we can do just as good a job in commercial, retail or office projects as we’ve done in our residential. That’s a message we want to bring out now and in the future.”

Just as the world has changed in 50 years, so has the company and the construction business. Nemetz remembers well his introduction to the business back in the 1980s.

“I started in the summers, doing hand drafting, shading the backs of velums, entry level stuff,” he recalls. “I would do hand drafting and put holes in the sheet because I erased so much!”

One thing that has not changed is the family commitment and core of the business. Arnold Nemetz now serves as the company’s Founding Principle, with son Steve Nemetz the CEO and daughter Franci Stratton serving as Chief Administrative Officer. Granddaughter Jennifer Stratton brings her interior design expertise to the Lucent Design Group and grandsons Alex and Willie Stratton have also gained summer work experience in the office.

“Will we be around for another 50 years? I don’t see why not,” declares Steve Nemetz. “We have a lot of youth in this company and we’re always growing, always looking to sharpen our skills, stay on top of technology. And at the core of everything is our desire to provide outstanding service to the client – that is something that has not, and will not change.”

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