Entuitive Co-op Diaries: Isabel Crant
After completing my second year of Architectural Engineering at the University of Waterloo, I was excited to join Entuitive as a Junior Designer with their Restoration team in Toronto. I’ve always been interested in engineering and buildings, which is what led me to the program and towards structural engineering and restoration.
I was first introduced to Entuitive through one of its most iconic projects, the New Central Library in Calgary. During a lecture in my first-year History of the Built Environment course, my professor introduced the New Central Library, where she discussed the challenge Entuitive had with building over Calgary’s active LRT line. I was already familiar with the building since it was incredibly popular (and since I’m also a huge fan of Architectural Digest). After further research on the project, I realized just how impressive Entuitive’s work is.
Since then, I’ve been following Entuitive really closely. I deeply admired the company’s spirit of innovation and sense of community, and I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, I can really see myself here.”
When I saw Entuitive’s co-op posting on my university job board, I was extremely excited. One of the postings was within the Restoration group, which was a double win for me as that was a field I wanted to explore more.
I still remember my interview with Mike Hillcoat and John Romas. They immediately made me feel at home, and they spoke incredibly passionately about their team and work. The interview definitely confirmed my interest in restoration and in the firm.
My curiosity for restoration really sparked from my values and volunteering experience. As the structural lead for my school’s net-zero home design team, one of the projects we worked on was a retrofit. I was glad to preserve the history of the home, supporting a more sustainable construction method. When the time came to start at Entuitive, I was eager to apply everything I’ve learned from the retrofit project.
My first day in the Toronto office was really great; I was shocked at how fun and genuine my team was. When going out for lunch, we got along almost immediately. They were absolutely hilarious and made excellent cubby-buddies for the rest of the term. Huge shoutout to Restoration!
I got into the rhythm of things pretty quickly, and I was able to help out with a wide range of tasks. Restoration can get quite diverse in terms of projects, so I was very lucky. I went on plenty of site visits and assisted with reports from parking garage reviews to expansion joint assessments. I also helped develop many of the repair details associated with these projects. Some key projects included the Manulife Centre Parking Garage Repairs, Union Station Platform Expansion Joint Assessment, Ontario Place Development, GTAA – APM Condition Survey, and Manhattan West Platform Repairs.
I had the chance to work extensively with the New York office as well. When visiting my sister, I was able to meet the team there. Meeting the New York team was one of the highlights of my term, especially Stephanie Berrios who became one of my work besties. She introduced me to many new commercial construction projects and exposed me to steel design. She also encouraged me to really explore my interests, which I am sincerely grateful for.
My advice for future co-ops is to make yourself known and to never stop learning. There are so many opportunities within Entuitive, and everyone is here to support your growth. When you think to yourself “is this crazy to ask?”, chances are it’s not! And don’t be afraid to ask for things that are beyond your reach. People are willing to teach you and that’s exactly what you’re here for!
I am truly grateful for an amazing term with Entuitive. From enjoying fun lunch outings with the other co-op students to receiving endless support from the Restoration team, I have many team members I would like to thank. Shoutout to my Restoration team for their patience, warmth, and humour: Daniel Frade, Iva Dadic, Jonathan Rebelo, and John Romas.
I would also like to thank Mike Hillcoat for his amazing leadership, as well as Dorinda MacDonald and Erin Holwell for some of the best advice and guidance I’ve ever received. In addition, my appreciation extends to Nic Tran for being the greatest cubby-buddy ever and for the close support.
Finally, my final shoutouts go to Daniel Lee-Kim and Stephanie Berrios for their outstanding mentorship and for all the fun introductions to SAP and RAM. It’s been an absolute pleasure, and I truly hope to keep in touch.