J.S. Held Expands Building Consulting Practice in Canada with the Acquisition of SPECS

Jericho, NY (Sept. 17, 2019) – J.S. Held, a global consulting firm, announced today that it has acquired SPECS (Specialized Property Evaluation Control Services). Headquartered in Langley, British Columbia, SPECS is the largest property risk and loss quantification consulting firm in Canada. The firm is recognized as a trusted partner in helping insurers, facility managers, property owners, and risk managers accurately identify, evaluate, and quantify risk, loss, damage, and corresponding financial costs.

Founded in 1995, SPECS’ expertise includes property damage assessments, restoration consulting, construction project administration, risk management, facility services, and catastrophic response. The SPECS team of engineers, construction specialists, estimators, and appraisers support the insurance, legal, and construction communities from 18 offices across Canada. SPECS is also the first national consulting firm in Canada to obtain a nationwide Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada, enabling their qualified team of drone pilots to conduct drone inspections anywhere in the country.

“With the addition of SPECS into our global operations, J.S. Held holds the unique position as the technical services consulting leader in Canada,” said Doug DePhillips, Senior Executive Vice President – Global Services of J.S. Held. “This supports our continued focus on unparalleled service as we answer the needs of our global client base.”

The acquisition complements J.S. Held’s portfolio of professional services in building consulting and strengthens the firm’s ability to support clients throughout Canada. SPECS will join the J.S. Held team of over 750 consultants around the globe. Existing SPECS clients will now have access to J.S. Held’s suite of specialized services including surety services; project and program management; equipment consulting; forensic architecture and engineering; forensic accounting; and environmental, health, and safety services.

“Over 24 years, SPECS has grown from a small market player in Edmonton, Alberta to our current position as a trusted industry leader throughout Canada,” said David Wallace, President of SPECS. “We are thrilled to join J.S. Held and gain additional resources and expertise that will bring substantial benefit to our clients.”

J.S. Held was founded in 1974 and provides specialized consulting to better address complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters globally. J.S. Held now has over 80 offices across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

About J.S. Held

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm with expertise in construction, environmental health & safety, forensic accounting, water & fire restoration, equipment, and forensic architecture & engineering matters.

J.S. Held brings together years of unrivaled technical expertise and unparalleled service to deliver reliable, comprehensive solutions to its clients. J.S. Held is renowned for recruiting and cultivating distinguished experts and being a trusted partner on the world’s most complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters.

For more information, please visit jsheld.com.

About SPECS Limited

Founded in 1995, SPECS – Specialized Property Evaluation Control Services – was conceived to fill the need for experienced and professional property loss, insurance valuation, and construction management services throughout Canada.

The SPECS Limited team takes great pride in bringing value, service and success to every project. They are among the finest and most qualified professionals in the industry and approach every call with dedication and a focus on the customers’ best interests.


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