About Design Works Engineering

Who We Are

Buildings are more than structures; they are the essence of human endeavour. At Design Works Engineering, our passion lies in collaboratingintimately with our clients and empowering our brilliant teams. This synergy is the core of our philosophy.

Founded in 2014 by Haydar Al Dahhan, P.Eng., P.E., IntPE, APEC, and John Lehners, P.Eng., our journey has been about more than justengineering. We’ve dedicated ourselves to developing a distinctive brand of engineering services that adapts to the ever-changing cultural,economic, and technological landscapes. Our global partner network is our strength, enabling us to offer the latest and most fittingengineering solutions for each unique project and client.

Helping Communities Grow

The heart of our business is a commitment to community growth and development. We believe that our work has the power to transformnot just skylines but lives. Our projects go beyond technical excellence; they foster community, enhance local economies, and contributeto sustainable urban development.

From educational institutions that inspire future generations to green spaces that breathe life into urban areas, each of our projects is astep towards a more connected, sustainable, and vibrant community. Our approach combines innovative design with practical functionality,ensuring that every project we undertake not only meets the needs of today but paves the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.

Our Culture
Innovation and excellence at our company stem from a collaborative ethos. We value diverse ideas and believe in empowering each team member to contribute to our success. Our pride lies in achieving results together.

Continuous growth is a cornerstone of our work environment.  We foster this through access to ongoing learning and the latest technology, enabling our team to stay at the forefront of the industry. Integrity, creativity, and sustainability are the principles that not only drive our projects but also cultivate a dynamic and inclusive workplace.
Our Communities
Our dedication to engineering design goes beyond technical precision; we’re committed to creating innovations that lead to high-quality, safe, and sustainable constructions within our communities. We ensure that our projects meet and enhance community needs and values by forging solid and lasting relationships.

We strive to make a positive and lasting impact by continuously integrating safety-best practices and emerging environmental technologies.  Our designs set the stage for responsible and sustainable development, reflecting our deep commitment to the communities where our projects come to life.


Our journey is marked by continuous growth and unwavering dedication. The tireless efforts of our120-strong team have propelled Design Works Engineering to new heights, completing over 6,500 projects and achieving a consistent 20% growth annually. This is more than a record of numbers; it’s a testament to our commitment to excellence, innovation, and our clients’ success.

Create solutions that build great projects and better relationships.

To deliver engineering design solutions that combine quality, efficiency,and cost-effectiveness. We are dedicated to client-driven innovation and safe, sustainable practices, ensuring each project meets and exceeds expectations within optimal timelines.

Our Core Values

Our commitment to sustainability drives us to minimize environmental impact in every project. We believe in creating designs that are as environmentally responsible as they are innovative, ensuring a better future for our planet and communities.
At the forefront of our ethos is innovation. We embrace cutting edge technologies and creative problem-solving to deliver advanced, efficient engineering solutions. We aim to lead the industry ininnovative practices that redefine what’s possible.
Our adaptability is critical in a rapidly evolving world. We respond quickly to changing market trends, client needs, and global challenges, ensuring our projects are resilient, relevant, and future-ready
Our integrated approach brings together all core engineering disciplines under one roof. This synergy ensures seamless, cohesive solutions for our clients, simplifying complex processes and delivering comprehensive results.
Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to understanding and meeting their unique needs, building lasting relationships, and ensuring each project ’ssuccess through personalized, attentive service.

Our Timeline

Design Works Launches in Grande Prairie, Alberta
February 2014
Our founding partners Haydar Al Dahhan and John Lehners started Design Works Engineering & Inspections.
Edmonton Office Opens
January 2015
Design Works Engineering opens their first office in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Makati, Cebu, and Davao Offices Open in the Philippines
August 2015
Design Works Engineering begins their expansion beyond Canada and opens offices in three strategic cities in the Philippines.
Calgary Office Opens
January 2017
Design Works Engineering establishes an office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Edmonton & Grande Prairie Offices Expand to new locations
August 2017
We continue to build and expand our core locations as Design Works Engineering grows larger and more capable.
Edmonton & Grande Prairie Offices Expand to new locations
August 2018
Again, as we continue to grow larger and more capable our core locations are expanded to better meet our client's needs.
Toronto Office Opens
January 2019
Our Canadian operations continue to grow as we expand into the Eastern market with our new office in Toronto, Ontario.
Vancouver Office Opens
April 2019
Our Canadian operations continue to grow as we expand to the West Coast and open our office in Vancouver, BC.
Ottawa Office Opens
September 2020
Our Canadian operations continue to grow as we expand to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, ON.
Design Works expands to the US
August 2021
Design Works Engineering continues to grow its operations as we expand to the US.
Burlington Office Opens
September 2021
Design Works Engineering operations continue to grow as we expand to Burlington.
Design Works acquires Vital Engineering & 3D Energy Limited
October 2022
Design Works Engineering continues to grow with the acquisition of Vital Engineering & 3D Energy Limited.
Expansion into Atlantic Canada with new office in Halifax
Design Works Engineering will continue to grow operations outside of North America and into global markets.