Published Wednesday, April 14, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The San Francisco- based Gensler, is a global design and architecture firm, hiring more staff for its offices in Costa Rica.
According to the firm, they will hire 44 new employees to work on a range of projects, from the design of new cities to renovations at two of New York's major airports.
Gensler in Costa Rica currently employs more than 150 professionals who work in design processes for the firm’s important clients, which are located throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
The firm operated offices in 48 cities in 16 countries worldwide, working for clients in over 100 countries.
“The pandemic hit many of the industries we serve, such as tourism, commerce, and corporate offices, at both the local and global levels," Christine Durman, Co-Director of Gensler Costa Rica said. "This had a strong impact on our operations in Costa Rica. However, the world is now ready to reconnect, and we have to anticipate.”
Gensler's offices are located in Avenida Escazú in spacious terraces, organic gardens, and flexible collaborative spaces provide their employees with a secure place to work, the firm said in its statement.
According to the firm, currently, they employ multicultural staff from ten countries. "They have chosen Costa Rica, thanks to the country’s important support ecosystem in health, education, and nature issues, making this an ideal place to live," they said.
Most of Gensler’s upcoming positions will look to hire architectural professionals with 1-3 years of experience in support positions for BIM documentation, as well as in preparation processes for design presentations. The company will also be hiring professionals with 5-7 years of experience in architectural projects and construction for advanced model coordination.
Intermediate command of English (B2 or above) is preferred for all positions, as is advanced knowledge of the Autodesk Revit platform.
Applicants interested applying should send their résumés and portfolios by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the firm Careers site.
In 2020, the design companies sector had reached $5 billion in exports, despite the effects of the pandemic. In the last two decades, it has shown a sustained growth of 17% per year, according to the statistics of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE.
This is the third U.S.-based company announcing an increase in their operations in the country this month.
This week, Viant, a life sciences company based out
of Massachusetts, announced a major
expansion at its medical device
manufacturing plant located in Heredia
According to the company, it was invested
in additional capacity to meet market
demand for surgical devices, including
electromechanical devices. This expansion
will benefit all their potential customers
who seek speedy access to acquire complex
The company’s expansion began in 2020 and
included 14,000 square feet of assembly
space and plastic molding in ISO Class 8
clean rooms, and retrofitted 15,000 square
feet of additional space for warehousing,
offices, and support capacity, for a total
of 180,000 square feet over four
buildings. This expansion includes 15 new
molding machines that complement the
liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding
capacity that was added in 2020.
The firm will also add up to 300 jobs in
the Heredia area. They will look toward
hiring employees in all fields:
warehousing, equipment technicians,
operators, manufacturing engineers,
quality, operations managers, line
leaders, production supervisors, and more.
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Last week, the Wisconsin-based company
SMC, a global contract manufacturer for
the medical, diagnostics and
pharmaceutical markets, announced the
expansion of its facility in Costa Rica.
The firm also has branches in California,
Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Ohio of the
United States, as well as in the United
Kingdom and India.
According to SMC Costa Rica, the expansion
allows for additional cleanroom molding
and contract manufacturing capacity. The
development will double its current
facility bringing it to 120,000 square
feet in the Coyol Free Zone Park in
Alajuela Province. With the additional space, the firm will
provide increased contract manufacturing
solutions including assembly, injection
molding and secondary operations, giving
their global customers more options.
In 2010, SMC was one of the first
suppliers to set up operations in the
Coyol Free Zone Park at a multi-tenant
building. Four years later, in 2014, the
company relocated to a larger facility
doubling its square footage.
This year, the firm is doubling its
manufacturing area to 120,000 square feet
to support the significant growth they are
SMC currently employs over 200 people in
Costa Rica and will be hiring additional
workers. The company is a manufacturer
offering complete design, molding
services, and finished devices for the
medical, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical
industries. People interested in their job
openings should visit the company
By the end of 2020, the more than 300
multinational firms with operations in
Costa Rica country had created
approximately 134,026 jobs, of these
38,248 jobs were created in life-sciences
companies, according to the Foreign Trade
However, despite the high numbers
announced by the ministry, the Employment
Survey, from December 2020 to February
2021, shows an unemployment rate of
18.5%, meaning there are 452,000
people without registered jobs in the
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