Fred Shen & Hubert Wilke – Circa 1987
Shen Milsom & Associates was founded in 1986 by Fred Shen and Denis Milsom as an acoustical consulting firm in New York City. The firm expanded to include the design of Audiovisual Systems when Hubert Wilke joined the organization in 1987, and the name of the firm was changed to Shen Milsom & Wilke.
Shen Milsom & Wilke grew quickly and became one of the largest acoustics and audiovisual consulting firms in the world. Due to the growth of the company, and the demand to support clients in Asia, in 1990 Shen Milsom & Wilke opened its first International office in Hong Kong. Shortly thereafter, the practice was expanded again with the addition of telecommunications services, supporting both infrastructure planning and IT systems design.
With the convergence between acoustics, audiovisual and information technology, SM&W become a pioneer in the architectural and engineering industry, being one of the first consulting practices to provide multi-discipline services in the areas of acoustics and technology. The firm’s reputation and extensive list of high-profile projects continued to grow, as did the firm’s global presence, with offices opening throughout the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
In 2003 the firm added security consulting services to its suite of technology disciplines. The expansion into building security was a natural evolution, being another subset of the low-voltage utilities integrated into projects.
SM&W’s growth and success has been sustained through strategic partnerships and well planned acquisitions. Healthcare and Medical Education projects have become a core component of SM&W’s consultancy practice, and the most recent expansion of our firm is the addition of medical equipment planning in 2006.
Today SM&W is a global leader in the architectural and engineering industry. With 230+ employees in 15 offices around the world, the experience of our talented staff and our diversified infrastructure have helped set us apart from our competition.