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Welcome to Ideas, where you can learn about the trends, innovations, and challenges impacting the built environment.

  • From the Design Quarterly: 6 approaches to waterfront revitalization

    From the Design Quarterly: 6 approaches to waterfront revitalization

    How thoughtful decisions can drive the creation of livable urban places down by the water

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  • Stantec ERA Issue 02 | The Digital Issue

    Stantec ERA Issue 02 | The Digital Issue

    How is technology changing the energy and resources market?

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  • Design Quarterly Issue 07 | Adapting to Change

    Design Quarterly Issue 07 | Adapting to Change

    The rapid pace of change and how it’s influencing innovative design and engineering solutions from Sacramento to Perth.

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  • Published in Community Design Collaborative: Carnell Scholars Drive Schoolyard Design

    Published in Community Design Collaborative: Carnell Scholars Drive Schoolyard Design

    Stantec’s Philadelphia team received a community design award for conceptual open space improvements at the Laura H. Carnell School in Philadelphia

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  • Published in Mining Magazine: Bound for a Rebound

    Published in Mining Magazine: Bound for a Rebound

    It has been a tumultuous 12 months in the EPC and EPCM space, with project and sector-wide exits, plus handfuls of contract awards

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  • Published in Global Water Intelligence: Coastal projects bring Stantec a flood of work

    Published in Global Water Intelligence: Coastal projects bring Stantec a flood of work

    Green infrastructure and solutions a growing necessity to protect coastal communities from more frequent and growing storms

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  • Need a new marine crane? Follow these 7 guidelines for the procurement process

    Need a new marine crane? Follow these 7 guidelines for the procurement process

    Here’s how to select the right crane for specific job requirements on port infrastructure projects

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  • TAKE OUR QUIZ: Are you smart city smart?

    TAKE OUR QUIZ: Are you smart city smart?

    Take this quiz to see how much you know about what cities are doing to become hyperconnected. Based on research by ESI ThoughtLab, co-sponsored by Stantec

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  • 3 important keys to monitoring for stability during ash pond closures

    3 important keys to monitoring for stability during ash pond closures

    Planning and instrument monitoring are needed to safely build embankments over or excavate slopes into coal combustion residuals

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  • On the leading edge: Decentralized computing can transform smart-mobility infrastructure

    On the leading edge: Decentralized computing can transform smart-mobility infrastructure

    Edge computing test bed shows potential for cost-effective upgrades to connected roadway efficiency and safety

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  • What’s cooking? When it comes to commercial kitchen design, it’s all about ventilation

    What’s cooking? When it comes to commercial kitchen design, it’s all about ventilation

    Culinary problem solving—and reduced energy consumption—through integrated design

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  • Alternative project delivery is all about R&R—resourcefulness and repetition

    Alternative project delivery is all about R&R—resourcefulness and repetition

    The right design team—with the proper experience—can help deliver on complicated, pricey projects

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  • Developing solutions to handle PFAS—aka “forever chemicals”—it’s an evolving science

    Developing solutions to handle PFAS—aka “forever chemicals”—it’s an evolving science

    Innovative problem-solving needed as the true depth of PFAS contamination and its effects on humanity remain up in the air

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  • Want to elevate your smart city planning game? This 7-step roadmap gets you hyperconnected

    Want to elevate your smart city planning game? This 7-step roadmap gets you hyperconnected

    After surveying 100 metro centers around the world, we found some smart city best practices to share

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  • Research and benchmarking: Revisiting a 21st century library a decade after design

    Research and benchmarking: Revisiting a 21st century library a decade after design

    Libraries have evolved tremendously in the last two decades. Here’s what we’ve learned from researching and benchmarking.

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  • New certification from Passive House Institute US: What it means and why it matters

    New certification from Passive House Institute US: What it means and why it matters

    As the passive building movement continues to gain momentum globally, Blake Jackson breaks down the PHIUS CPHC certification—and what it can mean to communities

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  • In California, 1 million residents lack clean water. Solutions are on the way.

    In California, 1 million residents lack clean water. Solutions are on the way.

    The new Safe and Affordable Drinking Water program must address social and political factors to succeed

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  • Redefining lost urban spaces: 5 ways to turn a laneway into a “lanescape”

    Redefining lost urban spaces: 5 ways to turn a laneway into a “lanescape”

    Looking to enliven your city with a laneway revamp? Follow the themes of breathe, move, frame, celebrate, and inspire.

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  • What to know about the proposed changes to steam electric effluent limitation guidelines

    What to know about the proposed changes to steam electric effluent limitation guidelines

    Does your plant use coal to generate electricity? If so, it is essential that you are aware of these proposed revisions.

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  • Smart cities research: Building a Hyperconnected City

    Smart cities research: Building a Hyperconnected City

    This global survey of 100 global cities from ESI ThoughtLab, co-sponsored by Stantec, reveals a roadmap to smart city best practices

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  • From the Design Quarterly: 3 strategies to design academic research facilities to last

    From the Design Quarterly: 3 strategies to design academic research facilities to last

    With research and science education rapidly evolving, it’s critical that academic institutions get the best value in building design

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  • Discovering how “The Emily Test” can offer new—and better—perspectives to design

    Discovering how “The Emily Test” can offer new—and better—perspectives to design

    Spending time on the dark lanes of Christchurch, New Zealand, highlights the importance of considering personal safety, gender, and what’s right for everyone

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  • Published in District Energy: Project economic analysis: Making sense of the “alphabet soup”

    Published in District Energy: Project economic analysis: Making sense of the “alphabet soup”

    Tom Phelps, Principal for Combined Heat & Power at Stantec, outlines commonly used analytical methods in the latest issue of District Energy

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