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

  • Pandemic preparedness: How hospitals can adapt buildings to address worst-case scenarios

    Pandemic preparedness: How hospitals can adapt buildings to address worst-case scenarios

    A Canadian healthcare architect looks at how hospital staff can act now to modify facilities and contain a pandemic

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  • Coronavirus and the water cycle—here is what treatment professionals need to know

    Coronavirus and the water cycle—here is what treatment professionals need to know

    As the global health community tracks the spread of this virus, it’s important for water and wastewater professionals to keep updated on potential impacts

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  • 6 approaches to water management that can help address climate change

    6 approaches to water management that can help address climate change

    To create a sustainable future, we must scrutinize water management through a climate resilience lens

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  • How VR and AR are transforming the world of energy and resources

    How VR and AR are transforming the world of energy and resources

    New design technologies give you the ability to, quite literally, see into the future of your project

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  • Spend a dollar to save six: coastal resilience by the numbers

    Spend a dollar to save six: coastal resilience by the numbers

    Rising sea levels. Catastrophic storms. Battered shorelines. What’s the measurable impact of climate change on our coastal communities, and how can we respond?

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  • [Whitepaper] Considerations for Water and Wastewater Treatment related to the recent outbreak COVID-19

    [Whitepaper] Considerations for Water and Wastewater Treatment related to the recent outbreak COVID-19

    Common disinfection methods for water and wastewater treatment are expected to be effective for inactivation of coronaviruses when executed properly

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  • Can drone technology help us mitigate the impact of future natural disasters? Absolutely

    Can drone technology help us mitigate the impact of future natural disasters? Absolutely

    Drone technology is helping Puerto Rico rebuild with resilience following 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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  • Stantec Design Quarterly Issue 08

    Stantec Design Quarterly Issue 08

    Wellness & active lifestyles

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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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  • The joys of recycling a building: How to get your adaptive reuse project on track

    The joys of recycling a building: How to get your adaptive reuse project on track

    Thinking of turning that abandoned building into a modern, mixed-use space? Consider these elements before diving into your dream project.

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  • 5 ways to achieve a healthier work space now and after COVID-19

    5 ways to achieve a healthier work space now and after COVID-19

    Design founded on empathy and safety can help inform a healthier working environment for building occupants

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  • Managing our wastewater and its resources through biomimicry

    Managing our wastewater and its resources through biomimicry

    A successful transition to a true circular economy must include water resource recovery—and designing as nature is the best process to follow

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  • Published in Alaska Public Media: New study on Arctic warming: Was 2017 a tipping point?

    Published in Alaska Public Media: New study on Arctic warming: Was 2017 a tipping point?

    Scientists share information on dramatic changes in the Pacific Arctic ecosystems and what the warmer water means

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic is proof that it’s time to implement virtual healthcare

    The COVID-19 pandemic is proof that it’s time to implement virtual healthcare

    Digitally driven, remote care can help during a health crisis—and during more traditional times, too

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  • Published: Delivering compliance through effective environmental management

    Published: Delivering compliance through effective environmental management

    In this Institute of Water Magazine article, Stantec’s Chris Rochfort shares how environmental risks are managed on large scale programmes in the UK water sector

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  • The level-up strategy: Responding to sea level rise in coastal communities

    The level-up strategy: Responding to sea level rise in coastal communities

    To adapt to the growing threat of floods, low-lying communities must change the way they build

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  • eDNA: Delivering power sector projects while keeping rare species safe

    eDNA: Delivering power sector projects while keeping rare species safe

    Environmental DNA biomonitoring is a breakthrough technology that revolutionizes how industry can reduce cost, efforts, and risks for energy projects

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  • It’s not if, but when: Designing healthcare spaces that support pandemic response

    It’s not if, but when: Designing healthcare spaces that support pandemic response

    What can we learn from Singapore’s response to COVID-19? How does it impact the next generation of hospitals?

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  • [With Video] From the Design Quarterly: How can lighting design influence wellness?

    [With Video] From the Design Quarterly: How can lighting design influence wellness?

    Ask an expert: Lighting design discipline lead Rachel Fitzgerald explains how new research is influencing our application of lighting for well-being

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  • In the face of more extreme weather, how do we equitably fund stormwater utilities?

    In the face of more extreme weather, how do we equitably fund stormwater utilities?

    Stormwater utilities are becoming increasingly vital for communities. With planning, the financial responsibility can be distributed fairly.

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  • 3 urban planning trends that are changing how our cities will look in the future

    3 urban planning trends that are changing how our cities will look in the future

    Urban developments are seeking to promote innovation, healthy living, and sustainability

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  • How do office sounds impact design? Hint: Not all sound in the workplace is bad

    How do office sounds impact design? Hint: Not all sound in the workplace is bad

    A smart workplace design conversation means understanding the role acoustics play in the workplace

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  • Flying high: Drone technology is providing better community resiliency and recovery

    Flying high: Drone technology is providing better community resiliency and recovery

    From 3-D models to thermal infrared scans, the information drones provide is transforming community development and environmental services

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  • Published in Mining Magazine: Stantec targets growth in mining

    Published in Mining Magazine: Stantec targets growth in mining

    Stantec’s Jon Treen talks about the role of consultancy within the mining industry as the new decade begins

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  • Published in Global Mining Review: Is Safety Suffering?

    Published in Global Mining Review: Is Safety Suffering?

    Andrew Watson and Resa Furey, Stantec, Canada, ask the question: are industry efforts to manage tailings and demonstrate effective risk mitigation enough?

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  • Published in Buildings: 5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Lighting Upgrade

    Published in Buildings: 5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Lighting Upgrade

    Lighting technologies are evolving constantly, and the changing market can make it difficult to know which new features could actually benefit your building and its occupants

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  • Published in Retrofit: Designers Befriend a Researcher

    Published in Retrofit: Designers Befriend a Researcher

    Two lighting designers and a researcher look at how four lighting projects illustrate the potential gaps between current research and the reality of the design process

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  • [With Video] Tailings Dam Disasters – What Happened, What’s Next?

    [With Video] Tailings Dam Disasters – What Happened, What’s Next?

    Mining Vice President Andrew Watson shares his perspective on the cause of tailings dam failures

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  • Tech-driven innovations can help us build anticipatory resiliency in our communities

    Tech-driven innovations can help us build anticipatory resiliency in our communities

    It’s important to perceive threats—from hurricanes to pandemic disease—and plan for them. Here are 3 tech advancements to help build resiliency.

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  • Ontario’s new excess soils regulation: What do infrastructure owners need to know?

    Ontario’s new excess soils regulation: What do infrastructure owners need to know?

    Learn about the special considerations for certain infrastructure projects to manage and reuse the soil

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