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Published by global design firm Stantec, this eclectic blog features viewpoints, insights, and explanations from Stantec architects, engineers, and designers, on a range of issues impacting the fabric of our communities. Our contributors share their thoughts about design trends, emerging technologies, vexing challenges, and inspired solutions. For more blog posts, visit: www.stantec.com.
Coronavirus | March 16, 2020 | Stantec Blog Nicole McLellan, David Pernitsky, and Arthur Umble

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

ErinoakKids treatment center, Erin Sauga, courtesy Stantec

For our design for an ErinoakKids treatment center, we needed to include a staircase that incorporated a large landing, since kids with mobility issues require a space to rest. So, we came up with a treehouse concept, which can be seen at the top left of this image. Photo courtesy Stantec

Architects | July 15, 2019 | Stantec Blog Iva Radikova and Olivera Sipka, Stantec

Standard building requirements don’t have to be boring. Here’s how you can inject whimsical touches into everyday design features.

Retail Centers | April 02, 2019 | Stantec Blog Jason Stephenson

We continually hear that “retail is dying,” but there are many foundational retail types essential to consumers—here’s a look at 3 of them.

What happens downtown doesn’t stay downtown: The ripple effects of a strong center city

The mix of uses typically seen in downtowns—stores, housing, offices, arts and entertainment—typically generate far more fiscal revenue than other neighborhoods. Photo: Minneapolis Downtown Council

Urban Planning | March 01, 2019 | Stantec Blog Beth Elliott, AICP, Senior Urban Planner, Stantec

A new report from the International Downtown Association measures the true value and lasting impact of downtowns and center cities.

Airports | February 21, 2019 | Stantec Blog Matt Colby

More airports are asking passengers to check their own baggage. What’s the ripple effect?

Student housing series: Designing a home away from home in The Golden State

A rendering of UC Davis student housing. Rendering: Stantec

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2019 | Stantec Blog Bryan Morrison, Project Architect, Stantec

California asserts building code restrictions more stringently than other states, making design challenging for student housing.

December 20, 2018 | Stantec Blog Kate Ryan

When it’s time to make the move, designers can support clients in introducing a new workplace environment.

 Biophilic design in practice at Lower 48 in Denver.
Biophilic Design | November 19, 2018 | Stantec Blog Kaitlyn Gillis

5 tips to infuse natural elements into the built environment—from plants to pictures.

Architects | September 24, 2018 | Stantec Blog Mike Gervasi

While offering efficiency and flexibility, modular construction requires extensive planning and collaboration to avoid potential challenges.

Green | August 15, 2018 | Stantec Blog Nels Nelson

The WELL Community Standard equips planners to build health promotion into the very fabric of neighborhoods.

An apartment-style student housing project uses patterning and window placement to generate interest on an otherwise flat façade

Multifamily Housing | July 13, 2018 | Stantec Blog Bryan Morrison

While student and multi-family housing share a common building form, it’s the student resident that drives the innovation of new spaces.

Urban Planning | June 18, 2018 | Stantec Blog Joe Geller

Five years ago, experts were predicting continued urban rebound and suburban decline. What really happened?

Sustainability | April 18, 2018 | Stantec Blog Heather Greene

The future office strives to be better, focus more on the people who inhabit it, and contribute to the success of the company.

Energy | April 09, 2018 | Stantec Blog Travis Sage

Imagine a future where buildings and infrastructure are 100% utilized and 100% responsive.

Office Building Design | March 02, 2018 | Stantec Blog Jenya Guillemin

These days, if your office space isn’t a true reflection of your brand, you’ve missed a big opportunity to connect with your audience.

Our team helped implement public improvements along 1,500 feet of Wisconsin shoreline. This project benefited from community outreach.

Urban Planning | February 26, 2018 | Stantec Blog Lindsey Christopherson

A new community engagement program works with young adults to help the future of the neighborhood and get others involved.

Resiliency | November 15, 2017 | Stantec Blog Blake Jackson

The developer sees resilient developments achieving top-of-market pricing, faster leasing, higher renewal, and higher occupancy rates.

Architects | October 25, 2017 | Stantec Blog Douglas King, Senior Associate, Stantec

Children often accompany parents or grandparents in medical settings; what can we do to address their unique needs?

Architects | September 25, 2017 | Stantec Blog Chris Groesbeck, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

The four-part mission of a garden of scientific research helped drive the design for the Beijing New Material Research & Development Center....

Communal space in a Boston office

Healthcare lounges should take inspiration from communal spaces in the workplace, like the Fish & Richardson office in Boston.

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2017 | Stantec Blog Samantha Gotta

When done right, medical staff lounges are an essential part of the healthcare workplace.

A rendering of a senior care room
Healthcare Facilities | July 31, 2017 | Stantec Blog Barry Kowalsky

When a family member can no longer be cared for in their current home, they require specialized care that is only available in a long-term care cen...

CarloMaria Ciampoli discusses design during the General Assembly/We Work event in Denver, Colorado.

CarloMaria Ciampoli discusses design during the General Assembly/We Work event in Denver, Colorado.

Architects | July 19, 2017 | Stantec Blog CarloMaria Ciampoli

What is design? Who are designers? And are there any common laws or rules than can unite the many types of design that exist?

June 30, 2017 | Stantec Blog William Ketcham

Labs are designed by discipline, aligned by relevant commonalities, and adjoined to flexible faculty research stations.

Retail Centers | June 21, 2017 | Stantec Blog Steve Kearney

It’s time to plan for the suburban retail reset—and it starts by rethinking the traditional mall.

K-12 Schools | May 16, 2017 | Stantec Blog Tanya Doran

Students are helping drive change by focusing on the future.

April 11, 2017 | Stantec Blog Douglas King, Senior Associate, Stantec

Creating healthier populations through local community health centers.

Cherry Creek North

Retail Centers | March 07, 2017 | Stantec Blog Larry Weeks

What’s driving experiential retail in 2017 and beyond?

Building Team | February 21, 2017 | Stantec Blog Thanos Webb

Archaeologists continually unearth artifacts in our cities. It's time to showcase them.

Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo

Augmented Reality | January 13, 2017 | Stantec Blog Justin Perdue, Associate Architect, Stantec

Measuring how the human mind responds to buildings could improve design.

Pixabay Public Domain

Healthcare Facilities | September 16, 2016 | Stantec Blog Bruce Knepper, AIA

Discovering new ways design can—and can’t—improve the patient experience.

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