Featured Ideas

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

  • Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Articulating a livable vision for city life

  • From Stantec ERA: What’s the future of energy? An Energy Remix to power our planet.

    From Stantec ERA: What’s the future of energy? An Energy Remix to power our planet.

    As the population grows, the need for more energy also grows—and old and new stakeholders are redefining how we power, live, and move about our planet

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  • City planners and healthcare providers need to talk about their common goals

    City planners and healthcare providers need to talk about their common goals

    How can healthcare providers and civic leaders coordinate community health goals, providing effective wellness while reducing healthcare costs?

  • Published in Metro Magazine: Tempe Streetcar critical to expanding rail service

    Published in Metro Magazine: Tempe Streetcar critical to expanding rail service

    Tom Wolf, Transportation engineer and project manager, writes about the Tempe Streetcar project, which connects Arizona State University and downtown

  • Infrastructure Week 2019: The state of American transit today and tomorrow

    Infrastructure Week 2019: The state of American transit today and tomorrow

    How do we get people moving? It’s about acceptable commute times, longer-term master plans, and high-capacity public transport systems.

  • Handling of Hydrogen Sulfide and Mercaptans in Oilfield Production - A Matter of Economics

    Handling of Hydrogen Sulfide and Mercaptans in Oilfield Production - A Matter of Economics

    For the exploitation of oil and gas fields, oil and gas producers face many challenges related to exploration, production methods and subsequent handling of the produced fluids.

  • Published in The How to green Report: Wade Crowfoot Interviewed

    Published in The How to green Report: Wade Crowfoot Interviewed

    Our Lisa Beutler interviews California’s Secretary for Natural Resources to talk priorities, policy and the current California How to green Plan

  • Infrastructure Week 2019: Parks as infrastructure—providing resilience and quality of life

    Infrastructure Week 2019: Parks as infrastructure—providing resilience and quality of life

    Across America, 1 in 3 people do not have access to a park within a 10-minute walk of their home. Here’s why that’s a problem.

  • Infrastructure Week 2019: Brownfield development is the future of the US urban landscape

    Infrastructure Week 2019: Brownfield development is the future of the US urban landscape

    Changes in demographics, urban density, P3 partnerships, and economic justice have reinforced the importance of brownfields

  • The power of mentorship: Choosing to help students find their career path

    The power of mentorship: Choosing to help students find their career path

    Texas architect Samantha Markham on mentoring: “I’m doing what I love every single day—helping others”

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  • Infrastructure Week 2019: The future of green infrastructure

    Infrastructure Week 2019: The future of green infrastructure

    Stormwater management systems shouldn’t be buried under other infrastructure priorities—and green infrastructure can help build resiliency

  • Published in International Mining Magazine: Considering alternative tailings discharge

    Published in International Mining Magazine: Considering alternative tailings discharge

    Bryan Ulrich argues that central tailings discharge can be especially advantageous at closure

  • Infrastructure Week 2019: The state of American roadways today and tomorrow

    Infrastructure Week 2019: The state of American roadways today and tomorrow

    Lessons that will allow us to #BuildForTomorrow, create more sustainable communities, and move more efficiently

  • Published in Mining Magazine: Consulting with the consultants

    Published in Mining Magazine: Consulting with the consultants

    How can mining companies and consultants work together to create the best results and what types of projects are miners seeking help with?

  • America is running out of engineers – here’s how we start recruiting more

    America is running out of engineers – here’s how we start recruiting more

    How do we get more students interested in engineering? Consider showing and telling local high school kids how you did it

  • Published in Green Operations: Holistic Healthcare

    Published in Green Operations: Holistic Healthcare

    Social Sustainability continues to evolve health and wellness design

  • Published in GeoDataPoint: BIM Reaches Beyond Design & Build

    Published in GeoDataPoint: BIM Reaches Beyond Design & Build

    Nathan Martin discusses how Stantec has benefited from the use of BIM on large and small projects for over a decade

  • Almost Home Kids opens third residence in Illinois for children with health complexities

    Almost Home Kids opens third residence in Illinois for children with health complexities

    Published in Building Design & Construction, this article highlights the newest location that is positioned as a prototype for national growth

  • Smart cities: Is there a playbook for that?

    Smart cities: Is there a playbook for that?

    Stantec is partnering with ESI ThoughtLab, Visa, Deloitte, Oracle, and others to develop an evidence-based smart city playbook for cities to follow

  • Work and school are no longer just places. They’re complete experiences.

    Work and school are no longer just places. They’re complete experiences.

    Higher education and workplace environments have evolved—which might be why you don’t mind staying for more than 40 hours a week

  • Published in NC Currents: Storm Damage Risk Reduction – Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps

    Published in NC Currents: Storm Damage Risk Reduction – Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps

    A look at the top 10 factors coastal communities should consider and address in future builds to reduce hurricane storm damage risk

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