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What’s the future of resilience?

What’s the future of resilience?

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<p>My son had just moved to New York. he was, I think three days before Hurricane Sandy. And, you know, the calls from him sitting through that storm in New York with his Building swaying three feet on the direction on the 29th floor really made me start thinking about it. And, you know, fortunately, he actually had electricity the next day, but our office in New York City was closed with almost three weeks. And we were having trouble finding people. And that was really scary.</p> <p>When we first started talking about resiliency, a lot of people said to me, &quot;Oh, it's just a fad. It's-, it's-, it's like sustainability was a fad.” And I think about that as ... I don't think it was a fad. I think sustainability was something that, the world needed to think about. the world needed to understand. And it started out as something that you added to a project if you were trying to be, concern about the environment and it's now become something that's just, expected and something that is part of every project we're doing. So almost everything we do is sustainable today.</p> <p>And I think resiliency, is really, sort of in its infancy of being in the same place a few years from now where resiliency will be part of the design process just like sustainability is today. The difference I think with resiliency is that it's not going to be because you want to do the right thing, it's going to be because you're trying to protect health safety and welfare, and you’re trying to make your site resilient to future changes in climate and the world around us.</p> <p>What's really cool about Stantec is that we're able to provide all the expertise that our clients are looking for. Whether it's the power group talking about, onsite power, distribution and delivery; whether it's our, planning and urban design group talking about how to manage storm water on the site, we have scientists, designers, engineers, architects. You name it, we have it; geomorphologists. If that's something that we need, related to resiliency, we can bring that group to the table.</p> <p>So I'm hoping that, as people started thinking more about resiliency and hearing more about resiliency that it becomes part of our lexicon, and becomes part of our daily design process, so integrated into everything we do.</p>

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