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Stantec donates $340,000 to National Music Centre

Partnership celebrates commitment to volunteerism, community and creativity

Stantec and the National Music Centre (NMC) are proud to announce Stantec’s $340,000 in kind donation to the construction of Studio Bell, NMC’s new facility that will open to the public this July. In celebration of this gift, Stantec will name Studio Bell’s Volunteer Lounge, which will be a green room for community volunteers.

“We have relied on the expertise of Stantec throughout this journey to build a home for music in Canada,” said NMC’s president and CEO Andrew Mosker. “We are grateful for this donation, and for the hard work that Stantec has contributed to the completion of Studio Bell.”

Stantec provided mechanical engineering services for the facility, which included installing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems into the dramatic building shapes, ensuring mechanical noise will not interfere with the acoustics of the building. Studio Bell requires close control of the temperature and humidity in exhibit spaces to preserve artifacts, while handling various occupancy levels in the exhibit at any given time. Stantec championed resiliency efforts, ensuring all mechanical equipment in Studio Bell is located in the penthouse, mitigating damage caused by potential natural disasters.

“Studio Bell is not only a centerpiece here in the City of Calgary, it is a building that will be recognizable across Canada. This is a place that will encourage innovation and creativity.” says Tino DiManno, chief business officer, Stantec. “At Stantec, the communities we support, work in, and live in, inspire our work. Our employees’ genuine dedication to supporting our community makes the volunteer lounge a perfect fit for our partnership with the National Music Centre.”

In honour of the donation, a coffee break for the construction workers—provided by Rosso Coffee Roasters—was held at Studio Bell earlier this morning, with over 160 workers on-site taking a break in celebration of their efforts.

With a large company presence in Calgary and across Canada, Stantec’s support of the National Music Centre was a natural fit. The partnership between Stantec, and NMC began in 2011, when the project was in the concept and design stage.  Stantec has worked with construction partners to create a space that will inspire artists from across Canada.

About Stantec
We’re active members of the communities we serve. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. The Stantec community unites more than 15,000 employees working in over 250 locations. Our work—professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

About the National Music Centre
The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. NMC will preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through programming that includes on-site and outreach education programs, performances, artist incubation, and exhibitions. For more information, please visit

About Studio Bell
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is a 160,000 square foot facility located in Calgary’s East Village. Slated to open in July of 2016, Studio Bell will be an international hub for music and technology. For more information, please visit

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Andrew Mosker, National Music Centre CEO and Arliss Szysky, Stantec Office Leader, Calgary 

We’re proud to be a part of Studio Bell, the iconic new home for the National Music Centre

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<p>Andrew Mosker: “Ten years ago we presented the idea to build the National Music Centre to the board. Ten years ago. And here we are.”</p> <p>Arliss Szysky: “It’s so exciting for Stantec to have been part of this. It is a remarkable facility that will live on forever. It is a landmark facility for our city, for our country it is a true gem. For the Stantec building team to have been a part of the mechanical engineering here, it really puts us on the map to be a part of something that is so exciting that I am sure each individual involved will cherish that for their lifetime.”</p> <p>Tom Pilmoor: “Very interesting building as far as mechanical systems. It’s a LEED certified building and we are shooting for efficiency as well as we have lots of areas that are correctional temperature humidity and environment and museum quality spaces that we have to be careful where we supply and condition the air in certain places.”</p> <p>Jeff Rent: “Our mechanical systems had to be put in place but we didn’t want to have them overpower some of the beautiful architecture that you see in this building. We had to do a lot of coordination on the design to make sure that a. the systems would work and b. they would fit in nicely with the overall look of the building.”</p> <p>Miguel Burgos: “This is a unique project. You don’t have many opportunities to work a project like this and it’s exciting to be a part of such a big building that will have such an impact on the community.”</p> <p>Arliss Szysky: “The ability for Stantec to secure the naming rights for the volunteer lounge truly fits with our values and corporate culture. Our employees are so deeply rooted in this community and look for every opportunity to get involved with organizations and that fact that we were able to mirror our company values with the opportunity here for the volunteer lounge is truly special. Every nook and cranny of the building is special and its own. I feel truly blessed to have been here and experienced this and I can’t wait for the rest of Calgarians to experience this.”</p>

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