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The design of the built environment transcends physical form, shaping our lives, our communities and influencing behaviors and interaction. Our architects, interior designers and planners are with you every step of the way, from initial concept through design and construction to completion. Whether we are designing a commercial environment to enhance brand and drive revenue; a healthcare facility that is comfortable and supports healing; an educational or research space that sparks discovery; a transportation or aviation hub that gets you to your destination with a smile on your face; a hospitality space that makes you feel at home or a mixed use development that promotes a healthy balance of live-work-play, our goal is to apply our technical expertise and creativity to enhance everyday life. At Stantec, we’re interested in building stronger communities. How will we achieve that? We believe it will be through a focus on clients, creativity, and community.

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Perspectives: Here’s what our experts are talking about

What constitutes a rich design culture?

What drives us? Purpose, passion, and the power to affect change through design.

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<p><b>Eric Weyant</b>: A culture of design really requires a lot of dialogue between people that are leading the firm and leading the direction of the firm as well as the ability to harness and take advantage of all the ideas that lots of people that work at the firm and participate at the firm have.</p> <p><b>Amber Luther</b>: Every office seems to have their sort of uniqueness that allows them to develop their process and utilize that process on projects. When you start to use an interdisciplinary or interoffice team, that sort of evolves and becomes something entirely different.</p> <p><b>Anton Germishuizen</b>: Design culture comes from leadership. It comes from youth. It comes from talent., and I think it comes from driving a strong dialogue in an organization on the subject.</p> <p><b>Larry Weeks</b>: Today more than ever successful environments are multi-perspectival. I think the messy vitality that happens in places that are loved by people, that are successful and urban places – it's very difficult for one person to get that. I think the ways to get that is to entertain and nourish and fuel lots of voices coming together. I think that's one reason that we focus on lots of disciplines within our office. In fact, every individual in our office can work across these disciplines, so we speak with lots of voices.</p> <p><b>Justin Perdue</b>: I think what's important in our healthy design culture is that you're always asking questions and you're never accepting what has been done before as the truth. You should always be looking for new ideas and making sure that you're doing it the right way, not just the way it's been done before.</p> <p><b>Michael Moxam</b>: An environment where people feel that the dialogue around ideas is the most important thing in the office.</p>

Bringing Clarks into the future

An expression of the Clarks brand, this workplace inspires creativity and fosters collaboration

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<p><b>TITLE:&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>Clarks Americas Headquarter Office<b></b></p> <p><b>DESCRIPTION:</b></p> <p>An expression of the Clarks brand, this workplace inspires creativity and fosters collaboration.</p> <p><b>TRANSCRIPT:</b></p> <p><b>Tammy Diorio:</b>&nbsp; Everything about what Clarks wanted to do was mix the old and the new to bring our heritage, but make it modern. We were in an old mill building. It was very industrial, which we liked, but as we grew we were very disconnected. That impacted how we could, uh, work together and collaborate. We were using a lot of space, but not very effectively. We didn't have a lot of open areas to gather and feel like one company. We made a strong effort to try to make this new building something that Clarks could be proud of and also bring Clarks into the future.</p> <p><b>Steve Basque:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; It's all about that connection. The atrium brings people into the space and then we ascend up the stair, or you get off the elevator, and you can see work being done in all of the spaces around the atrium.</p> <p><b>Tammy Diorio:</b>&nbsp; I think the biggest change is that our product was not displayed in the best way in the old building. We worked together to really develop new spaces to showcase the product and for the designers to design the product.</p> <p><b>Steve Basque:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; The hand craftsmanship of the product and the attention to detail was probably the most important thing that we've tried to focus on. That it doesn't have to be old to be crafted.</p> <p><b>Steven Kelly:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We understood Clarks history. You, you've got a shoe company that has been around for almost 200 years. They've got the highest grade technology available to you. They're still taking wood blocks and putting it on the wood lathe like they did 100 years ago and then machine by hand with files to perfection. So it's a great story that combined their history with their present with an eye to the future.</p> <p><b>Tammy Diorio:</b>&nbsp; The employees have stopped me in the hallway just saying how much they love the building. They love the collaboration.</p> <p><b>John Daine:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>For us, as the model makers, it's been a vast improvement. We've got the north light, which we didn't use to have. We used to have to close the light out with blinds because of the direct sunlight in the summer.</p> <p><b>Patrick Grace:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As a designer, what we need is definitely lots of natural light, which we are provided with here. It's nice that on each floor on each end there's a convenient little kitchenette that we all have access to with coffee. And it's great because you run into people that you may have had the opportunity to run into in the previous building. That has been a great, great change.</p> <p><b>Donna Leung:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now that we've been working in this building for about six months, it really has reinvigorated everyone to work more closely together because the open nature of this building really fosters creativity and collaboration. We can go off into a little nook and come up with creative ideas, brainstorm ideas.</p> <p><b>Gary Champion:</b>&nbsp;It's a really well thought out, well-designed building. Usually it takes some time to get familiar with the new surroundings, but when we walked in, it was immediate and you can see a significant difference in the way we operate our organization just by moving into this building. Terrific!</p>

Design matters. It is the value we create for our clients and communities. It is a passion for excellence in design that drives us.

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<table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Jonathan Cardello</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>Design is when you go to a project or a location and it tugs at your emotion.&nbsp; You walk in and you feel bound to the space and you can integrate into it. It’s an extremely hard thing to do but when you do it it’s really magical.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Taryn Kinney</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>We know that our world is changing , I mean that’s the one constant that we have is that it will always change from what we have today. So in order to look at that future and look at that changing landscape, businesses need help from designers who are used to really looking out and creating a better future.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Christian Owens</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>That's what we're doing.&nbsp; We're designing for our communities. I think that’s what separates us.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Tamara Roy</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>It combines problem solving with thinking about everything from the client’s point of view, to the city, and the neighborhood and answering that question of “what is going to come and put all of those desires and dreams of all those different constituencies together in one place. So that others come and visit the building and say, ‘Wow. This is an amazing building.’”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Todd Stevens</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>One thing that I think is really exciting about&nbsp; Stantec is it's a big A and big E.&nbsp; And this idea of architects and engineers working together is really exciting for me.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Anton Germishuizen</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>I think design has really come of age in the last 10 to 15 years as &nbsp;a tool to help businesses, enterprises, institutions come to grips with their challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Taryn Kinney</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>As designers, we just have that mindset, it's a problem-solving mindset.&nbsp; So businesses need that kind of thinking in order to continue moving the organization forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Michael Banman</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>We’re part of a rich history, and we’re participating in that, we’re participating in building societies, in building communities if you will. And design excellence to me is projects that are significant enough to be remembered by the society that they’re built within, by the professions that we practiced within.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="163" valign="top"><p>Michael Moxam</p> </td> <td width="475" valign="top"><p>Every time I think about a project no matter how small or large, it’s about making the context, the community, the city that it’s in a better place.&nbsp; Yes, we have to solve the specific issues relative to a specific project but we have an opportunity in fact to extend beyond that and contribute in a huge way to the communities we’re in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table>

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