Project Impossible

History Canada to feature major Stantec design feats

We are proud and excited to announce that two Stantec projects will be featured on HISTORY’s upcoming season of Project Impossible. The series explores “epic engineering projects that were considered unthinkable just a few years ago.” Project Impossible begins airing in Canada on July 27th, 2018 and is scheduled for a US release later this fall. Watch the trailer here.   

“Episode 6: Engineering America” airs on July 28th at 2PM PDT and showcases Stantec’s design of a massive pumping station complex in New Orleans, Louisiana. The $690-million Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) project—three massive drainage pumping stations and flood gate closure systems—is the final piece of a $14.5 billion hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system. Launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the PCCP is the second largest drainage pumping station project in the world and will greatly assist Metro New Orleans area in improving its level of resiliency for tropical storms and hurricanes.

The next Stantec project will be featured in “Episode 9: Conquering the Arctic” and air on Saturday, July 28th at 4PM PDT. The segment focuses on northern engineering feats and highlights the Stantec-designed Iqaluit Airport, the first successful P3 Airport in North America. The Iqaluit Airport is one of Canada’s northernmost flight hubs and was built to serve the remote community of Nunavut in its stark, dark, and frozen climate.

Check back for US air dates!

About Project Impossible
Each episode of Project Impossible features multiple stories that illustrate man-made projects that are crucial to our future. These projects include a massive North Sea wind station with 600-foot rotors, a giant sea wall that will protect the ancient city of Venice from rising waters, the world’s largest moveable structure in Chernobyl, and the construction of a fleet of nuclear powered icebreaking ships.

An airport unlike any other

Through animation, we explore the question "why go up to go down" during our design of the Iqaluit Airport.

Engineering the impossible at Nunavut’s Iqaluit Airport

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Creating a hub for community connections

Stantec's Noel Best describes how the Iqaluit Airport will function as a community hub.

Connecting Canada from coast to coast to coast—completing a 60-year vision

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Meet Our Team

Noel Best, Principal

One of the basic tenets of my design approach to airports is to bring a 'sense of place' to the architecture and interior design.

Leslie Merrithew, Civil Engineer

The most rewarding part of my job is when a client or coworker calls me up and wants me on a project—it means I made a positive impression, and I’m a valued team player.

Kevin Hodgins, Senior Principal

Communities are built on people. As professionals, it’s important to be involved in the volunteer and professional organizations that strengthen our immediate communities.

Cecilia Einarson, Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

Architecture transforms chaos into order, allowing us to positively shape the future of our cities and communities.
Cecilia Einarson Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals) Read More

Alvaro Fernandez de Mesa, Associate

Collaboration is the most powerful tool a team must use to deliver a successful project.
Alvaro Fernandez de Mesa Associate Read More

Dan O'Neill, Senior Associate

The best way to meet our client’s expectations is by taking the time to really listen to their needs.
  • Noel Best


  • Leslie Merrithew

    Civil Engineer

  • Kevin Hodgins

    Senior Principal

  • Cecilia Einarson

    Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

  • Alvaro Fernandez de Mesa


  • Dan O'Neill

    Senior Associate

A resilient future for an American Icon

The City of New Orleans has a complex relationship with water. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated just how vulnerable it is to big storms. Learn from Dan Grandal how we’re helping it prepare for a more resilient future.

Creating a buzz

"It’s amazing to me how many people know of this project, or are interested in hearing a presentation about it. I don't recall how many times I have given or been a part of presenting on PCCP. People are always impressed by the magnitude of this undertaking!" - Mark Willis

Large-scale model tests flood control design

Stantec's custom designed physical model allowed engineers to test design assumptions for the $690 million Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps facilities in New Orleans.

Meet Our Team

John Take, Senior Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Water (US South Central)

Protecting entire cities from flooding or helping industries keep their processes running—for me, it’s all about moving water.
John Take Senior Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Water (US South Central) Read More

Dan Grandal, Principal

My job is to help communities become more resilient and to provide the basic building blocks that get those communities functioning.

Rob Mullins, Jr., Senior Vice President, Programs and Business Solutions

I am a Stantec engineer serving my country by supporting federal agencies, executing their infrastructure construction and renewal missions.
Rob Mullins, Jr. Senior Vice President, Programs and Business Solutions Read More

Reno Fiorante, Senior Vice President, Discipline Leader, Water

Ensuring a clean water supply and protecting waterways from the wastewater we generate benefits our communities for generations to come.
Reno Fiorante Senior Vice President, Discipline Leader, Water Read More

Dwight (Ike) Saunders, Vice President

Being able to recognize the context of your assignments will allow you to deliver value—not just tasks—and leads to you being valued.
Dwight (Ike) Saunders Vice President Read More
  • John Take

    Senior Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Water (US South Central)

  • Dan Grandal


  • Rob Mullins, Jr.

    Senior Vice President, Programs and Business Solutions

  • Reno Fiorante

    Senior Vice President, Discipline Leader, Water

  • Dwight (Ike) Saunders

    Vice President

Design for the 22nd Century

Drone flyover of Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps Project – 17th Street Canal.

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