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Stantec design concept selected for inclusion in resiliency-focused national exhibit

The Lily Pad strategy earns highest recognition as a leading model for innovation in supporting sustainable and equitable growth


A Stantec concept known as the Lily Pad NetworkTM was recently selected for inclusion in the Houston 2020 Visions exhibit and publication. A collaboration between AIA Houston and Houston City Council Member David W. Robinson, FAIA, Houston 2020 Visions was a year-long, open call for ideas that can help Houston move forward as a resilient and sustainable city. The program challenged designers to think outside their professional silos to reimagine the environment at all scales and facets, thus creating a new vision for the future as a city. 

The Lily Pad Network concept activates existing community assets, such as schools, community centers, and faith centers to act as safe havens (or “lily pads”). Tethered to the community and each other, these lily pads provide a framework to support the full disaster cycle of preparation, response, and recovery. The Lily Pad Network also identifies neighborhoods that are lacking in these resilient facilities and provides a strategy to create a new typology within those communities to meet their specific needs. The strategy was developed after the Houston Resiliency Innovation Workshop hosted by Stantec, which brought together 50 local and national experts, stakeholders, and community leaders to discuss current issues in Houston, anticipate shocks and stresses of the future, and provide a platform for new thinking on creating a more resilient future.

Stantec’s Lily Pad Network was selected from dozens of submissions for the Houston 2020 Visions exhibit and publication. Furthermore, it was one of only three proposals elevated by the national jury as “Visionary,” due in part to its scalability and its broad range from emergency response to community growth and resilience. The Houston 2020 Visions exhibit will launch on August 31, 2020 at, and the in-person exhibit is expected to debut in fall 2020 at the Architecture Center Houston (ArCH).

Stantec has offices throughout Texas that include professionals providing services in architecture and interior design; civil, structural, and MEP engineering; environmental restoration, remediation, and permitting; surveying; land planning and landscape architecture; transportation; and water and wastewater engineering.


About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. 

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