Community Development

  • What does it take to turn around a declining mall?

    An estimated 25% of America’s large malls will close over the next three to five years. We're helping malls evolve beyond retail.

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  • East Midtown Greenway, a new Manhattan corridor

    The East Midtown Greenway is helping New York take steps towards having a complete greenway loop all the way around Manhattan.

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  • City of Wausau - Riverfront Brownfield Redevelopment

    Redeveloping blighted properties along the City's riverfront

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Empowering communities

Strong communities don’t just happen. They’re creatively imagined, collaboratively planned, and readied to face tomorrow with optimism. At Stantec, we take our promise to design with community in mind straight to the heart of cities and towns. Whether we’re bringing new life to the public realm, transforming a brownfield site into a valuable asset, or developing a new place for families to grow, we balance the needs of today with a passion for tomorrow.

Our holistic approach to community development touches many aspects of the built environment—from master planned communities to mixed-use developments, parks and recreation facilities to streetscapes that activate urban downtowns and suburban centers, and the multimodal corridors that connect us to the places we work, live, and thrive. 

Working closely with the communities we serve, we create destinations that unlock vibrant economic centers, establish resilient communities, and make places that feel like home.

Interconnected to the Core

Messy vibrancy is at the heart of any plan that involves people, because a great plan is about connections. And connections are fluid, they are unpredictable, and messy.

Join our Community Development team

Are you interested in designing future-ready communities or managing the delivery of an iconic project? We’re growing our team of planners, urban designers, landscape architects, civil engineers, surveyors, environmental scientists, project managers, and other specialists. Level up your career with our Community Development team. Join Our Team

Giving new life to dying malls

Everyone knows retail is changing. Malls are dying and the areas around them are suffering, yet these sites represent ground zero for a new era of opportunity. How can we tap powerful demographic and market forces to breathe new life into these strategic sites and unlock enhanced livability for surrounding communities? View Webinar

Babcock Ranch

Our master plan for the first solar-powered community in the United States is the blueprint for a new kind of hometown. The plan’s vision for green infrastructure and building techniques preserves energy and natural resources, while integrated smart mobility choices connect residents to abundant green spaces and distinctive, walkable neighborhoods. Read More
We prepare communities today to thrive tomorrow
#5
The Top 100 Pure Designers
145+
Offices Globally
3000+
Community Development Staff

We were ranked among the best by ENR in The Top 500 Design Firms, 2022.
We have offices all around the world with community development expertise.
We’re proud to have thousands of staff committed to community development throughout Stantec.
Expert Spotlight

Heidi Peper, Senior Associate, North America Funding Program, US East Lead

Securing project funding is all about the impact on the community, how it helps solve pressing needs, and positioning for the future.
Heidi Peper Senior Associate, North America Funding Program, US East Lead Read More

Simon O'Byrne, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Community Development

I feel very fortunate to do what I do—urban planning—which is about the art, business, culture, and science of great place making.
Simon O'Byrne Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Community Development Read More

Elias Rashmawi, Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US West)

Brownfields embody our community’s history and future. I translate my vision for what they can be into value for clients and communities.
Elias Rashmawi Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US West) Read More

Nancy MacDonald, Vice President, Urban Places

Urban professionals address the needs of our communities and help unlock the benefits of development. We’re city-builders.
Nancy MacDonald Vice President, Urban Places Read More

Gary Sorge , Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

Designing infrastructure with the ability to withstand natural and human impacts is an economic and social responsibility.
Gary Sorge Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture) Read More

Jim Paulmann, Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning)

My wheelhouse is master planned communities; knowledge and understanding of their unique issues, and a background in creating positive outcomes for public/private partnerships.
Jim Paulmann Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning) Read More

Clint Johnson, Principal

We work as a unified team to achieve common goals and resolve problems.

Heidi Peper

Senior Associate, North America Funding Program, US East Lead

Simon O'Byrne

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Community Development

Elias Rashmawi

Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US West)

Nancy MacDonald

Vice President, Urban Places

Gary Sorge

Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

Jim Paulmann

Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning)

Clint Johnson

Principal

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Data Analytics & Visualization Interpreting your data doesn’t need to be as complicated as the data itself. Our accessible and visually-focused dashboards help you get the most out of your gathered information.
Design Visualization Through design visualization, we help clients and stakeholders picture the building they’ll work in, the bridge they’ll drive over, and the neighborhood their kids will play in.
Surveying & Mapping Using tools like GPS, GIS, 3D laser scanners, and aerial photogrammetry we provide surveying and mapping to define land boundaries, earth’s physical features, and the built environment.
Landscape Architecture Whether it's an urban park, a restored wetland, an athletic complex, or a waterfront destination--through analysis, planning, and design, we create inspired landscapes that reflect context and user needs.
Land Use Planning We provide responsible planning by creating careful and thoughtful options for right now as well as for the future that take into account site conditions, public input, client needs, and project requirements.
Public Participation We develop and execute communication and consultation plans that allow people affected by change to understand, influence, and accept it.
Urban Planning & Design Our plans help harness the forces reshaping North American communities. We create places that are authentic, green, walkable, connected and diverse.  
Land Development Engineering We transform land by taking into account physical site conditions, public expectations, fiscal requirements, and environmental constraints.

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    Work with passionate people who are experts in their field. Our teams love what they do and are driven by how their work makes an impact on the communities they serve.

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