Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has been shortlisted for two of its interdisciplinary community development projects in the 2022 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The prestigious event, hosted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), represents the best in urban design and responsible planning, celebrating people and projects which transform economies, environments, and communities for the better.
Stantec’s Future Ready NextGen Infrastructure Action Plan (“NextGen Action Plan”), as well as its 25 Connects: A Transit-Oriented Plan have both been named as finalists in the International Award for Planning Excellence category.
The NextGen Action Plan saw Stantec work alongside the City of Centennial in Colorado, supporting the city with a multi-disciplinary approach which outlined how to implement smart city solutions most effectively via next generation infrastructure merged with policy and regulatory considerations.
This project, completed in 2021, involved multiple phases, using policy and regulatory analysis and innovative pilot projects. This resulted in a plan which supports future-ready, affordable, infrastructure and improves quality of life for all members of the Centennial community.
The 25 Connects plan meanwhile was carried out by Stantec on behalf of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). In this instance, Stantec was engaged to develop a transit-oriented development plan which would create better access and opportunities for the community on Cleveland’s west side.
The project involved a high-level of direct but nuanced community engagement and public outreach through an ambassador programme, using insights and opinions from residents to influence final recommendations to GCRTA. 25 Connects is a best-in-class example of how to integrate rapid transit with contemporary, community-driven planning. It’s expected the plan will be used as a model influencing future projects of a similar scale and scope across the City of Cleveland.
Commenting on the shortlist, Nancy MacDonald, Director of Stantec’s Urban Places said: “Both of these planning projects focus on the needs of our most valuable social resource – people. It’s critical that we put people at the centre of our planning process and start redesigning our cities with tomorrow’s communities and the future of our climate in mind.
“We can do that by breaking down traditional planning silos to pave the way for smarter, more accessible infrastructure. I’m delighted our teams have been recognised for their efforts on these planning schemes. Good luck to everyone involved.”
The winners of the RTPI awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 30 November.
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