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Published by global design firm Stantec, this eclectic blog features viewpoints, insights, and explanations from Stantec architects, engineers, and designers, on a range of issues impacting the fabric of our communities. Our contributors share their thoughts about design trends, emerging technologies, vexing challenges, and inspired solutions. For more blog posts, visit: www.stantec.com.

Image: Steelcase Ology, courtesy VOA Associates

August 18, 2015 | Stantec Blog Lauren Andrysiak, VOA Associates

Sit-to-stand work surfaces were all the rage this year, according to VOA Associates' Lauren Andrysiak.

Finally! There's a workplace trend that’s worth embracing

The intersection of people, place, and tools is where we find success. Discover that intersection and design to criteria support all three. Diagram: VOA Associates

Architects | July 21, 2015 | Stantec Blog John Varholak, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

There’s a realization by corporate real estate executives that in order to create a successful workplace, there must be alignment between their peo...

'What’s the latest trend in workplace design?': How architects and designers should answer this question

Rendering: VOA Associates

Office Building Design | June 30, 2015 | Stantec Blog John Varholak, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

Hint: Your response must be better than a laundry list of solutions, according to VOA Associates' John Varholak.

Top 3 2030 Challenge trends

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Green | May 05, 2015 | Stantec Blog Annalise Dietzen and Emma Conway

The growth of IPD is among the key takeaways from the USGBC Region 7 Conference.

5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

Hotel Facilities | March 25, 2015 | Stantec Blog Mark Pratt, AIA

Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and technologies in hospitality design.

Can advanced elevator technology take vertical hospitals to the next level?

In the mid-1990s elevator giant Otis conducted a research project called Odyssey. Otis developed an elevator system that allowed elevator cab occupants to travel both vertically and horizontally within the same cab, with the option to travel vertically again. Illustrations: Douglas J. King, VOA Associates

Architects | March 23, 2015 | Stantec Blog Douglas J. King

VOA's Douglas King recalls the Odyssey project and ponders vertical transportation in high-rise healthcare design.

Are you ready for high-rise hospitals?

Illustration: Douglas King, VOA

Healthcare Facilities | March 01, 2015 | Stantec Blog Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ACHA

The vertical hospital environment may be the wave of the future, but it is not without its design challenges.

Wintrust Financial Corporation by VOA. Photo credit: VOA

Architects | January 14, 2015 | Stantec Blog

No matter the level of complexity, workplace change can be a challenge for your client's employees. VOA's Angie Lee breaks down the process of movi...

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Architects | September 29, 2014 | Stantec Blog

VOA's Douglas King pinpoints the top issues that arise during healthcare facilities assessments, including missing fire/smoke dampers, out-of-place...

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