New technologies are transforming the traditional workspace allowing building owners, operators, and developers to attract and retain tenants in a competitive market. (Learn more about the smart building technology.)
The first high-rise in Chicago to incorporate high-voltage risers — reducing construction costs while providing electricity crucial to the business.
Protecting a library’s rare book collection through humidity, lighting, and fire suppression design.
Energy efficiency through one of the first direct digital control temperature control systems for a large-scale, mixed-use high-rise.
Air quality, comfort, and system reliability for a large-scale hospital through full-building HEPA filtration, flexible thermal zone control, and a redundant on-site power plant.
Energy efficiency and reliability for a business district through the first large-scale district cooling system.
Comfort, productivity, and flexibility for a large-scale, Class A office building through air column design, underfloor air design, and a web-enabled building automation system.
Energy efficiency and sustainability strategies leading to lower operating and maintenance costs and comfort of tenants in transitional housing
Intelligent Buildings practice leads to developing and spinning off Cohesion IB.
Give us a problem and we’ll find a solution. That’s how the company was founded and that’s how it continues to this day.
We have a plan. We have a goal. What’s the smartest and most efficient way to get there? We’ll design it. Tech Chats are intended to be concise and engaging presentations on a specific topic, followed by an open discussion. Anyone can signup to give a tech chat.
ESDi sponsors the Innovation of the Month (IOTM) award, a contest to encourage creativity and innovation in our business-related activities. The concept is simple: Share an innovative idea and win a prize! Each IOTM winner will receive a plaque to commemorate their victory. At the end of the year, all IOTM winners will be entered into a final contest to determine an Innovation of the Year (IOTY). The IOTY winner will receive a $500 bonus and the opportunity to develop their idea further into a full publication (as appropriate).
Quarterly meetings that provide a time to discuss technical topics, design strategies, and lessons learned. The primary objective is to promote the sharing of knowledge outside of everyone’s immediate work relationships.
The Innovation Challenge is an annual event to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. This challenge evolved from two other annual events—the Tech Challenge and Innovation Fest. The Innovation Challenge encourages multi-disciplinary and non-technical teams of three to four people to tackle the stated challenge from various angles. Teams are also encouraged to solicit the help of industry partners such as architects, vendors, owners, and more.
Several years ago, we established an internal group to promote and grow innovation with our people. ESD Innovation (ESDi) includes a rotating team of members working to encourage each other to push for new ideas and “aha” moments that only come with cooperation and collaboration.
Two of the largest expenses for law firms are real estate and technology. ESD, now Stantec Practice Leader for Technology Mo Fahim says higher-end spaces may have an advantage because they support new technologies better. (Read Mo’s interview at Law.com.)
Close your eyes and picture the traditional office setting. Listen to the gentle hum of conversations punctuated by intermittent phones ringing and the steady cadence of clacking keyboards. Now wake up! Those days are long gone for most modern office settings. While early adopters were already integrating new technologies to transform the traditional workplace, the evolution of the modern office was put into hyperdrive by the unexpected catalyst of a worldwide pandemic. It’s time to embrace a new reality. (Learn more about the best solutions for your space.)
How do we make people’s lives better at work?
How do we build communities around skyscrapers?
The people who work for ESD love asking these questions, and love finding the answers. We learn from each other and teach each other. We support each other and our clients. We’d love for you to join our team of practical dreamers.