Two teams from ESD now Stantec and Stantec join a total of 600 Women Build volunteers in this year’s effort by Habitat for Humanity to construct houses for Chicago women who might not otherwise be able to afford a new home. (Learn more about Habitat for Humanity Chicago’s Women Build.)
After a worldwide pandemic-induced hiatus, three teams from different groups and specialties gathered to share innovative ideas on this year’s theme of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG).
Innovation Fest 2022 continues ESD’s efforts to improve collaboration and foster a culture of creative problem-solving. The fest featured three discussion sessions running concurrently, each focusing on one of the three pillars of ESG. Topics ranged from “Designing for Performance,” addressing the “E”, ESD OPEN (Outreach, Philanthropy, Engagement, Network), another internal group, addressed the “S” by discussing its efforts to build connections internally while cultivating community outreach opportunities. And “How It Begins: Exploring the role of engineers in data creation, management, and interpretation,” addressed the “G.”
The event was sponsored by the ESD Innovation team (ESDi), a group created by Senior Managing Director Mehdi Jalayerian several years ago.
Jalayerian says the fest encourages cross-discipline collaboration. He says, “It teaches teams how to work together while also training individuals to step up as active participants or to become small group leaders working to solve a problem.”
When you share ideas, Jalayerian says you create “A-Ha” moments. He says that is something that rarely happens if you are only working alone.
This year’s theme highlights ESD’s commitment to building long-term value for our people, clients, partners, and society.
Mehdi Jalayerian freely shares his expert knowledge of high-rise and supertall buildings while mentoring junior industry professionals to promote ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
Contact ESD’s experts for more information on how ESD can help with building automation, technology, cybersecurity, or other engineering design challenges that require innovative solutions.