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News Release: Stantec Receives Engineering Industry's Highest Honor for DOE/NREL's Research Support Facility

April 4, 2011

Stantec’s engineering design and sustainability consulting for one of the country’s largest highly efficient buildings—the Research Support Facility (RSF) on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. —was recognized with a national Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) on Friday, April 1.

The RSF is intended to serve as a replicable prototype for the commercial building industry. The integrated design and construction experience, informed by NREL’s strict energy performance requirements, is being chronicled and will be shared widely to promote the production of high-performance building designs at competitive costs.

“The RSF is a model for ultra energy-efficiency building design moving from concept to the market,” NREL Director Dan Arvizu said. “Buildings account for 40 percent of U.S. energy use and the RSF demonstrates that industry can virtually zero out energy use in large commercial buildings.”

The $64 million, 222,000 sq. ft office building was recognized as a showcase for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The RSF was designed so that its 800 occupants consume only the amount of energy generated by the renewable power on and near the building. The building is also expected to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum rating, the highest standard.

Stantec received one of only eight Grand national awards recognized as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry.

Among the distinctive project attributes Stantec designed is an underground labyrinth thermal storage system developed to capture and reintroduce recovered heat, onsite solar energy generation strategies, a high-performance building envelope and an array of integrated passive heating and cooling systems incorporated in ceilings, flooring, and wall systems.

Additionally, Stantec’s team provided counsel on the building’s design and orientation to natural light sources which created optimal daylighting and temperature control in the building. The culmination of sustainable-driven strategies allows the building to consume 50 percent less energy than other buildings erected to current commercial code. Among the other project assets recognized by the ACEC is the educational role that facility serves in allowing the building community and public to observe and study a viable, affordable, highly efficient building that does not produce carbon emissions.

Stantec served as a member of an integrated design-build team of Haselden Construction and the architect, RNL Design, both of Colorado. The ACEC achievement represents the 16th award for NREL and the design and construction team for this ground-breaking project.

Project Design Principal, John Andary, PE, LEED AP, accepted the award on behalf of Stantec with Dr. Henry Kelly, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy and Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

A panel of 28 judges representing a variety of built environment disciplines across the nation selected Excellence in Engineering honorees based on criteria such as uniqueness and originality, technical complexity, social and economic value, and public awareness.

Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets in the infrastructure and facilities sector at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through approximately 10,500 employees operating out of more than 160 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America's engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation's economy, and enhance and safeguard America's quality of life. These works allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council's mission is to contribute to America's prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms. Stantec is One Team providing Infinite Solutions.

NREL is the Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.


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