Stantec is the second-fastest growing design firm in the country, according to The Zweig Letter s 2009 Hot Firm List, which identifies the 200 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental firms in the United States. The annual list recognizes Stantec, which has two offices in Vermont, as outperforming the economy and competitors.The 2009 Hot Firm List is based on a comparison of gross revenue for both fiscal year 2005 and fiscal year 2008, as verified by financial statements or income tax returns reviewed by third parties. During this period Stantec s gross revenue increased 233 percent, from $194 million to $646.7 million. Our business model has really pulled us through the recent economic turbulence, says Rich Allen, Stantec senior vice president and leader of the company s operations on the US East Coast. We ve created an extremely diverse company, both in geography and in market sectors, which has served us well as the housing, development, and related markets have stalled.The company also moved up in the rankings recently published by Engineering News Record (ENR), the industry s most prominent publication. Basing their results on total firm revenues, ENR ranked Stantec number 28 on its annual Top Global Design Firms list, compared to number 35 in 2008. The magazine also placed Stantec in the top 10 in the world on its specific water, hazardous waste, and sewer/waste market lists. Stantec was listed at number 69 on Architectural Record s annual Top 250 Architecture Firms list as well.Between 2005 and 2008, Stantec s employee count also rose rapidly throughout North America and specifically in New England, primarily thanks to the acquisition of several firms with a strong local presence, including Dufresne-Henry, which added offices in North Springfield and South Burlington, Vermont.Stantec currently employs a staff of more than 440 in New England, with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The firm s services throughout the region range from environmental impact studies for wind farms, to municipal infrastructure and transportation design, to landscape architecture and mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering for buildings.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, at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through approximately 10,000 employees operating out of over 130 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and on the NYSE under the symbol STN. Source: Stantec SOUTH BURLINGTON VT (August 26, 2009) TSX, NYSE: STN
The USC School of Social Work will hold a memorial service Wednesday to remember Jennifer Paek, a Ph.D. candidate who died in New York last Wednesday.Remembered · Jennifer Paek (right), pictured here with a friend, was studying health disparity and policy at USC’s School of Social Work. – Photo courtesy of Young Sun Lee. (Corrected 4/14/2010 to reflect the correct identification of Paek.)The service for Paek, who was in her second year at USC, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Work Center Gabilan Courtyard.“She was just a really, really beautiful person,” said Minah Kim, Paek’s close friend and classmate in the Ph.D. program. “So many people were surrounded by Jennifer’s love.”Paek was born in New York on October 7, 1979, but was raised in Southern California. She received a bachelor’s degree in Asian American studies from UCLA before moving on to receive a master’s of social welfare from the same school.“She was very passionate about learning, education and educating as a social worker,” Kim said.In her doctoral work at USC, Paek focused on health disparities, health policy, case advocacy for vulnerable populations and end-of-life care. According to Prisca Wu, who has been friends with Paek since high school, Paek was heavily involved in the community and focused on advocating for people without a voice.“She was already taking care of people before the social worker program,” Wu said. “She was always looking to see how she could make things better for other people.”The owner of two dogs, Paek combined her passion for social work with her love of animals in her veterinary hospital social work project, said Brooklyn Levine, who developed the program with Paek.The program established a philosophy of caring for an animal and its guardian or family to best serve both their needs and outcomes.“Jennifer wanted to alleviate the strain on professionals doing good work in a difficult economy and create new jobs in an unexplored niche in Los Angeles,” Levine said in a written reflection about Paek.Friends said Paek was caring, warm and generous and had a great sense of humor.“She was really thoughtful and [was] always talking about you,” Wu said. “[She] put herself way last and would remember specific things about your life.”Paek was known for putting together care packages for her classmates during midterms or finals, Kim said.“She was like a big sister to me,” Kim said. “Because I’m international, she was always correcting my English … She told me what restaurant is better for me [and] where to go for sightseeing.”Wu echoed this sentiment.“She just had such a way of including all her friends into her life,” Wu said. “By extension, all of her friends were like a family.”According to The Brooklyn Paper, a local newspaper in New York, Paek died after jumping from the roof of the 51-story building she lived in. The paper reported that Paek had left suicide notes in the apartment she shared with her husband.Paek is survived by her parents Chung Ja and Nam Paek and her husband, Luis Diaz.Correction: Jennifer Paek was originally identified in the photo caption as the woman on the left, but is the woman on the right.