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Stantec named one of country’s fastest-growing engineering firms

first_imgStantec 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: STNlast_img read more

Your Gateway to Adventure: Welcome to Franklin and Nantahala, North Carolina

first_img Franklinand Nantahala are towns born from gem mining and agriculture that continue tohonor that history every year at the annual Folk Heritage Festival, celebratingAppalachian culture and its influence on the area. With nine active gem minesin the area, you can sit down with a bucket of dirt and sift for precious gemsand minerals that are still abundant to this day in the “Gem Capitol of theWorld.” Over the years, Franklin & Nantahala have transformed from those smallrural areas into outdoor adventure meccas, luring explorers of all ages to setout into the mountains and valleys of the Nantahala National Forest. Locatedin the southern Appalachian Mountains the communities of Franklin and Nantahalaare surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the largest of the NationalForests in North Carolina. Franklin and Nantahala offer easy access to the GreatSmoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway and is an area brimming with outdooradventure opportunities for all ages. Hike to stunning waterfalls, search forsecluded paddling spots, and dig deep into the rich history of gem mining allin Western North Carolina. Franklinand Nantahala are home to some of the oldest mountains in world. Cuttingthrough the middle of the Nantahala Mountains, you’ll find the popularAppalachian and Bartram Trails. Gear up at one of our two local outfitters andhike to Siler and Wesser Bald for 360-degree views of the area’s most iconic landscapes. Experiencedpaddlers seeking rapids will find the whitewater of the Nantahala and CullasajaRivers to test your skills. Boaters looking for a quieter experience can enjoythe pristine waters of Nantahala Lake with its nearly 30 miles of undevelopedshoreline, you’re sure to find a quiet spot to enjoy. Cast a line in the world-classfly-fishing waters of the Nantahala River, or seek out a secluded spot alongthe Little Tennessee or Cullasaja Rivers. Settlein for the evening at one of Franklin’s two craft breweries where you’ll findlocal entertainment, friendly atmosphere, and locally crafted beer of course!If you’re looking for dinner and a show, check out the schedule at the SmokyMountain Center for the Performing Arts, where you’ll enjoy world classentertainment from genres of music including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop,contemporary Christian, and more. With the main focus on family entertainment,the SMCPA is a place to enjoy a good time with all that Franklin has to offer.  center_img Ifyou want the view of the mountains without the hike, take the scenic drive toWayah Bald. Sitting at nearly one-mile high in elevation, the short walk up thepaved path leads you to a captivating view in every direction from one of themost iconic structures in the Nantahala National Forest, the Wayah Bald LookoutTower. On a clear day, you can see the mountains from Tennessee to Georgia. Drivethe Mountain Waters Scenic Byway to visit the waterfalls of the Cullasaja Riverand Nantahala Gorges as you wind through hardwood forests. Take a walk underthe most popular waterfall in the area, Dry Falls, where you can stand beneaththe 60-foot waterfall and in many places, not get wet!   Enjoya walk down Main Street in Franklin and follow the Women’s History Trail, theonly one of its kind in North Carolina and learn about influential women inpublishing, public service, and business at various stops along the way. Stopin at the Scottish Tartans Museum, the only one of its kind in the UnitedStates, the Gem & Mineral Museum and the Macon County Historical Museum,all within walking distance of one another. Stop in to the many shops andstores along the way and discover local artisans carrying on the traditions ofarts and crafts. Ifdry land adventure is your focus, grab your mountain bike and head to the TsaliRecreation Area for miles of singletrack trails with views of Fontana Lake whilesurrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. Younger and less experienced riderswill enjoy the Little Tennessee River Greenway, a 5-mile paved path that windsalong the Little Tennessee River in the heart of downtown Franklin. Whetheryou’re looking for an action-packed experience or you want to disconnect fromthe hustle of everyday life, the Franklin and Nantahala area is a perfect blendof adventure and relaxation. Get to know your mountain side in Nature’sParadise! last_img read more