Stantec to partner on Arctic Research Support contract

Stantec has announced its support with Battelle on a 10-year, $260-million Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services (ARSLS) contract from the US Government’s National Science Foundation (NSF).

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The team will accommodate infrastructure and logistics support to academic researchers conducting NSF-funded studies in Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and other Arctic areas.

According to Stantetc, the firm will provide engineering, design, and planning services in support of new facilities as well as maintenance of existing facilities.

The overall project scope will include research facilities, laboratories, and operations centers that will facilitate efficient, effective, and safe research in the Arctic, says Stantec.

The firm additionally states that it will enable sustainable and resilient facilities operation, including efficient startup and shutdown, reconfiguration and reuse over long lifespans, and remote monitoring/automation.

The ARSLS program focuses on supporting responsible and ethical research while encouraging and respecting all individuals, cultures, and the environment. The research program requires long-term, sustained relations with the local and Indigenous communities across the Arctic. The team will focus on coordination and collaboration with Indigenous cultures and include local community resources.

“We’re thrilled to work with the Battelle team to support the National Science Foundation on this important and innovative program,” said Chris Brown, Stantec vice president and project manager based in Anchorage. “We have a long history of supporting Indigenous communities and extensive experience designing facilities across the Arctic. Our team understands the variables that must be considered to deliver critical infrastructure in the world’s most challenging locations, and we look forward to building on that history to help facilitate essential Arctic research.”

For more than 60 years, NSF has sponsored research in the Arctic to better understand the region’s influence on weather and climate and other disciplinary questions in the natural and social sciences, as well as how the Arctic functions as a system.

Stantec is also collaborating with NSF on the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project alongside Parsons, a subcontractor to the Leidos Antarctic Support Contract.

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