This week, Ronald McDonald House Charities announced plans for a new Ronald McDonald House to be built in Medicine Hat! GEC is proud of our long-standing relationship with Ronald McDonald House – an important organization that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical care in hospital. Scheduled to open in December 2019, the GEC-designed Medicine Hat House will be the 4th Ronald McDonald House in Alberta.
In celebration of World Landscape Architecture Month, we profile GEC’s redeveloped Paul Kane Park in the inner-city neighborhood of Oliver! The renewed wetland pond maintains the park’s modernist heritage, and natural design. The park features wooden decks, integrated concrete benches, and a cascading water feature that feeds into a new wetland ribbon that encircles the pond.
We are excited to announce that our Peter Lougheed Hall on the University of Alberta campus is now officially certified with 4 Green Globes. Sustainability has played a key role in the development of the building's orientation, massing and design. Peter Lougheed Hall's sustainability strategies focused on passive solar design, high-performance building envelope, heating and ventilation initiatives.
Carved out depressions in the ground plane of the courtyard will form boiswales and rain gardens to capture and store storm water. The landscaping utilizes plants and trees native to the North Saskatchewan River Valley ecology. Peter Lougheed Hall is a student dormitory for 143 students in addition to 3 guest suites and one professor in residence. The building houses dormitory rooms, a dining hall, and a gathering space on the upper level.
Our Remington YMCA is up for nomination in ArchDaily’s annual Building of the Year Awards. Readers can nominate and vote for the project from February 18th to March 4th. The winners will be announced on March 12th.
ArchDaily is tasking its readers with the responsibility of recognizing and awarding the projects that are making an impact. Readers will first nominate buildings for the shortlist in fifteen different categories, followed by a vote for the winners in each category.
Our Remington YMCA project in the Sports Architecture category provides state-of-the art recreation and wellness facilities for families in the surrounding residential developments and workers at the surrounding businesses centres. It includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, fitness area, childminding, public library, and aquatic centre. The aquatics includes leisure and competition pools, a hot tub and sauna.
You can nominate for Remington YMCA here: http://ow.ly/GRi430nNFHA
The 11th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards (PWDA) gala took place on February 12th, and GEC’s Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge took home the top award in the Institutional category! The PWDAs recognize projects and organizations that advance the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation.
2019 Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Video Compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS1gBSSH6c8
2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards: https://wood-works.ca/alberta/wda/winners-ab/
The 2019 Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) Showcase Awards Gala took place on February 8th in Calgary, and two GEC-designed projects took home awards! The NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre won the Award of Excellence in the Building Engineering - Institutional category (Project Team / Submission: Fast + Epp, KFR Engineering, SMP Engineering)and the Calgary Transit Operations and Control Centre: Mission Critical Facility won the Award of Excellence in the Project Management category (Prime Consultant / Submission: Hatch; Project Team: GEC (as architect), A.W. Hooker, Mission Green Buildings, Morrison Hershfield). Congratulations to our team members for their hard work in ensuring these project demonstrate engineering excellence!
Today, CBC’s The National will be hosting a live panel event discussing the economy and future of Alberta at our recently completed NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre. The National Conversation is a chance for all Canadians to have their say and ask their questions about the future of Alberta. From oil and gas and pipeline, to the energy sector, to the broader economy. What does the future of Alberta look like, how does it impact the rest of the country, and how can we prepare for the future? Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of Premier Notley, policymakers, analysts and front-line stakeholders with insight into the challenges and opportunities that Alberta faces.
Livestream of the discussion can be viewed on the National’s Facebook page on February 5 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET): https://www.facebook.com/thenational/
Excited to share that we won the Canadian Wood Council Award for the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge project. The award was given out by The Canadian Wood Council recognizing buildings that continually challenge the possibilities for wood in construction.
A first look at the second phase of the Banff Elementary School’s mass timber structure.
GEC’s design of the new Vecova Centre for Disabilities and Research in Calgary! This inner city site is being reimagined into a brand new facility for Vecova’s users and the citizens of Calgary.
In its almost 50 years in operation in Calgary, Vecova has striven to create inclusive places for people with of all abilities and needs. The evolving expectations of its clientele, the aging infrastructure of the existing facility and the mandate for Vecova to provide an inclusive environment for all people regardless of ability has led to the need for a new Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research. Envisioned as a community hub that supports the needs of the public through wellness, rehabilitation, social innovation and employment support, this new building will reach a broader range of users and enhance their delivery of services.
The new facility will provide over 15,000 square metres of new wellness, employment support, and living support space for Vecova’s clientele, new administrative space for Vecova’s centralized operations, and social innovation space aimed at expanding Vecova’s integration and synergies within the broader community. The project also anticipates a new Recycling Centre as a stand-alone facility to house their state-of-the-art sorting technology.
We’re excited to share these fresh new shots of the NorQuest Civic Employees Legacy Tower (CELT)! We were commissioned earlier this year to give the CELT a face-lift. The result: a 20,000m² renovated learning environment for employees and students alike. The interiors have been given a refresh, adding a playful edge to the overall design.
The MASI Awards celebrate the best of interior design throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, recognizing design excellence and contributions to the built environment. We are thrilled to have placed first in the 2018 MASI Design Award Special Projects category with the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, and to have received a Bronze award in the Institutional / Healthcare category for the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall. Congrats to both design teams!
The Londonderry Affordable Housing Redevelopment officially broke ground today! Today’s announcement and sod turning event, led by Capital Region Housing, the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton and kicked off by Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, introduces a new mixed-income model for affordable housing in Edmonton, and is the first social housing regeneration project in the city. The GEC team is excited for the next phase of the Londonderry project, with construction expected to be complete by Fall 2021! For more information on today’s event, visit our website or click on the links below:
Ground Broken on $70M Londonderry Housing Project
Province Invests in Affordable Housing in Edmonton
The recently-opened Trico Homes Changemakers Studio (THCS) at Mount Royal University is a place for students to find ideas to make the world a better place. Featured this week in the Calgary Herald, the THCS at MRU is helping to establish Mount Royal University as a leader in social enterprise development.
You can read the article here: http://ow.ly/1vWj30mb3ow
The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge has been recognized by Athletic Business as a Facility of Merit™ for 2018! Selected by a panel from over 60 of the newest athletic, recreation and fitness facilities around the world featured in the 2018 Athletic Architectural Showcase, the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge impressed with its distinctive singular roof form and structural system, ‘understated’ interior design and gracefulness in concept and execution. The facility will be featured in Athletic Business’s upcoming October issue. We’re also excited to be presenting and sharing the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge with owners, operators and peers at the Athletic Business gala in New Orleans in November!
Below is a link to Athletic Business’s Facility of Merit™ profile of the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge:
Finally, a YouTube video featuring the panel of judges for the 2018 Athletic Business Facilities of Merit™ discussing the quality of work submitted in the Architectural Showcase, and a preview of what impressed them about this year's winning projects:
GEC is pleased to announce Jason Pare as a Partner with the firm.
Jason has been a strategic contributor to GEC through his comprehensive design and project management of some of the firm’s complex urban design and architectural projects. Joining GEC in 2017, he accepted a position as an Associate the same year. He has over ten years of professional experience across western Canada, servicing a diverse client base across multiple market sectors that include educational, institutional, and urban design projects. Jason’s approach to design is deeply rooted in place and culture, focusing on integrating disciplines and approaches to create architecture that enhances our environments and engages the public. He has been a critical part of GEC’s work at YYC Calgary International Airport, NorQuest College, the Century Place Tower Redevelopment in Edmonton and the Edmonton City Hall Plaza and Fountain Redevelopment.
On Wednesday, NAIT, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, officially opened the polytechnic’s newest facility, the Productivity and Innovation Centre! This $83.4 million project, funded in part from the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, is NAIT’s ‘front door’ for industry, supporting businesses to find ways to be more competitive in today’s globally competitive environment, and to develop and adopt technologies that will increase their productivity. Congratulations to all - we look forward to the start of the 2018 Fall semester at the PIC!
Credit (Image 1, Twitter): @JustinTrudeau
Credit (Image 3, Twitter): @techlifeNAIT
Credit (Image 4): www.nait.ca
To find out more about the event, please visit the links below:
Prime Minister inaugurates new facility in Edmonton to expand research and foster innovation
Trudeau on hand to open NAIT’s new Productivity and Innovation Centre
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Opens NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre
The Ti’nu Affordable Rental Housing Project peaks just over the rooftops when you drive into Banff. Welcoming tenants earlier this summer, the new community living facility offers an affordable option in beautiful downtown Banff.
The University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall received the AWMAC Award of Excellence for Outstanding GIS (Guarantee and Inspection Service) for use of Millwork in a project over $250k. Overlooking the North Saskatchewan river, PLH is a landmark student residence that aims to create an inclusive undergraduate leadership development program through an immersive living and learning experience.