Bridging Communities

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Bridging Communities

The Pedestrian Overpass in Calgary’s Westbrook neighborhood is getting a makeover! The current overpass will be removed, making way for a new structure that addresses accessibility in this busy pedestrian corridor. Construction on this GEC-designed bridge starts this year!  

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NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre Sneak-a-Peek

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NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre Sneak-a-Peek

Take a fly-through of the new NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre, opening in Fall 2018!

The Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) will be the place where industry comes to solve problems and to succeed. The centre will provide comprehensive industry services, enabling industry to become more competitive and sustainable through improved technology utilization, enhanced productivity and industry-driven applied research. The centre will support the development and implementation of new products and processes that address challenges faced by industry and individual companies.

Link to the video

Video credit: NAIT

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Going for Gold!

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Going for Gold!

Team Wipf is going for gold! After performing well at the Districts, the team has qualified to play in the Southerns, the only province-wide competition for the U15 age level.  

GEC is proud to sponsor Team Wipf and other amateur athletics and community-level sports programs. Good luck this weekend, guys!

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Remington YMCA Wins!

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Remington YMCA Wins!

Last night the Remington YMCA won a Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Award! Winning in the category of Recreational Wood Design, the award for this urban recreation facility recognizes the recipient’s ability to push the boundaries of wood in construction.

The Remington YMCA uses wood as its main structural element, creating a warm and welcoming environment for its users.  Wood also provides two architectural advantages: first, it can be an economical solution for long span structures over gymnasiums and swimming pools; and second, wood’s natural preservative properties make it optimal for use in humid pool environments. Congratulations to the team!

 

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Two Awards of Excellence at CEA

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Two Awards of Excellence at CEA

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge picked up two Awards of Excellence at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) 2018 Showcase Awards – the only project to win twice! Congratulations to RJC Engineers and the project team for this achievement!

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Baggage Handling System at the YYC

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Baggage Handling System at the YYC

To ensure that passengers at YYC, one of Canada’s busiest airports, provides the highest quality experience for its passengers, it is important that the Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) in both the International Terminal and Domestic operate as one system to provide seamless connections for baggage between domestic, international and transborder flights.

With the new International Terminal completed and in operation for over a year, and with over 16 million passengers (and rising) being processed per year at the airport, The Calgary Airport Authority  is working with YYC and Crisplant (a leading innovator of baggage handling systems) to update the Domestic terminal with the faster and more energy-efficient baggage movement systems already in use in the International Terminal.

CTV recently featured the BHS and what it is capable of, check it out here: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1314757

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GEC Cooks!

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GEC Cooks!

The GEC team had the most delicious night at The Cookbook Co. Thanks for the rockin’ Moroccan!

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Servus Arena is Officially Open!

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Servus Arena is Officially Open!

Sharpen your skates, the Servus Arena is officially open! The new facility will be the home-ice for Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Vipers, and the Red Deer College Queens. The facility also includes leasable space for user groups, upper and lower viewing lobby, support rooms, and main plaza. The arena will display public art/awards to highlight citizen accomplishments and history of the existing facility.

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A Place for Everyone!

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A Place for Everyone!

Construction on the new Jasper Place Transit Centre in Edmonton has started supporting the City’s vision for growth and enhanced passenger experience.  Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) sees upwards of 400,000 riders per day, and is an important way for Edmontonians to connect. The new facility will have bright, comfortable waiting areas designed to accommodate more people. The old brick building on the northwest corner of the transit centre is to be demolished and a new, smaller facility will take its place and will feature integrated landscaping, bike parking, and seating.

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge - Interview with Andrew Tankard / Global News

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge - Interview with Andrew Tankard / Global News

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is officially open! Andrew Tankard, architect and partner behind the facility, discussed the design inspiration behind the project with Global News.

Check out the full interview here

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No Parking, No Cars, No Worries

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No Parking, No Cars, No Worries

Richard White (the Everyday Tourist) explored the recently completed N3 building in a recent blog post. For details and Richard’s take on N3 take a look at his blog: http://ow.ly/vqsT30hu8Rd

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YYC LINK™ takes home the Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award!

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YYC LINK™ takes home the Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award!

The YYC LINK™ at the Calgary International Airport has won the City of Calgary’s Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award! This award celebrates an individual or group that emphasizes making public transportation more inclusive in our community. It was created in memory of Ella Anderson, who served on the city’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility with grace, style and commitment to people with disabilities. Ella’s positive attitude and willingness to go above and beyond helped to shape a more inclusive, customer-focused public transportation service. The Mayor will present the award to YYC and GEC on December 11th!

The YYC LINK™ is a one-of-a-kind, universally accessible compact transit system which offers an unforgettable experience when traveling through the Calgary airport. The system consists of custom designed electric vehicles operating in a dedicated route that links all domestic and international concourses. It is available as a post-security courtesy service for all passengers that need to transport within the terminal. Since its opening one year ago, almost 900,000 people have used YYC LINK™, and response from travelers at YYC using the system has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Circle of Excellence

Circle of Excellence

We are honored to receive the Platinum Award from PSMJ Resources for 2016! Each year, PSMJ Resources inducts architectural and engineering firms into the Circle of Excellence based on their outstanding business achievements. GEC has been in the Circle of Excellence consecutively since 2012. The Platinum Award recognizes this consistent achievement as an award presented to firms who have been in the Circle of Excellence for at least four of the last five years. No small feat!

Being Part of the Heritage!

Being Part of the Heritage!

An addition to the Father Lacombe water tower, the St. Mary’s University Heritage Centre reinforces the campus's historic core. The Centre is comprised of a flexible learning and performance space, and linear gallery. Drawing inspiration from the timber frame structure of the historic water tower, the Centre features simple, exposed timber trusses and post-and-beam construction.

For more about the project, click here.

 

Building Towards a Healthy Future

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Building Towards a Healthy Future

GEC and Okanagan College (OC) are setting the foundations for the next generation of health science workers in British Columbia. The new Health Sciences Centre on OC’s Kelowna campus will be an integrated learning centre that prepares students for careers in nursing, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, and early childhood education, among others. This highly-anticipated facility is scheduled to open for class in 2020!

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Peter Lougheed Hall Wins at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards

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Peter Lougheed Hall Wins at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards

On November 3rd, the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall received the Award of Merit in the Urban Architecture category at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards (EUDA)! Since 2005, the City of Edmonton and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have co-hosted the EUDAs to ‘recognize individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to urban design and the quality of life in Edmonton’. Peter Lougheed Hall was selected from a large number of submitted projects, and voted upon by a jury of five distinguished design professionals.

Peter Lougheed Hall is a distinct student residence on the University of Alberta’s main campus. Overlooking the North Saskatchewan river, the facility provides an enriching experience that fosters and supports students to put them on a developmental path towards leadership.

For more about this GEC project, click here.

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Supporting Local Sport Teams

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Supporting Local Sport Teams

GEC is proud to sponsor Team Wipf, a local bonspiel team with home roots at the North Hill Curling Club. We are looking forward to following your success in the upcoming season… good luck guys!

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