Congrats YYC LINK

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Congrats YYC LINK

YYC LINK took home one of the Calgary Awards! GEC partner, Gary Mundy, accepted The Award for Accessibility, which recognizes buildings that excel in accessibility to create inclusive spaces. Job well done team! 

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Another Win for Remington YMCA!

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Another Win for Remington YMCA!

Congratulations Remington YMCA team! We just learned that the Remington YMCA won a global award at the Shaw Contract Design Is Awards. The Shaw Contract Design Awards recognize the creative vision of the architects and designers who inspire new ways of living, working, learning, and healing. The People’s Choice Voting is now open – vote for GEC on the Shaw Contract website here.

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The Largest Mass Timber Office Building on the Prairies

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The Largest Mass Timber Office Building on the Prairies

Did you know – the GEC-designed 300 West Block in Edmonton’s Glenora neighborhood will be the largest mass timber office building on the Canadian Prairies? This mixed-use project brings together residences, shopping, dining and offices into one place. More information on West Block can be found here. Video credit: @wblockglenora by @inhouseyeg

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Safe, Affordable Homes in Edmonton

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Safe, Affordable Homes in Edmonton

The Parkdale Affordable housing development provides Edmontonians a safe, affordable place to call home. Parkdale provides a mixed-income approach to cater the needs of families.

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A New Space for Learning in the Okanagan

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A New Space for Learning in the Okanagan

The Health Sciences Centre at @Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus will be a catalyst for interaction. The facility will foster integration between departments, focusing on opportunities for collaboration amongst students and staff. The highly sustainable facility will focus on health and wellness strategies targeting Net-zero Carbon, WELL Certification and LEED Gold Certification.

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Wins at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Wins at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge took home the Award of Excellence at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards! Every two years, the Alberta Association of Architects, the Saskatchewan Association of Architects and The Manitoba Association of Architects come together to celebrate design excellence, recognizing architects and designers that are setting new standards of creativity and skill.

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MRU’s New Trico Changemakers Studio

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MRU’s New Trico Changemakers Studio

A space to learn, a space to collaborate, a space to innovate…if you can imagine it, the new Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University is the place to make it happen. This new incubator space brings together students, staff, businesses, and social purpose community organizations to share ideas, spark movements, and build the foundations of change for the betterment of our communities. GEC is proud to play a part in developing the next generation of changemakers in Calgary.

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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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