Athletic Excellence!

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Athletic Excellence!

WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre is a high-performance training facility dedicated to conditioning elite athletes through physical and mental training and rehabilitation. The training facilities include state of the art dryland training, weight training, sport medicine clinics, physicians, physiotherapists, sport psychologists, and other training support services for coaches and athletes.

Flexible training space includes enclosed sprint tracks, strength training and conditioning equipment, and specialized training spaces for specific sports. The facility serves the training needs for Olympic athletes, aspiring athletes, Paralympic, and International Athletes. 

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New Attitude, New Living, New Vision

New Attitude, New Living, New Vision

There's plenty of room to park your bike at N3, Alberta's first condominium project with zero vehicle parking stalls. The development is located in Calgary’s East Village, a 20 hectare master-planned, mixed-use development which will be among the most walkable and bike-able neighbourhoods in the city.

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility Public Art

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility Public Art

Recently the artist team of Haddad|Drugan finished installing their public artwork for the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility site called ‘Flock’. Part of the development process, Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan engaged the community. There was a strong consensus that the art should embrace the natural environment, especially the striking views to and from the nearby hills.

The wetland piece, Flock, is located at a gathering spot with picnic tables, benches and an aspen grove overlooking the wetland. The v-shape is derived from the shapes of ascending flocks of wetland birds and the angles of the sun. Up close, the art will create an embodied sensory experience of light, texture, and motion. From afar, the art will compliment the wetland as a bird-like flock into the sky.

The Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility is scheduled to open first quarter of 2018. When complete, The 284,000 sq. ft. facility will provide individuals, families and teams with a unique indoor and outdoor recreation experience. The multi-sport fitness and recreational facility will include competition and wave pools, a waterslide, competition and leisure skating ice, three full gymnasiums, a fitness centre, 160m running track, library, art making and display spaces, a 250-seat theatre, skateboard park, and much more.

University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Hall Completed!

University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Hall Completed!

The Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) at the University of Alberta is now complete! Slated to open in the Fall of this year in the vibrant East Campus Village community, PLH will be home to more than 140 residents. The one or two bedroom units are contemporary, with access to engaging social spaces, large dining hall, and fitness spaces.

Thank you to all who attended today’s opening including His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Founding Principal of PLLC, and his Worship Mayor Don Iveson.

Sharing Ideas through Public Engagement

Sharing Ideas through Public Engagement

GEC believes in engaging internal and external stakeholder groups to gather insight and listen to what our clients and users have to say about their project. In 2014, we worked with a diverse group of six stakeholders to complete a Sector Plan for the University of Alberta’s family housing at Michener Park. The Sector Plan was intended to identify potential development and redevelopment sites, and to identify the required linkages to adjacent communities. 

We worked with the students, the University Project team, the community, the City of Edmonton, and two public school boards. The new plan focused on the integration of the student housing with the adjacent community through a new bioretention system and linked courtyards.  At the centre of the development is a shared amenity building which allows the surrounding community to meet and interact with students.

The University of Alberta had a goal of accommodating up to 25% of its full time students. The plan focuses on family housing as well as attracting international and graduate students, which creates a uniquely multi-cultural and family-oriented development. In addition, we developed a detailed financial model to lay the framework for future development. 

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honours Peter Osborne

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honours Peter Osborne

Peter Osborne and three other honourees from Edmonton will be inducted this week in Ottawa for The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or community.

A Partner at GEC, Peter is interested in urban design and planning for vibrant public spaces. He is an advocate for design excellence and has published a number of articles providing insight into the challenges and opportunities architecture as a profession faces. Latest projects include NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre and the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall residence.

One of Calgary’s First Transit Oriented Developments

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One of Calgary’s First Transit Oriented Developments

University City offers residents a vibrant, walkable community nestled into an established neighbourhood in NW Calgary. The project is one of Calgary’s first transit oriented developments aimed at creating a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly, and safe community with immediate access to key amenities. 

The urban development offers tower apartment style or townhouse style living set along on Brentwood Road close to the University of Calgary, the LRT Station, McMahon Stadium, and Brentwood Village Mall. 

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NAIT’s PIC Progressing Quickly

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NAIT’s PIC Progressing Quickly

The NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) has come a long way since project start in June 2016! The PIC is in the midst of construction, enticing onlookers as it takes form. The PIC will be a 190,000 sq.ft. facility fostering innovation and collaboration between students and industry. It will feature state-of-the-art manufacturing labs, acceleration and incubation space for small and medium-sized businesses and applied research space. The building is designed to be highly flexible to evolve and meet the emerging needs of industry.

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New Associate Named at GEC

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New Associate Named at GEC

The Partnership is pleased to welcome Gillian Carr as an Associate with GEC.

Gillian joined GEC in 2005. Her early career focused on programming and designing educational and community facilities including Bow Valley College, McKenzie Towne Elementary School, Badlands Community Centre, and WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre. Since that time, Gillian has become a leader in designing places for people to Gather, Learn, and Play. 

Currently, Gillian is leading the Banff Affordable Housing Project, the Saskatchewan Joint Use Schools Project (18 schools), and the Banff Elementary School replacement, as well as master planning and programming for Repsol Sports Centre. She has experience leading project teams through community consultation and public engagement, and has developed expertise in synthesizing client and user needs into a unified design.  Gillian is an accomplished project manager, designer, and collaborator skilled at guiding complex projects from concept to completion.

Congratulations Gillian!

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Excited to Work with NorQuest!

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Excited to Work with NorQuest!

The federal Strategic Initiative Funding (SIF) program is designed to modernize research and commercialization facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics. NorQuest has been awarded $1.38 million by the federal government for various upgrades to the South Learning Centre and establish the Innovation Centre.

GEC is working closely with NorQuest to develop the Innovation Studio, which will provide a space for business, industry, and community partners to work with students and researchers. This investment will promote research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth, and propelling entrepreneurs from start-up to success.

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Work of Art: Versus by Craig Le Blanc

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Work of Art: Versus by Craig Le Blanc

Seen from afar, the stunning ‘VS.’ is situated in front of the entrance to the New Brighton Athletic Park. This art piece, titled Versus, was commissioned by The City of Calgary and created by Craig Le Blanc (operating as the White Studio, with the assistance of Adam Rees).

The intention of Versus is not to generate a sense of division or combativeness, but to promote engagement. The duty of the piece is to characterize the essence of competition representing fair play.

To read more about Versus please visit Avenue Magazine’s latest post

 

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Honouring the Legacy

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Honouring the Legacy

The Red Deer Arena is a central part of the community and has been a gathering place for decades. The City of Red Deer wanted to commemorate the historic and future user group accomplishments as well as other significant features. 

Working with the Red Deer Arena Commemorative Advisory Committee we honoured the older facility by keeping the original neon Arena sign and score boards. We incorporated the original neon Arena sign as a highly visible beacon in the main entrance area.

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N3 – Calgary’s First Parking-Free Condo Welcomes a Diversity of Tenants

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N3 – Calgary’s First Parking-Free Condo Welcomes a Diversity of Tenants

N3 is one of Calgary’s newest condo towers in the East Village and recently reached a major milestone of accepting its first tenants. As Calgary’s first condo without parking, the development offers a multitude of perks aimed at living an urban, car-free lifestyle and is situated near the C-train and other amenities in the thriving East Village. 

Developers expected Millennials would be the main tenants, however, to their surprise many of the tenants are seniors looking for an accessible and vibrant place to live that doesn’t require a car. With its compact suites and low cost, N3 offers a viable option for urban living for people from a variety of demographics. 

The Calgary Herald article by Annalise Klingbeil has more on N3 and the car free development in Calgary.

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GEC is completing nine joint-use schools in Saskatoon

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GEC is completing nine joint-use schools in Saskatoon

GEC is the Prime Consultant for nine new joint-use schools, developed in Partnership with Sask Builds, which will be located in Saskatoon, Regina, Martensville, and Warman.

This project represents the largest new schools initiative in Saskatchewan’s history and will accommodate over 10,000 students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 8. Each joint‐use site will include two schools: one Public and one Catholic, along with a childcare centre and community space.

The joint-use schools will be located on the same site and will share a roof and spaces such as gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms. Doors open September 2017!

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Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility – The Largest Timber Roof in North America

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Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility – The Largest Timber Roof in North America

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility’s timber roof design was featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Construction Business magazine. The largest timber roof in North America it is constructed with over 30,000 square feet of glulam. We designed a place for people to gather and play by combining essential health, wellness, and community services underneath one roof.

The expansive timber roof links these program elements and responds to the individual requirements of each activity. Glulam was selected for its technical and aesthetic merits – the geometric complexity of the project required the use of a structural material that had the ability to be customized while creating a vibrant, welcoming community destination.

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Peter Osborne and GEC Architecture Featured in Design Quarterly’s Designer Profile

Peter Osborne and GEC Architecture Featured in Design Quarterly’s Designer Profile

Design Quarterly’s winter issue showcased our philosophy that architecture is a collaborative and interdisciplinary pursuit. This philosophy has been ingrained in us and remained consistent throughout the years resulting in many successful projects.

The firm is profiled in Design Quarterly Magazine's winter issue. Read more online here.

U of A’s East Campus is Taking Shape With New Residences

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U of A’s East Campus is Taking Shape With New Residences

The University of Alberta East Campus is quickly evolving into a student residence village destined to be an iconic part of student life at the U of A. With sweeping views of the river valley, dining halls, collaboration spaces, and individual rooms, the residences will provide a place for students to live, share ideas, and connect as part of a vibrant student community.  As the landmark residence on the site, Peter Lougheed Hall is expected to be complete this spring for students to move in and make their mark. Visit SKYRISE Edmonton for a detailed look at the East Campus residence development.

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YYC LINK Up and Running

YYC LINK Up and Running

This past Monday, October 31 was the much anticipated unveiling of the largest expansion project in YYC history, with the opening of the new International Terminal Building. This event also revealed one of GEC's latest collaborations with YYC: the YYC LINK & passenger shuttle system, a 700m long multi-modal airside passenger link which includes the YYC Link Route, moving walkways, and traditional corridors.

The YYC LINK passenger shuttle will physically connect passengers between the 5 Concourse, easing the process of navigating the airport and minimizing passenger travel times. Designed from the ground-up, our team has developed a unique design for the system that includes custom barriers, finishes, and lighting, and a vehicle that represents innovation in internal transportation at YYC.The passenger fleet includes 20 shuttle vehicles, each with a capacity to carry 10 passengers with their carry-on luggage. By design, vehicles will be leaving each station every two minutes on average. The service is supported by technology that will inform passengers when to expect the next vehicle at their station, and how long it will take them to get their destination.

Next time you’re at the airport, take a seat and enjoy the ease and convenience of the new YYC experience!

New House on the Block – The West Block

New House on the Block – The West Block

We are thrilled to see the West Block progressing! And we are very excited to keep working with Beaverbrook Communities and InHouse to make this transformational project a reality. The new development in Glenora aims to be a luxury, high-rise condo and retail development to create a vibrant, walkable urban environment in inner-city Edmonton. The Edmonton Journal has a great article with more details for those curious minds.

Londonderry Housing Project Sets Precedence

Londonderry Housing Project Sets Precedence

Capital Region Housing is setting the bar high with the new Londonderry Housing Pilot project in Edmonton. The new development will include 240 new units consisting of an even mix of market-rate, affordable (20 percent under market), and social housing units. The development aims to be a sustainable model of subsidized housing to provide a place for gathering and community. 

The design aims to encourage people to meet and build community by being arranged in an X formation to create two separate courtyards. One courtyard will be open to the public for spontaneous gathering or on-site services such as daycare. The other will be semi-private and include a community garden. 

For a look at the design and more information, view the Edmonton Journal article.