Brewed to Perfection

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Brewed to Perfection

Established in 1996, Wild Rose Brewery began producing beer using all-natural, local, unpasteurized ingredients with no preservatives. The brewery's success prompted the company to relocate their production to a new location in the Foothills Industrial Park. GEC repurposed an existing warehouse to create a new production facility that address Wild Rose Brewery’s increased demand.

More about the project here

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Progress on NAIT

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Progress on NAIT

Latest progression shot of the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Make sure to check out the story behind the project here.

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Bringing the Community Together

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Bringing the Community Together

Completed in 2011, the Flames Community Arena contains three ice surfaces: one international size, one NHL size, and a regulation size. The expansion added:

  • An NHL size ice surface complete with professional level lighting,
  • Seating for 250 spectators,
  • Barrier free viewing areas,
  • Awards/entry hall,
  • Five dressing rooms, and a referee change room
  • Referees change room,
  • A multi-purpose press/ viewing room,
  • Pro-shop, concession area,
  • Mount Royal University Cougars men’s and women’s team and equipment rooms,
  • A refrigeration plant sized for the operation of two additional ice surfaces,
  • And an ice resurfacer room.

The various sizes of arenas address the emphasis South West Arena Society placed on providing a variety of ice surface sizes to accommodate the diverse needs of the community.

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GEC Archives: 3M Arena at Mariucci (formerly Mariucci Arena)

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GEC Archives: 3M Arena at Mariucci (formerly Mariucci Arena)

GEC completed the 3M Arena at Mariucci (formerly the Mariucci Arena) at the University of Minnesota. The Arena is a 9,600-seat facility designed for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ Hockey Team. As a single bowl seating configuration designed for the sole purpose of NCAA hockey, each seat provides an optimum viewing experience increasing the spectator experience. This design provides an ideal teaching and working environment for the players and coaches. The facility features a 240 seat "Gold Room" with superior sight lines for University Alumni, and an open concourse at the top of the seating bowl allowing visual continuity and accessibility for large spectator events.

The facility was designed in collaboration with Opus Corporation and Opus Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis. The Arena was the first design-build project undertaken by the University of Minnesota. Utilizing conventional construction techniques within a tighter time frame, the design-build format allowed completion of the project $3,000,000 below original projected costs.

For over 24 years the arena has functioned as a premier University athletic facility receiving praise from athletes, coaches, and spectators, and sports authorities. In 2007, 14 years after completion, Sports Illustrated ranked it a Top 10 College Sports Venue.

 

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New Associate at GEC: Jason Pare

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New Associate at GEC: Jason Pare

Jason joined GEC in 2017 as a Project Architect. 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 commercial 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. 

He is a graduate of the Universities of British Columbia and Calgary, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Lethbridge on art and architecture. Jason is passionate about sharing his knowledge of architecture and design practices with the next generation of creative thinkers.

Congratulations Jason!

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New Partner at GEC: Tyson Bolduc

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New Partner at GEC: Tyson Bolduc

GEC is pleased to announce the return and the appointment of Tyson Bolduc as a Partner with the firm. Tyson has over ten years of experience as a designer and project architect on several interdisciplinary projects. He has worked on many key GEC projects including the 7th Avenue LRT Transit Corridor Refurbishment, the West LRT Expansion, the YYC Domestic Terminal Redevelopment, the CANA Office and Operations Headquarters and the SMART Technologies World Headquarters.

Tyson has managed several complex innovation projects that include transportation, technology and research facilities, commercial buildings, and institutional work. He has demonstrated a strong aptitude for creative design at multiple scales ranging from smaller architectural and interior design work to ambitious urban design and infrastructural initiatives.

Congratulations Tyson!

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Featured in Award Magazine

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Featured in Award Magazine

GEC’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility along with Andrew Tankard and Adrian Benoit are featured in the June 2017 issue of Award magazine. For more than 30 years, Award magazine serves the special interests of architects, interior designers and construction industry professionals.

Read more here

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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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