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

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

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.

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.

A Call to Community – Hinton Recreation Centre Open House

A Call to Community – Hinton Recreation Centre Open House

The Town of Hinton will host an open house on October 27th to discuss the revitalization of the Hinton Recreation Centre. Part of a 10-year strategic plan addressing the Centre’s future use, GEC Architecture is working with the town and ISL Engineering Services to advance the design concept for the new expansion. Originally presented with four expansion options, Hinton council elected to move forward with a concept that will see the construction of a new aquatic centre, fitness centre and field house. The open house will provide residents and users the opportunity to present expectations, concerns and feedback on how this design direction aligns with the use and need of user groups.

For more information on the open house, visit the Hinton website.

GEC – Designing Places for People to Play

GEC – Designing Places for People to Play

With the recent opening of the new Remington YMCA in Calgary, David Parker took a look at a history of other projects in our recreation profile.  From the Olympic Oval and Saddledome to CalgaryNEXT and the Remington YMCA,  the article provides an overview of some of GEC's regional and community recreation facilities designed for people to PLAY. Here you can view a nice snapshot of the new Remington YMCA (and read the full article).

Quarry Park Grand Opening

This past weekend, the GEC team was on site to join in the grand opening festivities at the Remington YMCA (Quarry Park Recreation Facility) in southeast Calgary. Previously an industrial area, Quarry Park is being transformed into an office park and residential community. The new facility is part of this transformation, providing fitness, leisure and cultural amenities to those that live and work in the area. The hard work and dedication of the team over the past five years was finally realized in the form of a beautiful new facility come to life with the buzz of community and activity!

Banff Affordable Housing Project Underway!

Thanks Mayor Sorensen for the shout out! We are thrilled to be part of the team and look forward to working on this exciting project! We've done a lot of work on the design, feasbility, and sustainability of the project and can't wait to make it a reality.

If you're that kind of person interested in details and numbers, the Town of Banff has has pulled it all together in a report for easy reading.

St. Mary's University: Celebrating History and Ready for the Future

This week marks St. Mary’s 30th year as an important post-secondary institution in Alberta. The GEC team was on site to celebrate the University’s milestone and to unveil the new Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Centre supports St. Mary's continued expansion, and will provide instructors and students with flexible instructional space for 150 students. The Heritage Centre will serve as a lecture hall, theatre, and ceremonial venue, and will host First Nations, Metis and Inuit events. Attached to the iconic 100 year old water tower, the new Heritage Centre is respectful of the historic environment while providing a modern educational facility to support students and instructors.

GEC and CANA Construction have worked hard over the past year to make this a reality, and we are looking forward to the Heritage Centre becoming an important piece of the St. Mary's Campus.

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility Presentation

As the largest wood roof in North America, the design of the Rocky Ridge roof required a dedicated and innovative team to make it a success. The team, including PCL Construction Management, RJC Consulting Engineers, ISL Engineering, and us, GEC, will be sharing our collaborative experiences of our journey from early hand sketches to cranes and a roof. Join us Friday October 7th to see the facility under construction (PPE gear is required) and hear from the people who are making this facility happen. Make sure to register to secure your spot!