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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Now Open: Edmonton’s Paul Kane Park.

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Now Open: Edmonton’s Paul Kane Park.

The next chapter of Edmonton’s Paul Kane Park has begun! In late September 2017, this urban park was re-opened to the public. The design features an integrated solution that maintained the park’s original modernist, natural and geometric design.

As an established park in an urban setting, GEC’s design team needed to update Paul Kane Park while maintaining its natural character, the existing mature landscape, undulating topography, and prominence of the pond. The naturalization of the existing ornamental pond presented several technical challenges and opportunities for integration into the overall site design. Integrated sustainable water strategies including storm water management were considered. A system was created within the park to adjust and accommodate storm events while still maintaining adequate circulation and water quality.

Photo courtesy of GEC’s Emma Dunn!

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Remington takes home a MASI award!

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Remington takes home a MASI award!

Last night the first-ever MASI Design Awards were held, and the Remington YMCA took home an award in the Special Projects category for design excellence! Our team is proud to have partnered with the City of Calgary and the YMCA on this facility, which has positioned itself as a central hub for Calgary’s Quarry Park neighborhood and a benchmark for future recreation design in Canada. With community and connectivity at its core, the design of the Remington YMCA is an intelligent, inclusive response to an evolving environment. The facility expresses a character shaped by the citizens and the city it serves.

The MASI (Manitoba / Alberta / Saskatchewan Interior) Design Awards are hosted by IDA, PIDIM and IDAS and features projects in interior design across all three Prairie provinces.

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Banff Elementary School Phase 1 Ready for Students!

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Banff Elementary School Phase 1 Ready for Students!

Ribbon cutting ceremony today for Phase one of the new Banff Elementary School. The K-8 school and community facility is Net-Zero Ready and will be LEED Silver Certified with the largest solar array in the Bow Valley. Phase two is expected to be complete by January 2019

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New Model for Affordable Housing

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New Model for Affordable Housing

The new Londonderry Mixed-Use Redevelopment was recently featured in the Globe and Mail. With the innovative unit mix, design, and revenue model, the development is “being hailed as groundbreaking for Edmonton and those involved hope it will be a blueprint for future affordable housing developments.”

Click here for more

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Let's Tee Off!

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Let's Tee Off!

We had a great time at the 6th annual Golf Tournament in support of enhancing the student experience at St. Mary’s.

We recently completed the St. Mary’s Heritage Centre comprised of a highly flexible main gathering space that is approximately 1,700 square feet. Retractable theatre seating suitable for musical, dramatic and theatre uses. The facility also has large sliding barn doors that open to the linear gallery space.

More about the project here.  

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Take to the Skies

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Take to the Skies

Sunwest Aviation is a private jet charter with a fleet of 45 aircraft, including 16 jets. GEC worked with Sunwest Aviation to develop a new hangar and passenger/business centre. The facility includes 10,220 square meters of hangar space and approximately 6,000 square meters of support facilities including office and administration spaces, departure lounges, facilities for in-flight food service, and a restaurant. 

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Social housing regeneration

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Social housing regeneration

GEC is currently working with Capital Region Housing on the Londonderry mixed-use redevelopment, which received unanimous support from Edmonton City Council yesterday. Located in in Edmonton’s Kilkenny neighbourhood, the development will contain 240 residential units with a mix of market-rate and subsidized homes.

“This is fantastic work. It really is a community you’re building here,” Mayor Don Iveson said of the 240-unit Londonderry redevelopment.

Read more on the Londonderry housing in the Edmonton Journal here

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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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