2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards

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2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards

The 11th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards (PWDA) gala took place on February 12th, and GEC’s Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge took home the top award in the Institutional category! The PWDAs recognize projects and organizations that advance the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation.

2019 Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Video Compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS1gBSSH6c8

2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards: https://wood-works.ca/alberta/wda/winners-ab/

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CEA Showcase Awards 2019

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CEA Showcase Awards 2019

The 2019 Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) Showcase Awards Gala took place on February 8th in Calgary, and two GEC-designed projects took home awards! The NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre won the Award of Excellence in the Building Engineering - Institutional category (Project Team / Submission: Fast + Epp, KFR Engineering, SMP Engineering)and the Calgary Transit Operations and Control Centre: Mission Critical Facility won the Award of Excellence in the Project Management category (Prime Consultant / Submission: Hatch; Project Team: GEC (as architect), A.W. Hooker, Mission Green Buildings, Morrison Hershfield). Congratulations to our team members for their hard work in ensuring these project demonstrate engineering excellence!

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CBC's The National at  the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre

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CBC's The National at the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre

Today, CBC’s The National will be hosting a live panel event discussing the economy and future of Alberta at our recently completed NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre. The National Conversation is a chance for all Canadians to have their say and ask their questions about the future of Alberta. From oil and gas and pipeline, to the energy sector, to the broader economy. What does the future of Alberta look like, how does it impact the rest of the country, and how can we prepare for the future? Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of Premier Notley, policymakers, analysts and front-line stakeholders with insight into the challenges and opportunities that Alberta faces.

Livestream of the discussion can be viewed on the National’s Facebook page on February 5 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET): https://www.facebook.com/thenational/

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Canadian Wood Council Award

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Canadian Wood Council Award

Excited to share that we won the Canadian Wood Council Award for the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge project. The award was given out by The Canadian Wood Council recognizing buildings that continually challenge the possibilities for wood in construction.

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A First Look!

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A First Look!

A first look at the second phase of the Banff Elementary School’s mass timber structure.

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GEC’s design of the new Vecova Centre for Disabilities and Research in Calgary!

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GEC’s design of the new Vecova Centre for Disabilities and Research in Calgary!

GEC’s design of the new Vecova Centre for Disabilities and Research in Calgary! This inner city site is being reimagined into a brand new facility for Vecova’s users and the citizens of Calgary.

In its almost 50 years in operation in Calgary, Vecova has striven to create inclusive places for people with of all abilities and needs. The evolving expectations of its clientele, the aging infrastructure of the existing facility and the mandate for Vecova to provide an inclusive environment for all people regardless of ability has led to the need for a new Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research. Envisioned as a community hub that supports the needs of the public through wellness, rehabilitation, social innovation and employment support, this new building will reach a broader range of users and enhance their delivery of services.

The new facility will provide over 15,000 square metres of new wellness, employment support, and living support space for Vecova’s clientele, new administrative space for Vecova’s centralized operations, and social innovation space aimed at expanding Vecova’s integration and synergies within the broader community. The project also anticipates a new Recycling Centre as a stand-alone facility to house their state-of-the-art sorting technology.

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Team Wipf Update – Victory in Cochrane

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Team Wipf Update – Victory in Cochrane

Congrats to Team Wipf, who won the U18 Boys division at the annual junior bonspiel in Cochrane earlier this month! GEC is proud to sponsor Team Wipf and other athletes throughout a variety of sports in Alberta. Find out more on Team Wipf’s win on Cochrane Now and at the Team Wipf Facebook page!  

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A Step Forward for NorQuest

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A Step Forward for NorQuest

We’re excited to share these fresh new shots of the NorQuest Civic Employees Legacy Tower (CELT)! We were commissioned earlier this year to give the CELT a face-lift. The result: a 20,000m² renovated learning environment for employees and students alike. The interiors have been given a refresh, adding a playful edge to the overall design.

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The 2018 MASI Awards

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The 2018 MASI Awards

The MASI Awards celebrate the best of interior design throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, recognizing design excellence and contributions to the built environment. We are thrilled to have placed first in the 2018 MASI Design Award Special Projects category with the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, and to have received a Bronze award in the Institutional / Healthcare category for the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall. Congrats to both design teams!

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Londonderry Breaks Ground

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Londonderry Breaks Ground

The Londonderry Affordable Housing Redevelopment officially broke ground today! Today’s announcement and sod turning event, led by Capital Region Housing, the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton and kicked off by Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, introduces a new mixed-income model for affordable housing in Edmonton, and is the first social housing regeneration project in the city. The GEC team is excited for the next phase of the Londonderry project, with construction expected to be complete by Fall 2021! For more information on today’s event, visit our website or click on the links below:

 

Ground Broken on $70M Londonderry Housing Project

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/ground-broken-on-70m-londonderry-housing-project-1.4128566#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=K3ZR7NC

 

Province Invests in Affordable Housing in Edmonton

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=60781B1C1B6C7-FDCB-DF70-94EFCE8B6BCB9380

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Finding Solutions for Complex Problems

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Finding Solutions for Complex Problems

The recently-opened Trico Homes Changemakers Studio (THCS) at Mount Royal University is a place for students to find ideas to make the world a better place. Featured this week in the Calgary Herald, the THCS at MRU is helping to establish Mount Royal University as a leader in social enterprise development.

You can read the article here: http://ow.ly/1vWj30mb3ow

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge named as 2018 Facility of Merit by Athletic Business

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge named as 2018 Facility of Merit by Athletic Business

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge has been recognized by Athletic Business as a Facility of Merit™ for 2018! Selected by a panel from over 60 of the newest athletic, recreation and fitness facilities around the world featured in the 2018 Athletic Architectural Showcase, the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge impressed with its distinctive singular roof form and structural system, ‘understated’ interior design and gracefulness in concept and execution. The facility will be featured in Athletic Business’s upcoming October issue. We’re also excited to be presenting and sharing the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge with owners, operators and peers at the Athletic Business gala in New Orleans in November!

Below is a link to Athletic Business’s Facility of Merit™ profile of the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge:

https://www.athleticbusiness.com/project-1343.html

 

Finally, a YouTube video featuring the panel of judges for the 2018 Athletic Business Facilities of Merit™ discussing the quality of work submitted in the Architectural Showcase, and a preview of what impressed them about this year's winning projects:

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Partnership Announcement: Jason Pare

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Partnership Announcement: Jason Pare

GEC is pleased to announce Jason Pare as a Partner with the firm.       

Jason has been a strategic contributor to GEC through his comprehensive design and project management of some of the firm’s complex urban design and architectural projects. Joining GEC in 2017, he accepted a position as an Associate the same year. 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 urban design 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 and engages the public. He has been a critical part of GEC’s work at YYC Calgary International Airport, NorQuest College, the Century Place Tower Redevelopment in Edmonton and the Edmonton City Hall Plaza and Fountain Redevelopment.

Congratulations Jason!

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Justin Trudeau On-Hand to Help Officially Open the NAIT PIC!

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Justin Trudeau On-Hand to Help Officially Open the NAIT PIC!

On Wednesday, NAIT, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, officially opened the polytechnic’s newest facility, the Productivity and Innovation Centre! This $83.4 million project, funded in part from the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, is NAIT’s ‘front door’ for industry, supporting businesses to find ways to be more competitive in today’s globally competitive environment, and to develop and adopt technologies that will increase their productivity. Congratulations to all - we look forward to the start of the 2018 Fall semester at the PIC!

Credit (Image 1, Twitter): @JustinTrudeau
Credit (Image 3, Twitter): @techlifeNAIT
Credit (Image 4): www.nait.ca

To find out more about the event, please visit the links below:

Prime Minister inaugurates new facility in Edmonton to expand research and foster innovation
https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2018/09/05/prime-minister-inaugurates-new-facility-edmonton-expand-research-and-foster

Trudeau on hand to open NAIT’s new Productivity and Innovation Centre
http://techlifetoday.ca/articles/2018/trudeau-opens-productivity-and-innovation-centre

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Opens NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre
http://www.nait.ca/44779_104130.htm

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New Addition to Banff

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New Addition to Banff

The Ti’nu Affordable Rental Housing Project peaks just over the rooftops when you drive into Banff. Welcoming tenants earlier this summer, the new community living facility offers an affordable option in beautiful downtown Banff.

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U of A PLH Won the AWMAC Award of Excellence!

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U of A PLH Won the AWMAC Award of Excellence!

The University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall received the AWMAC Award of Excellence for Outstanding GIS (Guarantee and Inspection Service) for use of Millwork in a project over $250k. Overlooking the North Saskatchewan river, PLH is a landmark student residence that aims to create an inclusive undergraduate leadership development program through an immersive living and learning experience.

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Shane Homes YMCA is Featured in Canadian Architect

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Shane Homes YMCA is Featured in Canadian Architect

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is featured in Canadian Architect Magazine this month, including being selected as the magazine’s cover project! Canadian Architect is a magazine for architects and related professionals practicing in Canada. Canada’s only monthly design publication, Canadian Architect has been in continuous publication since 1955.

Click here to read the article

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New Associate Announcement: Ashli MacDonald

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New Associate Announcement: Ashli MacDonald

We’re proud to welcome Ashli MacDonald as an Associate with GEC! She excels in managing projects using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud technology to develop coordinated construction documents, regardless of the size of project. Ashli’s experience ranges from LRT redevelopments to mixed-use housing projects to early education K-12 schools. Congratulations Ashli!

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New Associate Announcement: Rob Gairns

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New Associate Announcement: Rob Gairns

We’re proud to welcome Rob Gairns as an Associate with GEC! Transitioning into the architecture in 2014, Rob brings a knowledge of responsive design uniquely built upon the human experience. He has been a important part of the design and implementation of GEC’s projects at YYC, as well as the new NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre. Congratulations Rob!

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New Associate Announcement: Leslie Webb

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New Associate Announcement: Leslie Webb

We’re proud to welcome Leslie Webb as an Associate with GEC! Leslie has been with GEC since 2013 and has been an important part of the firm’s growth. She has worked on several high-profile GEC projects across western Canada including the feasibility study for the Canmore Nordic Centre redevelopment and the design of the University of Alberta’s Varsity Arena. Congratulations Leslie!

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