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.”

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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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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.