Canmore artsPlace

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Canmore artsPlace

In 2015, GEC transformed a former library in downtown Canmore into artsPlace, a community arts centre serving as a creational hub for the citizens of Canmore. artsPlace is a welcoming space where visitors can gather to discover and celebrate art and creativity through a full range of classes, workshops, camps, performances, films, and exhibits.

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Construction Canada: NAIT PIC

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Construction Canada: NAIT PIC

We’re excited to see the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre featured on the cover of the latest Construction Canada magazine! Check out the latest issue by clicking the link: https://www.constructioncanada.net/publications/de/201907/index.html

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Parkdale Grand Opening

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Parkdale Grand Opening

The new Parkdale Affordable Housing development is officially open! The new mixed-income building will provide 70 homes for families in Edmonton. 

Click here for more information about the project: https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/safe-affordable-housing-for-70-families-officially-opens-in-edmonton-1.4483762

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Copper Architecture Forum: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

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Copper Architecture Forum: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

We’re excited to see the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge featured on the cover of the latest Copper Architecture Forum magazine! Check out the latest issue by clicking the link below: https://issuu.com/copperinarchitecture/docs/caf46web_eng

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2019 AWMAC Award of Excellence

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2019 AWMAC Award of Excellence

We’re happy to announce that the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre won an AWMAC Award of Excellence for Outstanding Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS) over $500 K! GIS ensures that the quality of materials and workmanship of the architectural woodwork specified are in compliance with the current Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) at time of tender.

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Calgary International Airport Baggage Handling Replacement: 2019 Alberta CISC Award Finalist

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Calgary International Airport Baggage Handling Replacement: 2019 Alberta CISC Award Finalist

Our YYC Baggage Handling System project, in collaboration with Supermétal, was a 2019 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Award Finalist. Congratulations to all who participated! For more information (and an in-depth video) about the BHS project at YYC, click on the following link: http://ow.ly/MvSO50u5Dzg


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Major Milestone for Our Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project

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Major Milestone for Our Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project

Almost there! With 310,000 litres of concrete poured and pressed last week, the GEC designed Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project space is one major step closer to its summer 2019 completion. 

GEC is designing the renewal of the Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project, located across from Edmonton City Hall. Construction started in August 2018 on the 25-year-old infrastructure, which had reached the end of its life-cycle. The design will result in a safer, more accessible plaza that will serve Edmontonains for many years to come.

Link: https://transformingedmonton.ca/whats-happening-inside-the-tent-in-front-of-city-hall/

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New Ronald McDonald House

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New Ronald McDonald House

This week, Ronald McDonald House Charities announced plans for a new Ronald McDonald House to be built in Medicine Hat! GEC is proud of our long-standing relationship with Ronald McDonald House – an important organization that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical care in hospital.  Scheduled to open in December 2019, the GEC-designed Medicine Hat House will be the 4th Ronald McDonald House in Alberta.

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Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

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Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

In celebration of World Landscape Architecture Month, we profile GEC’s redeveloped Paul Kane Park in the inner-city neighborhood of Oliver! The renewed wetland pond maintains the park’s modernist heritage, and natural design. The park features wooden decks, integrated concrete benches, and a cascading water feature that feeds into a new wetland ribbon that encircles the pond.

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Peter Lougheed Hall Certified with 4 Green Globes!

Peter Lougheed Hall Certified with 4 Green Globes!

We are excited to announce that our Peter Lougheed Hall on the University of Alberta campus is now officially certified with 4 Green Globes. Sustainability has played a key role in the development of the building's orientation, massing and design. Peter Lougheed Hall's sustainability strategies focused on passive solar design, high-performance building envelope, heating and ventilation initiatives.

Carved out depressions in the ground plane of the courtyard will form boiswales and rain gardens to capture and store storm water. The landscaping utilizes plants and trees native to the North Saskatchewan River Valley ecology. Peter Lougheed Hall is a student dormitory for 143 students in addition to 3 guest suites and one professor in residence. The building houses dormitory rooms, a dining hall, and a gathering space on the upper level.

ArchDaily 10th Building of the Year Awards

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ArchDaily 10th Building of the Year Awards

Our Remington YMCA is up for nomination in ArchDaily’s annual Building of the Year Awards. Readers can nominate and vote for the project from February 18th to March 4th. The winners will be announced on March 12th.

ArchDaily is tasking its readers with the responsibility of recognizing and awarding the projects that are making an impact. Readers will first nominate buildings for the shortlist in fifteen different categories, followed by a vote for the winners in each category.

Our Remington YMCA project in the Sports Architecture category provides state-of-the art recreation and wellness facilities for families in the surrounding residential developments and workers at the surrounding businesses centres. It includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, fitness area, childminding, public library, and aquatic centre. The aquatics includes leisure and competition pools, a hot tub and sauna.

You can nominate for Remington YMCA here: http://ow.ly/GRi430nNFHA

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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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