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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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.
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!
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
Province Invests in Affordable Housing in Edmonton
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
The Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) at the University of Alberta is now complete! Slated to open in the Fall of this year in the vibrant East Campus Village community, PLH will be home to more than 140 residents. The one or two bedroom units are contemporary, with access to engaging social spaces, large dining hall, and fitness spaces.
Thank you to all who attended today’s opening including His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Founding Principal of PLLC, and his Worship Mayor Don Iveson.
University City offers residents a vibrant, walkable community nestled into an established neighbourhood in NW Calgary. The project is one of Calgary’s first transit oriented developments aimed at creating a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly, and safe community with immediate access to key amenities.
The urban development offers tower apartment style or townhouse style living set along on Brentwood Road close to the University of Calgary, the LRT Station, McMahon Stadium, and Brentwood Village Mall.
N3 is one of Calgary’s newest condo towers in the East Village and recently reached a major milestone of accepting its first tenants. As Calgary’s first condo without parking, the development offers a multitude of perks aimed at living an urban, car-free lifestyle and is situated near the C-train and other amenities in the thriving East Village.
Developers expected Millennials would be the main tenants, however, to their surprise many of the tenants are seniors looking for an accessible and vibrant place to live that doesn’t require a car. With its compact suites and low cost, N3 offers a viable option for urban living for people from a variety of demographics.
The Calgary Herald article by Annalise Klingbeil has more on N3 and the car free development in Calgary.
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.
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.
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.
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.