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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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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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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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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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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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We're Hiring: Marketing Manager, Calgary or Edmonton

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We're Hiring: Marketing Manager, Calgary or Edmonton

WE’RE HIRING: Are you a marketing expert that has an advanced understanding of coordinating proposals, writing, project management, and a penchant for creativity? If so, we’re currently seeking a Marketing Manager in either Calgary or Edmonton. Click on the banner below for more information!

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Proud to be part of the Calgary Stampede Parade!

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Proud to be part of the Calgary Stampede Parade!

It’s show time! The Calgary Stampede parade is a well-loved tradition that marches our city into its greatest celebration every summer. GEC is proud to be a Cattle Baron Sponsor and to volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee, providing graphic design services for the coordination of parade volunteers and participants. Over 350,000 spectators attend the parade each year, with millions more watching worldwide - Yahoo!

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New Associate Announcement: Alexis Finlay

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New Associate Announcement: Alexis Finlay

We’re proud to welcome Alexis Finlay as an Associate with GEC! A graduate of the University of Calgary, Alexis brings an innovative and collaborative approach to design, and has worked on many high profile projects across Western Canada.

She has been a major contributor to several of GEC’s new and exciting projects currently going on throughout Edmonton, and will continue to help lead and establish GEC as a design firm of choice. Congratulations Alexis!

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Shane Homes YMCA Is Featured In sb Magazine

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Shane Homes YMCA Is Featured In sb Magazine

The Shane Homes @YMCA at Rocky Ridge is featured in this month’s issue of sb Magazine! sb, a globally-distributed publication, features the newest sports, recreation and wellness facilities around the world. https://www.iaks.org/en/sb-magazine/32018/pools-and-wellness-facilities

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