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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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.
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.
Take a fly-through of the new NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre, opening in Fall 2018!
The Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) will be the place where industry comes to solve problems and to succeed. The centre will provide comprehensive industry services, enabling industry to become more competitive and sustainable through improved technology utilization, enhanced productivity and industry-driven applied research. The centre will support the development and implementation of new products and processes that address challenges faced by industry and individual companies.
Video credit: NAIT
Team Wipf is going for gold! After performing well at the Districts, the team has qualified to play in the Southerns, the only province-wide competition for the U15 age level.
GEC is proud to sponsor Team Wipf and other amateur athletics and community-level sports programs. Good luck this weekend, guys!
The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge picked up two Awards of Excellence at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) 2018 Showcase Awards – the only project to win twice! Congratulations to RJC Engineers and the project team for this achievement!
To ensure that passengers at YYC, one of Canada’s busiest airports, provides the highest quality experience for its passengers, it is important that the Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) in both the International Terminal and Domestic operate as one system to provide seamless connections for baggage between domestic, international and transborder flights.
With the new International Terminal completed and in operation for over a year, and with over 16 million passengers (and rising) being processed per year at the airport, The Calgary Airport Authority is working with YYC and Crisplant (a leading innovator of baggage handling systems) to update the Domestic terminal with the faster and more energy-efficient baggage movement systems already in use in the International Terminal.
CTV recently featured the BHS and what it is capable of, check it out here: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1314757
Sharpen your skates, the Servus Arena is officially open! The new facility will be the home-ice for Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Vipers, and the Red Deer College Queens. The facility also includes leasable space for user groups, upper and lower viewing lobby, support rooms, and main plaza. The arena will display public art/awards to highlight citizen accomplishments and history of the existing facility.
Construction on the new Jasper Place Transit Centre in Edmonton has started supporting the City’s vision for growth and enhanced passenger experience. Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) sees upwards of 400,000 riders per day, and is an important way for Edmontonians to connect. The new facility will have bright, comfortable waiting areas designed to accommodate more people. The old brick building on the northwest corner of the transit centre is to be demolished and a new, smaller facility will take its place and will feature integrated landscaping, bike parking, and seating.
An addition to the Father Lacombe water tower, the St. Mary’s University Heritage Centre reinforces the campus's historic core. The Centre is comprised of a flexible learning and performance space, and linear gallery. Drawing inspiration from the timber frame structure of the historic water tower, the Centre features simple, exposed timber trusses and post-and-beam construction.
For more about the project, click here.
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.
GEC is proud to sponsor Team Wipf, a local bonspiel team with home roots at the North Hill Curling Club. We are looking forward to following your success in the upcoming season… good luck guys!
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!
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.
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
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.”