Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge took home the Award of Excellence at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards! Every two years, the Alberta Association of Architects, the Saskatchewan Association of Architects and The Manitoba Association of Architects come together to celebrate design excellence, recognizing architects and designers that are setting new standards of creativity and skill.
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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!
Last night the Remington YMCA won a Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Award! Winning in the category of Recreational Wood Design, the award for this urban recreation facility recognizes the recipient’s ability to push the boundaries of wood in construction.
The Remington YMCA uses wood as its main structural element, creating a warm and welcoming environment for its users. Wood also provides two architectural advantages: first, it can be an economical solution for long span structures over gymnasiums and swimming pools; and second, wood’s natural preservative properties make it optimal for use in humid pool environments. Congratulations to the team!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remington YMCA is featured in the latest edition (Issue 3 in 2017) of sb Magazine. The theme for this edition is ‘pools and wellness facilities’. sb, whose parent company is IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) is a widely-distributed international magazine that profiles sports, leisure and recreation facilities.
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.
Seen from afar, the stunning ‘VS.’ is situated in front of the entrance to the New Brighton Athletic Park. This art piece, titled Versus, was commissioned by The City of Calgary and created by Craig Le Blanc (operating as the White Studio, with the assistance of Adam Rees).
The intention of Versus is not to generate a sense of division or combativeness, but to promote engagement. The duty of the piece is to characterize the essence of competition representing fair play.
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