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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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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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Congrats YYC LINK

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Congrats YYC LINK

YYC LINK took home one of the Calgary Awards! GEC partner, Gary Mundy, accepted The Award for Accessibility, which recognizes buildings that excel in accessibility to create inclusive spaces. Job well done team! 

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Wins at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Wins at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards

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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Bridging Communities

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Bridging Communities

The Pedestrian Overpass in Calgary’s Westbrook neighborhood is getting a makeover! The current overpass will be removed, making way for a new structure that addresses accessibility in this busy pedestrian corridor. Construction on this GEC-designed bridge starts this year!  

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Going for Gold!

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Going for Gold!

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!

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Remington YMCA Wins!

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Remington YMCA Wins!

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!

 

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Two Awards of Excellence at CEA

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Two Awards of Excellence at CEA

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!

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Baggage Handling System at the YYC

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Baggage Handling System at the YYC

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

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GEC Cooks!

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GEC Cooks!

The GEC team had the most delicious night at The Cookbook Co. Thanks for the rockin’ Moroccan!

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge - Interview with Andrew Tankard / Global News

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge - Interview with Andrew Tankard / Global News

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is officially open! Andrew Tankard, architect and partner behind the facility, discussed the design inspiration behind the project with Global News.

Check out the full interview here

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Being Part of the Heritage!

Being Part of the Heritage!

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.

 

Remington takes home a MASI award!

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Remington takes home a MASI award!

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.

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Take to the Skies

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Take to the Skies

Sunwest Aviation is a private jet charter with a fleet of 45 aircraft, including 16 jets. GEC worked with Sunwest Aviation to develop a new hangar and passenger/business centre. The facility includes 10,220 square meters of hangar space and approximately 6,000 square meters of support facilities including office and administration spaces, departure lounges, facilities for in-flight food service, and a restaurant. 

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Bringing the Community Together

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Bringing the Community Together

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.

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Featured in Award Magazine

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Featured in Award Magazine

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.

Read more here

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New Attitude, New Living, New Vision

New Attitude, New Living, New Vision

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.

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility Public Art

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility Public Art

Recently the artist team of Haddad|Drugan finished installing their public artwork for the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility site called ‘Flock’. Part of the development process, Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan engaged the community. There was a strong consensus that the art should embrace the natural environment, especially the striking views to and from the nearby hills.

The wetland piece, Flock, is located at a gathering spot with picnic tables, benches and an aspen grove overlooking the wetland. The v-shape is derived from the shapes of ascending flocks of wetland birds and the angles of the sun. Up close, the art will create an embodied sensory experience of light, texture, and motion. From afar, the art will compliment the wetland as a bird-like flock into the sky.

The Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility is scheduled to open first quarter of 2018. When complete, The 284,000 sq. ft. facility will provide individuals, families and teams with a unique indoor and outdoor recreation experience. The multi-sport fitness and recreational facility will include competition and wave pools, a waterslide, competition and leisure skating ice, three full gymnasiums, a fitness centre, 160m running track, library, art making and display spaces, a 250-seat theatre, skateboard park, and much more.