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Supporting Local Sport Teams

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Supporting Local Sport Teams

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!

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Now Open: Edmonton’s Paul Kane Park.

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Now Open: Edmonton’s Paul Kane Park.

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!

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Banff Elementary School Phase 1 Ready for Students!

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Banff Elementary School Phase 1 Ready for Students!

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

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New Model for Affordable Housing

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New Model for Affordable Housing

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.”

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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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One of Calgary’s First Transit Oriented Developments

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One of Calgary’s First Transit Oriented Developments

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. 

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Londonderry Housing Project Sets Precedence

Londonderry Housing Project Sets Precedence

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.

GEC – Designing Places for People to Play

GEC – Designing Places for People to Play

With the recent opening of the new Remington YMCA in Calgary, David Parker took a look at a history of other projects in our recreation profile.  From the Olympic Oval and Saddledome to CalgaryNEXT and the Remington YMCA,  the article provides an overview of some of GEC's regional and community recreation facilities designed for people to PLAY. Here you can view a nice snapshot of the new Remington YMCA (and read the full article).