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NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre Sneak-a-Peek

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NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre Sneak-a-Peek

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.

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Video credit: NAIT

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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.

 

Building Towards a Healthy Future

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Building Towards a Healthy Future

GEC and Okanagan College (OC) are setting the foundations for the next generation of health science workers in British Columbia. The new Health Sciences Centre on OC’s Kelowna campus will be an integrated learning centre that prepares students for careers in nursing, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, and early childhood education, among others. This highly-anticipated facility is scheduled to open for class in 2020!

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Peter Lougheed Hall Wins at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards

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Peter Lougheed Hall Wins at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards

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.

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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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Let's Tee Off!

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Let's Tee Off!

We had a great time at the 6th annual Golf Tournament in support of enhancing the student experience at St. Mary’s.

We recently completed the St. Mary’s Heritage Centre comprised of a highly flexible main gathering space that is approximately 1,700 square feet. Retractable theatre seating suitable for musical, dramatic and theatre uses. The facility also has large sliding barn doors that open to the linear gallery space.

More about the project here.  

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Progress on NAIT

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Progress on NAIT

Latest progression shot of the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Make sure to check out the story behind the project here.

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University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Hall Completed!

University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Hall Completed!

The Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) at the University of Alberta is now complete! Slated to open in the Fall of this year in the vibrant East Campus Village community, PLH will be home to more than 140 residents. The one or two bedroom units are contemporary, with access to engaging social spaces, large dining hall, and fitness spaces.

Thank you to all who attended today’s opening including His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Founding Principal of PLLC, and his Worship Mayor Don Iveson.

Sharing Ideas through Public Engagement

Sharing Ideas through Public Engagement

GEC believes in engaging internal and external stakeholder groups to gather insight and listen to what our clients and users have to say about their project. In 2014, we worked with a diverse group of six stakeholders to complete a Sector Plan for the University of Alberta’s family housing at Michener Park. The Sector Plan was intended to identify potential development and redevelopment sites, and to identify the required linkages to adjacent communities. 

We worked with the students, the University Project team, the community, the City of Edmonton, and two public school boards. The new plan focused on the integration of the student housing with the adjacent community through a new bioretention system and linked courtyards.  At the centre of the development is a shared amenity building which allows the surrounding community to meet and interact with students.

The University of Alberta had a goal of accommodating up to 25% of its full time students. The plan focuses on family housing as well as attracting international and graduate students, which creates a uniquely multi-cultural and family-oriented development. In addition, we developed a detailed financial model to lay the framework for future development. 

NAIT’s PIC Progressing Quickly

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NAIT’s PIC Progressing Quickly

The NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) has come a long way since project start in June 2016! The PIC is in the midst of construction, enticing onlookers as it takes form. The PIC will be a 190,000 sq.ft. facility fostering innovation and collaboration between students and industry. It will feature state-of-the-art manufacturing labs, acceleration and incubation space for small and medium-sized businesses and applied research space. The building is designed to be highly flexible to evolve and meet the emerging needs of industry.

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Excited to Work with NorQuest!

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Excited to Work with NorQuest!

The federal Strategic Initiative Funding (SIF) program is designed to modernize research and commercialization facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics. NorQuest has been awarded $1.38 million by the federal government for various upgrades to the South Learning Centre and establish the Innovation Centre.

GEC is working closely with NorQuest to develop the Innovation Studio, which will provide a space for business, industry, and community partners to work with students and researchers. This investment will promote research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth, and propelling entrepreneurs from start-up to success.

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