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2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards

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2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards

The 11th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards (PWDA) gala took place on February 12th, and GEC’s Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge took home the top award in the Institutional category! The PWDAs recognize projects and organizations that advance the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation.

2019 Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Video Compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS1gBSSH6c8

2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards: https://wood-works.ca/alberta/wda/winners-ab/

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CEA Showcase Awards 2019

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CEA Showcase Awards 2019

The 2019 Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) Showcase Awards Gala took place on February 8th in Calgary, and two GEC-designed projects took home awards! The NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre won the Award of Excellence in the Building Engineering - Institutional category (Project Team / Submission: Fast + Epp, KFR Engineering, SMP Engineering)and the Calgary Transit Operations and Control Centre: Mission Critical Facility won the Award of Excellence in the Project Management category (Prime Consultant / Submission: Hatch; Project Team: GEC (as architect), A.W. Hooker, Mission Green Buildings, Morrison Hershfield). Congratulations to our team members for their hard work in ensuring these project demonstrate engineering excellence!

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Finding Solutions for Complex Problems

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Finding Solutions for Complex Problems

The recently-opened Trico Homes Changemakers Studio (THCS) at Mount Royal University is a place for students to find ideas to make the world a better place. Featured this week in the Calgary Herald, the THCS at MRU is helping to establish Mount Royal University as a leader in social enterprise development.

You can read the article here: http://ow.ly/1vWj30mb3ow

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Partnership Announcement: Jason Pare

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Partnership Announcement: Jason Pare

GEC is pleased to announce Jason Pare as a Partner with the firm.       

Jason has been a strategic contributor to GEC through his comprehensive design and project management of some of the firm’s complex urban design and architectural projects. Joining GEC in 2017, he accepted a position as an Associate the same year. He has over ten years of professional experience across western Canada, servicing a diverse client base across multiple market sectors that include educational, institutional, and urban design projects. Jason’s approach to design is deeply rooted in place and culture, focusing on integrating disciplines and approaches to create architecture that enhances our environments and engages the public. He has been a critical part of GEC’s work at YYC Calgary International Airport, NorQuest College, the Century Place Tower Redevelopment in Edmonton and the Edmonton City Hall Plaza and Fountain Redevelopment.

Congratulations Jason!

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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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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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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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Circle of Excellence

Circle of Excellence

We are honored to receive the Platinum Award from PSMJ Resources for 2016! Each year, PSMJ Resources inducts architectural and engineering firms into the Circle of Excellence based on their outstanding business achievements. GEC has been in the Circle of Excellence consecutively since 2012. The Platinum Award recognizes this consistent achievement as an award presented to firms who have been in the Circle of Excellence for at least four of the last five years. No small feat!

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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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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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.”

Click here for more

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Social housing regeneration

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Social housing regeneration

GEC is currently working with Capital Region Housing on the Londonderry mixed-use redevelopment, which received unanimous support from Edmonton City Council yesterday. Located in in Edmonton’s Kilkenny neighbourhood, the development will contain 240 residential units with a mix of market-rate and subsidized homes.

“This is fantastic work. It really is a community you’re building here,” Mayor Don Iveson said of the 240-unit Londonderry redevelopment.

Read more on the Londonderry housing in the Edmonton Journal 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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U of A’s East Campus is Taking Shape With New Residences

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U of A’s East Campus is Taking Shape With New Residences

The University of Alberta East Campus is quickly evolving into a student residence village destined to be an iconic part of student life at the U of A. With sweeping views of the river valley, dining halls, collaboration spaces, and individual rooms, the residences will provide a place for students to live, share ideas, and connect as part of a vibrant student community.  As the landmark residence on the site, Peter Lougheed Hall is expected to be complete this spring for students to move in and make their mark. Visit SKYRISE Edmonton for a detailed look at the East Campus residence development.

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