Congratulations Remington YMCA team! We just learned that the Remington YMCA won a global award at the Shaw Contract Design Is Awards. The Shaw Contract Design Awards recognize the creative vision of the architects and designers who inspire new ways of living, working, learning, and healing. The People’s Choice Voting is now open – vote for GEC on the Shaw Contract website here.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility’s timber roof design was featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Construction Business magazine. The largest timber roof in North America it is constructed with over 30,000 square feet of glulam. We designed a place for people to gather and play by combining essential health, wellness, and community services underneath one roof.
The expansive timber roof links these program elements and responds to the individual requirements of each activity. Glulam was selected for its technical and aesthetic merits – the geometric complexity of the project required the use of a structural material that had the ability to be customized while creating a vibrant, welcoming community destination.
The Town of Hinton will host an open house on October 27th to discuss the revitalization of the Hinton Recreation Centre. Part of a 10-year strategic plan addressing the Centre’s future use, GEC Architecture is working with the town and ISL Engineering Services to advance the design concept for the new expansion. Originally presented with four expansion options, Hinton council elected to move forward with a concept that will see the construction of a new aquatic centre, fitness centre and field house. The open house will provide residents and users the opportunity to present expectations, concerns and feedback on how this design direction aligns with the use and need of user groups.
For more information on the open house, visit the Hinton website.
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).
This past weekend, the GEC team was on site to join in the grand opening festivities at the Remington YMCA in southeast Calgary. Previously an industrial area, Quarry Park is being transformed into an office park and residential community. The new facility is part of this transformation, providing fitness, leisure and cultural amenities to those that live and work in the area. The hard work and dedication of the team over the past five years was finally realized in the form of a beautiful new facility come to life with the buzz of community and activity!