We are officially moved in! Our new home is now in the GEC-designed West Block, located on the corner of 142 Street NW and Stony Plain Road. Come by, say hi and check out the new space! For more information about West Block, please visit: https://www.gecarchitecture.com/west-block-condo-redevelopment
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We’re moving! On October 21, our new home will be at 300 West Block - a new mixed-use (and GEC-designed!) development located on the corner of 142 Street NW and Stony Plain Road. Keep an eye out for more information on our website in the near future! Click here for more information about West Block, Edmonton’s a Transit-Oriented Development situated on the city’s future Valley Line - West LRT route.
The 2019 U Sports football season is well underway across campuses coast to coast! Did you know that GEC helped design the David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC), the McMaster University Marauders’ high performance training facility in Hamilton? GEC (in association with Garwood-Jones & Hanham Architects) worked collaboratively the University Facilities group and the McMaster Student Union to create the DBAC, which parallels the Ron Joyce football stadium and features a 1,200 retractable seat competition gymnasium, running and sprint tracks, racquet courts, sports medicine facilities, a high performance fitness assessment lab and a climbing wall. Learn more about this project and others by visiting the Play section on our website.
In 2015, GEC transformed a former library in downtown Canmore into artsPlace, a community arts centre serving as a creational hub for the citizens of Canmore. artsPlace is a welcoming space where visitors can gather to discover and celebrate art and creativity through a full range of classes, workshops, camps, performances, films, and exhibits.
In celebration of World Landscape Architecture Month, we profile GEC’s redeveloped Paul Kane Park in the inner-city neighborhood of Oliver! The renewed wetland pond maintains the park’s modernist heritage, and natural design. The park features wooden decks, integrated concrete benches, and a cascading water feature that feeds into a new wetland ribbon that encircles the pond.
Today, CBC’s The National will be hosting a live panel event discussing the economy and future of Alberta at our recently completed NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre. The National Conversation is a chance for all Canadians to have their say and ask their questions about the future of Alberta. From oil and gas and pipeline, to the energy sector, to the broader economy. What does the future of Alberta look like, how does it impact the rest of the country, and how can we prepare for the future? Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of Premier Notley, policymakers, analysts and front-line stakeholders with insight into the challenges and opportunities that Alberta faces.
Livestream of the discussion can be viewed on the National’s Facebook page on February 5 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET): https://www.facebook.com/thenational/
The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge has been recognized by Athletic Business as a Facility of Merit™ for 2018! Selected by a panel from over 60 of the newest athletic, recreation and fitness facilities around the world featured in the 2018 Athletic Architectural Showcase, the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge impressed with its distinctive singular roof form and structural system, ‘understated’ interior design and gracefulness in concept and execution. The facility will be featured in Athletic Business’s upcoming October issue. We’re also excited to be presenting and sharing the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge with owners, operators and peers at the Athletic Business gala in New Orleans in November!
Below is a link to Athletic Business’s Facility of Merit™ profile of the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge:
Finally, a YouTube video featuring the panel of judges for the 2018 Athletic Business Facilities of Merit™ discussing the quality of work submitted in the Architectural Showcase, and a preview of what impressed them about this year's winning projects:
We’re elated to announce that the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge has won a 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Award! GEC’s David Edmunds accepted the award at the NAICA Awards Ceremony in New York City last night, which recognizes North American building projects that use copper to create beautiful and innovative buildings. The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge prominently features over 62,000 square feet of copper, giving the building its striking reflectiveness and characteristic hue.
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.
Did you know – the GEC-designed 300 West Block in Edmonton’s Glenora neighborhood will be the largest mass timber office building on the Canadian Prairies? This mixed-use project brings together residences, shopping, dining and offices into one place. More information on West Block can be found here. Video credit: @wblockglenora by @inhouseyeg
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.
A space to learn, a space to collaborate, a space to innovate…if you can imagine it, the new Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University is the place to make it happen. This new incubator space brings together students, staff, businesses, and social purpose community organizations to share ideas, spark movements, and build the foundations of change for the betterment of our communities. GEC is proud to play a part in developing the next generation of changemakers in Calgary.
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!
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!
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.