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2019 AWMAC Award of Excellence

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2019 AWMAC Award of Excellence

We’re happy to announce that the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre won an AWMAC Award of Excellence for Outstanding Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS) over $500 K! GIS ensures that the quality of materials and workmanship of the architectural woodwork specified are in compliance with the current Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) at time of tender.

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Major Milestone for Our Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project

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Major Milestone for Our Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project

Almost there! With 310,000 litres of concrete poured and pressed last week, the GEC designed Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project space is one major step closer to its summer 2019 completion. 

GEC is designing the renewal of the Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal Project, located across from Edmonton City Hall. Construction started in August 2018 on the 25-year-old infrastructure, which had reached the end of its life-cycle. The design will result in a safer, more accessible plaza that will serve Edmontonains for many years to come.

Link: https://transformingedmonton.ca/whats-happening-inside-the-tent-in-front-of-city-hall/

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Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

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Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

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.

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Peter Lougheed Hall Certified with 4 Green Globes!

Peter Lougheed Hall Certified with 4 Green Globes!

We are excited to announce that our Peter Lougheed Hall on the University of Alberta campus is now officially certified with 4 Green Globes. Sustainability has played a key role in the development of the building's orientation, massing and design. Peter Lougheed Hall's sustainability strategies focused on passive solar design, high-performance building envelope, heating and ventilation initiatives.

Carved out depressions in the ground plane of the courtyard will form boiswales and rain gardens to capture and store storm water. The landscaping utilizes plants and trees native to the North Saskatchewan River Valley ecology. Peter Lougheed Hall is a student dormitory for 143 students in addition to 3 guest suites and one professor in residence. The building houses dormitory rooms, a dining hall, and a gathering space on the upper level.

CBC's The National at  the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre

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CBC's The National at the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre

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/

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The Largest Mass Timber Office Building on the Prairies

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The Largest Mass Timber Office Building on the Prairies

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

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