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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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!
The next chapter of Edmonton’s Paul Kane Park has begun! In late September 2017, this urban park was re-opened to the public. The design features an integrated solution that maintained the park’s original modernist, natural and geometric design.
As an established park in an urban setting, GEC’s design team needed to update Paul Kane Park while maintaining its natural character, the existing mature landscape, undulating topography, and prominence of the pond. The naturalization of the existing ornamental pond presented several technical challenges and opportunities for integration into the overall site design. Integrated sustainable water strategies including storm water management were considered. A system was created within the park to adjust and accommodate storm events while still maintaining adequate circulation and water quality.
Photo courtesy of GEC’s Emma Dunn!
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.
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.”
Completed in 2011, the Flames Community Arena contains three ice surfaces: one international size, one NHL size, and a regulation size. The expansion added:
- An NHL size ice surface complete with professional level lighting,
- Seating for 250 spectators,
- Barrier free viewing areas,
- Awards/entry hall,
- Five dressing rooms, and a referee change room
- Referees change room,
- A multi-purpose press/ viewing room,
- Pro-shop, concession area,
- Mount Royal University Cougars men’s and women’s team and equipment rooms,
- A refrigeration plant sized for the operation of two additional ice surfaces,
- And an ice resurfacer room.
The various sizes of arenas address the emphasis South West Arena Society placed on providing a variety of ice surface sizes to accommodate the diverse needs of the community.
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.
GEC’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility along with Andrew Tankard and Adrian Benoit are featured in the June 2017 issue of Award magazine. For more than 30 years, Award magazine serves the special interests of architects, interior designers and construction industry professionals.
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.