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2019 MASI Design Awards

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2019 MASI Design Awards

The MASI Design Awards celebrate the best of interior design throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, recognizing design excellence and contributions to the built environment. We are thrilled to receive a Silver award in the Institutional/Healthcare category for the NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre at the 2019 MASI Design Awards. Congratulations to the design team!

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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.

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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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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A First Look!

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A First Look!

A first look at the second phase of the Banff Elementary School’s mass timber structure.

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A Step Forward for NorQuest

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A Step Forward for NorQuest

We’re excited to share these fresh new shots of the NorQuest Civic Employees Legacy Tower (CELT)! We were commissioned earlier this year to give the CELT a face-lift. The result: a 20,000m² renovated learning environment for employees and students alike. The interiors have been given a refresh, adding a playful edge to the overall design.

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The 2018 MASI Awards

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The 2018 MASI Awards

The MASI Awards celebrate the best of interior design throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, recognizing design excellence and contributions to the built environment. We are thrilled to have placed first in the 2018 MASI Design Award Special Projects category with the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, and to have received a Bronze award in the Institutional / Healthcare category for the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall. Congrats to both design teams!

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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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A New Space for Learning in the Okanagan

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A New Space for Learning in the Okanagan

The Health Sciences Centre at @Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus will be a catalyst for interaction. The facility will foster integration between departments, focusing on opportunities for collaboration amongst students and staff. The highly sustainable facility will focus on health and wellness strategies targeting Net-zero Carbon, WELL Certification and LEED Gold Certification.

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MRU’s New Trico Changemakers Studio

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MRU’s New Trico Changemakers Studio

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.

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NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre Sneak-a-Peek

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NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre Sneak-a-Peek

Take a fly-through of the new NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre, opening in Fall 2018!

The Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) will be the place where industry comes to solve problems and to succeed. The centre will provide comprehensive industry services, enabling industry to become more competitive and sustainable through improved technology utilization, enhanced productivity and industry-driven applied research. The centre will support the development and implementation of new products and processes that address challenges faced by industry and individual companies.

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Video credit: NAIT

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Being Part of the Heritage!

Being Part of the Heritage!

An addition to the Father Lacombe water tower, the St. Mary’s University Heritage Centre reinforces the campus's historic core. The Centre is comprised of a flexible learning and performance space, and linear gallery. Drawing inspiration from the timber frame structure of the historic water tower, the Centre features simple, exposed timber trusses and post-and-beam construction.

For more about the project, click here.

 

Building Towards a Healthy Future

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Building Towards a Healthy Future

GEC and Okanagan College (OC) are setting the foundations for the next generation of health science workers in British Columbia. The new Health Sciences Centre on OC’s Kelowna campus will be an integrated learning centre that prepares students for careers in nursing, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, and early childhood education, among others. This highly-anticipated facility is scheduled to open for class in 2020!

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Peter Lougheed Hall Wins at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards

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Peter Lougheed Hall Wins at the 2017 Edmonton Urban Design Awards

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.

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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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Let's Tee Off!

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Let's Tee Off!

We had a great time at the 6th annual Golf Tournament in support of enhancing the student experience at St. Mary’s.

We recently completed the St. Mary’s Heritage Centre comprised of a highly flexible main gathering space that is approximately 1,700 square feet. Retractable theatre seating suitable for musical, dramatic and theatre uses. The facility also has large sliding barn doors that open to the linear gallery space.

More about the project here.  

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University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Hall Completed!

University of Alberta's Peter Lougheed Hall Completed!

The Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) at the University of Alberta is now complete! Slated to open in the Fall of this year in the vibrant East Campus Village community, PLH will be home to more than 140 residents. The one or two bedroom units are contemporary, with access to engaging social spaces, large dining hall, and fitness spaces.

Thank you to all who attended today’s opening including His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Founding Principal of PLLC, and his Worship Mayor Don Iveson.

Sharing Ideas through Public Engagement

Sharing Ideas through Public Engagement

GEC believes in engaging internal and external stakeholder groups to gather insight and listen to what our clients and users have to say about their project. In 2014, we worked with a diverse group of six stakeholders to complete a Sector Plan for the University of Alberta’s family housing at Michener Park. The Sector Plan was intended to identify potential development and redevelopment sites, and to identify the required linkages to adjacent communities. 

We worked with the students, the University Project team, the community, the City of Edmonton, and two public school boards. The new plan focused on the integration of the student housing with the adjacent community through a new bioretention system and linked courtyards.  At the centre of the development is a shared amenity building which allows the surrounding community to meet and interact with students.

The University of Alberta had a goal of accommodating up to 25% of its full time students. The plan focuses on family housing as well as attracting international and graduate students, which creates a uniquely multi-cultural and family-oriented development. In addition, we developed a detailed financial model to lay the framework for future development.