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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We’re excited to see the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge featured on the cover of the latest Copper Architecture Forum magazine! Check out the latest issue by clicking the link below: https://issuu.com/copperinarchitecture/docs/caf46web_eng
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.
Our Remington YMCA is up for nomination in ArchDaily’s annual Building of the Year Awards. Readers can nominate and vote for the project from February 18th to March 4th. The winners will be announced on March 12th.
ArchDaily is tasking its readers with the responsibility of recognizing and awarding the projects that are making an impact. Readers will first nominate buildings for the shortlist in fifteen different categories, followed by a vote for the winners in each category.
Our Remington YMCA project in the Sports Architecture category provides state-of-the art recreation and wellness facilities for families in the surrounding residential developments and workers at the surrounding businesses centres. It includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, fitness area, childminding, public library, and aquatic centre. The aquatics includes leisure and competition pools, a hot tub and sauna.
You can nominate for Remington YMCA here: http://ow.ly/GRi430nNFHA
The 11th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards (PWDA) gala took place on February 12th, and GEC’s Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge took home the top award in the Institutional category! The PWDAs recognize projects and organizations that advance the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation.
2019 Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Video Compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS1gBSSH6c8
2019 Prairie Wood Design Awards: https://wood-works.ca/alberta/wda/winners-ab/
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!
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:
The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is featured in Canadian Architect Magazine this month, including being selected as the magazine’s cover project! Canadian Architect is a magazine for architects and related professionals practicing in Canada. Canada’s only monthly design publication, Canadian Architect has been in continuous publication since 1955.
The Shane Homes @YMCA at Rocky Ridge is featured in this month’s issue of sb Magazine! sb, a globally-distributed publication, features the newest sports, recreation and wellness facilities around the world. https://www.iaks.org/en/sb-magazine/32018/pools-and-wellness-facilities
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.
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!
Sharpen your skates, the Servus Arena is officially open! The new facility will be the home-ice for Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Vipers, and the Red Deer College Queens. The facility also includes leasable space for user groups, upper and lower viewing lobby, support rooms, and main plaza. The arena will display public art/awards to highlight citizen accomplishments and history of the existing facility.
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.
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.