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It is with great sadness we share news of the death of Barry Graham, an esteemed colleague, passionate designer, partner and founder (the “G” in GEC Architecture). He died peacefully on December 26, 2022. Recognized as a Fellow by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada...
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Congratulations to our own Peter Osborne, on being recognized in this year’s Edifier Awards by @edify_edmonton for all his contributions to city building and making Edmonton ‘a better place to call home’. 📸: Eric Beliveau / EDify #yeg #edify #edifier #awards #architecture #affordablehousing #yegre #edmonton...
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We are thrilled to announce that the redevelopment of Paul Kane Park project on behalf of the City of Edmonton has won a 2022 Prairie Design Award of Merit in the Landscape Architecture category. Paul Kane Park has been an urban oasis in the Oliver...
gecarchitecture4 months ago
The goal of any architect is to build an iconic project that will stand the test of time. In 1987, GEC Architecture worked with the @ucalgary to open @theolympicoval, the speed skating venue that held the XV Winter Olympic Games. The International Skating Union...
gecarchitecture4 months ago
Team GEC is participating in Edmonton Design Week. Don’t miss the last few days! Explore Edmonton’s diverse design world through exhibitions, events, studio tours, art walks and talks by industry leaders until October 15. View events and sign up at #yeg #design #edmontondesignweek #yegevents...
gecarchitecture4 months ago
A #fridayafternoon wave. Building from the ground up on @nadg_nnn and @highpointdev One12 site with @itcconstruction . A 13-storey 217 unit #mixedusedevelopment in #yeg’s #garneau neighbourhood. Photo credit: @itcconstruction
gecarchitecture4 months ago
Today and every day we remember the children, families, and communities affected by the history recognized on Truth and Reconciliation Day. On September 30, our studios will be closed in honour of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; it is also international Orange...

2020 Award for Accessibility – Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

We’re pleased to announce that the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is the recipient of the Award for Accessibility for the 2020 Calgary Awards! This landmark facility in the city’s northwest has set new standards for universal access in Calgary recreation facilities, serving its community through the application of universal design concepts in the provision of wellness, physical activity spaces, child care, sport and arts services.

The facility’s design includes adaptable and open-ended spaces around a connective hub of informal gathering areas for easy and independent access. Outside, accessible public walkways and trails ensure an optimal experience for all users. The building exceeds the 2014 Alberta Building Code in many areas. Entry to the building from the parking area is entirely accessible with subtle sloping ramps, the reception counter includes an Assistive Listening Device, and signage and wayfinding are provided in Braille and English. Universal dressing rooms offer a variety of private change areas, including lifts and adult change tables, to meet the needs of culturally, demographically and ability-diverse individuals, caregivers and families. Pool access is via the zero-entry wave pool or accessible pool lift, and the strength and conditioning area has accessible equipment. The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge fosters an inclusive community open to people of all ages and abilities and provides all Calgarians with the opportunity to achieve a life of physical, mental and social well-being in one place.

The Award for Accessibility recognizes buildings or facilities in Calgary that exceed the minimum requirements of Section 3.8, “Accessibility” of the National Building Code, Alberta edition, for accessibility by persons with disabilities.

The Calgary Awards:

2020 Calgary Awards recipients