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Three GEC Projects Win at the 2021 MASI Awards

The masi Awards held on October 21, 2021, recognized three of our projects! These awards showcase interior design talent from across Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

This year the Okanagan College Health Sciences Centre took home Gold, and the Banff Elementary won Bronze in the Institutional category. Our Airdrie Transit Operations Centre won Silver in the Special Projects category.

We’re proud of our team’s hard work and the dedication that goes into each of our projects; we are excited to be recognized. Congratulations to all the winners – click here for the full list of award winners.

Learn more about our award-winning projects below.

Okanagan College Health Sciences Centre, Gold in the Institutional category.

The Health Sciences Centre provides insight into healthcare education in Canada through the inclusion of traditional Indigenous notions of health and wellness.  The building supports technology-enhanced and student-centred labs, classrooms, and offices for health and social development programs.

This net-zero carbon building innovates by mirroring the building’s program, referencing strategies that focus on occupant comfort and wellbeing. The design grew from a narrative, developed in consultation with the local First Nation, around the act of weaving. The narrative provided a contemporary methodology to explore the connected histories and futures of the First Nation’s people and Okanagan College.

Inside, a three-storey linear atrium provides a generosity of space, interconnectivity, and natural light. With operable windows and an energy-efficient design that uses a mixture of daylight, interior glazing, and clerestory lighting, this space is energy efficient and an environment that positively impacts the wellbeing of students. The design brings architecture and the WELL educational building pilot program together to provide leadership in healthcare education, sustainable development, and consultation with Indigenous peoples.

Banff Elementary, Bronze in the Institutional category.

Built to replace an aging school from the 1950s, this new Elementary School provides state-of-the-art instructional spaces serving Kindergarten through Grade 8 students with complementary spaces for serving the larger community. The design concept was established through engagement with teachers and administration, resulting in a design focused on an open and collaborative learning environment with a variety of flex and learning spaces throughout the school.

The interior design incorporates local and natural materials, including wood and rundle stone, and prioritizes access to daylight and views throughout. The interior finishes respond to the exposed wood structure and the school’s mountain setting.

Airdrie Transit Operations, Silver in the Special Awards category.

The Transit Operations Centre is a new state-of-the-art transit facility that will house all City operations, administration, storage, and maintenance functions. A world-class working environment is brought together by workspaces linked by main corridors that are washed with sunlight during the day that is filtered through the custom-designed floating sculpture that doubles as a chandelier at night. Spaces were designed to stimulate social cohesion amongst teams and encourage collaboration, bringing functionality and connection together.