2017 Is Looking Good!

While consistently delivering elegant, innovative and efficient designs is always our first priority, having a few of our projects recognized along the way is also pretty great! This year we are proud and honoured to have won three design far...

At the 2017 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Alberta Steel Design Awards (May 4th, 2017), the Schulich School of Engineering  at the University of Calgary took home the 2017 Engineering Award. The SSE was transformed from a horseshoe-shaped labyrinth of seven linked concrete buildings erected in the '60s and '70s into a modern campus with a heart of steel.

Using an integrated design process, Gibbs Gage Architects as Prime Consultant lead the integrated design process collaborating with Diamond + Schmitt Architects and Structural Engineers, RJC to deliver a design that was light, open and respectful of both the traditional elements and modern design. 

More recently at the A4LE, 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference this past weekend in Banff, we are honoured to have won both the awards for "New Learning Environment" for Siksika Nation's Chief Crowfoot School in Cluny, AB and the "Renovation/Major Addition" award for Elbow Park School.

The Chief Crowfoot School was designed with the intent of respectfully celebrating the rich history of the Siksika Nation and the surrounding landscape. The building works to reference elements of the Siksika Nation and the landscape as learning tools for the primary student. The massing of the building was centred around the Cultural Elder Room which serves as the heart of the building. The main entrance faces due east, respecting the Siksika culture and the landscape plan used the school tee-pee as a central element directly adjacent to the Cultural Elder Room to organize the landscape plan.

The depth of cultural teaching within the Siksika Nation takes many forms. Art, language, making, writing and spiritual guidance are just a few elements we drew upon to inform design decisions. We envisioned the school as a teaching element - using textures, colour, materiality and language to make the school a unique building that was part of the community and would hopefully create connections between the culture and the students.

Elbow Park School, a landmark building located in the heart of the Elbow Park neighbourhood, was originally built in 1926. The charming two-storey building was designed to reflect the residential character of the neighbourhood. The June 2013 floods in Calgary caused significant structural damage to the school due to the differential settlement. As a result, it was deemed that the school would need to be demolished and the Calgary Board of Education put out a Public Request for Proposal for a replacement school which was awarded to Gibbs Gage Architects.  

Gibbs Gage Architects recognized the historic value the school represented to the community and, upon careful analysis with the client, community and consultant team, designed a replacement school that included the preservation of the north exterior wall and the reconstruction of the east & west walls. Select architectural pieces, such as the library wood hammer trusses and the roof cupola were preserved and re-incorporated into the final design.

Thank you always to our creative and devoted team of professionals, our superior engineering and specialty consultants and to our exceptional, forward-thinking clients. 

Seton Recreation Facility

The Seton Recreation Facility in Southeast Calgary will be a City wide destination for recreation and sport training in the heart of one of Calgary's new urban centres. Click on the link below to catch a glimpse of this innovative, sustainable and iconic new City attraction...

Video by Cicada Design Inc.

2015 Alberta Masonry Design Awards

Gibbs Gage Architects is pleased to announce that following projects have won Alberta Masonry Design Awards:

2020 4th Street
Award of Merit - Commercial Building

Eighth Avenue Place
Award of Excellence - Thin Masonry Veneer - Commercial

Elevation Place
Award of Excellence - Commercial Building

Seton's Gateway Surprise

Check out the article at the link below:

Everyday Tourist - Seton's Gateway Surprise