Parker: Riddell Kurczaba Architecture lauded for design at Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre

The newly renovated space, focusing on wellness over illness, was designed by Annette Guercio

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Last week, the expanded space at the Prostate Cancer Centre on the sixth floor of the Rockyview Hospital was officially opened, thoughtfully designed to create a welcoming space and supportive environment for patients and their families.

The newly renovated space, focusing on wellness over illness, was designed by Annette Guercio, managing principal of interior design at Riddell Kurczaba Architecture. She says it was a wonderful project that allowed her and her team to introduce biophilia and a sky image ceiling to help increase the mood and feeling of well-being.

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The 18,920 additional square feet includes counselling and rehabilitation areas, a laboratory, staff bistro and full-scale gym, all designed to improve patient experience, decrease stress and anxiety, and to enhance patients’ readiness for treatment.

Health care has been a busy sector at Riddell Kurczaba recently, with work done by its Edmonton office at the Cross Cancer Institute at the University of Alberta and the Beam Radiology Clinic here in Trinity Hills.

Airports and transportation also loom large in the company’s portfolio. Back of house spaces are under construction at YYC and it recently completed design consultant services for the modification of the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.

Work is also continuing at three different airports (YEG, YYC and YVR). It has designed various styles of retail operations: three completed at YYC and four others under construction, and two in Edmonton with another under construction there. Within the Vancouver airport, Riddell Kurczaba is working on a number of locations for Starbucks, while actively engaged in backflow projects at multiple airports across Western Canada.

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In 1991, Riddell Kurczaba designed The Tsuut’ina Nation Administrative Building — today, it is supervising renovations and upgrades. In other Indigenous work, a team is in the design stage of a reserve and health centre for the Lubicon Lake Band Cree First Nation.

The company has always been a driver in the design of industrial buildings. Remington has been a valued client for more than 25 years and work continues with three warehouses for its Frontier distribution centre. For Bucci Developments, it is working on the Vancouver-based company’s first industrial development in this city, with Phase 1 nearing completion. Also under construction is a second self-storage building for Bow City, following the design of its outstanding new building on 10th Avenue S. W. viewed over the Crowchild Trail bridge.

Significant other projects include the Enmax Substation One, a major undertaking along 9th Avenue S.W. that is 80 per cent complete, and the recently opened Goodleaf Farms. The 74,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor vertical farming facility will provide us with access to local, fresh, nutrient-dense, tasty greens all year round.

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Riddell Kurczaba currently has two downtown conversion projects. Under construction is The Lofts on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street S.W. that will convert existing office space into 56 high-standard-of-living residential suites, plus a second-level fitness area and a social hub café on the ground floor.

Nearby, United Place, across from McDougall Park, is awaiting approval to convert 88,000 square feet of commercial space into 88 units in a variety of sizes. Amenities will include a parkade with EV charging stations, fitness room, café/restaurant with plaza seating, and an in-house daycare facility.

Other residential properties include Silvera Livingston, a vibrant community hub for seniors comprising 63 units spread across a four-storey apartment building.

It’s a busy company, but found the time last month to move its own office from the Beltline back into suburbia at 1200 59th Avenue S.E. And more projects continue to be captured by Niha Prasad-Kroliczek, managing principal of business development — one of the most recognized faces in the industry, a master connector and activator, who has been building strategic relationships with customers and partners of Riddell Kurczaba for more than 27 years.

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Bow Valley College has announced it has partnered with SpacesShared to provide additional options for student housing. SpacesShared is a home sharing technology platform that empowers key groups to meet each other — connecting Canadians with spare bedrooms and students. “This innovative service gives our students a unique opportunity to match with a host that suits them,” says Lynn Connell, vice-president of learner experience at BVC.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622.

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