Parker: Beck Vale principals mark greater than 40 years of architectural excellence

A lot of their work might be seen all through Calgary however they’ve been particularly drawn to the mountain playgrounds

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Beck Vale Architects and Planners was previously often known as The LeBlond Partnership. Principals Greg Beck and Nick Vale have been each LeBlond homeowners, so can boast of their firm elevating the trade bar for greater than 40 years.

It’s been a very long time since being awarded the design for the ’88 Winter Olympics media housing however their ardour for ingeniously fixing design issues in work starting from furnishings design and inexpensive housing, to iconic nationwide landmarks and world class leisure amenities, retains the agency ever artistic and versatile.

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A lot of their work might be seen all through Calgary however they’ve been particularly drawn to the mountain playgrounds.

One of many first assignments they have been awarded within the Rockies was the redevelopment of the entryway into the Fairmont Banff Springs Lodge, one in all Alberta’s most iconic landmarks. The upgrades have been executed with the utmost care to remain true to the type of the historic construction, whereas on the identical time enhancing the performance and expertise supplied to guests.

The standard of their work led to a number of different jobs on the lodge, together with renovations to the fifth Gold Ground, retail areas, kitchens and the golf clubhouse and employees housing.

Delight of place goes to the design of the Willow Stream Spa. Its reputation with guests resulted in a name from the homeowners of the luxurious Omni Grove Park Inn, a historic resort nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, N.C.

Beck Vale was commissioned to construct a 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa with cavernous rock partitions, arches and tunnels, full with two therapeutic waterfalls.

The agency was known as once more by Fairmont so as to add a convention facility at its Lodge Macdonald in Edmonton, and designed a brand new spa and restaurant on the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

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Lodges are a key a part of its portfolio, with a quantity being designed within the Selkirks and Bugaboos for Canadian Mountain Holidays. Based by famend Austrian information Hans Gmoser nearly 60 years in the past, it has grow to be the biggest heli-skiing operation on the earth with 11 locations.

Beck Vale has designed/constructed eight of them that every cowl round 8,000 sq. toes of heat, relaxed and down-to-earth lodging. In-built distant mountain areas, all of them deal with a significant design ingredient within the expression of construction accomplished with conventional constructing supplies.

Most luxurious is CMH Valemount within the majestic Caribou Vary west of Jasper, a 10-room, post-and-beam lodge from the place skiers can discover 400 runs in its vary protecting 1,489 sq. metres.

Vale spends a whole lot of time within the household dwelling in Fernie, and his native relationships gave him the chance to transform the 1908 decommissioned highschool into condominiums. It has been an deserted eyesore for too lengthy within the downtown space.

Designed for Fernie-based Parastone Developments, the plan concerned giving the large college constructing new life, and the development of 21 adjoining new townhouses round it, with landscaped gathering areas.

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Seniors’ amenities have been designed in Kimberly and Elkford in B.C., and in Cochrane the Beck Vale employees are happy with the results of their work for St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In Calgary, Beck Vale designs embrace the principle campus for Rundle Faculty, Brentwood and Dalhousie LRT Stations, the Niitsitapi Studying Centre, the remodelling of St. Laurence Anglican Church, and a brand new frontal extension to Holy Cross Anglican Church.

The form of challenge Beck Vale likes to work with is its present redevelopment of the previous City & Nation Motor Lodge alongside seventeenth Avenue S.E.

The problem is to transform the as soon as slightly infamous lodge right into a beacon of hope to susceptible populations — ladies, kids and seniors in want of inexpensive housing, a spot to name dwelling. Proprietor Victory Basis has commissioned Beck Vale to transform the constructing into 48 models, whereas including a restaurant and church that can be utilized as a public area.

There are various thrilling initiatives on the Beck Vale books, however the Victory City & Nation redevelopment is the type that makes the principals and employees be ok with their firm.


Congratulations to Peter Wallis, Alberta’s Honorary Consul of Mongolia, who was in Ottawa not too long ago to obtain the Medal of Friendship in recognition of his contributions to Mongolia on the fiftieth anniversary of Canada/Mongolia Diplomatic Relations.

David Parker seems recurrently within the Herald. Learn his columns on-line at He might be reached at 403-830-4622 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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