Something Borrowed, Something New

Though merely in framing stage, the Smithbuilt project is attracting attention with its blend of 100+ year old elements and the brand new additions we are creating today, in 2016.  So often we find the old being replaced by the new for monetary reasons, aesthetic reasons, and/or functionality.  At Placeworks, we are enjoying the effort we are putting in to letting the past shine through while we redesign this heritage building. If you share our love for heritage buildings, check out the links below and take a look at some of our favourites in Calgary. In the comment section, let us know which heritage building(s) you admire!

Smithbilt Hats at the Fletcher Mill Building

New Garage Night South view MAY 14

street view

smithbilt view (reduced)

Friday’s Calgary Herald spilled the beans on a project that we’ve been working on for the past while with Calgary’s iconic Smithbilt Hat Company. The longtime manufacturer of the cowboy hats so representative of our City envisions an adaptive re-use of the 100+ year old Fletcher Mills (known to many as Sure-Gain) in Inglewood to be their new home.

Once restored and improved, the Mill will house the manufacturing, retail and community activities of Smithbilt. It will also have a very interesting residential component in the upper levels of the metal-clad, wood-framed agricultural building. The entire project, the vision, and the commitment to a re-use of a historic resource says volumes about the character of Smithbilt and the primary owner Cam Clark.

There have certainly been challenges to move this to reality, but it has been a pleasure for our office to be a part of it. Even if the Herald misidentified me!

Smithbilt invests in Inglewood

New Faces at placeworks design

It’s been busy here in Inglewood and we’re remiss to post an update of some recent arrivals and news in the studio.

Michael McKeown has recently arrived in Canada after graduating with a Master of Architecture at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland and has joined us. He and a fellow student made the big speculative  step to come to Calgary and already he has been making a difference to our work and as part of the office. It has been great!

Erika Hornquist has joined us as our fall co-op student from Dalhousie. She’s really from Fernie, BC which makes us all happy, but has been a part of that amazing program in Halifax that is putting out some great students. We’ve been spoiled with the co-op students from Dal over the past few years and Erika looks set to continue that.

It was sad to say good-bye to Fatima Rehman as she headed back to Dalhousie after her 6 month work-placement position here. Michael and Erika are funny, but Fatima’s irreverent way of slicing to the core of things is missed. We wish her all the best as she buckles down to her studies again.

Magda Gawlik has returned from her excellent travels in North Africa and in the East. Stephanie, Cam, our clients, the dogs and I all missed her but have been enjoying the stories as she settles back in to the office.

Life and work are busy for all, there are some great projects in the office, and as winter slowly approaches, we’re having a rewarding time.

Festival Hall under Construction!

The Calgary Folk Fest’s new hall and offices are now under way!   

Karson Builders are now excavating for the $5.2 million facility that will arise in Inglewood to provide a flexible and affordable performance and meeting space for the greater community.  It addresses a critical and long identified shortage of affordable cultural spaces in Calgary and dovetails with the organization’s values of’ helping out artists and cultural organizations – particularly emerging talents.

Designed by Cardew Architects working closely with the Inglewood Community, the project was initiated in 2002 as part of the Festival’s long-term stabilization and outreach initiatives.  CFMF is a non-profit cultural organization which presents the hugely popular four-day Calgary Folk Music Festival each summer on Prince’s Island. 

The Hall should be set to open in October, 2010.

Festival Hall!

The Calgary Folk Fest’s new hall and offices are almost ready to start construction after a Calgary Council committee yesterday approved a contribution of $1.8 million.  The $5.2 million facility will arise in Inglewood and will provide a flexible and affordable performance and meeting space for the greater community.

Festival Hall addresses a critical and long identified shortage of affordable cultural spaces in Calgary and dovetails with the organizations values of’ helping out artists and cultural organizations – particularly emerging talents.

Designed by Cardew Architects working closely with the Inglewood Community, the building will become an important addition and complement to the increasing vibrancy of this already great neighborhood.

The City of Calgary’s contribution is from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative program spearheaded by the Province.  Canadian Heritage is also assisting with a $2.4 million as is the Province with a further $.5 million.

The project was initiated in 2002 as part of the Festival’s long-term stabilization and outreach initiatives.  CFMF is a non-profit cultural organization whose primary activity is holding the hugely popular four-day Calgary Folk Music Festival each summer on Prince’s Island. 

Construction should begin this November while the Hall should be set to open next October.