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Commercial | BROOKFIELD RESIDENTIAL
BROOKFIELD RESIDENTIAL'S SETON RETAIL PROJECT FEATURES UNIQUE DESIGNS. BY KAT ZEMAN
* Headquarters: Alberta, Canada
* Employees: 2,000+
* Specia y: Residential and commercial
"We want our etail developments to become focal ga ering
points for e community."
- Garrick Fryklind, commercial construction manager
hen Brookfield Residential
builds a shopping center, it
aims to make it a community hangout. That usually
means giving the development some sort of
interesting design feature.
"We want our retail developments to
become focal gathering points for the community," says Garrick Fryklind, commercial
construction manager. "It differentiates us
from our competitors. We build these types
of developments with the intent of giving
back to the community."
Seton Calgary Retail Center is no
exception. Nestled in Calgary, a city
in Alberta, Canada, phase two of
the retail development is under
construction. The $35 million North Retail District
project, which broke
ground in June, will
feature a distinctive wind
Force of Nature
Calgary-based Brookfield Residential has
commissioned Ned Kahn, an environmental artist and sculptor from San Francisco, to
design a windscape on one of the buildings
in the North Retail District. The unique
sculpture, being built by Calgary-based
Heavy Industries, is counter-balanced to
sway in the wind.
"Ned Kahn reveals forces of nature in
his work," Fryklind says. "His artwork is a
kinetic expression of the nature around us.
The windscape is a large steel sculpture that
is 40 feet in the air, 20 feet high and it's over
300 feet long."
The windscape will contain a series of
roughly 16,000 aluminum flappers that
will sit on rods and sway with the wind.
Not all flappers will sway in the same
direction. "As you stand back, you will see
the wind through the movement of the
flappers," he adds.
Aside from the windscape, the development
will feature roughly
200,000 square feet
of retail space that
sits on about
20 acres of
project is targeted for completion in spring
2020, though some tenants may move in
by fall 2018.
The first phase of the Calgary retail project was completed in fall 2013. It features
roughly 125,000 square feet of retail space,
occupied by 24 tenants. Like phase two,
phase one of the $16 million Gateway Retail
District project also has a unique feature.
The entranceway to the 12-acre development is the home of a large steel structure
called The Pavilion.
"Its function is to welcome people into
the community," Fryklind says. "In all of our
communities, we try to create a significant
architectural piece at the entrance. This one
is a steel, concrete-based structure. It really
draws people in."
The pavilion-like structure lights up
at night, creating an electrifying color
display. The bright dancing lights are
modeled after the Northern Lights/Aurora
Borealis, a collision between electrically
charged particles from the sun that enter
the earth's atmosphere.
The pavilion, as well as other lighting
in the shopping center, is powered by a
unique LED-RGB lighting system - one
that will also exist at the upcoming North
The system consists of a series of solar
array panels that capture solar energy
during the day and feed it back into the
electrical grid. "When
Brookfield Residential is known for adding
unique architectural components to its
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