Ralph Klein Legacy Park and Shepard Environmental Education Centre
Location: Calgary, AB
Graham was the Construction Manager for a portion of the 75-acre Ralph Klein Legacy Park, a regional park in southeast Calgary. The centerpiece of the park is its environmental education centre, which was constructed in the middle of a man-made lake on 22-foot-high columns that provide a home for local wildlife while offering educational opportunities to the community. Designed with school field trips and Calgary citizens in mind, the facility delivers state-of-the-art environmental education programs with an emphasis on teaching and learning for a sustainable future.
In addition to man-made wetlands, the park also includes learning gardens, wetland study stations, wetland viewing areas, an outdoor amphitheater, project area, interpretive trails, day use and group picnic shelters, and a waterfall. Graham was also responsible for hard landscaping, roads, parking areas, and service buildings.
The centre is environmentally sustainable, and, while it was required to meet a minimum of LEED Silver and targeted Gold, it achieved LEED Platinum. It features solar panels and reuses cooling water from the wetlands for ventilation.
Simpson Roberts Architecture Interior Design Inc
The City of Calgary