By David Parker, For the Calgary Herald | October 19, 2012 7:52 AM
I had the privilege of sitting alongside retired Major Fred and Dixie McCall last week when they were shown conceptual site plans for a large new shopping development in northeast Calgary.
They were invited to the office of BKDI Architects whose staff, along with Ingrid Beausoleil, director of development for Toronto-based Trinity Development Group, announced the project would be called McCall Landing in honour of Fred's father, Frederick McCall.
Frederick was the First World War Canadian flying ace credited with 37 victories. He earned a Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross and Bar, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
McCall Landing is to be built on a 100-acre parcel directly east of the under-construction new north-south runway on the north side of Airport Trail, between 36th Street and Metis Trail.
Peter Burgener, BKDI founding partner, says he and his team convinced Trinity on the name after seeing the exhibitions honouring Canada's airmen at the Calgary Military Museum and the Glenbow Museum. After much research, a logo containing aviation inspired elements was created, taking visual cues from the RCAF logo.
A distinctive aviation theme will be carried out and referenced in several aspects of the development including signage and wayfaring, and building elements with an art deco flair right down to door handles on stores.
Fred and Dixie were naturally very excited, especially to hear there is a plan to erect a larger-than-life statue of Frederick, in his flying garb, within the central village area of the development.
The overall design of the centre, which can accommodate some 1.2 million square feet of retail, is the result of a charette presentation with a city planning group. Land use is in place and an application will be made shortly to proceed through the approval process.
It will include about 10 acres of green space to be turned over to the city for use as an athletic field, and there is provision for lots of landscaping and a bio-swale that will run through the property out to a storm water pond.
The Village 'Main Street' area will feature a pedestrian square around a large building that is expected to be used as a restaurant with plenty of patio space and possibly a rooftop garden.
Four large anchor stores and several mid-box stores are planned along with numerous stand-alone pads for restaurants and other food and beverage suppliers, financial institutions and a variety of services.
McCall Landing is being developed by Trinity in partnership with Rio-Can, Canada's largest real estate investment trust, and CPP Investment Board. Trinity is responsible for the site development and will handle leasing through its in-house sales department.
Trinity has developed over 22 million square feet of retail space across Canada that includes Signal Hill and Beacon Hill centres in Calgary and Cimarron Heights Shopping Centre in Okotoks.
Randy Pettipas, president and CEO of Global Public Affairs, says "The merger of Calgary-based Corpen Group has proved to be a huge success allowing us to fully leverage our government relations activities with a full suite of communications services."
It has resulted in the need for two new senior hires to join its team of high-performing communications professionals; Sarah Baker as director of corporate communications in the Toronto office and Carol Howes as senior associate in Calgary.
Baker was chief communications officer for a large Toronto teaching and research hospital which employs more than 6,000 staff.
Howes has a diverse background of more than 30 years of experience in the industry, most recently as manager of media relations for Encana and prior to that she served as vice-president for a financial communications consulting firm. I had the privilege of getting to know her as a journalist that included time as a business writer and columnist with this newspaper.
John Larsen, president of Corpen, has also made the news as the recipient of IABC Canada's highest honour, the prestigious Master Communicator Award that he will receive on Nov. 1 at the association's annual conference in Ottawa.
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