Strathcona County retained ISL (March 2001) to direct the design development for the Public Amenities and Open Space for the Centre In The Park project (a unique high-profile combined residential, commercial and institutional urban development in the center of Sherwood Park); to prepare detailed designs and tender packages for roadways, sidewalks and municipal utilities for site servicing; to provide contract administration services; and to provide overall project management. A major theme and goal of this project was â€œsustainable development.â€ The site is adjacent to County Hall, two major high schools and the Festival Place performing arts facility, which accentuated the need for effective public space, transit planning and pedestrian accommodation in the area. The incorporation and use of existing infrastructure (roadways, transit facilities, utilities and walkways) provided significant challenges during the design and construction staging.
Roadway and municipal designers worked closely with urban design and landscape professionals to assemble the visual amenities and physical infrastructure required to achieve the desired effects. The development has a strong pedestrian and public transit focus and utilizes traffic calming techniques to achieve the desired environment for the site, and to mitigate concerns of area residents with respect to traffic â€œshortcuttingâ€ problems. ISL worked closely with the Countyâ€™s project team to coordinate the inclusion of their central heating concept into the implementation of this project.
The design guideline and master plan for the public open space defined the architecture of the buildings and roadway elements for the entire site. This was a unique approach and has received wide recognition throughout Canada. The roadways, utilities, traffic calming, pedestrian elements and transit facilities have been successfully implemented. The project was delivered within the approved capital budget ($6 Million) and desired implementation schedule through excellent partnering by the County Project Development team and the ISL team of landscape architects, and roadway and municipal engineers.
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The 2013 Green 30
ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) is proud to be among Canada’s 30 most environmentally-conscious employers. In 2013, ISL has been ranked number one. It is the third time ISL has been on the Green 30 list.
The list of Canada’s “Green 30” organizations, based on employee perceptions about their record on environmental stewardship, was released on May 9, 2013, by Aon Hewitt and published by Maclean's magazine. The list was developed based on employee responses to questions in the 2013 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada survey. Over 190,000 employees at more than 280 organizations were asked about their employer’s environmental practices. ISL ranked at the top of the 30 companies whose employees have a positive perception of their efforts.
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The 2013 Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada
ISL is pleased to be named ninth among the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada. This is the fourth year ISL has been on the list.
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The results of this prestigious study, conducted by Queen's School of Business, are published in PROFIT magazine.
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