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Whether it’s a renovation, restoration or new development, work in the construction industry starts with the creative teams at architectural or interior design firms.

 Demand for their services is a good indicator of a resurgence in this market, with one firm, S2 Architecture, counting 160 active files in Calgary and Edmonton.

A new addition in the Calgary office is Madeleine Schmidts, who has joined S2 as an associate principal to run its eight-member interior design studio.

With more than 25 years of design experience, Schmidts operated her own company in Vancouver that specialized in interiors for the residential, commercial and hospitality industries. After moving to Calgary, she led the local design team at Dialog for 15 years. This new role will see her grow S2’s interior design teams in Alberta.

Led by Dave Symons, Robert Spaetgens and three other partners, S2 was established 24 years ago. Its growth led to a relocation from Kensington Road N.W. to the 9th floor of TransAlta Place in the Beltline district downtown. Nearing capacity, the firm is looking at further expansion on the 10th floor where its interiors library is located.

One client keeping staff busy with the planning of its mixed-use and residential projects is Truman Development.

S2 provided Truman with the master plan for its 100-acre development on the east side of 85th Street S.W., where construction is about to begin on the first phase of a mixed-use building called Gateway 1 on 85th Street. The project will provide 670 residential units spread over six buildings, along with 50,000 square feet of commercial space.

Another residential property designed for Truman is the West Campus District on U of C lands facing Shaganappi Trail N.W. The Noble project will feature a mix of townhouses, stacked townhouses and condo units ranging from 580 to 1,800 square feet.

S2 and Truman are also working together on construction of the Kensington Legion, a project that won S2 the Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Merit.

The first building will provide a members’-only area as well as meeting rooms and office space. Above the two levels are two floors of 9,800 square feet of office space being leased by Dan Harmsen and his team at Barclay Street Real Estate.

Another major development is the New Horizon Mall, being built by a partnership of Torgan Group and MPI Development Group, on land near CrossIron Mills shopping centre.

The massive shopping venue will feature 500 modular retail spaces, a food court and a stage for cultural events.

Much work continues to be added to S2’s emergency services portfolio. Experience from designing more than 70 throughout Alberta and into B.C. has made it a leading source in all types of EMS Stations, call centres, crisis management centres and multi-service facilities.

About S2

S2 Architecture is an established firm with over 20 years of history of design excellence. We are a full service architectural and interior design firm with studios in Calgary and Edmonton, engaged in inspired and innovative design and planning. Our work spans a broad range of building and project types and the foundation of our success is deeply rooted in the delivery of creative design solutions for our clients, our communities and the environment.

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