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The latest from RedBrick

Since the last time I wrote here, RedBrick has continued to grow, both in people power and ambition. It hasn’t been an easy two years, but it has been both exciting and fulfilling. We have faced many challenges with each individual project, overcome those challenges and gained a lot of experience as a result. RedBrick is now poised to start our next phase of projects with a strong team, from a foundation of diverse, completed projects and in a better position than ever before. We are currently focused on our... Read the Rest →

 

RedBrick Narrow Lot Home Initiative

As you may already know, the push to get approval for narrow lot homes and garage & garden suites throughout all RF1 zoned neighbourhoods is being presented to City Council today.   Why am I in support of this bylaw change? Why is infill in Edmonton important to me? I grew up on a farm in northern Alberta, where I was raised to think about the impacts of my actions today and how they affected generations tomorrow.  We farmed organic before organic became “cool”. We believed it was the right thing... Read the Rest →

 

RedBrick Update

As you can likely tell from the lack of blog posts in 2014, it was a very busy year for RedBrick.  It has been a roller coaster ride with many ups and a few downs for our team, and unfortunately updating the website was pushed down the priority list.  We will work harder to correct that in the months ahead to keep everyone updated on our current and new projects.  So here is the update: 11212 Apartments: As you might already know, we had intended to build this four storey... Read the Rest →

 

In the media: February 2014 issue of Avenue Magazine

One of our co-owners, Tegan Martin-Drysdale, was featured in this month’s article in Avenue Magazine “The Way We Build”. She talks about the many challenges facing infill builders trying to develop in mature neighbourhoods in Edmonton. “The city recognizes that changes need to happen and that bylaws need to allow for more infill and more creative ways to do it,” she says. “But then there’s that disconnect between the policy work and the actual bylaws where they sit now, as well as the people at the counters and on the... Read the Rest →

 

Our First Project – Stadium Apartments

This has been over a year in the making – a 34 unit modular flexhousing apartment project in the transit oriented neighbourhood of Parkdale.  We are very excited to be breaking ground on this project this fall, as it encompasses so many of the great ideas we have been talking about for better infill development in this city.  While this is not the first modular project in this city, it is, in our opinion, the most innovative. There will be 4 barrier free units on the main floor, and 10... Read the Rest →

 

IDEA – Infill Development in Edmonton Association

Yesterday Paul and I helped launched a little project we have been working on for almost a year, the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA).  This association will promote and advocate for high quality infill development in Edmonton, and work to create opportunities for collaboration between all stakeholders involved in the development of infill.  We invited a number of Edmonton’s biggest infill champions to the IDEA Founding 50 Launch Party at a beautiful home designed by talented local architect Louis Pereira at www.thirdstone.ca.  Everyone had a chance to tour the home... Read the Rest →

 

A bee is never as busy as it seems; its just that it can’t buzz any slower.

                  It has been a busy year thus far, as we focus more and more on building cool stuff.  The first quarter of 2013 has been spent tirelessly working on the Low Density Bylaw changes, and a few exciting projects we have in the works that will be announced shortly. As you probably know by now, the subdivision of 50ft lots in RF2, RF3, and RF4 zones in our mature neighbourhoods has been approved by City Council.  This is very exciting for... Read the Rest →

 

Imagine the possibilities: our submission for a new Civic Office Tower

We had already been looking at this site in particular, when the Request For Expressions of Interest came from the City of Edmonton for a new Civic Tower.  We knew that the responses this RFEI would prompt from the development community would be fairly predictable.  This is where we saw an opportunity.  An opportunity to not only throw our hat in the ring and show what our team can do, but also to raise the bar and expectations in the community.  Whether our submission is selected or not, we hope... Read the Rest →

 

In the media: RedBrick’s first narrow lot design revealed

I was interviewed by David Staples, a columnist for the Edmonton Journal.  We discussed the City of Edmonton’s proposed bylaw changes to allow subdivision of 50ft lots, and how the combination of narrow lots with flexhousing principles will help bring affordable family housing to mature neighbourhoods.  Here is a link to the complete article. Through my involvement with Elevate, the Sustainable Communities Taskforce report, my community league, and the NextGen Committee, I have learned that if we are going to attract young families and next geners to the mature neighborhoods... Read the Rest →

 

The difference is in the details…

Every decision we make as a company impacts the world around us.  No matter how big or small.  That is why, when trying to decide which web hosting company we wanted to have host our RedBrick website, we chose GreenGeeks.  GreenGeeks is not only 300% wind powered through the purchase of wind energy credits, but they also are conscious of their energy consumption and carbon footprint impact at each of their data centres and offices.  It is important to us, whether its choosing web hosting companies, office supplies, consultants, properties,... Read the Rest →

 

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