McElhanney’s province-wide presence and knowledge of local requirements offered a blend of expertise and familiarity that supported project success.
McElhanney’s GIS system, Vertisee, was used to identify potential land use conflicts and synergies, for a land use plan as part of the implementation of the First Nations Land Management Act for Haisla First Nation.
With the Malahat Corridor Improvement Project, the BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has been improving the safety of Hwy 1 by installing a median barrier and other upgrades. The stretch of highway which runs through Goldstream Provincial Park is challenging to design solutions for, as it is constrained by the river immediately running next to it, and by park lands on both sides.
Working closely with the town, McElhanney proposed new designs for these parks that will add a fresh sense of place to the community and give residents spaces where they can relax and reconnect with nature.
McElhanney, along with subconsultants Level Playing Field, Dialog, and Entro, created a network plan for the City of Calgary that improves the current Plus 15, a roughly 16km system of above ground pedestrian corridors and bridges in downtown Calgary.
McElhanney, along with subconsultants Level Playing Field and Ron Wickman Architect, developed the Accessibility Construction Guidelines for Alberta Environment and Parks. The manual prescribes how to reduce barriers for challenged populations, giving them equal access to the splendor of Alberta’s parks.
In 2014 the City of Cold Lake adopted the Kinosoo Beach Master Plan, which McElhanney planners helped the City to create. The project engaged citizens of all ages in the enhancement of one of Cold Lake’s best destinations.
High River, AB – The Town of High River, Alberta, had an outdated set of bylaws which dated back to 1980. McElhanney was retained to re-write the Town’s Land Use Bylaw based entirely on walkability; the first of its find in Alberta.