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Brookfield Residential’s Seton retail project features unique designs.

By Kat Zeman 

When Brookfield Residential builds a shopping center, it aims to make it a community hangout. That usually means giving the development some sort of interesting design feature.

“We want our retail developments to become focal gathering points for the community,” says Garrick Fryklind, commercial construction manager. “It differentiates us from our competitors. We build these types of developments with the intent of giving back to the community.”

Seton Calgary Retail Center is no exception. Nestled in Calgary, a city in Alberta, Canada, phase two of the retail development is under construction. The $35 million North Retail District project, which broke ground in June, will feature a distinctive wind sculpture.  

Force of Nature

Calgary-based Brookfield Residential has commissioned Ned Kahn, an environmental artist and sculptor from San Francisco, to design a windscape on one of the buildings in the North Retail District. The unique sculpture, being built by Calgary-based Heavy Industries, is counter-balanced to sway in the wind.

“Ned Kahn reveals forces of nature in his work,” Fryklind says. “His artwork is a kinetic expression of the nature around us. The windscape is a large steel sculpture that is 40 feet in the air, 20 feet high and it’s over 300 feet long.”

The windscape will contain a series of roughly 16,000 aluminum flappers that will sit on rods and sway with the wind. Not all flappers will sway in the same direction. “As you stand back, you will see the wind through the movement of the flappers,” he adds.

Aside from the windscape, the development will feature roughly 200,000 square feet of retail space that sits on about 20 acres of land. The entire project is targeted for completion in spring 2020, though some tenants may move in by fall 2018.

Northern Lights

The first phase of the Calgary retail project was completed in fall 2013. It features roughly 125,000 square feet of retail space, occupied by 24 tenants. Like phase two, phase one of the $16 million Gateway Retail District project also has a unique feature. The entranceway to the 12-acre development is the home of a large steel structure called The Pavilion.

“Its function is to welcome people into the community,” Fryklind says. “In all of our communities, we try to create a significant architectural piece at the entrance. This one is a steel, concrete-based structure. It really draws people in.”

The pavilion-like structure lights up at night, creating an electrifying color display. The bright dancing lights are modeled after the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis, a collision between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.

The pavilion, as well as other lighting in the shopping center, is powered by a unique LED-RGB lighting system – one that will also exist at the upcoming North Retail District.

The system consists of a series of solar array panels that capture solar energy during the day and feed it back into the electrical grid. “When our lights come on at night, we use the same amount of energy we created in the day,” Fryklind says. “Since we have long periods of darkness in the winter months, this makes the mall a really inviting place in the evening.”

Green Initiatives

Brookfield Residential prides itself on understanding the need for green construction and sustainability. The solar panel is just one example of green initiatives in the Seton shopping center projects. The Gateway project has been LEED certified and the North project is in the process of attaining the certification as well.

“We’re in the construction industry and we need to be sensitive to our environmental impact,” Fryklind says. The shopping mall also features solar-powered electric car charging stations and eco-friendly landscaping.

For example, the company has installed drought-tolerant landscaping within the development. Its trees and shrubs survive on rainwater only. In addition, a certain amount of stormwater has been directed into manmade depressions that allow it to dissipate naturally – as opposed to flowing into the sewer system. “Basically, the city storm system has less stormwater to manage and it’s a natural way of getting water back into the ground,” Fryklind says. Brookfield Residential

The shopping center also features bicycle paths that offer shoppers a different mode of transport. The paths are an extension of an existing pathway system outside of the shopping center.


Through its predecessor companies, Brookfield Residential has been in operation for more than 60 years. The company started with a primary focus on residential construction. In the 1990s, it expanded into commercial land development.

Throughout the years, the company has developed a reputation as a leading North American land developer and homebuilder. From the development of award-winning master-planned communities to the design and construction of premier homes and commercial properties, Brookfield Residential prides itself on building communities and homes with unique features.

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