Tower of­fer­ing in­door sky­div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence among the projects keep­ing com­pany busy

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - DAVID PARKER David Parker ap­pears reg­u­larly in the Her­ald. Read his columns on­line at cal­gary­her­ busi­ness. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected]­

Many have dreamed of leap­ing from an air­plane to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of float­ing gen­tly back to earth; but few have the courage to do it.

Early in the third quar­ter of next year, we will all be able to feel that sense of free­dom — with no plane, no parachute and no jump­ing — in a tall tower un­der con­struc­tion by Scott Builders.

The ex­cit­ing sim­u­la­tion of true free-fall con­di­tions will be of­fered in a safe, re­li­able ver­ti­cal wind tun­nel that is the cre­ation of iFLY, a U.S.-based com­pany that de­vel­oped the tech­nol­ogy to de­liver Bodyflight and opened its first lo­ca­tion in 1999. To­day it has 37 tow­ers in the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Be­ing built in Deer­foot City — at 80 acres Cal­gary’s largest re­tail trans­for­ma­tion that will also fea­ture a cen­tral plaza, style dis­trict, food lodge and restau­rant cam­pus — the Cal­gary in­door sky­div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will be the third in Canada, with plans to open oth­ers in Van­cou­ver and Ed­mon­ton.

Scott Builders busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Pa­tri­cia Ver­burgt, who was re­spon­si­ble for se­cur­ing the work for iFLY, says the fa­cil­ity is a mar­vel of en­gi­neer­ing that cre­ates con­di­tions al­low­ing par­tic­i­pants to fly on a smooth cush­ion of air, with the help of cer­ti­fied flight in­struc­tors. The struc­ture will also be fit­ted with a room for kids’ par­ties and to host cor­po­rate events.

iFLY is just one of a num­ber of projects keep­ing Scott busy in Cal­gary and sur­round­ing area. The com­pany, which has been in busi­ness since 1973 in Red Deer, opened its Cal­gary of­fice in 1990 and cur­rently has a to­tal per­ma­nent staff here of 40, in­clud­ing 17 in its north­east of­fice.

Vice-pres­i­dent busi­ness de­vel­op­ment Hans Stroete is ex­cited about the ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion Scott has un­der­way at the Wil­lowridge Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion. De­signed by Ny­hoff Ar­chi­tec­ture, it will be a stun­ning build­ing pro­vid­ing more at­trac­tive and ac­ces­si­ble ameni­ties that will make it a land­mark and fo­cal point for the com­mu­nity.

In­dus­trial build­ings were the foun­da­tion of the com­pany and it is build­ing a 20,000-square­foot fa­cil­ity for Trail­con Leas­ing in city-owned Point Trot­ter In­dus­trial Park in the south­east sec­tor of the city, and a sim­i­lar one for the same owner is un­der con­struc­tion in Ed­mon­ton.

Scott’s cur­rent project list also in­cludes a 9,000-square­foot ware­house for Canada Malt­ing in Bon­ny­brook, an 80,000-square-foot ser­vice cen­tre with of­fice for Al­taLink in the ham­let of Janet, and a new con­cept for Sun­terra.

Sun­terra Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket will be open­ing a bak­ery, deli and cof­fee shop in the build­ing be­tween Ven­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Cal­gary Co-op Liquor Store on Kens­ing­ton Road N.W., just to the west of Crowchild Trail.

The cannabis in­dus­try is also pro­vid­ing four ma­jor con­struc­tion projects for Scott.

In the Dids­bury area, it is build­ing a 25,000-square-foot green­house and a 23,000-square­foot process and of­fice fa­cil­ity. For At­las Grow­ers, it is build­ing the 35,000-square-foot first phase of a cannabis plant in Lac St. Anne, and to the south­west of Olds Col­lege, Scott is project man­ag­ing the first of four 50,000-square-foot pods by Sun­dial in con­junc­tion with Modus, the Cross­field-based mod­u­lar con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist.

The huge job re­quires 60 elec­tri­cians, plus many more other trades. NOTES: The Univer­sity of Cal­gary’s Haskayne School of Man­age­ment has a new pro­gram that builds in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary skill sets to give a com­pet­i­tive edge to new and re­cent grads. The Haskayne Mas­ter of Man­age­ment is de­signed to jump-start early ca­reers for non-busi­ness grads by pro­vid­ing an im­mer­sive 10-month ex­pe­ri­ence in solv­ing busi­ness prob­lems. Jim De­walt, dean of the school, says, “We have heard from em­ploy­ers and they want grad­u­ates who un­der­stand busi­ness fac­tors in mak­ing or­ga­ni­za­tional de­ci­sions, and we have heard from new grads who want to gain busi­ness skills to set them apart in their early ca­reer.”

Cather­ine Heg­gerud, di­rec­tor of the new pro­gram, says, “Re­gard­less of your pas­sion, from arche­ol­ogy to zo­ol­ogy, it will build upon your knowl­edge of busi­ness skills that help you achieve your pro­fes­sional goal.” Mas­ter of Man­age­ment of­fers a unique ex­pe­ri­ence due to its co­hort drawn from a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open for the pro­gram that starts in May 2019.

A ren­der­ing of the iFLY tower un­der con­struc­tion by Scott Builders.

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