Shopping around

Selection, convenience and one-of-a-kind design continue to draw crowds to CrossIron Mills  Bigger isn’t always better. However, CrossIron Mills is a classic example of the perfect combination of quantity and quality. The ambitious retail development has enjoyed smooth sailing, even through periods of economic downturn, and become the go-to shopping centre for area residents and […]

Space to grow

Kipp McGonigal and his family built their forever home at Cooper’s Crossing With a background in cabinetmaking and a flair for design, it’s no wonder that Kipp McGonigal is passionate about architecture. So, when it came time to build his family’s dream home, he turned to McKee Homes, an Airdrie-based design/build firm he had worked […]

Airdrie appeal

Affordability, community and amenities have drawn many to Calgary’s northern neighbour While most people take great care to choose the place they want to call home, one could say Airdrie chose Wendie and John Pilkington. More precisely, their son and his growing family chose Airdrie for them, when he relocated from England to a new […]

The king’s height

Airdrie’s history is full of colourful people and interesting stories When R.J. Hawkey arrived in the region of the Airdrie Station House along the Calgary to Edmonton railway, he became one of the first private land owners in the fledgling community. Hawkey decided to build a school on some of his land, and set himself […]

Ahead of the curve

Cooper’s Crossing provides, walkability, amenities and classic architecture in Airdrie On Airdrie’s southwest side, Cooper’s Crossing stands as an example of what a great master-planned community can look like. It was named after the Cooper family, who farmed the land for more than 100 years. The 320-acre development features 44 acres of parkland, two six-acre […]

Solar 101

Harnessing the sun for all your energy needs St. Albert’s Ron and Carole Kube had never known anyone with a solar-powered home. Then, in 2014, Ron Kube read a story in the newspaper about a household that installed a solar array. He was surprised to learn they were his former neighbours. “In fact, the guy […]

Living architecture

Green roofs add a touch of nature to the concrete jungle Great thinkers have always known that nature is essential to the human spirit. Perhaps that is why more and more architects, designers and builders are choosing to create green retreats in their designs, including rooftops that allow the eye to drink in nature’s beauty. […]

City hall free-for-all

On Oct. 16, Calgarians will go to the polls to determine the city’s mayor, councillors and school board trustees. In the competition for the mayor’s chair, a three-man race has emerged between incumbent Mayor Naheed Nenshi, veteran city councillor Andre Chabot, and local lawyer and former Alberta Progressive Conservative party president Bill Smith. Nenshi, Chabot […]

The last best west

Historic West Hillhurst still embodies can-do spirit of its founders Residents in the inner-city, northwest community of West Hillhurst cherish the values of yesteryear – community, connectedness, family friendly programming and volunteerism. “There is such a great camaraderie here,” said longtime resident Chris Koper. “There are so many older community members that love to tell […]