cSPACE opens King Edward School to non-profits and artists in need

cSpace Projects is temporarily opening the vacant King Edward School for arts/community organizations and artists who have lost use of their studio and workspaces due to flooding this week. The school is located at 1720 - 30th Ave SW in the Marda Loop area.  Temporary storage and/or operating space can be accommodated in our 800 s.f classrooms in the heritage building and larger spaces can be mobilized if necessary. The site has power, plenty of parking, lockable spaces and working washrooms. Studio/workspaces uses can be for a few weeks. Storage can be longer. Contact Deeter.Schurig@cspaceprojects.org

Construction Manager chosen for King Edward transformation project

cSPACE is excited to announce that Clark Builders has been chosen as the Construction Manager for the King Edward Arts Hub and Incubator. They bring an immense amount of experience and passion for renewing heritage buildings and sustainable development- we're extremely happy to have them as our newest team member!

Call for Anchor Tenants - cSPACE King Edward


cSPACE was established in 2011 by Calgary Arts Development in partnership with The Calgary Foundation to develop a network of affordable, sustainable and collaborative workspaces across Calgary. cSPACE is currently accepting proposals from non-profit or charitable organizations interested in becoming Anchor Tenants within our flagship project, cSPACE King Edward.  


Design team announced for the King Edward School site!

cSPACE Projects has chosen a consortium of Nyhoff Architecture and Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects (NFWBA) in partnership with O2 Planning + Design (Landscape Design) to lead the design process for the King Edward Arts Hub and Incubator.  After a national call for proposals, Calgary-based NFWBA and O2 won the contract to bring our unique project vision to reality. The diverse and talented team also includes Mission Green Buildings (Sustainability), Hidi Rae (Mechanical), RJC (Structural), SMP (Electrical), Theatre Projects (Theatre), Facet Group (Heritage), Ce De Ce (Interior Design) and Foundry Communications (Wayfinding).

New Provincial funding announced for King Edward

A huge thank you to Minister Klimchuk and our partners at Alberta Culture! cSPACE has received $125,000 to support our design development process on the King Edward Arts Hub and Incubator. In addition to funding provided in 2011 through Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, early investment by the Province in the project has been critical to advancing our vision. The Community Facility Enhancement Program grant has allowed us to begin the tendering process for our design team - an announcement of the multi-disciplinary team will happen in June!

100-year old school to become a 21st century model for cultivating leadership, collaboration and creativity in Calgary

Calgary Arts Development and The Calgary Foundation today formally announced the purchase of the King Edward School site from the Calgary Board of Education.

King Edward School is a distinctive heritage building located on a three-acre site in South Calgary at 1720 – 30 Avenue SW. Built as one of nineteen sandstone schools between 1894 and 1914, the School is centrally located in the community of South Calgary.

The King Edward School site is the first of a future portfolio of spaces for cSPACE Projects. After five years of research, advocacy and planning, cSPACE Projects has been founded as a non-profit real estate enterprise dedicated to developing a network of multi-disciplinary creative workspaces across the city.

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Community unites to transform old Marda Loop school into vibrant new arts hub - BY STEPHEN HUNT, CALGARY HERALD

Calgary's arts community just got a sturdier foundation under its feet.

That's how it felt when a jubilant group of arts administrators, philanthropists, politicians and community representatives gathered at King Edward School in Marda Loop on Friday to talk about plans for the transformation of the 100-year-old school into an arts incubator.

"It's a phenomenal plan," says Ald. John Mar. "This is very, very avant-garde in its design and concept, and the community, fortunately, has been very, very positive and welcoming towards the concept of creating an arts hub for the community of Marda Loop."


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City of Calgary approves 10k in seed funding

King Edward School Arts Hub and Incubator recieves 10k from the City of Calgary's Financial Incentive Pilot Program to support the rezoning process for our intended mix of uses. FIPP is a great municipal program that provides much needed early-stage investment in affordable housing projects across Calgary! Thanks to Alderman Mar and the South Calgary Community Association for their letters of support!

$5 million from Municipal Sustainability Initiative fund approved in principle

A major milestone has been achieved today for the King Edward School transformation project!

A late afternoon presentation from CADA and The Calgary Foundation to the City of Calgary's Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services showcased our community engagement process and our proposed concept for the arts hub and incubator. The unanimous recommendation to allocate $5 million to the project by the Committee, subject to a few regular conditions, will be forwarded to Council as soon as late July.

Many thanks to those attending the meeting and speaking on behalf of the project:

  • Dan Thorburn, V.P. of Grants and Community Initiatives at TCF
  • Marc Doll, President, South Calgary Community Association
  • Evangelos Diavolitsis, Executive Director of Quickdraw Animation
  • Bernadette Geronazzo, Executive Director, Marda Loop BRZ

CPS Agenda - June 29_2011

CADA and TCF will make a presentation on King Edward School to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services to be held June 29th, 2011 at 9:30am in the Engineering Traditions Committee Room. As the municipal contribution to the overall project budget, we are seeking an allocation of $5 million through the Cultural Municipal Sustainability Initiative.  The King Edward School project was recommended for this investment by an arms-length assessment committee through the Cultural Spaces Investment Process concluded earlier this year.