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Focus on Leadership Brookfield Residential focuses on community

Scott Janis, Brookfield Residential Alberta’s incoming president, in the company’s master-planned community of Livingston. Photo by Wil Andruschak © Postmedia Network Inc.

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When it comes to building communities, Brookfield Residential is focused on helping people live their best lives.

These are more than just words; it’s a premise built on solid research.

Indeed, one of the largest developers in North America is renowned for using the latest data and trends in community design to build the most sought-after residential communities, anywhere.

And nowhere is this more evident than in Calgary, where Brookfield Residential has been creating communities since 1958.

To Scott Janis, Brookfield Residential Alberta’s incoming president, the company’s focus goes beyond building beautiful houses for Calgarians. It’s about creating communities that bring people together.

“Sure, we are adept at designing and building those basic physical assets: homes, roads, walkways and all that,” says Janis. “But livability — our focus — is also about all the other things that allow people to interact and enhance their quality of life.”

These days, with concern about the novel coronavirus always top of mind, public spaces that are welcoming, accessible and safe are “at a premium.”

“Everyone now recognizes just how important outdoor space, walking paths and playgrounds are,” Janis says. “We are very much social beings, but we want to be able to come together safely.”

Helping Brookfield Residential create safe, enticing public spaces is its extensive Livability Research initiative, which informs the company on how communities develop. Take Livingston, its master-planned community in north Calgary, for example. The latest findings included the fact that 48 per cent of Livingston residents indicated community amenities improve their quality of life.

This focus on data helps direct key decisions, including the design of Livingston’s 35,000-square-foot community centre run by its homeowners association (HOA).

“There’s skating rinks and other leisure amenities, and the HOA also decides on programming like cooking classes, yoga classes or events for kids on holidays.”

Janis adds that Brookfield Residential’s focus is on creating livable spaces where people can connect — such as parks, pathways, greenspaces and HOAs.

“The whole point is to build thriving communities,” Janis says.

“We want to make places where people want to live and flourish and the best places for people to call home.”

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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