Archive for May, 2011



Skating at Chuck Bailey Youth Park

The Chuck Bailey Youth Park has opened!

The park features Canada’s first purpose-built covered outdoor skate plaza and bowl complex. CEI designed the roof structure for the skate park, and the entire development was led by Newline Skateparks, a world leader in designing skateable environments.

Located right beside the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, also designed by CEI, the park is close to 30,000 square feet, including a 6,500 square foot sport court, local art installations and over 5,000 square feet of world-class skateable space.

Check out the video above, posted to YouTube by Dennis Vevoda, to see the park in action.




Visuals of Vernon Library released

The Vernon Library recently revealed its plans for their new library, designed by CEI Architecture, along with new interior renderings.

CEI’s signature design charrette in October 2010 created a building design that addresses the needs and desires of library stakeholders, including the Okanagan Regional Library team, library users, a variety of community groups and representatives from the City of Vernon.

The Vernon Library will be a landmark building—a source of civic pride that reflects Vernon’s unique community character. Local materials will be used as much as possible to create a warm and welcoming space in the new Vernon branch.

For more on the coverage of the library plans, see AM 1150 and the Vernon Morning Star.



Cloverdale Recreation Centre Grand Opening

The Cloverdale Recreation Centre celebrated its grand opening on May 7. The building is the first major step in the City of Surrey’s master plan for the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The event was well attended by the community, and featured dancing, musical performances and a whole lot of fun. The design of the recreation centre represents a significant statement about the renewal of the important Cloverdale site through sophisticated architecture and urban design.

“CEI has done a number of projects for the City of Surrey but with this project in particular we wanted to make a real announcement about the Fairgrounds and the design direction of the entire project,” says Mark Hentze, CEI’s Partner in Charge on the project.

“We were able to use expressive but economical wood forms to complete a very complex, high impact building.”

Fundamental to the design was the use of uniform curved wooden trusses. Varying their orientation allowed the interior spaces to achieve heights needed to meet programmatic objectives and contribute to a fluid, evocative architectural expression. As one citizen said during the initial public consultation, the facility needed to address “the exuberance of youth and the mobility of seniors.”