Archive for September, 2011



Willingdon Park awarded best office

Phases 8 and 9 of CEI-designed Willingdon Park business campus was honoured last night as the winning entry in Office category at the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Commercial Building Awards.

“This event is about celebrating innovation, talent and the spirit of collaboration in our building community,” said Rosario Setticasi, REBGV president. “These awards are a salute to professionals committed to meeting the needs of today without sacrificing those of future generations.”

Phases 8 and 9 are the culmination of CEI’s 25 years of design and development at Willingdon Park, which includes 1,000,000 square feet of premier, high tech office space. International tenants have included Motorola, eBay, Ericsson and Alcatel.

Completed in the summer of 2010, the twin buildings of phases 8 and 9 are targeting LEED Gold. The building itself is a strong architectural statement, framed by massive arches and attractive light spires: a modern office environment for the today’s changing business world.



Peter A. Allard Hall School of Law at UBC celebrates grand opening of Allard Hall

The University of British Columbia opened Allard Hall today, Canada’s first new university law school building in 30 years.

The opening ceremony was attended by several hundred guests, including the Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada (a UBC Law faculty member from 1974-1981), the Hon. Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (alumnus and former faculty member), Peter A. Allard (alumnus) and representatives from the Law Foundation of B.C. and Musqueam Indian Band.

The four-storey, 141,000 square foot building was named after donor and alumnus Peter A. Allard.

The building, designed by CEI Architecture and Diamond and Schmitt Architects, includes flexible, modern teaching spaces, a replica courtroom and dedicated spaces for the faculty’s nearly 650 students, 45 full-time faculty, plus alumni and guests.

A three-storey multipurpose forum with floor-to-ceiling windows converts from a social area to an auditorium for special events and lectures. Designed and built to LEED Gold standards, Allard Hall’s carbon footprint is estimated to be as much as 87 percent less than that of an equivalent conventional building.

For more coverage, see the story in the Vancouver Sun.