Archive for October, 2011



Welcome Gordon Hunt

CEI is pleased to welcome a new face to our Vancouver office: Gordon Hunt. Gordon is an architectural student from Waterloo University who is with us from October through December, just in time for the best of the west coast weather.

Gordon finished his Bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture at Waterloo this past August. When searching out possible employers in Vancouver, he checked out the AIBC awards gallery and was impressed by the images of the North Vancouver City Library, by CEI Architecture and Diamond and Schmitt Architects in 2008. After doing some research on the interweb about us, Gordon emailed his resume and cover letter across the country, and the rest is history.

After a slightly hectic time finding suitable accommodation in the city, Gordon landed in the vibrant neighbourhood of Commercial Drive. A quick commute on SkyTrain gets him to the office in less than 20 minutes. He likes the vibe of the CEI office, because, in his words, “It’s less regimented than other offices I’ve worked at. Employees are able to march to their own beat.”

We put Gordon to work right away. Recently he’s been a key contributor on an important re-zoning application, working on the graphics and imagery to help tell the story. Gordon enjoyed the team’s dynamics and working to a tight deadline, and was pleased to have his opinion heard.

One of his favourite things about Vancouver is its international vibe. In his spare time, Gordon likes to explore the city. One of his favourite spots is Granville Street, where he’s met international travelers and other visitors to the city. Gordon says he loves the west coast lifestyle (who doesn’t?), noting that Vancouverites really do seem to love the outdoors. In his words, “People are active here, even when it’s raining.”




Richard Bolus at Alberta Recreation Conference

CEI senior partner Richard Bolus is a featured speaker at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Conference and Energize Workshop, at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise today through October 29.

Richard will be speaking on Sunday, October 29. His topic is “Being Smart About Sustainable Design in Your New Facility.”

This year’s conference theme is “Recreation and Parks: Bringing Quality to Life.”



Mark Hentze presents at IAKS sports design conference

Mark Hentze, CEI partner and director of recreation and leisure development, will be speaking at the 22nd International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Congress in Cologne, Germany from October 26 to 28.

Mark will make a presentation with David Edmunds of GEC Architecture on the lessons learned at the Hockey Canada Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary, Alberta. The project was recently called “probably the best hockey facility in the world” by a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The annual IAKS Congress brings together leading architects, planners and institutional leaders from the sports and recreation fields to discuss global trends, technical topics and best practices.

Patrons of this year’s event include International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, IPC President Sir Philip Craven, Sportaccord President Hein Verbruggen and Germany’s Minister of the Interior Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich.

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The Athletic and Ice Complex is “Hockey Heaven”

Phase 1 of the Athletic and Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, a project CEI Architecture is working on with GEC Architecture of Alberta, is complete, showcasing four new ice arenas. Szymon Szemberg, IIHF Communications Director, tweeted his praise about the venue upon a recent visit. His messages read “Visited Hockey Canada’s new compound with four rinks and offices in Calgary. Probably the best hockey facility in the world.” and “2012 IIHF World Junior teams which will practise here in Dec/Jan will think they had died and gone to hockey heaven. Congrats Hockey Canada.”



SFU project honoured for its interior design

The School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University has been honoured with a Gold Award from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia.

The IDIBC presented their 2010 Awards of Excellence at a gala on September 30, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The annual event recognizes people and projects that “demonstrate excellence in Interior Design.”

The School for Contemporary Arts, part of the Woodward’s Development revitalization project in downtown Vancouver, was led by CEI and Proscenium Architects in Joint Venture.

The 135,000 sq ft facility brings together many artistic disciplines under one roof, including music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, with teaching spaces that double as fully equipped performance, exhibition and multi-media venues. The design team worked closely with each artistic discipline to determine space needs and deliver a design that would enhance their ability to teach and create contemporary art.

The interior spaces of the building were designed to be part of the learning and artistic processes, creating new opportunities for spontaneous interaction and cross-pollination among the students and faculty.