Archive for November, 2011



Halifax Stadium concept plan engages the public

CEI Architecture recently teamed with Halifax architects Fowler Bauld & Mitchell on the concept plan for a new 10,000-seat stadium in Halifax. The project reflects the Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM) goal to be named one of the Canadian venues for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The project is in the second phase of the due diligence process following a business case prepared by Sierra Planning & Management, who were also involved in the second phase of the work. Halifax has a well-developed public engagement policy, and there were four public sessions within the three-month duration of the project. Online and telephone surveys rounded out the engagement process.

The Phase 2 Report included a site selection process, the development of a building program, concept design, costing, and an economic impact assessment. FIFA required a stadium venue that would accommodate 20,000 spectators during the event, of which a minimum of 10,000 would remain in a legacy or post-event configuration. In addition, the design would need to accommodate, through a combination of built and temporary components, the unique requirements on any major international sports event including player security, medical and dope testing areas, commercial opportunities, and an appropriate area for dignitaries, VIPs and sponsors.

The proposed design includes a total of 10,000 fixed seats divided equally on both sides of the field of play. The addition of 10,000 temporary seats specifically for the FIFA event will create an intimate soccer venue. In a football configuration, additional temporary seating could allow the stadium to grow to 24,000. One option studied and favoured by the Steering Committee was a 14,000 fixed-seat stadium again, with all seating on the sides. In this option there is the long-term ability to achieve an overall seating capacity of up to 30,000 seats in the football configuration.

The Phase 2 Report was accepted by HRM Council on December 6.  Their efforts are now focused on bringing additional funding partners to the project.



St. John’s Wellness Centre concept design report complete

CEI Architecture, teamed with Ron Fougere Architects of St. John’s, Newfoundland, recently completed the Concept Design Report for the new St. John’s Wellness Centre. The project is a collaborative effort by the City of St. John’s, Sports NL, and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The design incorporates elements that respond to the unique requirements of each group.

The City has a number of outdated recreation facilities, all of which were initially designed for some other purpose and renovated to suit recreational program needs. The Wellness Centre is the first building to be planned specifically as a recreation complex and replaces an old aquatic centre and gymnasium. The planning process for the new facility used CEI’s design charrette process, headed by Mark Hentze and Conrad Boychuk. Over a three-day period, stakeholders from the City Administration and Recreation Departments, the Province and Sports NL came together to actively participate in the development of the concept design.

Features of the new Wellness Centre include an aquatic centre with a 25 m lap pool and large leisure pool, a double gymnasium, separate arts/crafts and music room, community meeting rooms, a childminding room, and a fitness studio. Sports NL will benefit from a new track facility on the second floor which includes a banked 200 m running track, 60 m sprint track, and separate pole vault, high jump, and long jump areas.

The province will be able to consolidate a number of organization offices in the new Wellness Centre with over 10,000 sq ft of administration and storage space. Similarly, over 7,500 sq ft of space will bring together all of the offices of the City’s Recreation Department.



Robert Parlane’s 20×20: See him present at PechaKucha Night Kelowna

CEI’s Robert Parlane is among the line-up of speakers who will be sharing about innovative technology, and ideas in architecture and urban design in the PechaKucha 20×20 format: 20 images in 20 seconds.

This will take place at Kelowna’s fourth PechaKucha Night on Thursday, December 8 at 7pm at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The event is open to the public with free admission. The evening’s theme is inspired by the exhibition Steve Higgins: All Things Considered: Thoughts About Cities and History, War and Peace, currently at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

PechaKucha was created over 8 years ago in Tokyo as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The name comes from the Japanese phrase for “chit chat”. It has now spread to hundreds of cities around the world, with 457 cities having hosted PechaKucha nights.

For more information, visit the PechaKucha Night Kelowna page.



Okanagan College in the Globe and Mail

The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence was featured in the Globe and Mail in an article about investing in human capital through post-secondary education and the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP). KIP is up to $2-billion worth of investment in the country’s universities, colleges and teaching hospitals and has contributed to 248 college-based projects since 2009. The Centre of Excellence was one of those projects, receiving over $22.6-million from the program. Read all about it here.



Breathing new life into Kalamazoo’s Wings Stadium

CEI Architecture is developing a number of concept designs for upgrading Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The existing facility has expanded since being originally constructed as a 5,000-fixed-seat venue in the mid 1970s and now has two additional community ice surfaces attached.

The prime focus for the project is two-fold. First, the facility needs to be more multi-functional. One focus for improvement is the facility’s back-of-house area.

Another refinement that needs to be reviewed is the opportunity for generating revenue from private suites and other enhancements that simply were not part of the planning process when the facility was designed. For CEI’s Conrad Boychuk, the goal is to provide a revitalized Wings Stadium that once again becomes a regional destination of a diversity of sports and entertainment events.



TEDx Okanagan College videos now available online

If you missed out on the TEDx conference held at Okanagan College in June, you’re in luck: the videos are now available online on YouTube. Check out this video of CEI’s Robert Parlane and his presentation ‘Agent of Change’, about the many sustainable features of Okanagan College.



Victoria High School’s new trades building open

Minister of Education George Abbott visited the Fairey Technical Building which held its grand opening on November 4. The opening was reported on the Government of B.C. website, and the official press release can be found hereVictoria News also covered the school’s opening.



CEI awarded Thunder Bay Event Centre Study

CEI Architecture was recently awarded the Thunder Bay Event Centre Study, which includes an assessment of three sites identified by the City.

CEI’s Conrad Boychuk, working with Ron Bidulka of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Alun Lloyd of BA Consulting Group, and local engineer Adam Rose, will be developing alternate design concepts for each of the three sites and doing an economic assessment for each. The team will be working with representatives of the City and local stakeholders and will make a site recommendation based on financial performance, economic impact, access, and potential future development opportunities.