Archive for April, 2012



Congratulations, Mark Koropecky!

CEI is pleased to announce our newest Associate, Mark Koropecky. Mark joined CEI in December 2010 as a Design Architect. Most recently, he has been a key contributor to the successful rezoning process for Vancouver’s Manulife Tower, and he played a leadership role in the design submission for the proposed YVR Sea Island Business Park.

Mark was first exposed to architecture while tending bar, when a regular patron approached him to join his landscape architecture firm. At the time, Mark was a student at the Ontario College of Art, majoring in Communication Design. Through his work at the landscape architecture firm, Mark found a new love for environmental design. He also discovered that his education in art and graphics taught him to apply creative, out-of-the-box solutions. Mark completed his architectural education at UBC.





Conrad Boychuk at Stadia Expo 2012

Conrad Boychuk, CEI’s Director of Recreation and Culture, will be speaking at the Stadia Design and Technology Expo 2012 conference in Los Angeles. Conrad’s extensive experience in spectator facility design provides him with the expertise to be the moderator of Session 5: The Canada Market Report Roundtable, within the Architecture and Built Summit on Wednesday, May 9 from 9:00-10:00 am.

The conference takes place May 8-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. We will also be a part of the conference at Booth 2010.



Further progress at Edmonds Pool and Community Centre

Spring has arrived and the Edmonds Pool and Community Centre is beginning its 16th month of construction.

In recent months, the building form has been revealed through the pouring of concrete and the erection of the steel superstructure. In the coming months, with much anticipated hopes for dry weather, the number of trades and workers on site will increase and the building will be enclosed with the installation of roofing, wall cladding and windows.

One of the most impressive spaces in the building is the natatorium. Its main elements include the six lane, 25 metre lap pool, the leisure pool with curved walls that bound the lazy river channels, a whirlpool and a double flume waterslide. The curved V-truss that forms the main spine of the roof-supporting structure has been erected recently and will be the signature architectural and structural feature of the pool space.

Another highlight will be the atrium-style public lobby that will feature a unique expression of glulam structure and wood decking as a West Coast signature. The lobby will provide transparency and linkage between key programmatic elements, and create a welcoming space for staff, patrons and visitors.

The quality of workmanship under the supervision of Smith Bros. & Wilson General Contractors has been maintained at a high level from the start of the project. We expect that the final result will not only be a welcomed asset for the Edmonds community, but will also be an urban gem.

Click on the construction images below to view them at full size.



Calgary Recreation Centres programmatic study

CEI is working once again in Alberta with long time colleagues GEC Architecture (who we assisted on the WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex), this time on the functional programming, planning and concept studies for four major proposed recreation centres in Calgary. This “bridging” assignment will assist the City of Calgary in confirming functional programs, plans, concept design principles, and costing required for the City to evaluate potential delivery methods and schedules.

GEC has assembled a world class team and CEI is thrilled to join sport design experts such as Kenn Knights, Asbell Management Innovations, MHPM Project Managers, ARUP and Counsilman-Hunsaker as we explore how to help the City of Calgary deliver highly functional, sustainable, and leading edge community facilities for the 21st century and beyond. The programs for the four facilities are varied, including a mix of 50 metre pools, 25 metre pools, leisure aquatics, ice rinks, leisure ice, gymnasiums, fitness, arts, theatre, libraries, multi-use and dedicated use spaces.