Archive for May, 2012



Welcome, Scott Chatterton

CEI is pleased to have Scott Chatterton join our team as BIM Manager. Scott lives in Vernon with his wife and two teenage boys. A certified REVIT professional, he is currently focused on educating staff on the capabilities of Building Information Modeling (BIM) with a mission to expand their skill sets and their horizons.





Showcasing BC’s wood expertise

CEI Architecture is providing architectural advisory services to Partnerships BC in the development of the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre. The Centre will be located in downtown Prince George and will promote expertise in advanced building systems, engineered wood products, interior wood design and applications, and other value-added wood products.




Robert Parlane at the Living Building Symposium

Robert Parlane will be speaking at the Cascadia Green Building Council Living Building Symposium. He will be sharing his presentation “Net Zero on a Budget: The Okanagan College Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.” Robert was project manager of the Centre of Excellence, which achieved net zero energy and water use within the limits of a typical project budget.

The Symposium takes place on Thursday, May 31 at the Victoria Conference Centre. It will provide an introduction to the different elements of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most stringent sustainable building standard.

Tickets are still available to attend, visit the Cascadia Green Building Council’s website for more information.



Allard Hall at UBC—these bricks stack up

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, a joint venture with Diamond and Schmitt, received the Award of Excellence, Educational category at the 2012 Masonry Design Awards.



Tommy Douglas Library achieves LEED Gold

CEI Architecture is proud to announce that Burnaby’s Tommy Douglas Library has officially achieved LEED Gold certification. This project joins our growing portfolio of sustainable projects including WIllingdon Park Phases 8 and 9, and the University of Victoria Administrative Services Building, both of which have recently achieved LEED Gold.




Centre of Excellence honoured

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College has won a 2012 Canadian Green Building Award. These awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types. Seven projects were selected from a total of 56 submissions. The winners will be publicized in a special awards issue of SABMag and will be honoured at an Awards Ceremony at the CaGBC National Conference.

Tim McLennan will be at the National Conference, where he will feature the Centre of Excellence in a presentation entitled “Going Beyond: Creating a Living Building From Design to Construction.”



Award-winning recreation projects

Congratulations to Cloverdale Recreation Centre and Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex! The two facilities each received the 2012 BCRPA Facility Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in facility concept, design development, maintenance and operation. These facilities demonstrate outstanding innovation and are making a significant impact in the Recreation and Parks field. These are the third and fourth awards from the BCRPA for our recreation design.



Tim McLennan at the CaGBC National Conference & Expo

Tim McLennan will be speaking at the CaGBC National Conference and Expo on Tuesday, June 12. His presentation entitled “Going Beyond: Creating a Living Building from Design to Construction” is part of the Beyond Zero: Next Generation Buildings and Communities stream.



Centre of Excellence up to the challenge

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College was selected for the Transformational Design feature in the Spring 2012 issue of Trim Tab magazine, published bythe International Living Future Institute. The Centre of Excellence is targeting the Living Building Challenge, which requires the building design to consider its environmental impact in six areas: site, energy, materials, water, indoor quality and beauty. The overall goal is to create a building with no negative impact on the environment and surrounding ecosystem, and to achieve this goal during design, construction, and ongoing operations throughout the building’s lifecycle. Read the article to find out about the challenges and achievements that were faced while designing and building a Living Building Project.



Wood design for a healing environment at Surrey Memorial Hospital

CEI Architecture’s Michael McNaught and Fraser Health Authority’s Marco Buccini, were interviewed by naturally:wood on the benefits of using wood in the design of healthcare facilities. In the video, Michael and Marco explain why wood is being used in the design of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, and how wood contributes to a healthy healing environment.

The video focuses on how the use of wood in healthcare facilities has a positive effect on human health. At the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects are using wood in a wide variety of features throughout the facility. Most significantly, wood is showcased in the vaulted canopy for the hospital’s main entry, which creates a sense of warmth and comfort for family members and patients.

naturally:wood supports an environmentally sustainable and globally competitive forestry sector in British Columbia. To learn more about the Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital, visit the project page.