Archive for March, 2013



A tribute to Mark Taylor

By Conrad Boychuk

MarkTaylorMark Taylor was Abbotsford’s dynamic and energetic General Manager of Parks Recreation and Culture. He was one of those individuals who lived life to the fullest. Mark passed away on March 12th, while on a skiing expedition on the Wapta Traverse north east of Golden.

Mark was a good friend of CEI, involving us in the Abbotsford Rec Centre Programming Study, and more recently, with possible modifications to the Reach Gallery Museum. My own working relationship with Mark goes back to 1998, when he was with the City of Surrey. We were breaking new ground back then, venturing into what would later be described as public/private partnerships. Those early projects included a major study for the expansion of the Newton Recreation Centre, and shortly afterwards, the master-planning of a new facility for Guildford. Mark was both an exceptional process manager, and an advocate for the neighbourhood experience. He was also someone who could think outside the box; something that was very necessary back then.




Remembering Brian Storrier

By Mark Hentze

BrianStorrierThis past January saw the passing of a great friend of CEI Architecture and the recreation field in Canada with the loss of Brian Storrier. Brian made many friends at CEI through the various projects we worked on together.

CEI had the opportunity to work with Brian on a number of projects after he left the public realm as a facility operator and recreation professional and became a private consultant. Our first project with Brian was the Gibsons and Area Community Centre. Brian excelled at a challenging role on the project, coordinating objectives of both the Regional District and Town of Gibsons. That was the beginning of a friendship made even stronger by the ferry rides to Langdale where Brian, our team and TASK, the construction manager, would travel together and trade stories over breakfast.

We worked with Brian again in New Westminster, Coquitlam, and recently on a feasibility study for improvements to the Kerry Park Arena on Vancouver Island. From Brian, we learned a lot about the political process and were impressed by his calmness under fire that typically resulted in his recommendations being followed.




A new lodge for Mica Heliskiing Guides

Situated 160 km north of Revelstoke, BC, on Kinbasket Lake, Mica Heli Ski Lodge’s remote location put the innovation and ingenuity of the design and construction team to the test. CEI Architecture led the design of the new 14,000-square-foot lodge, which was completed in December 2012, just in time for the ski season. The building team was led by Vic Van Isle Construction.




CEI/PCL picked for Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre

Northern Health selected the team of PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and CEI Architecture as the preferred proponent for the Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre in Burns Lake.

The new hospital is scheduled to be complete by fall 2015, and will replace the existing hospital. It will house 16 beds, provide acute?care and emergency services, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory and pharmacy. Facility space is planned for the medical clinic along with the delivery of mental?health and addictions services, public health, and home and community care, and will include administrative and logistical services.

The building, an estimated total value of $55 million, will be built to LEED Gold standards and will align with the Wood First Act by optimizing the use of wood.

For more, see this press release by Partnerships BC.



CEI leading design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre

The District of North Vancouver has selected CEI Architecture as prime consultant for the design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre. CEI will work with the District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) and project managers MHPM Project Managers Inc. on the facility.