Archive for July, 2013



Richard Bolus transitions to Partner Emeritus

After 30 years of leadership in architecture, planning and public facilitation, Richard Bolus, a founding partner of CEI Architecture, is transitioning to Partner Emeritus.

Richard formed CEI with senior partners John Scott and Bill Locking in 1996. The three have guided the company from just a few employees to almost one hundred, becoming one of the most successful homegrown architecture practices in British Columbia. With Richard’s transition CEI has eight partners at offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.

“Rather than reflecting on any single project, helping to guide the evolution of the firm to become one of the top architectural practices in British Columbia is the highlight of my career,” Richard says.

Over his tenure, CEI has gained a reputation as a leading design firm for recreation, community, healthcare, education, commercial and residential facilities, with a collaborative approach to working with clients. Over the past few years, CEI has received numerous awards and honours recognizing excellence in design, sustainability and user-focussed facilities.

“CEI was founded on the basis of collaboration and open communication, and that continues to this day,” Richard says. “I’m excited by the new generation of partners and their ability to guide CEI as it continues to evolve and grow in innovative ways.”

In recent years, Richard has focussed on public and client facilitation and client advisory roles. He has contributed in various leadership capacities to a number of significant and innovative B.C.-based facilities, including the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George.

In his new role, Richard will continue to work on projects that are underway, but he also looks forward to spending more time on outlets such as mentoring and teaching, and interests such as music and travel.

“I’ve never focussed too much on the past,” Richard says. ”I like to think that my rearview mirror is rather small and my windshield is big. I’m excited by what’s ahead.”



LED technology: A bright idea.

Athletic Business Magazine discussed the benefits of using LED lighting in pool facilities in their July issue and included CEI Architecture’s design of Edmonds Pool and Community Centre as a case study. 

Though LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures are about twice the price as incandescent bulbs initially, their superior efficiency and long-term return on investment has spiked popularity. Similarly, LED lights outlast traditional alternatives, cutting replacement and maintenance costs, while also providing new design opportunities.

“Usually what happens is you’re doing backstroke and you’re looking up at the ceiling, and if you have ceiling beams, that’s what people follow to stay inline,” says CEI’s Mary Chow. “We suggested that horizontal bars be dropped down and fitted with LED lights that run parallel to the lanes.” By eliminating the costs associated with changing overhead bulbs, swimmers will now follow an LED-lit path to the finish line.

CEI Architecture also utilized underwater colour-change LED lights in the lap pool, a fun feature to benefit the many youth programs scheduled for the Centre.




Jim Pattison Centre featured in Award Magazine article

Award-June-2013_189wThe Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was recently featured in the June 2013 issue of Award Magazine. The article, “Changing Attitudes” explores sustainable design strategies and technologies, along with the often rigorous standards required for certification.

Though the requirements for LEED, ASHRAE and other environmental standards are challenging, and in some cases not well-understood, the appetite for sustainable design endures. Many commercial clients no longer see sustainability as an add-on service, but expect green practices to be embedded into the design and construction process.

These expectations, along with government subsidies, are making sustainable building practices more common in North America. Though challenges exist between human attitudes, regulations, and utilizing appropriate  green technology, we couldn’t be happier to see sustainable design practices becoming more common place in the architecture industry!


Award is Canada’s best read design and construction magazine, and has a strong focus on sustainability. 



Edmonds Community Centre Now Open!

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Hundreds of citizens from Burnaby joined Mayor Derek Corrigan on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day and the grand opening of the Edmonds Community Centre.

The new 95,000 square foot facility features a weight and cardio room, an active studio for fitness and dance classes, two full-sized gyms, a games room, senior and youth lounges, a preschool, multipurpose spaces and one of the most popular facilities; the new Fred Randall Pool.

A Burnaby resident for over 40 years, Fred served as Alderman from 1976 to 1981, and again from 1987 to 1990. Fred also acted as Parks and Recreation Commissioner from 1979 to 1980, and served on multiple committees of Council before becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Burnaby-Edmonds riding. Fred’s family were on site to participate in day’s activities and the dedication of the pool.

The afternoon was a great opportunity for residents to familiarize themselves with the new facility, and pay tribute to a valued past member of the community.

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William Griffin Community Recreation Centre Open House

The William Griffin Community Recreation Centre Open House was held on June 27, giving North Vancouver residents an opportunity to see the progress made on the project to date.

CEI Architecture team members, including Partner-in-Charge Mark Hentze, received a great deal of positive feedback on the current design on display at the event, and were happy to answer questions about the project.

Construction of the new 84,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin early next year, with the official opening scheduled for spring/summer 2016.

To see the preliminary design concepts and more information about the project, please visit the District of North Vancouver website.



CEI welcomes new partner Troy Ransdell

Troy RansdellCEI Architecture is pleased to announce that Troy Ransdell has joined our team as a new partner.

Troy will play a leading role in helping CEI continue to deliver innovative health care facilities that provide outstanding value and operational excellence for B.C.’s communities.

In his career as a designer and consultant, Troy has scheduled, programmed and delivered projects of up to $550 million in value. He has advised health care clients in Canada and the U.S. on matters such as construction, operations, real estate, performance improvement and long-term planning. Troy  has extensive experience with for-profit and not-for-profit health systems, including public-private partnerships.

CEI has led significant healthcare projects in British Columbia, including the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North and the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower. Troy’s knowledge of the P3 process, in both project delivery and compliance consulting services, will be a valuable addition to the CEI team.

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