Archive for December, 2013



Entering the 4th Dimension: Putting the “I” in BIM

Navisworks_1 Navisworks_2 Navisworks_3CEI Architecture uses building information modeling processes and software to design most of our new projects. This post is part of a series by Scott Chatterton, CEI’s in-house BIM guru, on the benefits and opportunities of BIM for us and our clients.

There is so much more to building information modeling than just using Revit to create a digital model.

Architecturally, we can use the model not only to create our production drawings, but also for creating visualization, exploring the design of the building, and integrating the consultants’ models for collaboration.

There is so much more that can be done with a BIM model after it leaves the architect’s office.

The project’s construction manager can use the “information” in the model (the “I” in BIM) to assist in the estimation and scheduling construction processes. This is called 4D BIM.

Because the Revit model is basically a database of the building, items can easily be extracted in the form of schedule of quantities or materials and components. Items such as doors and windows can easily be scheduled, as well as quantities of materials such as area of brick, or more specifically an area quantification of a specific type of Gypsum board. By pushing the Revit model into such programs as Navisworks or Design Review, the contractor or even the sub-trades can explore the digital model to gain a much better understanding of the scope of work, and pull material quantification specific to their trades. You even have the ability to extract quantities of materials that are not even in the Revit model.

By being able to use calculations from the Revit model, such as the lineal length of a specific wall type or the area of specific room, you can use these calculations to estimate the quantity of items not necessary in the Revit model. An example of this would be the ability to calculate the total length of moisture-resistant gypsum board, to find out the amount of coved rubber floor base required for wet areas. Or use the model to calculate the amount of concrete from the structural model.

Not only can the model be used for quantification, it can also be used for construction sequencing. By simply modifying the architectural model, the contractor can create a construction sequence model which can be used in Navisworks and Microsoft Project to graphically show the sequence of construction along the construction timeline.

More and more construction companies and contractors are making the most of the “I” in BIM to help speed up construction time, reduce waste and lower the overall cost of a project.

It’s just one more way BIM is revolutionizing the design and construction industry.

Our next article will be on BIM and the impact on design. Stay tuned.

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Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower takes home two awards

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recognized CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects’ design of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Phase 1 with two honours at their third annual Commercial Building Awards. The new development at SMH was deemed the Judges’ Choice Overall winner, and also won the Excellence Award in the Community Institutional Category.

The dual wins are the first awards received by the facility since the new Emergency and Pediatric Emergency opened to the public on October 8. Operating on the first level of the Critical Care Tower, the new Emergency department is the second-largest in Canada and the Pediatric Emergency is one of only two in BC.

Construction continues on the remainder of the CCT with a completion date set for spring 2014.



Black Hills Estate Winery is a finalist for a design award

CEI’s design of the Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre has legs.

That appears the be the consensus, as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan has selected CEI Architecture’s design of the new Black Hills Wine Experience Centre as a 2013 TOMMIE Silver Finalist in the Best Commercial/Retail category.

CEI’s Nick Bevanda designed the Wine Experience Centre after his work on the Black Hills Estate Winery won a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Merit in Architecture in 2008. The new facility provides a welcoming space for winery guests to taste and learn about the estate’s wines, while offering stunning views of the Okanagan.

All 2013 TOMMIE finalists can be viewed at the CHBACO website, and tickets are currently available for the Gold Gala taking place February 1, 2014.

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CEI-designed office for FortisBC wins award

FortisBC’s Victoria Area Regional Operations Centre  won the 2013 Excellence Award (Office) at the 22nd Annual Commercial Building Awards. The awards are presented by the Victoria Real Estate board and are dedicated to the advancement of excellence in commercial property development throughout the Victoria area.

CEI completed the 22,000 square foot office building for the public energy utility company in October 2012. The project includes significant sustainability features, such as geothermal exchange loops and natural ventilation, and is targeting LEED Silver certification.

For more about the Commercial Building Awards and other 2013 winners, please visit



Athletic Business Magazine covers Edmonds Community Centre

Athletic Business has published an article written by CEI Architecture’s Mark Hentze in this month’s issue of their magazine. In his article, “What’s in a Name?” Mark wrote about distinguishing between the design of various types of public recreation facilities, from recreation centres, wellness centres, to community centres, and how to meet the needs of various user groups. Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool is a perfect example of how a community centre’s design revolved around the diverse needs of its neighbourhood.

Edmonds Community Centre was also included in Athletic Business magazine as a case study in an article about LED pool lighting this past summer. LED lights were used in an innovative way as a horizontal strip light for swimmers doing the backstroke to follow to keep in line with their lane.

Also keep an eye out for more coverage of Edmonds Community Centre in an upcoming issue of Recreation Management.