Archive for February, 2014



CEIQ: Quality Control at CEI Architecture

CEI staff portraitsBy Scott Chatterton, BIM Manager

Over the past few months, CEI Architecture has been working on defining and implementing a comprehensive new quality control system, which we’re calling CEIQ: Quality Control and Project Management Procedures.

The precursor to CEIQ was a document and system outlining the firm’s Flow of Operations. It was solid, but changes in the industry and in our firm meant that an update was needed. The existing system and documentation didn’t go into a lot of detail regarding our BIM process, and several recent wins on major P3 projects—including the recent announcement that our team, Affinity Partnerships, is the preferred proponent for the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital Acute Care Centre—meant that our quality control procedures have expanded.

As the BIM manager, I already had a number of existing documents and processes that I put in place, but I still found it difficult to share certain information and make everyone aware of its existence and apply it to their projects. We have some great content related to quality control, but it’s no good if people are not aware of it and aren’t putting into practice.

Getting input

Part of the process in the creation of the CEIQ Quality Control system included interviewing our staff, asking pertinent questions about existing processes and getting their thoughts on how we can improve our quality control and project management. We got great feedback!

There were a few themes that came up in most interviews, one of which was a desire to have a clear, comprehensive and fully approved project roadmap. People want guidance on the “how,” “where” and “what do I do next” on a project. Even though we already had these in the existing Flow of Operations, as time progressed our systems needed updating and we needed to re-instill a sense of accountability.

A living system

We consider CEIQ a living system, a set of guidelines, processes and beliefs that will evolve as the company and industry does. We expect it to be updated during the initial roll-out period, and to adapt to changes over time. Our goal with CEIQ is to improve efficiencies and create consistency in every aspect of our service and deliverables. The ultimate goal is to ensure that efficient systems are in place to free up the creative capacity of our talented designers, so they can focus on what they do best: creating spaces that work well for our clients and communities.

Better BIM management

CEIQ includes a section on BIM management, which we hope will give people working on a project clear guidance on their roles on projects that use Revit. One of the biggest challenges in implementing this type of structure in any business is getting buy-in—not only from the staff but from senior levels of an organization. Fortunately the leadership at CEI Architecture has been the driving force behind the initiative, which makes the adoption process much easier throughout the organization.

After we roll out CEIQ, I will periodically blog about sections of the process and explain the benefits of developing your own project management procedures.



Another TOMMIE Award winner for CEI!


CEI’s design of the Black Hills Wine Experience Centre, which was previously named a finalist for a 2013 Tommie Award in the Commercial/Retail category, has brought home the Gold this past week!

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan honoured the Nick Bevanada-designed facility along with recipients in 41 other categories, including Home of the Year, the Fortis BC Award for Building Energy Efficiency, and Best Mixed-Use facility.

The Wine Experience Centre joins CEI’s previous TOMMIE Gold winning Elenko Residence project.

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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CEI’s BIM guru to speak at CCO Workshop

CEI’s Scott Chatteron will be presenting at the 14th Annual Consultant, Contractor and Owner Workshop, hosted by the Southern Interior Construction Association on February 6. The annual Kelowna event is an opportunity for individuals in the construction and procurement process to network, exchange ideas, and hear industry updates and best practices.

Scott will be speaking on utilizing new technologies, such as Building Information Models and “the Cloud,” for all phases of the construction process.

Registration for the event remains open at, and all participants are encouraged to attend Scott’s afternoon session, “Construction Tech: BIM, Smart Apps.”

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New William Griffin Recreation Centre presented to community

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A Public Information Meeting was held in the District of North Vancouver on January 22 to present and gather plans for the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre to the community and gather feedback on the design.

The meeting was well attended, with 87 people present to hear what CEI Architecture’s Mark Hentze, Sid Johnson, and representatives from the District of North Vancouver and North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) had to share about the project.

Of particular interest to the community were the plans to rehabilitate the riparian zone to the west of the building, along Mosquito Creek. The building will also be targeting LEED Gold certification with a number of sustainability features.

The building, targeting LEED Gold, will include NVRC Administration offices; aquatics space including a 25 metre pool, leisure pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and change rooms; program areas for seniors, youth, and preschool; community kitchen; multi-purpose rooms; rental meeting space; arts and crafts areas; fitness areas including an activity studio, full-sized gymnasium, weight room, stretching room, and fitness studio; and squash courts.

The existing facility closed on December 31, 2013 and demolition is planned to begin in March. Construction will start this summer, with a tentative opening targeted for early in 2016.