Archive for June, 2014



Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Opens


The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower had its official grand opening last week. Now the entire eight-storey hospital tower is open to the public. Phase one of the facility, which included the new Emergency Department, opened in October 2013.

BC Health Minister Terry Lake was there for the opening, along with local MLAs and representatives.

“Thanks to this new facility, health-care professionals will be able to deliver the best possible care for families in a larger, modern environment with more beds, space, equipment and staff,” said Lake. “The critical care tower will go a long way in meeting the health care needs of the rapidly growing Fraser Valley.”

This article in the Surrey Now newspaper has additional comments from medical staff in attendance:

Some doctors at the opening event said that the opening of the facility didn’t just represent newer, bigger rooms and state-of-the-art technology, but rather “compassion, caring and respect” as one patient reportedly said.

The $512 million Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower was delivered by public-private partnership. CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects were the architects on the project. EllisDon led the construction.

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CEI Architecture expands into Alberta with Edmonton location

CEI Architecture is open for business in Alberta.

The firm, now registered with the Alberta Association of Architects, has opened an office in Edmonton. The expansion enables the firm to lead the architectural design of buildings as prime consultant in Alberta. It represents the firm’s first office presence outside of British Columbia.

“Over the past ten years we’ve enjoyed steady growth,” said William Locking, managing partner of CEI Architecture. “We’ve primarily worked in B.C., though we’ve partnered with firms on projects in other provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.”

“We’re looking forward to leading projects in Alberta, making a difference in communities by bringing our strong focus on client service and collaboration.”

Significant projects in several sectors
CEI is known for expertise in significant healthcare, recreation, education, science and technology, and commercial projects.

The firm recently completed the design of the new Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, an eight-storey, $512 million expansion to the existing hospital. Phase one of the facility, which included the second-largest Emergency Department in Canada, opened in the fall of 2013. The final phase is set to open to the public in June 2014.

CEI is part of Affinity Partnerships, the team selected earlier this year by Provincial Health Services Authority to design, build, finance and maintain the Teck Acute Care Centre, a new $680 million facility being added to the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.

Both projects are being procured by public-private partnership, which CEI has excelled in over the past few years.

“Our leadership on significant, innovative healthcare projects will translate well to other regions,” added Locking.

Recreation and community facilities
CEI is nationally recognized as a leader in the design of recreation and community facilities, with a number of projects in Alberta. The firm has worked in St. Albert, Grand Prairie and Calgary, on the notable $296 million WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex, a high-performance ice and sports training facility for Hockey Canada. CEI was recently awarded the design of the $18 million Sylvan Lake Multiplex redevelopment, which includes new hockey and curling rinks, multi-purpose spaces and more. The Town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta was recently named Kraft Hockeyville by the NHL.

“Alberta has a strong tradition of exceptional community recreation programs and facilities,” said Mark Hentze, CEI partner and director of recreation, community and cultural projects. “We’re looking forward to helping contribute to that legacy by bringing our experience leading community centres, aquatics facilities, ice rinks and other projects in several provinces across Canada.”

CEI Architecture is a leading architecture and design firm in Western Canada, with over 60 staff at offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton. The firm was named Designers of the Year in the Eco category by Western Living Magazine in 2013. Significant recent projects include the Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College in Penticton and the Manulife Office Tower in downtown Vancouver.

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A Presentation Series on Improving Project Delivery

CEI staff portraitsWe would like to invite you to a series of sessions dedicated to improving how you deliver projects.

The “Improving the Process of Delivering Projects” series is designed to stimulate discussion on improving the project delivery process. Sessions are designed for members of the AEC industry who would like to see a more integrated approach to project delivery. These sessions will provide you with tools and skills to enhance your project delivery and collaborate with consultants, your client and the contractor.

These quarterly sessions will be facilitated by Scott Chatterton, BIM and QC Manager for CEI Architecture. The first will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at CEI Architecture’s office at 500-1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Seating is limited. Email Scott Chatterton at to reserve your seat.

The goals of these sessions are to educate, communicate and cooperate.

These sessions are not:

  • …Another user group. These are a limited series of presentations directed towards improving how we deliver projects in the design and construction industry.
  • …Focused on Revit. They are high level overviews of the processes for delivering projects.
  • …A sales pitch. We’re not selling anything, promoting any products or any specific company. We’re discussing how to improve project delivery.

These sessions are:

  • Designed for Decision Makers. They’re for project managers, partners, associates, architects, engineers and contractors. Decision makers who need information to be able to make educated decisions and keep up with industry trends.
  • Free… What more can I say?

The first session will feature two presentations, guaranteed to stimulate thought and discussion. 

Rodrigo Photo-150pxCollaboration in the Design Process
Rodrigo Freig; WSP Group

This presentation looks at three different case scenarios of BIM collaboration and how the process impacted the project delivery. We will look at the level of involvement of consultants, contractors and owners, and the benefits gained and/or lost.

Rodrigo Freig is the technical manager for the engineering departments at WSP Group’s Vancouver office. He has 14 years’ experience in the structural engineering field and he also teaches Revit Structures at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has been involved with BIM processes since 2006 and is an enthusiast of working in 3D.

O-Pawson-150pxBuilding an Integrated Team to Deliver a Project
Owen Pawson; Miller Thomson 

This session covers the following aspects of collaborative project delivery:

Who should be on the team
The importance of trust within the team
The importance of BIM in enhancing collaboration
Tying rewards (and risk) to project success
Decision making within the team
Dispute resolution (if really necessary)

Owen Pawson is the Managing Partner of Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office. He practices as a solicitor with the firm in construction law. He assists governments, crown corporations and a variety of construction companies, architects, engineers and interior designers to identify issues and resolve conflicts in construction law, develop commercial arrangements for traditional design-tender-build projects through to major design-build and engineer, procure and construct facilities, as well as public private partnerships projects. In this regard, Owen has been involved in the preparation of procurement processes and complex contracts necessary to implement design-build school projects and major transportation infrastructure projects by way of design-build, P3 and EPC contracts. He also advises clients with respect to professional liability of design consultants and has prepared professional consulting agreements for a variety of projects.