Archive for September, 2014



Nick Bevanda to speak at AIBC Conference


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CEI Partner and Design Leader Nick Bevanda will be speaking at the AIBC 2014 Annual Conference on Friday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Nick will share his experience working in architecture—including starting out in a small town in the Okanagan, opening his own practice where he was honoured for his award-winning design at Black Hills Estate Winery, and later joining CEI Architecture. Nick will also share his insights on future trends in architecture.

To learn more about the conference, and to register for Nick’s session “Imagining the Future,” please visit the AIBC Conference website here.




New Southern Okanagan Secondary School ready for students once again


Southern Okanagan Secondary School welcome students again this September!

Flashback to September 2011: KMBR Architects and CEI Architecture had been working on an extensive renovation and addition to the school. A landmark in Oliver, the original school was built in 1948 at cost of over $1 million, and was designed in the Art Deco Streamline Moderne Style.

As students filled the halls that September, they had access to a bright new gymnasium, science lab and multi-purpose space, and renovations to the existing classroom wing, library and Frank Venables Auditorium were underway.

Soon after the school year started, a massive fire destroyed the existing older structure, causing School District 53 and the design team to go back to the drawing board. As part of the addition, the design and construction team included a firewall between the existing school and the new facilities, so the newly added space remained intact. Gregg Brown, the KMBR partner-in-charge of the project, recalls, “The fire was devastating and hard on everyone involved. But the focus had to be on moving forward, to raising a new facility from the ashes that the community would be proud of.”

A new scope of work was outlined, in which the team would design a new 395-seat theatre, theatre lobby, library and classroom wing, to replace the spaces destroyed in the fire. They would also add a neighbourhood learning centre, with a daycare, community counseling and adult learning space. The project was fast-tracked due to the urgency of getting students out of temporary accommodations (portables) and into a permanent and properly equipped and designed learning environment.

“The objective was to design a contemporary school that embraces the principles of 21st century learning,” says Nick Bevanda, architect and partner with CEI Architecture. “The resulting spaces have a flexible design that can adapt over time to changes in methods of teaching, technology needs and other educational evolutions.”

Now complete, the finished result is breathtaking, fostering formal and informal learning, and social interaction.

To learn more about the project, download our press release or visit our project page.




BIM Networking Event: Innovation in Design and Construction

The BIM User Group of Kelowna Presents:

BIM Networking Event: Innovation in Design & Construction

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (New Date)
7:00 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.
Horizon Room at the Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC 

Please join us for an informative and lively evening with presentations by distinguished industry speakers. This event is designed to keep you informed of the recent developments in innovation of the design and construction industry. This is also a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Who should attend? Engineers, Architects, Developers, Contractors, Consultants and Construction Industry Professionals

Seating is Limited. Please RSVP to Scott Chatterton.


Fanfare for the Common BIM
Allan Partridge
Principle, GROUP2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.
President, Canadian BIM Council

Southern Okanagan Secondary School Expansion: Rising from the Ashes
Nick Bevanda
Partner in Charge of Design, CEI Architecture

BIM in Engineering and Fabrication of Timber Structures
Lucas Epp
Project Engineer, StructureCraft Builders Inc.

This free event is brought to you by:

SICA | UDI | CanBIM | Okanagan College | CEI Architecture | CanCADD | Morinwood Mfg. | Points West Audio Visual | Summit AEC



UBC Life Sciences set for expansion

Campus renewal to bring state-of-the-art laboratory and learning space.

CEI Architecture in association with Diamond Schmitt Architects will reconfigure and expand University of British Columbia’s Life Sciences UndergraduateTeaching Labs.

The $51.8 million project will renew the Biological Sciences complex located at the heart of the Vancouver campus. Both new and renovated buildings will provide connectivity and opportunity for interdisciplinary learning around an expanded courtyard.

The project includes the renewal and addition of new greenhouse facilities to the fourth floor of the Biological Sciences North Wing (1976), and a four-storey link between it and Biological Sciences West. The Biological Sciences Centre Block (1948) and a two-storey workshop (1976) will be replaced by a four-storey building on the east side of the courtyard. The courtyard will undergo a comprehensive expansion and renewal as part of the project.

These additions will provide flexible,modern teaching labs, associated classrooms, group and informal learning spaces and instructor/support offices for the Biology and Biological Sciences programs and also incorporate Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cellular and Physiological Sciences teaching programs. Existing mechanical and electrical facilities will be upgraded along with seismic, life safety and Building Code enhancements. The new facilities are being designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

“This is an exciting opportunity to enhance UBC’s science teaching facilities with flexible and modern spaces for hands-on learning,” said John Scott, Principal, CEI Architecture.

The total area for the new spaces, including rooftop research and teaching greenhouse space, is approximately 175,000 gross square feet. The project builds on the successful renewal of the Biological Sciences West and South Wings completed in 2011.

“CEI and Diamond Schmitt look forward to renewing UBC’s Life Sciences teaching labs with state-of-the-art facilities and learning environments that align with advances in pedagogy,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

The two design firms have previously collaborated on the UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall (2011), Burnaby’s Tommy Douglas Library (2009) and the North Vancouver Civic Library (2008). All three projects have won multiple industry awards. The North Vancouver Civic Library earned a Lieutenant-Governor of BC Award of Merit in 2009.