Archive for October, 2014

Oct

29

Virtual Reality and its impact on Design

AR 2It’s still early days, but virtual reality technology is already having an impact on the design and construction industries. Being able to tour a design virtually immersed in the building has great benefits for both the client and the designer. Clients are able to better understand the space and design far easier than they could from plans and elevation drawings. By using VR technology to tour both the exterior and interior of a building, people are able to fully understand the design from their virtual point of view.

Recently here at CEI, we received a developer’s kit from IrisVR that includes an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. IrisVR is a new company developing software that will offer full native support for many common 3D file types including SketchUp, Revit, Blender, 3ds Max, ArchiCAD, and IFC.

We are already using this technology to show clients for design validation. It’s a great opportunity for us to get instant feedback on the design and workability. By allowing our clients to tour the space virtually it allows us to validate the design concepts and use this tool to explain the aspects of one design over another. Virtual reality is yet another technology that can take advantage of the building information modeling process that CEI has fully embraced, allowing us to yet again take the process of architectural design to the next level.

 

Oct

27

SOSS wins SICA awards

Left: Andrew MacPhail, CEI Architecture Center: Mitch Van Aller, Former Facilities Manager, School District No. 53 Right: Mike Symonds, Project Manager, Greyback Construction

Left: Andrew MacPhail, CEI Architecture
Center: Mitch Van Aller, Former Facilities Manager, School District No. 53
Right: Mike Symonds, Project Manager, Greyback Construction

 

As a proud member of the Okanagan community, we couldn’t be more pleased to have recently been honoured with two awards at the annual Southern Interior Construction Association’s (SICA) Commercial Building Awards that took place Thursday, October 23. Southern Okanagan Secondary School, completed by CEI in collaboration with KMBR Architects, received the Excellence Award in the Community/Institutional Category and was also named the Judges’ Choice Overall Winner.

Completed in February of this year, the expansion and renovation to the existing secondary school included a gymnasium, multi-purpose student common spaces, science lab, classrooms, and the creation of a new Performing Arts Theatre.

Southern Okanagan Secondary School joins a list of other CEI projects that have received SICA awards including Mica Heli Ski Lodge (2013 Hospitality Award of Excellence) and the Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre (2013 Merit Award-Wine Industry), among others.

 

 

Oct

2

Mark Hentze joins panel at upcoming AIBC Conference

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CEI Partner Mark Hentze will share his insights on the architectural evolution of sport and recreation centres at the upcoming Annual AIBC Conference: Shifting Perspectives.

As Director of CEI’s Recreation, Culture, and Community sector, Mark has a broad range of experience leading recreation projects across Canada. The panel will explore the challenges and opportunities of modern community facilities, where Mark will share lessons learned from a career devoted to the recreation sector and recent CEI projects.

The panel, entitled “Building Community Through Architecture” will be taking place Friday, October 10 at 8:30 a.m. To learn more about the event, or register for sessions, please visit the AIBC Conference website here.