Archive for December, 2014



Love + Hope: Supporting a worthwhile cause

This holiday season, CEI Architecture is proud to support Covenant House Vancouver in their mission to provide love and hope to Vancouver’s street youth. Each December, as part of their Christmas Backpack program, Covenant House Vancouver hands out backpacks filled with new clothing, toiletries and small gifts to 275 at-risk youth.

CEI staff have assembled four backpacks that will be given out during the organization’s Annual Christmas Party taking place this week.


Covenant House Vancouver helps youth aged 16 to 24, who have often fled physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, have been forced from their homes, or have aged out of foster care. The charity provides food, shelter, clothing, and counselling services to over 1,500 homeless and runaway youth annually.

If you would like to learn more about Covenant House Vancouver, and how you can support the city’s homeless youth, please click here.



CEI joins Canada BIM Council


CEI is proud to announce that they are now members of the Canada BIM Council (CanBIM). CanBIM serves the entire construction industry, education community and owners who are working collectively with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies and practices. CEI has been using BIM technology as a component of their practice for a number of years and sees this as a beneficial tool for its clients—to visualize design decisions and minimize conflicts during the construction process.

Scott Chatterton-2014-croppedCEI’s BIM and Quality Control Manager, Scott Chatterton, is an active member of the CanBIM Board of Directors and is a leader in BIM education.

As members of CanBIM, CEI are able to continue with their vision to make a difference—by delivering exceptional buildings that contribute to the quality of the communities in which they work.




CEI shortlisted for ice arena in Germany

CEI’s Vancouver Partner, Mark Hentze, along with Conrad Boychuk, traveled to Germany today for an interview as a shortlisted team in the pursuit of a 3,700-seat, II Bundesliga (division II), ice arena in Kaufbeuren—one hour southwest of Munich. Mark was invited to join schneider+schumacher, an architecture firm out of Frankfurt, Germany, as an expert in ice arenas.

Mark and Conrad in Germany

Mark is a partner with CEI Architecture, and director of our Recreation, Culture and Community sector. He has a broad range of experience leading recreation projects across Canada, including spectator venues, community centres, arenas, aquatics and sports complexes. Mark is a former professional hockey player who brings his passion for sports and community recreation to his work, from design charrette though concept development, public consultation and completion. He leads a design team that is passionate about sport and recreation design.