Archive for April, 2015



New surgical centre will be open for patients this September

Okanagan residents will be pleased to hear that construction has been completed for the first three floors of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, the newest addition to the Kelowna General Hospital. The new facility will become the home for the Hospital’s cardiac program and will include 15 operating rooms and 45 private pre-operative patient rooms.

The ceremonial handing over took place last week, and the new floors will be open for patients this September.

“We are very proud to celebrate the successful construction of this phase of the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, on time and on-budget”, states Sean Brock, the Vice President and District Manager of PCL Contructors Westcoast Inc. This sentiment is shared by all members of the Plenary Gorup delivery team, including CEI Architecture, HOK Architects, and Johnson Controls LP.

For more information about the project, please visit the project page.




Nick Bevanda named one of 2015’s Fellows with the RAIC

Nick Bevanda-2014_03CEI Partner Nick Bevanda has been named one of 36 new Fellows in 2015 from across Canada with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The College of Fellows of the RAIC bestows Fellowship in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution or distinguished service to the profession or the community.

Nick’s professional career began in 1985. Prior to joining CEI in 2010, he led an independent practice for many years. In 2007, he was invited to sit on the Lieutenant Governor Awards Jury as one of six architects from Ontario and British Columbia. In 2008, he was honoured with a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the design of Black Hills Estate Winery, and in 2010 Nick was awarded a Special Certificate of Recognition by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for his work within the community and his efforts to promote architecture. In the fall of 2010 Nick was honored by the Design Exchange, in Toronto, with two awards honoring the Elenko Residence and for his involvement with the design of Stuart Park in Kelowna. More recently, his designs for the Road 13 Winery and Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre contributed to CEI Architecture’s recognition as Eco Designer of the Year in 2013 by Western Living Magazine.

Nick will be inducted at the College of Fellows Convocation this June during the Festival of Architecture in Calgary. A full list of this year’s fellows can be found in the RAIC’s press release.

Congratulations, Nick!