Archive for June, 2015

Jun

29

Breathing new life into Vancouver’s Sante Fe Apartment Complex

Van Arsdel Apartments, 1931. City of Vancouver Archives (1399-617)

Van Arsdel Apartments, 1931. City of Vancouver Archives (1399-617)

CEI Architecture is pleased to be bringing new life to one of Vancouver’s treasured residential buildings.

The building, currently known as the Sante Fe but originally called The Van Arsdel, is a three-storey, 14-unit apartment complex, in Vancouver’s Fairview neighbourhood. It was built over 85 years ago by Townley, Matheson and Partners, a distinguished local architectural firm that has produced many of the City’s notable buildings, including City Hall.

The building’s juliet balconies, recessed windows, decorative plasters, and symmetrical facade are reflective of the Period Revival style that was popular at the time, and contribute to the building’s unique charm. The objective for CEI on the project was to add new residential capacity on the site, while preserving its architectural legacy.

Working with developer Aqulini, CEI’s design maintains the south and east concrete facades of the original 1928 heritage building and adds an 11-storey tower in behind. Maintaining the facades preserves the unique aesthetic detailing of the original structure while the new tower provides 37 one-bedroom suites.

“One of our firm’s design principles is to create buildings that are reflective of their time,” Partner-in-Charge Nick Bevanda says. “We find that re-creating historical imagery, as a solution to contemporary living, stifles innovation. There’s no value in recreating something from 100 years ago.”

As such, the design for the 2975 Oak Street Tower was deliberately kept simple and streamlined. “In some ways, it acts as a backdrop to the façade, emphasizing the dichotomy between the two structures,” says Bevanda.

New Sante Fe Building

The new apartment building emerges above the heritage structure—a contemporary design of glass, aluminum and steel. The design orients the residential units to face north and south, taking advantage of the views in each direction. Each floor contains four units and those in the lower three-storey portion will be two-bedroom, addressing the city’s aim that one-quarter of all units in secured market rental developments be suitable for families.

Construction on the complex has started and once complete, the new Sante Fe will bridge the gap between Vancouver’s historic past with it’s bright future.

Jun

9

CEI Architecture to design Whitehorse General Hospital Expansion

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PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and CEI Architecture have been named preferred proponent for the Whitehorse General Hospital expansion project. The selection comes after an extensive competitive selection process between three shortlisted teams.

The 40,000 square foot expansion will include a new emergency department and will create a second-storey to house future inpatient beds.

“We are pleased with the progress of the WGH expansion project to date and to have a qualified team to help us continue to move ahead,” says Craig Tuton, Yukon Hospitals’ Board of Trustees Chair. “This project represents the first large-scale enhancement to the hospital in nearly 20 years and will improve and sustain access to quality health services for Yukoners now and into the future.”

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Lead Clinical Planner for the project and CEI Partner Troy Ransdell was equally excited by the opportunity and the work completed to date. “The entire project team has had a fantastic experience in creating this design. The Yukon Health Corporation has provided a remarkable opportunity for great healthcare infrastructure and we feel lucky to be part of delivering this vision.”

Completion of the project is expected in December 2017. For more information on the project, please click here.

Jun

2

Okanagan College Centre of Excellence achieves LEED Platinum certification

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The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College has been certified LEED Platinum.

Since its completion in 2011, the post-secondary facility has been recognized as one of the most innovative and sustainable education facilities anywhere.

Designed by CEI Architecture, built by PCL Constructors Westcoast, and with sustainable consulting by Recollecting Consulting, the 7,000-square-metre facility provides trades and technology training and professional development with a focus on sustainable practices and the use of alternative and renewable energy.

It was one of three buildings in North America featured by the New York Times Knowledge Network as leading examples of carbon-neutral campus architecture, and has received honours from the Canadian Green Building Council, the Green Good Design Awards, the Applied Science and Technologists and Technicians of BC, and many more.

“The Centre of Excellence is truly an innovative facility, providing leading edge training in sustainable practices for Okanagan College,” said Bill Locking, senior partner with CEI Architecture.“The integrated nature of the design and construction team enabled the Centre of Excellence to achieve ambitious targets for sustainable design. We couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the project.”

The Centre of Excellence is also pursuing certification under the Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous measures of sustainability for the built environment. The two-storey building incorporates a variety of integrated energy efficiency and sustainable design features to minimize its impact on the environment.

“The Centre of Excellence is a truly green project and an inspiring model of what can be. The elegant combination of simple passive strategies and complex mechanical systems shows the way forward for the built environment,” said Jason Packer of Recollective Consulting. “It is a pedagogic building, supporting the growth of capacity in the green building trades through the education programs it houses and the growth of the green building design community as a case study in conservation.

“It is great to see the project rewarded with a LEED Platinum certification.”

For more information about this innovative facility, visit the project website at www.alivingclassroom.com or click here.