Archive for July, 2015

Jul

29

It’s official! CEI has joined HDR!

CEI Architecture, one of western Canada’s leading architectural practices, has joined HDR, a global firm with one of the world’s top ranked architecture practices. Leadership of the two firms cite growth opportunities, both geographically and within each firm’s respective market sectors, as the reasons for merging its shared commitment to design innovation in Canada and globally. The transaction was effective July 26, 2015. Going forward, the firm will go to market as HDR | CEI.

“I am confident in the success of this alliance because both of our firms share a philosophy of balancing quality design, technical expertise, business orientation, and customer satisfaction—specifically focusing on being market leaders in clearly defined sectors,” commented Doug Wignall, AIA, president of HDR’s Architecture practice. “This common platform is essential to building a solid foundation for future growth. Additionally, both our firm’s experience with public-private partnerships (P3) for health is perhaps more than any other architecture firm in Canada. This merger of practices provides clients with a much greater depth of experienced resources focused on an incredibly deep portfolio of P3 projects.”

“Together, we are poised to be a preeminent force in many sectors in Canada, particularly in healthcare, research and recreation,” explained Bill Locking, a founding partner of CEI and now Senior Vice President of HDR | CEI. “We will deepen our bench of local healthcare and research expertise with HDR’s global resources in consulting services, which will uniquely position us to deliver healthcare and research projects of all sizes, scopes and complexities. In turn, the expertise CEI brings to the table can help HDR expand into new sectors such as recreation, K-12 education and commercial development not only throughout all provinces of Canada, but beyond the Canadian border as well.”

Locking added that over the past few weeks, CEI has shared news of the merger with key clients. “We have been overwhelmed by how positive the response had been,” Locking said. “Our clients understand that we will remain the same highly professional team, with the same dedication to client service and design excellence they’ve grown accustomed to. What will change, though, is an even greater capacity to bring clients the very best in global research, benchmarking and professional expertise.”

HDR has more than 1,450 architecture employees working in offices in six countries who provide complete design, engineering, planning and consulting services across the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, and the People’s Republic of China.

Jul

17

Three CEI projects shortlisted for P3 Awards

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Three CEI Architecture projects have been shortlisted for P3 Awards by P3 Bulletin.The award program recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements in public-private partnerships across Canada, the United States, and Latin America.

CEI’s design of the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North has been shortlisted under the Best Operational Project category, while the Surrey Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Expansion (with Parkin Architects) is in the running for Best Designed Project. The BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project Phase 2, the Teck Acute Care Centre, was also recognized as a shortlist under the Best Social Infrastructure Project.

Though sister program ‘Partnership Awards’ has been operating in the United Kingdom for 18 years, 2015 marks the second year for the Americas-focused P3 Awards. A panel of 50 judges will make their selections, announcing the winners at a gala awards ceremony in New York on October 8.

The BC Cancer Agency represents CEI’s first project delivered under the public-private partnership model, and since its completion in 2012, the firm has established itself as a leader in P3 delivery in Western Canada.

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Jul

13

CEI Architecture to Join HDR to Advance Design Innovation in a Global Landscape

CEI Architecture, one of western Canada’s leading architectural practices, has announced it will join HDR, a global firm with one of the world’s top ranked architecture practices. Leadership of the two firms cite opportunities for growth both geographically and within each firm’s respective market sectors as the reasons for merging its shared commitment to design innovation in a global landscape. The agreement is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

“Both of our firms share a philosophy of balancing quality design, technical expertise, business orientation, and customer satisfaction—specifically focusing on being market leaders in clearly defined sectors,” commented Doug Wignall, AIA, president of HDR’s Architecture practice. “This common platform is essential to building a solid foundation for future growth. CEI is a well-respected design firm with a commitment to design excellence that complements our own. I am confident we will work well together to continue to advance this reputation to global prominence.”

“Together, we are poised to be a preeminent force in many sectors in Canada, particularly in healthcare, recreation and research,” explained Bill Locking, a founding partner of CEI. “We will seek to deepen our bench of local healthcare and research expertise with the global resources HDR offers in consulting services such as strategic innovation, user experience modeling, laboratory and healthcare planning, data-driven design, and Lean Six Sigma. This uniquely positions us to deliver healthcare and research projects of all sizes, scopes and complexities.”

Collectively, HDR’s and CEI’s experience with public-private partnership (P3) for health is perhaps more than any other architecture firm in Canada. This merger of practices provides clients with a much greater depth of experienced resources focused on an incredibly deep portfolio of PPP projects.

Additionally, Locking added, “The expertise CEI brings to the table can help HDR expand into new sectors such as recreation, K-12 education and commercial development not only throughout all provinces of Canada, but beyond the Canadian border as well.”

CEI was founded in 1996 and has approximately 70 employees located in British Columbia; its main office is in Vancouver, with additional offices in Victoria and Penticton, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. HDR’s presence in the Canadian market began in 2002; currently about 120 employees are based in offices throughout Ontario.

About HDR

HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.

HDR has more than 1,450 architecture employees working in offices in six countries who provide complete design, engineering, planning and consulting services across the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, and the People’s Republic of China.

 

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