We make a difference in communities through collaborative design.

  • Healthcare

    As one of North America’s leading architects for healthcare facilities, we have expertise in the design and clinical planning of a complete array of hospital and health spaces.

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    As one of North America’s leading architects for healthcare facilities, we have expertise in the design and clinical planning of a complete array of hospital and health spaces, including cancer care, emergency and trauma, intensive care, children’s health, private clinics, assisted living and long-term complex care, and more.

    Our approach emphasizes close consultation with user groups to deliver spaces that address the specific needs of staff and stakeholders. On every project, we apply the latest in evidence-based design research and lean design principles to provide communities with the highest possible standard of care.

    HDR | CEI’s healthcare experience includes some of the most significant projects in recent years, such as the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Redevelopment and the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital Acute Care Centre, both delivered via public-private partnership.

    "This was a fully engaged collaborative process that needed leadership and direction. HDR | CEI certainly stepped up to the plate…"

    Don Mah
    Fraser Health Authority

  • Recreation & Community

    HDR | CEI has extensive experience in recreation, community and cultural projects across Canada, including community centres, pools, ice rinks, spectator venues, libraries and more.

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    HDR | CEI has extensive experience in recreation, community and cultural projects across Canada, including community centres, pools, ice rinks, spectator venues, libraries and more.

    HDR | CEI’s recreation work is based on a belief in the importance of community recreation, and that the successful design of such facilities requires participation by users and operators. We are noted for our inclusive design charrette process, which invites the input and energy of stakeholders to contribute to a project’s realization.

    Community facilities designed by HDR | CEI have received accolades from international organizations, and our sector leaders have been asked to speak at events around the world on issues in recreation design. These acknowledgements demonstrate that, above all, HDR | CEI listens to user needs and responds with collaborative designs that meet budgets, function well and make communities proud.

    "HDR | CEI has clearly delivered services above and beyond our expectations."

    Jean Lamontagne
    City of Surrey

  • Education

    Educational facilities have evolved over the last several years to embrace evidence-based design principles that illustrate how spaces affect students’ ability to learn.

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    Educational facilities have evolved over the last several years to embrace evidence-based design principles that illustrate how spaces affect students’ ability to learn. Our focus is always on learner-centered schools—facilities that put the student at the heart every design decision.

    We’ve designed a vast array of learning spaces for all levels, from pre-kindergarten through college and university. In every case, we embrace the standards for 21st century learning, creating schools and facilities that are technology-friendly, safe and connected to their communities and the world at large.

    Our education team has helped create some of the most innovative educational spaces in North America, from the environmentally daring Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College to the multimedia-enabled Mulgrave Senior School.

    "HDR | CEI has shown significant responsiveness, communication and leadership skills, working well with the many competing interests of the users and executives"

    Gerald A. Robson, P.Eng.
    University of Victoria

  • Science & Technology

    Research facilities have an array of complex requirements. From big equipment installations to sensitive science spaces to hypersecure forensic labs—we’ve seen them all.

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    Research facilities have an array of complex requirements. From big equipment installations to sensitive science spaces to hypersecure forensic labs—we’ve seen them all.

    We have led a range of complex projects in the fields of science and technology. In every endeavor our approach is the same: get a complete understanding the needs of users to make sure the facility will support the lofty ambitions of their research.

    Our experience includes medical laboratory spaces at several hospital facilities and facilities such as the Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre in Vancouver, which supports advanced cross-disciplinary researchers from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, OvCare and the Vancouver Prostate Centre. Innovation by design.

    "The finished product (the Robert Ho Research Centre) is spectacular on an aesthetic and functional level"

    Robert McMaster
    Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Office & Commercial

    Whether the mandate is to add value to commercial and industrial developments or provide thoughtful improvements to office interiors, HDR | CEI designs workplaces that work.

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    Whether the mandate is to add value to commercial and industrial developments or provide thoughtful improvements to office interiors, HDR | CEI designs workplaces that work.

    We have expertise in office buildings, retail spaces and shopping malls, industrial facilities, and the full gamut of warehouse, logistics and distribution centres. Our aim is always to provide clients with practical, site-specific solutions that solve real business challenges.

    HDR | CEI’s office and commercial design team has the depth of experience to address the need for flexibility in mixed-use developments, ensuring facilities that adapt to changes in technology and accommodate new ways of doing business. We look for every opportunity to incorporate sustainable solutions to create healthy workplaces and happy people.

    "HDR | CEI is one of the more creative and experienced firms I have dealt with in the last 15 years as a project manager"

    Penny Fox
    TD Canada Trust

  • Residential

    You’ve got to live somewhere, right? Might as well make it a place that looks great, functions flawlessly and makes you feel at home.

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    You’ve got to live somewhere, right? Might as well make it a place that looks great, functions flawlessly and makes you feel at home.

    That’s our philosophy when it comes to residential projects. We go out of our way to design spaces that feel great on the inside and out, that feel bigger than the sum of their square footages. Single-family homes or multi-residential buildings—size doesn’t matter, design does.

    Our residential team gives great attention to the most minute details of all our residential projects to make sure they bring lasting value to our clients and help make happy memories for the families that will live in them. It’s what we look for in our homes, and what we strive to provide to all our clients.

    "HDR | CEI's personnel were first-class, competent and conscious of our needs while requiring little management or direction and remaining on budget"

    Ralph Randt P.Eng
    Greater Vancouver Regional District