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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.

 

May

13

LEED Gold plaque unveiled in North Vancouver

From Left: Kim Gosteli, National Director, Sales and Marketing, CEI Architecture; John Scott, Partner-in-Charge, CEI Architecture; Darrel Mussatto, Mayor of City of North Vancouver; Jane Watkins, Chief Librarian; Shervin Shahriari,Library Board Chair

From Left: Kim Gosteli, National Director, Sales and Marketing, CEI Architecture; John Scott, Partner-in-Charge, CEI Architecture; Darrell Mussatto, Mayor of North Vancouver; Jane Watkins, Chief Librarian; Shervin Shahriari, Library Board Chair

 

The North Vancouver City Library has recently been awarded LEED Gold certification by the Canada Green Building Council. On Tuesday, May 12, North Vancouver Mayor, Darrell Mussatto, unveiled the LEED Gold plaque which will now be a permanent reminder of the facility’s environmental stewardship.

“The Library is one of only four buildings on the North Shore to receive LEED Canada Gold certification,” says Mayor Mussatto. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to ensuring a more sustainable future for City residents. By incorporating green building practices into our community’s civic buildings, we are actively creating a sustainable future.”

The Library was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in a joint venture with CEI. The building, which was designed and constructed with LEED certification in mind from the onset of the project, opened its doors in September 2008. In this time, the three-storey building has become a popular destination for city residents, and is often a venue for community events.

The Library’s infrastructure contains several sustainable features that helped it to achieve the certification, such as radiant heating and cooling, solar panels, low flush toilets, and solar shading. Individuals wishing to learn more about the facility’s green components are encouraged to participate in a Sustainability Tour that takes every month. More information can be found here.

May

11

Edmonds Community Centre awarded BCRPA Facility of the Year Award

Edmonds3Burnaby’s Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool was honoured with the BC Recreation and Parks Association’s Facility of Excellence Award at this year’s annual Symposium which took place in Victoria on May 8.

The 95,000 square foot community centre is the fifth CEI-designed facility to be recognized by the provincial awards, joining other notable projects such as the Cloverdale Recreation Centre in Surrey and Coquitlam’s Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

Each year, the BCRPA recognizes outstanding programs, dedicated professionals, and innovative facilities that enhance the recreation, parks, and culture services sector. The full award list can be viewed here.

Congratulations to all the members of the project team on a job well done!

May

6

CEI’s Scott Chatterton to speak at annual Revit Technology Conference

CEI’s BIM and Quality Control Manager Scott Chatterton will be presenting at the 5th North American Revit Technology Conference taking place July 23-25 in Washington, DC. The event provides individuals in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry with the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the latest trends and technologies in Building Information Modelling.

Utilizing the lessons learned over a 25-year career in the AEC industry, Scott will share tips for managing models and the people who create them. His session, ‘10 Ways to be an Outstanding BIM Manager,’ begins at 10:45 AM on Friday, July 24.

Registration for the conference is currently open, and tickets can be purchased here.

Apr

27

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.

 

Apr

21

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!

Mar

31

100 lbs. lighter!

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Staff, friends, and family of CEI Architecture had a great time at the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Saturday, March 28, collecting over 100 pounds of garbage from Stanley Park’s 3rd Beach!

The event, a conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund, sees over 50,000 Canadians doing their part to tackle litter and aquatic debris for the country’s shorelines.

To learn more about this valuable event and how you can get involved year-round, please visit the Shoreline Cleanup website.

Mar

31

North Vancouver City Library earns LEED Gold certification

Landmark public facility incorporates energy efficiency and environmentally friendly features

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Designed by CEI Architecture and Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture, the North Vancouver City Library features a variety of design elements that contribute to a small environmental footprint.

“From the very beginning the goal of the project was to provide North Vancouver with a facility that would support the values of this community,” said John Scott, partner in charge with CEI Architecture. “Designing a highly sustainable building was a big part of that vision.”

The 36,000-square-foot library getsa portion of the energy needed for its heating system through solar panels on the roof. A combination of geo-exchange heating and cooling, as well as solar energy, delivers the energy needs of the library and services the Central Lonsdale Power Plant. High efficiency boilers support heating requirements at peak times for the library and the surrounding neighbourhood.

The North Vancouver City Library has won many awards for its contributions to the community and positive impact on the urban environment. It has been honoured by the BC Library Association, the City of North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, among others.

To learn more about the project, please visit the project page.