Concrete pours at Surrey Memorial Hospital

The Journal of Commerce reported on the first concrete pour for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower expansion, which took place on July 22, 2011. The project is the largest healthcare expansion in B.C. history. CEI and Parkin Architects are the architectural team on the project, delivered by public-private partnership. Our team is led by EllisDon Constructors.

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CEI wineries featured in Globe and Mail and BIV

Wine critic Beppi Crosariol of the Globe and Mail featured a number of familiar wineries in his list of facilities to visit in the South Okanagan. Among them were the award-winning Black Hills Estate Winery and Road 13. Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn creek also received mention in his list.

In addition to the Globe and Mail’s coverage, Business in Vancouver recently ran an article about the niche for architects like CEI partner Nick Bevanda, who specializes in winery buildings.



Al Anderson Memorial Pool a splash in Langley

The Al Anderson Memorial Pool held its grand opening on July 7. City Mayor Peter Fassbender was quoted in the Langley Times saying the City now has a “fantastic facility… [which] will serve our citizens for years to come.”

The renovations to the aquatic facility, located in City Park at 4949 – 207 St., include a modernized entrance, roof and electrical system. The new features are a family changing area, multipurpose room, outdoor viewing deck, canopy structure for the outdoor bleachers and enhanced security fencing.

The Langley Times reported on the facility’s Grand Opening.



Cloverdale Rec Centre in Canadian Architect

Canadian Architect has profiled the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, hailing it as a building that “sets a new standard for community facilities.”

The article goes on to say:

“Fundamental to the design was the use of uniform curved wooden trusses. Varying their orientation allowed the interior spaces to achieve heights needed to meet programmatic objectives and contribute to an incredibly fluid, evocative architectural expression.”

The feature can be found on the Canadian Architect website here.



CEI makes shortlist for Kelowna’s Interior Heart P3

The proponents shortlisted for the RFP stage of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) P3 Project in Kelowna were announced, and CEI is on it.

Our team is led by the Plenary Group, and includes PCL Constructors, and HOK Architects as our Joint Venture partner. The IHSC will be an advanced, innovative facility that will house a variety of important cardiac healthcare services.

The official announcement says it best:

“The IHSC Building will be a state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate cardiac and inpatient surgical suites, support space and a new medical device reprocessing department. The facility will also be designed to allow for future expansion.”

The Interior Health Building Patient Care website has posted a run-down on the project and the official press release.



Open for class at NW Community College Smithers campus

Smithers Interior News reported that their CEI Architecture-designed expansion and renovation of the Smithers Campus of Northwest Community College is open for classes.

Says the article:

“Now the campus is wheelchair accessible, with expanded learning facilities and improved video conferencing. There are also new labs and shops for trades programs.”

The new facility will not only increase the capacity and functionality of the Smithers campus, but provides the greater community with a place to come together. Special focus was placed on designing a welcoming entrance area, which is a two-storey space. The new two-storey addition is designed around a galleria space that brings natural light into the interior of the building and aids natural ventilation through its location.

Flexibility was an essential design objective, to allow Northwest Community College to evolve and adapt its program needs over time. The space includes a flexible workshop, capacity to accommodate moving transportable classrooms, and a host of advanced post-secondary learning spaces.

The LEED Gold design is tailored to the context and climate of the region, with a host of sustainable features that will help the contemporary facility function in all seasons. The design includes significant use of heavy timber, supporting the Government of B.C.’s Wood-First initiative.



Robert Parlane presents at TEDx Conference

Robert Parlane, Senior Project Manager for the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence, was one of many interesting presenters at the TEDx Okanagan College conference held on June 25 in Penticton.

The theme of the conference was “Beyond Sustainability.” The event has been covered by many media outlets, including Daybreak on CBC Radio Kelowna.

Robert’s presentation, ‘Agent of Change’ was about the many sustainable features of Okanagan College. For information about the event, visit


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Classes in session at Okanagan College

The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence is open for learning!

Students began their first classes and shops on June 6, 2011. Designed to be one of the most innovative and sustainable post-secondary facilities in the world, the Centre will train the next generation of tradespeople in cutting-edge, sustainable building practices.

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Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre in Award magazine

The Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre was featured this month in Award Magazine.

The seven-storey, 70,000-square-foot facility is on the campus of Vancouver General Hospital, and will support the research of hundreds of scientists and clinicians from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, OvCare and the Vancouver Prostate Centre.

The article includes quotes from CEI partner in charge Bill Locking, associate architects MCMP Architects, and our client on the project:

“Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute executive director Robert McMaster notes, “While the final interior design remains more or less the same as the initial design that was proposed in 2005, the exterior is totally different. However, the finished product is spectacular on an esthetic and functional level.”



Skating at Chuck Bailey Youth Park

The Chuck Bailey Youth Park has opened!

The park features Canada’s first purpose-built covered outdoor skate plaza and bowl complex. CEI designed the roof structure for the skate park, and the entire development was led by Newline Skateparks, a world leader in designing skateable environments.

Located right beside the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, also designed by CEI, the park is close to 30,000 square feet, including a 6,500 square foot sport court, local art installations and over 5,000 square feet of world-class skateable space.

Check out the video above, posted to YouTube by Dennis Vevoda, to see the park in action.