Richard Bolus at Alberta Recreation Conference

CEI senior partner Richard Bolus is a featured speaker at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Conference and Energize Workshop, at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise today through October 29.

Richard will be speaking on Sunday, October 29. His topic is “Being Smart About Sustainable Design in Your New Facility.”

This year’s conference theme is “Recreation and Parks: Bringing Quality to Life.”



Mark Hentze presents at IAKS sports design conference

Mark Hentze, CEI partner and director of recreation and leisure development, will be speaking at the 22nd International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Congress in Cologne, Germany from October 26 to 28.

Mark will make a presentation with David Edmunds of GEC Architecture on the lessons learned at the Hockey Canada Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary, Alberta. The project was recently called “probably the best hockey facility in the world” by a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The annual IAKS Congress brings together leading architects, planners and institutional leaders from the sports and recreation fields to discuss global trends, technical topics and best practices.

Patrons of this year’s event include International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, IPC President Sir Philip Craven, Sportaccord President Hein Verbruggen and Germany’s Minister of the Interior Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich.

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The Athletic and Ice Complex is “Hockey Heaven”

Phase 1 of the Athletic and Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, a project CEI Architecture is working on with GEC Architecture of Alberta, is complete, showcasing four new ice arenas. Szymon Szemberg, IIHF Communications Director, tweeted his praise about the venue upon a recent visit. His messages read “Visited Hockey Canada’s new compound with four rinks and offices in Calgary. Probably the best hockey facility in the world.” and “2012 IIHF World Junior teams which will practise here in Dec/Jan will think they had died and gone to hockey heaven. Congrats Hockey Canada.”



SFU project honoured for its interior design

The School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University has been honoured with a Gold Award from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia.

The IDIBC presented their 2010 Awards of Excellence at a gala on September 30, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The annual event recognizes people and projects that “demonstrate excellence in Interior Design.”

The School for Contemporary Arts, part of the Woodward’s Development revitalization project in downtown Vancouver, was led by CEI and Proscenium Architects in Joint Venture.

The 135,000 sq ft facility brings together many artistic disciplines under one roof, including music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, with teaching spaces that double as fully equipped performance, exhibition and multi-media venues. The design team worked closely with each artistic discipline to determine space needs and deliver a design that would enhance their ability to teach and create contemporary art.

The interior spaces of the building were designed to be part of the learning and artistic processes, creating new opportunities for spontaneous interaction and cross-pollination among the students and faculty.



Willingdon Park awarded best office

Phases 8 and 9 of CEI-designed Willingdon Park business campus was honoured last night as the winning entry in Office category at the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Commercial Building Awards.

“This event is about celebrating innovation, talent and the spirit of collaboration in our building community,” said Rosario Setticasi, REBGV president. “These awards are a salute to professionals committed to meeting the needs of today without sacrificing those of future generations.”

Phases 8 and 9 are the culmination of CEI’s 25 years of design and development at Willingdon Park, which includes 1,000,000 square feet of premier, high tech office space. International tenants have included Motorola, eBay, Ericsson and Alcatel.

Completed in the summer of 2010, the twin buildings of phases 8 and 9 are targeting LEED Gold. The building itself is a strong architectural statement, framed by massive arches and attractive light spires: a modern office environment for the today’s changing business world.



Peter A. Allard Hall School of Law at UBC celebrates grand opening of Allard Hall

The University of British Columbia opened Allard Hall today, Canada’s first new university law school building in 30 years.

The opening ceremony was attended by several hundred guests, including the Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada (a UBC Law faculty member from 1974-1981), the Hon. Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (alumnus and former faculty member), Peter A. Allard (alumnus) and representatives from the Law Foundation of B.C. and Musqueam Indian Band.

The four-storey, 141,000 square foot building was named after donor and alumnus Peter A. Allard.

The building, designed by CEI Architecture and Diamond and Schmitt Architects, includes flexible, modern teaching spaces, a replica courtroom and dedicated spaces for the faculty’s nearly 650 students, 45 full-time faculty, plus alumni and guests.

A three-storey multipurpose forum with floor-to-ceiling windows converts from a social area to an auditorium for special events and lectures. Designed and built to LEED Gold standards, Allard Hall’s carbon footprint is estimated to be as much as 87 percent less than that of an equivalent conventional building.

For more coverage, see the story in the Vancouver Sun.




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.