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North Vancouver City Library earns LEED Gold certification

Landmark public facility incorporates energy efficiency and environmentally friendly features


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.



CEI Event: Shoreline Cleanup on March 28

CEI’s Make a Difference endeavour for March is the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. We will be at 3rd Beach in Stanley Park Saturday morning, and would love to have as many helpers as possible! Come on out to this family friendly event. RSVP to Diane Byrne at dbyrne@ceiarchitecture.com. We hope to see you there.

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CEI celebrates its third Tommie win

CEI’s design of the Glenmore Landfill Administration Building won Gold at the 2014 Tommie Awards this past weekend.

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The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan honoured the facility as the best in the Commercial/Retail/Office category. Projects were judged on their sustainable and landscape features and innovative design. 

The Glenmore project demonstrates how a modern office environment can successfully function using significantly less energy, exploiting alternate fuels sources such as landfill gas, and elegantly incorporating a wide range of recycled materials—all within a constrained conventional budget. 

The Glenmore Landfill Administration Building joins CEI’s previous TOMMIE Gold winning projects including The Wine Experience Centre and Elenko Residence project.



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Surrey Memorial Hospital achieves LEED Gold certification

The final phase of the state-of-the-art healthcare facility opened in June 2014, featuring the latest in environmental sustainability and evidence-based healthcare design.

SM-576The design of the new facility incorporates significant sustainable design features to deliver energy efficiency while providing a healthy and comfortable environment for patients, staff and visitors. The architects for the project were CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects in joint venture.

“Sustainable design goes hand-in-hand with healthcare design,” says Bill Locking, senior partner with CEI Architecture and partner in charge on the project. “Elements such as indoor air quality, natural daylighting, and using wood and other natural materials help keep the environmental footprint low while having a positive impact on patient health outcomes.”

The new facility, an eight-storey addition to the existing Surrey Memorial Hospital campus, opened recently in two phases. Phase one, a new Emergency Department and Pediatric Emergency, opened in October 2013, and phase two, the remaining floors of the Critical Care Tower, opened in June 2014.

“This LEED Gold certification reflects the considerable energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the building,” Locking adds. “At CEI Architecture we believe strongly in the importance of sustainable design to contribute to healthy communities.”

CEI and Parkin worked with an integrated design and construction team led by EllisDon, with MMM Group and Bush, Bohlman & Partners as engineers.

View the project page here.



Love + Hope: Supporting a worthwhile cause

This holiday season, CEI Architecture is proud to support Covenant House Vancouver in their mission to provide love and hope to Vancouver’s street youth. Each December, as part of their Christmas Backpack program, Covenant House Vancouver hands out backpacks filled with new clothing, toiletries and small gifts to 275 at-risk youth.

CEI staff have assembled four backpacks that will be given out during the organization’s Annual Christmas Party taking place this week.


Covenant House Vancouver helps youth aged 16 to 24, who have often fled physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, have been forced from their homes, or have aged out of foster care. The charity provides food, shelter, clothing, and counselling services to over 1,500 homeless and runaway youth annually.

If you would like to learn more about Covenant House Vancouver, and how you can support the city’s homeless youth, please click here.



CEI joins Canada BIM Council


CEI is proud to announce that they are now members of the Canada BIM Council (CanBIM). CanBIM serves the entire construction industry, education community and owners who are working collectively with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies and practices. CEI has been using BIM technology as a component of their practice for a number of years and sees this as a beneficial tool for its clients—to visualize design decisions and minimize conflicts during the construction process.

Scott Chatterton-2014-croppedCEI’s BIM and Quality Control Manager, Scott Chatterton, is an active member of the CanBIM Board of Directors and is a leader in BIM education.

As members of CanBIM, CEI are able to continue with their vision to make a difference—by delivering exceptional buildings that contribute to the quality of the communities in which they work.




CEI shortlisted for ice arena in Germany

CEI’s Vancouver Partner, Mark Hentze, along with Conrad Boychuk, traveled to Germany today for an interview as a shortlisted team in the pursuit of a 3,700-seat, II Bundesliga (division II), ice arena in Kaufbeuren—one hour southwest of Munich. Mark was invited to join schneider+schumacher, an architecture firm out of Frankfurt, Germany, as an expert in ice arenas.

Mark and Conrad in Germany

Mark is a partner with CEI Architecture, and director of our Recreation, Culture and Community sector. He has a broad range of experience leading recreation projects across Canada, including spectator venues, community centres, arenas, aquatics and sports complexes. Mark is a former professional hockey player who brings his passion for sports and community recreation to his work, from design charrette though concept development, public consultation and completion. He leads a design team that is passionate about sport and recreation design.




Making a Difference in Burns Lake

Image via Northern Health.

Image via Northern Health.

Northern BC residents can expect the opening of their brand new hospital, currently under construction in Burns Lake, five months earlier than expected! The achievement is a direct result of the hard work of the design and construction team, led by CEI Architecture and PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.  

The $55 million Design-Build project will see the replacement of an aging facility with a new 16-bed hospital, providing acute care, emergency services, and diagnostic imaging. The facility will also include a medical clinic that will provide mental health, addiction, and community care services.

The project required an aggressive schedule from the outset, as it was necessary to commence construction of the building envelope components prior to the winter months.

CEI Architecture is an advocate for collaborative design processes where the combined efforts of our team members translate into success for our clients. PCL and our design team established a fast-track schedule that saw construction begin prior to Construction Documents being completed. Effective coordination between disciplines, and the careful planning of details, helped achieve schedule efficiencies that have resulted in the project being five months ahead of schedule.

“The pace of construction on this project has been aggressive,” says CEI’s Daniela Zezulka, a Senior Architectural Technologist in the firm and a senior team member on the project. “It is important that all parties work well together, consultants and contractors alike. PCL is a highly organized company with talented staff who care about the work they are doing. We are happy to be working with them on this exciting project for a deserving community.”

Substantial completion of the building is expected by December 2014. To learn more about the project, please visit our project page.



Virtual Reality and its impact on Design

AR 2It’s still early days, but virtual reality technology is already having an impact on the design and construction industries. Being able to tour a design virtually immersed in the building has great benefits for both the client and the designer. Clients are able to better understand the space and design far easier than they could from plans and elevation drawings. By using VR technology to tour both the exterior and interior of a building, people are able to fully understand the design from their virtual point of view.

Recently here at CEI, we received a developer’s kit from IrisVR that includes an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. IrisVR is a new company developing software that will offer full native support for many common 3D file types including SketchUp, Revit, Blender, 3ds Max, ArchiCAD, and IFC.

We are already using this technology to show clients for design validation. It’s a great opportunity for us to get instant feedback on the design and workability. By allowing our clients to tour the space virtually it allows us to validate the design concepts and use this tool to explain the aspects of one design over another. Virtual reality is yet another technology that can take advantage of the building information modeling process that CEI has fully embraced, allowing us to yet again take the process of architectural design to the next level.