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CEI Architecture expands into Alberta with Edmonton location

CEI Architecture is open for business in Alberta.

The firm, now registered with the Alberta Association of Architects, has opened an office in Edmonton. The expansion enables the firm to lead the architectural design of buildings as prime consultant in Alberta. It represents the firm’s first office presence outside of British Columbia.

“Over the past ten years we’ve enjoyed steady growth,” said William Locking, managing partner of CEI Architecture. “We’ve primarily worked in B.C., though we’ve partnered with firms on projects in other provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.”

“We’re looking forward to leading projects in Alberta, making a difference in communities by bringing our strong focus on client service and collaboration.”

Significant projects in several sectors
CEI is known for expertise in significant healthcare, recreation, education, science and technology, and commercial projects.

The firm recently completed the design of the new Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, an eight-storey, $512 million expansion to the existing hospital. Phase one of the facility, which included the second-largest Emergency Department in Canada, opened in the fall of 2013. The final phase is set to open to the public in June 2014.

CEI is part of Affinity Partnerships, the team selected earlier this year by Provincial Health Services Authority to design, build, finance and maintain the Teck Acute Care Centre, a new $680 million facility being added to the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.

Both projects are being procured by public-private partnership, which CEI has excelled in over the past few years.

“Our leadership on significant, innovative healthcare projects will translate well to other regions,” added Locking.

Recreation and community facilities
CEI is nationally recognized as a leader in the design of recreation and community facilities, with a number of projects in Alberta. The firm has worked in St. Albert, Grand Prairie and Calgary, on the notable $296 million WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex, a high-performance ice and sports training facility for Hockey Canada. CEI was recently awarded the design of the $18 million Sylvan Lake Multiplex redevelopment, which includes new hockey and curling rinks, multi-purpose spaces and more. The Town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta was recently named Kraft Hockeyville by the NHL.

“Alberta has a strong tradition of exceptional community recreation programs and facilities,” said Mark Hentze, CEI partner and director of recreation, community and cultural projects. “We’re looking forward to helping contribute to that legacy by bringing our experience leading community centres, aquatics facilities, ice rinks and other projects in several provinces across Canada.”

CEI Architecture is a leading architecture and design firm in Western Canada, with over 60 staff at offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton. The firm was named Designers of the Year in the Eco category by Western Living Magazine in 2013. Significant recent projects include the Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College in Penticton and the Manulife Office Tower in downtown Vancouver.

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Crystal Centre Master Plan presented to Grande Prairie Council

CEI teamed with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bird Construction to prepare a new Master Plan for the expansion of the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie. The report was presented to Council on April 1st, and the City has already started to move forward on several of the recommendations.




Quarry Park milestone

GEC Architecture of Calgary has submitted the development permit application for Quarry Park Recreation Centre. CEI Architecture is serving as sport architecture specialists on the project. This centrally located community centre is situated near an old City dump and has had several unique design challenges resulting from the associated site conditions, including accommodating especially challenging soils and ecological site measures. The program and resulting concept design were vetted through a number of key user groups and are now being reviewed by the YMCA, who were recently selected to be the facility operator.




GEC and CEI to design two new recreation centres in Calgary

The City of Calgary has recently embarked on an ambitious program of providing comprehensive community and recreation facilities in every district within the City boundary. GEC Architecture of Calgary with CEI Architecture have been awarded the design contract for two of the four new regional recreation centres that will provide for the recreation and wellness needs of Calgary residents for several decades. CEI has been brought in to provide a specialist focus on recreation and sport planning and to advise on design issues resulting from the functional requirements of the building’s program.




Consultant Spotlight: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

One of the integral members of CEI’s consulting team for Phase 2 of the Thunder Bay Event Centre Feasibility Study is Ronald Bidulka of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ron was responsible for both the Assessment of Economic Benefits and the Operational Assessment piece, and was integral to the site selection process. In late December Ron was able to secure a similar role, working again with Conrad and CEI, on the master plan for the existing Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie.

Access caught up with Ron as part of a pre-planning meeting for the Crystal Centre project.




Calgary Recreation Centres programmatic study

CEI is working once again in Alberta with long time colleagues GEC Architecture (who we assisted on the WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex), this time on the functional programming, planning and concept studies for four major proposed recreation centres in Calgary. This “bridging” assignment will assist the City of Calgary in confirming functional programs, plans, concept design principles, and costing required for the City to evaluate potential delivery methods and schedules.

GEC has assembled a world class team and CEI is thrilled to join sport design experts such as Kenn Knights, Asbell Management Innovations, MHPM Project Managers, ARUP and Counsilman-Hunsaker as we explore how to help the City of Calgary deliver highly functional, sustainable, and leading edge community facilities for the 21st century and beyond. The programs for the four facilities are varied, including a mix of 50 metre pools, 25 metre pools, leisure aquatics, ice rinks, leisure ice, gymnasiums, fitness, arts, theatre, libraries, multi-use and dedicated use spaces.



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.”