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Edmonds Community Centre wins IPC/IAKS Distinction


Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool
has been honoured with an IPC/IAKS Distinction award from the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.

129 projects from around the world competed for awards demonstrating excellence in sports, leisure, and recreational facilities. Overall, 31 projects were recognized at the Awards Gala which took place in Cologne, Germany on October 27th.

The IPC/IAKS Distinction award is aimed at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities in order to offer all people, regardless of their physical abilities, opportunities to practise and view sport without barriers. Four projects in the ‘Indoor facilities for sports, leisure, and recreation’ category were recognized with the ‘Distinction’ award. Edmonds joins other notable projects designed by MJMA, Zaha Hadid, and Herzog De Meuron.

Accessibility and inclusivity were key considerations for the architectural team during the design process of the facility. Adapted equipment and features were incorporated throughout Edmonds Community Centre to make recreation more accessible to people with physical disabilities. The ethnically diverse neighborhood demographic also impacted the design, as change room and shower spaces address differing cultural requirements for modesty and privacy.

The IAKS/IOC award adds to the recognition the community centre has received since its opening, including receiving the BC Recreation and Parks Association’s 2015 Facility Excellence Award.



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!



New William Griffin Recreation Centre presented to community

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A Public Information Meeting was held in the District of North Vancouver on January 22 to present and gather plans for the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre to the community and gather feedback on the design.

The meeting was well attended, with 87 people present to hear what CEI Architecture’s Mark Hentze, Sid Johnson, and representatives from the District of North Vancouver and North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) had to share about the project.

Of particular interest to the community were the plans to rehabilitate the riparian zone to the west of the building, along Mosquito Creek. The building will also be targeting LEED Gold certification with a number of sustainability features.

The building, targeting LEED Gold, will include NVRC Administration offices; aquatics space including a 25 metre pool, leisure pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and change rooms; program areas for seniors, youth, and preschool; community kitchen; multi-purpose rooms; rental meeting space; arts and crafts areas; fitness areas including an activity studio, full-sized gymnasium, weight room, stretching room, and fitness studio; and squash courts.

The existing facility closed on December 31, 2013 and demolition is planned to begin in March. Construction will start this summer, with a tentative opening targeted for early in 2016.



Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre out to tender

Excitement is growing for the Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre as the design and contract documents are now complete. The project has now gone out to tender, and is coming close to closing.

Throughout the drawing preparation process, the detailing and material selections have aimed to maintain the original ideas of functionality and programming flexibility. The gym will feature a fusion floor system of a polyurethane finish surface over a resilient system to allow for multipurpose activities as well as sports activities.  Folding acoustic walls separate a number of program rooms allowing spaces to double in size for those larger group activities yet acoustically separate the rooms when smaller functions require smaller spaces. Even the main reception desk has incorporated adjustable height work surfaces in consideration of ergonomics for each individual’s working style.

Check out the animation for the final design result on Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre’s project page.



Edmonds Pool and Community Centre preparing to open

The Edmonds Pool and Community Centre is just weeks away from opening in Burnaby, BC. Residents of the community can look forward to amenities including a six-lane, 25-metre pool, leisure pool with zero beach entry, warm swim/therapy lanes, lazy river with two channels, double waterslide, modesty change spaces, and a series of innovative accessibility features. A community centre also features a 12,000 square foot twin gymnasium, fitness centre, a community kitchen, and multi-use and art rooms.




CEI leading design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre

The District of North Vancouver has selected CEI Architecture as prime consultant for the design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre. CEI will work with the District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) and project managers MHPM Project Managers Inc. on the facility.




District of North Vancouver selects CEI Architecture to lead design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre

Following a competitive Request for Proposals process, the District of North Vancouver has selected CEI Architecture as prime consultant for the design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre.

CEI will work with the District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) and project managers MHPM on the facility.




Developing Details for Wedgewood Park Aquatic Centre with Revit

The project team at CEI is utilizing Revit for creating the construction documents for the Wedgewood Park Aquatic Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.




Diving into fall with two new Calgary Recreation projects

This September, CEI Architecture begins design work on two significant recreation projects in Calgary with long time colleagues GEC Architecture.




Consultant Spotlight: Water Technology Inc.

CEI Architecture is privileged to work with some of the best consultants around. Our new feature, “Consultant Spotlight” gives us a chance showcase the skills and experience they bring to CEI projects.

Our inaugural segment features Douglass Whiteaker, Principal of Water Technology Inc. of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Doug’s team is currently working with CEI on the nearly completed Edmonds Pool and Community Centre in Burnaby, BC, which is set to open in January, 2013. They are also about to begin work with us and Ron Fougere Architects on the Wedgwood Aquatics Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland.

We caught up with Doug at the end of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to chat about some of our current aquatics projects.