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Three CEI projects shortlisted for P3 Awards


Three CEI Architecture projects have been shortlisted for P3 Awards by P3 Bulletin.The award program recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements in public-private partnerships across Canada, the United States, and Latin America.

CEI’s design of the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North has been shortlisted under the Best Operational Project category, while the Surrey Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Expansion (with Parkin Architects) is in the running for Best Designed Project. The BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project Phase 2, the Teck Acute Care Centre, was also recognized as a shortlist under the Best Social Infrastructure Project.

Though sister program ‘Partnership Awards’ has been operating in the United Kingdom for 18 years, 2015 marks the second year for the Americas-focused P3 Awards. A panel of 50 judges will make their selections, announcing the winners at a gala awards ceremony in New York on October 8.

The BC Cancer Agency represents CEI’s first project delivered under the public-private partnership model, and since its completion in 2012, the firm has established itself as a leader in P3 delivery in Western Canada.




CEI Architecture to design Whitehorse General Hospital Expansion

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PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and CEI Architecture have been named preferred proponent for the Whitehorse General Hospital expansion project. The selection comes after an extensive competitive selection process between three shortlisted teams.

The 40,000 square foot expansion will include a new emergency department and will create a second-storey to house future inpatient beds.

“We are pleased with the progress of the WGH expansion project to date and to have a qualified team to help us continue to move ahead,” says Craig Tuton, Yukon Hospitals’ Board of Trustees Chair. “This project represents the first large-scale enhancement to the hospital in nearly 20 years and will improve and sustain access to quality health services for Yukoners now and into the future.”


Lead Clinical Planner for the project and CEI Partner Troy Ransdell was equally excited by the opportunity and the work completed to date. “The entire project team has had a fantastic experience in creating this design. The Yukon Health Corporation has provided a remarkable opportunity for great healthcare infrastructure and we feel lucky to be part of delivering this vision.”

Completion of the project is expected in December 2017. For more information on the project, please click here.



New surgical centre will be open for patients this September

Okanagan residents will be pleased to hear that construction has been completed for the first three floors of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, the newest addition to the Kelowna General Hospital. The new facility will become the home for the Hospital’s cardiac program and will include 15 operating rooms and 45 private pre-operative patient rooms.

The ceremonial handing over took place last week, and the new floors will be open for patients this September.

“We are very proud to celebrate the successful construction of this phase of the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, on time and on-budget”, states Sean Brock, the Vice President and District Manager of PCL Contructors Westcoast Inc. This sentiment is shared by all members of the Plenary Gorup delivery team, including CEI Architecture, HOK Architects, and Johnson Controls LP.

For more information about the project, please visit the project page.




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.



BC Cancer Centre for the North awarded LEED Gold


BC Cancer_001webThe BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North has been awarded LEED Gold status by the Canada Green Building Council. The facility, located in Prince George BC, was completed in September 2012, designed and built using the public-private partnership (“P3”) delivery method. CEI Architecture led the design of the project, working with PCL Constructors and Plenary Health.

The project was designed to the climatic demands of its location in Prince George, BC, a community in central British Columbia and an 800 km drive north of Vancouver. The city has a fairly wide temperature swing: from average lows of twelve degrees below zero in January to average highs of over 20 degrees Celsius in July. The Cancer Centre had to be designed to accommodate this dynamic climate using an energy efficient and environmentally respectful approach that reflects the facility’s mandate to improve the health of the region.

The Centre for the North was acknowledged for “exemplary performance” in regional material sourcing; 38% of building materials (by cost) came from sources nearby.

Its other sustainable features are numerous.

The Centre for the North was built using 655,000 board feet of wood, reflecting the importance of the material to the region and wood’s lower carbon footprint compared to other building materials. Over 50% of the wood-based products used in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which includes interior finishes, exterior siding, and structural wood columns and beams.

Energy-efficient lighting is used inside and outside, and high-performance windows control the energy needed to heat and cool the building. Occupancy and daylight sensors turn off the lights automatically in areas that are not being used or that have sufficient daylight from neighbouring windows.

An outdoor healing garden is located at the ground floor. The garden has space to sit and relax and also offers a covered smudging pavilion for patient and family use. The vegetation is native to its region, and many of the plants were selected by First Nations traditional healers from the region for their healing characteristics.

The design included a rooftop garden and a white, reflective roof on portions of the top of the mechanical room. Both roof elements reflect sunlight and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the building in the summer. The rooftop garden is made up of local plants and provides several other benefits to the building including capturing rainwater, providing insulation, and offering staff and visitors a nice place to relax while enjoying the views.

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Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Opens


The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower had its official grand opening last week. Now the entire eight-storey hospital tower is open to the public. Phase one of the facility, which included the new Emergency Department, opened in October 2013.

BC Health Minister Terry Lake was there for the opening, along with local MLAs and representatives.

“Thanks to this new facility, health-care professionals will be able to deliver the best possible care for families in a larger, modern environment with more beds, space, equipment and staff,” said Lake. “The critical care tower will go a long way in meeting the health care needs of the rapidly growing Fraser Valley.”

This article in the Surrey Now newspaper has additional comments from medical staff in attendance:

Some doctors at the opening event said that the opening of the facility didn’t just represent newer, bigger rooms and state-of-the-art technology, but rather “compassion, caring and respect” as one patient reportedly said.

The $512 million Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower was delivered by public-private partnership. CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects were the architects on the project. EllisDon led the construction.

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Affinity Partnerships named Preferred Proponents for new Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital!

CEI is thrilled to be on the Affinity Partnerships team, who was recently named the Preferred Proponent for the new Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre!

CEI is working in joint venture with ZGF Architects as the architectural component of the Affinity Partnerships team.

The new Acute Care Centre is being delivered by public-private partnership (P3), with construction anticipated to get underway in the winter of 2014/15.

The Acute Care Centre will include inpatient units, an Emergency Department, Medical Imaging and Procedural Suites, Hematology/Oncology Department and Pediatric Intensive Care for BC Children’s Hospital



Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower takes home two awards

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recognized CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects’ design of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Phase 1 with two honours at their third annual Commercial Building Awards. The new development at SMH was deemed the Judges’ Choice Overall winner, and also won the Excellence Award in the Community Institutional Category.

The dual wins are the first awards received by the facility since the new Emergency and Pediatric Emergency opened to the public on October 8. Operating on the first level of the Critical Care Tower, the new Emergency department is the second-largest in Canada and the Pediatric Emergency is one of only two in BC.

Construction continues on the remainder of the CCT with a completion date set for spring 2014.



Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Emergency set to open

The emergency department at the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, designed by CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects in Joint Venture, is set to open on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

The hospital has long had the Province of B.C.’s busiest emergency department, and with the opening of the new facility it now has the biggest, at 57,000 square feet.

As a recent article in the Vancouver Sun notes, the state-of-the-art ER has many innovative design features informed by the latest evidence-based design principles:

  • Private treatment rooms with walls (not curtains) and glass fronts so health care professionals can monitor patients from nursing stations.
  • White boards in every room so patients and their families can have interactive communication with health care teams.
  • A pediatric ER with a separate entrance for an anticipated 18,000 to 24,000 patient visits.
  • A trauma room with three bays that has the first ceiling boom of its kind in Canada. The boom contains the cables and cords for equipment such as special LED surgery lights that can be readily swung into position for use.
  • A dozen treatment rooms for patients with infectious diseases. The rooms have their own bathrooms so contagious patients don’t expose others. They also have ante rooms where health care staff can put on their protective masks, gowns and gloves.
  • A medical imaging unit close to the trauma area where an anticipated 70,000 tests will be done each year. The CT scanner features a ceiling design of blue sky and blooming cherry trees, in a nod to anxious patients who can now gaze up at something other than dreary walls.
  • An all-concrete, six-ambulance holding garage area that can be converted into a disaster command centre.



CEI welcomes new partner Troy Ransdell

Troy RansdellCEI Architecture is pleased to announce that Troy Ransdell has joined our team as a new partner.

Troy will play a leading role in helping CEI continue to deliver innovative health care facilities that provide outstanding value and operational excellence for B.C.’s communities.

In his career as a designer and consultant, Troy has scheduled, programmed and delivered projects of up to $550 million in value. He has advised health care clients in Canada and the U.S. on matters such as construction, operations, real estate, performance improvement and long-term planning. Troy  has extensive experience with for-profit and not-for-profit health systems, including public-private partnerships.

CEI has led significant healthcare projects in British Columbia, including the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North and the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower. Troy’s knowledge of the P3 process, in both project delivery and compliance consulting services, will be a valuable addition to the CEI team.

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