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Okanagan College Centre of Excellence achieves LEED Platinum certification


The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College has been certified LEED Platinum.

Since its completion in 2011, the post-secondary facility has been recognized as one of the most innovative and sustainable education facilities anywhere.

Designed by CEI Architecture, built by PCL Constructors Westcoast, and with sustainable consulting by Recollecting Consulting, the 7,000-square-metre facility provides trades and technology training and professional development with a focus on sustainable practices and the use of alternative and renewable energy.

It was one of three buildings in North America featured by the New York Times Knowledge Network as leading examples of carbon-neutral campus architecture, and has received honours from the Canadian Green Building Council, the Green Good Design Awards, the Applied Science and Technologists and Technicians of BC, and many more.

“The Centre of Excellence is truly an innovative facility, providing leading edge training in sustainable practices for Okanagan College,” said Bill Locking, senior partner with CEI Architecture.“The integrated nature of the design and construction team enabled the Centre of Excellence to achieve ambitious targets for sustainable design. We couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the project.”

The Centre of Excellence is also pursuing certification under the Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous measures of sustainability for the built environment. The two-storey building incorporates a variety of integrated energy efficiency and sustainable design features to minimize its impact on the environment.

“The Centre of Excellence is a truly green project and an inspiring model of what can be. The elegant combination of simple passive strategies and complex mechanical systems shows the way forward for the built environment,” said Jason Packer of Recollective Consulting. “It is a pedagogic building, supporting the growth of capacity in the green building trades through the education programs it houses and the growth of the green building design community as a case study in conservation.

“It is great to see the project rewarded with a LEED Platinum certification.”

For more information about this innovative facility, visit the project website at or 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.




It’s TIME. New Oliver winery breaks ground


Excavation has begun on TIME Estate Winery‘s future home in the heart of the Okanagan. It has been almost 20 years since Owner’s Harry McWatters and Bob Wareham, together with viticulturist Dick Cleave, began the journey of planting Bordeaux varietals at their site on Black Sage Road, and CEI is thrilled to have been selected to design their new winery.

McWatters believes CEI, lead by renowned winery designer Nick Bevanda, has captured the spirit of the site and created a design that is as functional as it is beautiful. The winery will include an extensive hospitality centre, commercial kitchen, and retail store, along with cellar space, barrel storage, and laboratory.  Ultimately, the design will enhance the natural beauty of the Okanagan, allowing guests to appreciate the Bordeaux premium wines, while enjoying stunning Valley and Lake Osoyoos views.

Construction for the winery is set to be completed for fall 2015.

To see more of Nick Bevanada’s winery portfolio, including the Lieutenant-Governor of BC award-winning Black Hills Estate Winery, please check out the Our Work page.


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Another TOMMIE Award winner for CEI!


CEI’s design of the Black Hills Wine Experience Centre, which was previously named a finalist for a 2013 Tommie Award in the Commercial/Retail category, has brought home the Gold this past week!

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan honoured the Nick Bevanada-designed facility along with recipients in 41 other categories, including Home of the Year, the Fortis BC Award for Building Energy Efficiency, and Best Mixed-Use facility.

The Wine Experience Centre joins CEI’s previous TOMMIE Gold winning Elenko Residence project.

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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Black Hills Estate Winery is a finalist for a design award

CEI’s design of the Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre has legs.

That appears the be the consensus, as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan has selected CEI Architecture’s design of the new Black Hills Wine Experience Centre as a 2013 TOMMIE Silver Finalist in the Best Commercial/Retail category.

CEI’s Nick Bevanda designed the Wine Experience Centre after his work on the Black Hills Estate Winery won a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Merit in Architecture in 2008. The new facility provides a welcoming space for winery guests to taste and learn about the estate’s wines, while offering stunning views of the Okanagan.

All 2013 TOMMIE finalists can be viewed at the CHBACO website, and tickets are currently available for the Gold Gala taking place February 1, 2014.

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CEI’s Robert Parlane presents at Rethink Landfill

On Thursday, November 21 at 5 pm, CEI Architecture’s Robert Parlane will be part of a presentation on the Glenmore Landfill Administration Building at Rethink Landfill, part of the Building the Future Speakers Series,

Robert Parlane and Trevor Butler, of Integral Group, will explore how a modern administration centre for the Glenmore Landfill addresses sustainability through regenerative design, environmental footprint, holistic solutions and industrial ecology. Specifically, they will consider how the building incorporates innovative technologies such as composting toilets and earth tubes, and uses landfill methane as the primary energy source.

The building, designed by CEI Architecture, was recently honoured with a Community Recognition Award by the Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC.

The event is hosted by the Okanagan Institute. Click here to register.

Robert Parlane joined CEI Architecture in 2009. He has led several projects of significant sustainable ambition, including the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College, designed to the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge. Originally from Bath, England, he has lived with his family in Kelowna for over ten years.

Rethink Landfill takes place at the Bohemian Cafe, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna. This marks the 261st event the Okanagan Institute has held since 2007. The Building the Future Speakers Series is presented by the Cascadia Green Building Council, CoCo Laboratory and RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabaska University in association with the Okanagan Institute.



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Lefebvre-Smyth Residence up for Gold

The Lefebvre-Smyth Residence has won a Silver Tommy Award, which now makes it a finalist for the Gold Awards, hosted by the Canadian Home Builder’s Association, Central Okanagan. Winners will be announced at the Gold Gala on January 26.




Our libraries are stacking up

The Okanagan Regional Library Vernon Branch won two awards from the Thompson Okanagan Commercial Building Awards—The Award of Excellence in the Community category and the overall Judges’ Choice. The recent completion of the Vernon Branch represents the sixth library in CEI’s portfolio.




A Living Classroom for Green Building Technology

Okanagan College is offering a new certificate program for Green Building Design and Construction. This 360-hour program blends online instruction with workshops and classes at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Penticton, which is designed to be one of the world’s greenest buildings.