Posts Tagged ‘post-secondary’



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.




Allard Hall at UBC wins REBGV Award

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia has won a Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Award. The project, which is a joint venture between CEI Architecture and Diamond Schmitt Architects, won in the Community-Education/Research category.




The centre of attention for green design

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence is one of 50 international architectural projects that won a 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.




Allard Hall at UBC—these bricks stack up

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, a joint venture with Diamond and Schmitt, received the Award of Excellence, Educational category at the 2012 Masonry Design Awards.



Victoria High School’s new trades building open

Minister of Education George Abbott visited the Fairey Technical Building which held its grand opening on November 4. The opening was reported on the Government of B.C. website, and the official press release can be found hereVictoria News also covered the school’s opening.



SFU project honoured for its interior design

The School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University has been honoured with a Gold Award from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia.

The IDIBC presented their 2010 Awards of Excellence at a gala on September 30, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The annual event recognizes people and projects that “demonstrate excellence in Interior Design.”

The School for Contemporary Arts, part of the Woodward’s Development revitalization project in downtown Vancouver, was led by CEI and Proscenium Architects in Joint Venture.

The 135,000 sq ft facility brings together many artistic disciplines under one roof, including music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, with teaching spaces that double as fully equipped performance, exhibition and multi-media venues. The design team worked closely with each artistic discipline to determine space needs and deliver a design that would enhance their ability to teach and create contemporary art.

The interior spaces of the building were designed to be part of the learning and artistic processes, creating new opportunities for spontaneous interaction and cross-pollination among the students and faculty.



Peter A. Allard Hall School of Law at UBC celebrates grand opening of Allard Hall

The University of British Columbia opened Allard Hall today, Canada’s first new university law school building in 30 years.

The opening ceremony was attended by several hundred guests, including the Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada (a UBC Law faculty member from 1974-1981), the Hon. Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (alumnus and former faculty member), Peter A. Allard (alumnus) and representatives from the Law Foundation of B.C. and Musqueam Indian Band.

The four-storey, 141,000 square foot building was named after donor and alumnus Peter A. Allard.

The building, designed by CEI Architecture and Diamond and Schmitt Architects, includes flexible, modern teaching spaces, a replica courtroom and dedicated spaces for the faculty’s nearly 650 students, 45 full-time faculty, plus alumni and guests.

A three-storey multipurpose forum with floor-to-ceiling windows converts from a social area to an auditorium for special events and lectures. Designed and built to LEED Gold standards, Allard Hall’s carbon footprint is estimated to be as much as 87 percent less than that of an equivalent conventional building.

For more coverage, see the story in the Vancouver Sun.




Open for class at NW Community College Smithers campus

Smithers Interior News reported that their CEI Architecture-designed expansion and renovation of the Smithers Campus of Northwest Community College is open for classes.

Says the article:

“Now the campus is wheelchair accessible, with expanded learning facilities and improved video conferencing. There are also new labs and shops for trades programs.”

The new facility will not only increase the capacity and functionality of the Smithers campus, but provides the greater community with a place to come together. Special focus was placed on designing a welcoming entrance area, which is a two-storey space. The new two-storey addition is designed around a galleria space that brings natural light into the interior of the building and aids natural ventilation through its location.

Flexibility was an essential design objective, to allow Northwest Community College to evolve and adapt its program needs over time. The space includes a flexible workshop, capacity to accommodate moving transportable classrooms, and a host of advanced post-secondary learning spaces.

The LEED Gold design is tailored to the context and climate of the region, with a host of sustainable features that will help the contemporary facility function in all seasons. The design includes significant use of heavy timber, supporting the Government of B.C.’s Wood-First initiative.