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CEI Architecture named Western Living Designers of the Year 2013 in the Eco Category


CEI Architecture couldn’t be more pleased to be named Eco Designer of the Year by Western Living Magazine. The achievement comes as part of the publication’s annual Designers of the Year awards, which will be featured in their upcoming September issue.

CEI was selected on the strength of such projects as the Vernon Library, Road 13 Winery, Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre and the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College.

Along with sustainable design, the awards showcase innovations in fashion, interiors, architecture and industrial design throughout Western Canada, with CEI finding itself in some very impressive company. Fellow award-winners include the non-profit fashion line Obakki, and North Vancouver-based artist, sculptor and furniture designer Brent Comber.

To read more about this year’s award winners, along with an in-depth interview with CEI Principal Nick Bevanda, pick-up the September issue of Western Living magazine or visit them online at



CEI Architecture a finalist in Western Living’s 2013 Designers of the Year

DOTY13_FinalistWebBadge_Eco DOTY13_FinalistWebBadge_ArchitectureCEI Architecture was recently named as a finalist in Western Living‘s 2013 Designers of the Year. We were named to the shortlist in both the Architecture category and the Eco Design category, which emphasizes smart, sustainable design of buildings.

CEI was selected to the shortlist on the strength of recent projects such as the Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre, Okanagan Regional Library—Vernon Branch, Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies at Okanagan College, Smyth-Lefebvre Residence, Terravista Vineyards, and more.

The winners will be announced Monday, August 26 and will be profiled in the September issue.




LED technology: A bright idea.

Athletic Business Magazine discussed the benefits of using LED lighting in pool facilities in their July issue and included CEI Architecture’s design of Edmonds Pool and Community Centre as a case study. 

Though LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures are about twice the price as incandescent bulbs initially, their superior efficiency and long-term return on investment has spiked popularity. Similarly, LED lights outlast traditional alternatives, cutting replacement and maintenance costs, while also providing new design opportunities.

“Usually what happens is you’re doing backstroke and you’re looking up at the ceiling, and if you have ceiling beams, that’s what people follow to stay inline,” says CEI’s Mary Chow. “We suggested that horizontal bars be dropped down and fitted with LED lights that run parallel to the lanes.” By eliminating the costs associated with changing overhead bulbs, swimmers will now follow an LED-lit path to the finish line.

CEI Architecture also utilized underwater colour-change LED lights in the lap pool, a fun feature to benefit the many youth programs scheduled for the Centre.




Jim Pattison Centre featured in Award Magazine article

Award-June-2013_189wThe Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was recently featured in the June 2013 issue of Award Magazine. The article, “Changing Attitudes” explores sustainable design strategies and technologies, along with the often rigorous standards required for certification.

Though the requirements for LEED, ASHRAE and other environmental standards are challenging, and in some cases not well-understood, the appetite for sustainable design endures. Many commercial clients no longer see sustainability as an add-on service, but expect green practices to be embedded into the design and construction process.

These expectations, along with government subsidies, are making sustainable building practices more common in North America. Though challenges exist between human attitudes, regulations, and utilizing appropriate  green technology, we couldn’t be happier to see sustainable design practices becoming more common place in the architecture industry!


Award is Canada’s best read design and construction magazine, and has a strong focus on sustainability. 



TreeHugger: CEI’s 40-Storey Tower best of both worlds

CEI’s proposed 40-Storey Wood Office Tower was recently featured on, the internet’s one-stop shop for green news, solutions and products.

The article focuses on the innovative hybrid design of CEI’s submission to NAIOP’s “Office Building of the Future” competition, which used the best features of both wood and concrete.

The topic of using wood as the primary material for mid-rise building construction is gaining a great deal of exposure in recent months. Green activists are concerned about the environmental consequences of using concrete due to its inability to sequester carbon dioxide.

With the growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry, the wood vs. concrete question will likely remain an important issue of debate in the years to come. A big thank you to for continuing to spotlight an important issue, and for including CEI in the discussion!




CEI in the News

Here is a sampling of CEI’s recent media coverage.

Okanagan College rises to a “Challenge”

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence made the front cover of the Canadian Facility Management and Design Magazine, October issue. The article focuses on the facility as one of the first and largest projects in the world striving to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge.

Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre on ArchDaily

Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre, a project CEI completed with MCMP Architects, is up on ArchDaily’s architecture blog, one of the world’s leading architectural websites. The site gets over 7 million visits and 45 million page impressions per month. Check out the post here.

CEI wineries in the news

Terravista winery has caught the attention of Canadian Architect. This new boutique Okanagan winery appears on their website.

The new Wine Experience Centre at Black Hills Winery also received recognition in the latest print issue of Canadian Architect. It was also a feature story on American Building Today.

CEI featured in Canadian Business Executive Magazine

CEI was selected by the Canadian Business Executive magazine for an editorial feature in the Fall 2012 issue. The editorial showcases CEI’s work in real estate, healthcare and our commitment to sustainability, covering recent awards for the Centre of Excellence. Read the full article here.



The Greening of Vancouver

John Scott recently contributed to the NAIOP Industry Leaders Blog with an article called “The Greening of Vancouver.” It provides an overview of what can be expected for future energy use and savings requirements for new projects in Vancouver. Read on for his take on where things are headed.



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.




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.




Surrey Memorial Hospital gets topped off

With just one more year to go until the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower opens, the new eight-floor tower, one of British Columbia’s largest capital investments in health care to date, held a “topping off” ceremony earlier this month. The last concrete slab was poured at the highest level of the building to mark a milestone in the construction process.

Check out the video above for the highlights of the ceremony. For the full story, check out Fraser Health’s website.