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Dec

14

980 Howe open for business in downtown Vancouver

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The new Manulife Office Tower in downtown Vancouver at 980 Howe had its grand opening just a few weeks ago.

Designed by HDR | CEI Architecture Associates and Endall Elliot Associates, the highly sustainable 16-storey building is a model of clean, contemporary office design. The facility provides 245,000 square feet of leasable office space in downtown Vancouver.

Elegant contemporary design
“The client challenged us to create an all-glass curtain wall building,” said Alan Endall, architect and principal with Endall Elliot Associates.

The design team wasn’t sure that was possible at first, as an all-glass curtain wall structure would have a hard time achieving the energy efficiency standards required for the project, which is targeting LEED Gold.

“The team responded with an all-glass design that incorporates innovative features to reduce solar heat gain and ensure energy efficiency, while preserving transparency and a sense of openness,” said John Scott, Vice President of HDR | CEI.

A limited material palette and a subtle layering of light colours and textures helps the building achieve a simple, almost minimalist expression that contrasts with the more heavily articulated and solid buildings in the neighbourhood.

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Sustainable features abound
The design uses a triple-glazed curtain wall throughout the structure. Triple-glazing—essentially three panes of glass separated by argon gas—offers better insulation than the more common double-glazing. It also provides additional surfaces for low-e coating, which prevents interior heat loss and mitigates solar heat gain.

To address how light and shadow affect the building, the design team studied the position of the sun at different times of the day and during each season. This led to the use of ceramic frit patterns—ceramic baked onto the glass—with subtle variations in glass colour and patterning on the four orientations of the building to address the different amount of sun and shadow that each frontage gets.

The design team used a highly transparent low-iron glass on lower floors of the Howe Street facade, since that face tends to be in the shade and solar gain is not as much of an issue.

“It was another way that we were able to vary the appearance of the all-glass building along that frontage,” noted Endall.

Continuing the minimalist theme, interior finishes are kept simple, with white marble on columns and walls, granite paving, and wood introduced in the ceiling to help create warmth in the lobby.

“The entrance lobby is an important aspect of the interiors,” said Scott. “We introduced a double-height linear entry lobby with low-iron glass and structural glazing along the street to facilitate transparency.”

Building amenities include a fitness centre and a common meeting room on the penthouse level.

Additional sustainable features include:

  • A combination of high performance building envelope, high efficiency mechanical systems, heat recovery and lighting technologies limit energy use.
  • End-of-trip cycling facilities with ample covered bike parking, showers and change rooms
  • Preferred parking and charging stations for electric vehicles.
  • Landscaping strategies with rain gardens, boulevard structural soil trenches providing a reservoir to support shade trees, public education, and art celebrating water management.
  • Plantings featuring native species and hardy west coast plants to minimize maintenance and pest management.
  • The project mitigates the “heat island” effect by placing parking underground, incorporating street trees and plantings to help cool building surfaces, and using light-coloured landscape materials, both at the ground plane and roof level.

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Jun

29

Breathing new life into Vancouver’s Sante Fe Apartment Complex

Van Arsdel Apartments, 1931. City of Vancouver Archives (1399-617)

Van Arsdel Apartments, 1931. City of Vancouver Archives (1399-617)

CEI Architecture is pleased to be bringing new life to one of Vancouver’s treasured residential buildings.

The building, currently known as the Sante Fe but originally called The Van Arsdel, is a three-storey, 14-unit apartment complex, in Vancouver’s Fairview neighbourhood. It was built over 85 years ago by Townley, Matheson and Partners, a distinguished local architectural firm that has produced many of the City’s notable buildings, including City Hall.

The building’s juliet balconies, recessed windows, decorative plasters, and symmetrical facade are reflective of the Period Revival style that was popular at the time, and contribute to the building’s unique charm. The objective for CEI on the project was to add new residential capacity on the site, while preserving its architectural legacy.

Working with developer Aqulini, CEI’s design maintains the south and east concrete facades of the original 1928 heritage building and adds an 11-storey tower in behind. Maintaining the facades preserves the unique aesthetic detailing of the original structure while the new tower provides 37 one-bedroom suites.

“One of our firm’s design principles is to create buildings that are reflective of their time,” Partner-in-Charge Nick Bevanda says. “We find that re-creating historical imagery, as a solution to contemporary living, stifles innovation. There’s no value in recreating something from 100 years ago.”

As such, the design for the 2975 Oak Street Tower was deliberately kept simple and streamlined. “In some ways, it acts as a backdrop to the façade, emphasizing the dichotomy between the two structures,” says Bevanda.

New Sante Fe Building

The new apartment building emerges above the heritage structure—a contemporary design of glass, aluminum and steel. The design orients the residential units to face north and south, taking advantage of the views in each direction. Each floor contains four units and those in the lower three-storey portion will be two-bedroom, addressing the city’s aim that one-quarter of all units in secured market rental developments be suitable for families.

Construction on the complex has started and once complete, the new Sante Fe will bridge the gap between Vancouver’s historic past with it’s bright future.

Mar

31

100 lbs. lighter!

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Staff, friends, and family of CEI Architecture had a great time at the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Saturday, March 28, collecting over 100 pounds of garbage from Stanley Park’s 3rd Beach!

The event, a conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund, sees over 50,000 Canadians doing their part to tackle litter and aquatic debris for the country’s shorelines.

To learn more about this valuable event and how you can get involved year-round, please visit the Shoreline Cleanup website.

Jan

14

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

Aug

8

Ground breaks at Manulife building at 980 Howe Street

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Construction has begun on Manulife Real Estate’s new downtown Vancouver office building, designed by CEI Architecture and Endall Elliot Associates.

The 16-storey, 250,000 square foot building will be targeting LEED Gold Certification, a feature that attracted Steve Hedberg, President and CEO of international engineering consulting firm, and future lead tenant, BGC. “We are looking forward to growing with Manulife at 980 Howe Street, especially being able to offer lifestyle choices in a sustainable, efficient working environment to our staff.”

Features such as a rooftop garden, on-site conference facility, fitness centre, and its close proximity to Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Law Courts, add to the building’s appeal.

Completion of 980 Howe Street is planned for spring of 2015. More details and project renderings can be found here.

Sep

13

Welcome, Tara Simmer

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Tara Simmer, who has joined the CEI team as an Intermediate Architect in the Vancouver studio. Tara is originally from Saskatoon, and attended school and worked in Calgary for a number of years before moving to Vancouver. Tara is currently working on the Emily Carr University of Art + Design project.

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Sep

7

Welcome, Julie Gaudet

CEI is pleased to welcome a friendly new face to our Vancouver office: Julie Gaudet. Julie joined CEI as an Interior Designer at the beginning of August and is currently working on a variety of projects including TD Canada Trust interiors, Retirement Concepts and IBM. Julie is also helping with the redesign of the CEI Vancouver studio.

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