Posts Tagged ‘Wineries’



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 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 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.



Congratulations, Robert Cesnik!

CEI is pleased to announce our newest Associate, Robert Cesnik. Robert joined CEI’s Kelowna office in August 2010 with the acquisition of Bevanda Architecture. As a project architect at CEI, he has recently worked on the Lefebvre-Smyth Residence, Terravista Vineyards and Black Hills Wine Experience Centre.




Sip in style

The new Wine Experience Centre at Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver opened in June 2012. The new facility provides bright space for visitors to sit down and learn more about the wines they are tasting. It also offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, a major attraction for guests, and room for additional events and activities.

Nick Bevanda was interviewed by Architects + Artisans about the new facility. You can also check out the project page to learn more.



CEI wineries featured in Globe and Mail and BIV

Wine critic Beppi Crosariol of the Globe and Mail featured a number of familiar wineries in his list of facilities to visit in the South Okanagan. Among them were the award-winning Black Hills Estate Winery and Road 13. Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn creek also received mention in his list.

In addition to the Globe and Mail’s coverage, Business in Vancouver recently ran an article about the niche for architects like CEI partner Nick Bevanda, who specializes in winery buildings.