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BC Cancer Centre for the North awarded LEED Gold


BC Cancer_001webThe BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North has been awarded LEED Gold status by the Canada Green Building Council. The facility, located in Prince George BC, was completed in September 2012, designed and built using the public-private partnership (“P3”) delivery method. CEI Architecture led the design of the project, working with PCL Constructors and Plenary Health.

The project was designed to the climatic demands of its location in Prince George, BC, a community in central British Columbia and an 800 km drive north of Vancouver. The city has a fairly wide temperature swing: from average lows of twelve degrees below zero in January to average highs of over 20 degrees Celsius in July. The Cancer Centre had to be designed to accommodate this dynamic climate using an energy efficient and environmentally respectful approach that reflects the facility’s mandate to improve the health of the region.

The Centre for the North was acknowledged for “exemplary performance” in regional material sourcing; 38% of building materials (by cost) came from sources nearby.

Its other sustainable features are numerous.

The Centre for the North was built using 655,000 board feet of wood, reflecting the importance of the material to the region and wood’s lower carbon footprint compared to other building materials. Over 50% of the wood-based products used in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which includes interior finishes, exterior siding, and structural wood columns and beams.

Energy-efficient lighting is used inside and outside, and high-performance windows control the energy needed to heat and cool the building. Occupancy and daylight sensors turn off the lights automatically in areas that are not being used or that have sufficient daylight from neighbouring windows.

An outdoor healing garden is located at the ground floor. The garden has space to sit and relax and also offers a covered smudging pavilion for patient and family use. The vegetation is native to its region, and many of the plants were selected by First Nations traditional healers from the region for their healing characteristics.

The design included a rooftop garden and a white, reflective roof on portions of the top of the mechanical room. Both roof elements reflect sunlight and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the building in the summer. The rooftop garden is made up of local plants and provides several other benefits to the building including capturing rainwater, providing insulation, and offering staff and visitors a nice place to relax while enjoying the views.

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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.



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 selected for international exhibition

CEI Architecture was selected to exhibit our innovative 40-storey Wood Office Tower design in an international exhibition titled “The Architecture of Necessity” hosted by the Virserum Art Museum in Sweden. The project will also be published in a book of the exhibition.




CEI/PCL picked for Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre

Northern Health selected the team of PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and CEI Architecture as the preferred proponent for the Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre in Burns Lake.

The new hospital is scheduled to be complete by fall 2015, and will replace the existing hospital. It will house 16 beds, provide acute?care and emergency services, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory and pharmacy. Facility space is planned for the medical clinic along with the delivery of mental?health and addictions services, public health, and home and community care, and will include administrative and logistical services.

The building, an estimated total value of $55 million, will be built to LEED Gold standards and will align with the Wood First Act by optimizing the use of wood.

For more, see this press release by Partnerships BC.



Wood Innovation in Architecture

CEI recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of innovative wood buildings, featuring keynote speaker Hubert Rhomberg, Managing Director of Cree Buildings, Inc. and the Rhomberg Group in Austria. Cree has recently constructed, in record time, the worlds tallest wood office tower. Life Cycle Tower is an eight-floor wood/concrete composite building built in only eight days using Cree’s component structural system.


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CEI’s NAIOP Office Building of the Future entry receives Honourable Mention

CEI’s 40 storey wood office tower design has received Honourable Mention in an international design competition organized by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

The inaugural NAIOP Office Building of the Future design competition focuses on the evolution of the modern workplace. “This unique competition opened the door to thinking about what an ‘office’ may look like in the very near future,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO.




Watch the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower take shape

A webcam has been set up to show live progress of the construction on the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower site.

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, a project in Joint Venture with Parkin Architects, is the largest healthcare project in the history of British Columbia. The expansion will serve the fastest growing community in the province and is on target for completion in Fall 2014.

Learn more about the Critical Care Tower on the project page.



Showcasing BC’s wood expertise

CEI Architecture is providing architectural advisory services to Partnerships BC in the development of the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre. The Centre will be located in downtown Prince George and will promote expertise in advanced building systems, engineered wood products, interior wood design and applications, and other value-added wood products.