September 28, 2010
by Canadian Architect
CEI Architecture Planning Interiors has signed an agreement that will see Bevanda Architecture of Penticton, BC join its team. The firms say the merger will bolster the ability of CEI to deliver projects of any size and scope to clients across a variety of sectors, including retail, industrial, office, educational, residential, recreational, transportation and health care. Bevanda staff will become part of CEI’s Kelowna office.
“This merger will enable our expanded team to offer Okanagan clients stronger design expertise across a very diverse range of projects,” said Tim McLennan, Partner and Director of Kelowna Operations at CEI, which also has offices in Vancouver, Victoria, and Los Angeles. “Our firm had been looking for ways to strengthen its ability to compete in the Okanagan while continuing to deliver innovative designs. Teaming up with Bevanda Architecture achieves this goal.” He added that the Okanagan’s continued population growth will see increased demand for architecture services in a variety of public and private sectors.
The merger is complementary. There will be no layoffs or duplication of functions. Richard Bolus, partner at CEI, said: “We would not have moved forward with this agreement if there was a possibility of losing any of the talented staff within either firm.”
The two firms know each other well. In the past, CEI has collaborated with Nick Bevanda on a number of projects.
“This merger is a great cultural fit and gives Bevanda clients access to more architects and planners who possess a terrific depth of expertise,” said Bevanda Architecture founder Nick Bevanda. “Being part of a larger organization gives us the opportunity to work on projects across a greater number of market segments, not only in BC, but also Canada and internationally. The merger gives everyone at Bevanda the chance to become part of a great future.”
Bevanda added that given his firm’s growth in the past several years, it was time to expand to accommodate the increased demand for its services.
The combined firm will have over 100 professional staff with expertise in master planning, architecture and interior design. There will now be 29 LEED-accredited professionals who will work to deliver innovative and sustainable projects.
For more information, please visit www.ceiarchitecture.com and www.bevanda.ca.
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