BC-based CEI Architecture opens Edmonton office

Western Canadian architecture firm CEI Architecture brings its expertise in recreation, health care, education, science and technology, and commercial projects to clients in Alberta. The firm, now registered with the Alberta Association of Architects, has opened an office in Edmonton. This expansion enables the firm to lead the architectural design of buildings as prime consultant in Alberta, and represents the firm’s first office presence outside of British Columbia.

“Over the past 10 years we’ve enjoyed steady growth,” said William Locking, managing partner of CEI Architecture. “We’ve primarily worked in BC, though we’ve partnered with firms on projects in other provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick. We’re looking forward to leading projects in Alberta, making a difference in communities by bringing our strong focus on client service and collaboration.”

CEI is known for expertise in significant healthcare, recreation, education, science and technology, and commercial projects. The firm recently completed the design of the new Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, an eight-storey $512 million expansion to the existing hospital. Phase One of the facility, which included the second-largest Emergency Department in Canada, opened in the fall of 2013. The final phase is set to open to the public in June 2014.

CEI is part of Affinity Partnerships, the team selected earlier this year by the Provincial Health Services Authority to design, build, finance and maintain the Teck Acute Care Centre, a new $680-million facility being added to the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. Both projects are being procured by public-private partnership, which CEI has excelled in over the past few years.

CEI is nationally recognized as a leader in the design of recreation and community facilities, with a number of projects in Alberta. The firm has worked in St. Albert, Grande Prairie and Calgary on the notable $296-million WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex, a high-performance ice and sports training facility for Hockey Canada. CEI was recently awarded the design of the $18-million Sylvan Lake Multiplex redevelopment, which includes new hockey and curling rinks, multi-purpose spaces and more. The Town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta was recently named Kraft Hockeyville by the NHL.

“Alberta has a strong tradition of exceptional community recreation programs and facilities,” said Mark Hentze, CEI partner and director of recreation, community and cultural projects. “We’re looking forward to helping contribute to that legacy by bringing our experience leading community centres, aquatics facilities, ice rinks and other projects in several provinces across Canada.”

CEI Architecture is a leading architecture and design firm in Western Canada, with over 60 staff in offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton. The firm was named Designers of the Year in the Eco category by Western Living Magazine in 2013. Significant recent projects include the Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College in Penticton and the Manulife Office Tower in downtown Vancouver.

For more information, please visit www.ceiarchitecture.com.