HDR l CEI Is Now HDR
Name change reinforces commitment to provide clients deeper, specialised knowledge.
From today forward, award-winning Canadian architecture firm HDR | CEI becomes simply HDR.
HDR has one of the world’s largest architecture practices, with a highly-regarded design portfolio in diverse markets. The global firm comprised of architects, engineers and economists provides architecture, engineering, sustainable design and construction services in multiple market sectors. Since HDR acquired CEI in 2015, the Western Canada architecture offices have developed their science and justice practices while continuing to grow their healthcare, sport and recreation, post-secondary and commercial/corporate portfolios.
“As an integral part of the expansion strategy for HDR’s Canadian architecture practice, the time is right to move forward with the HDR name,” said John Scott, a founding partner of CEI and a current HDR vice president. “HDR’s values — such as listening to our clients, pushing boundaries, assembling the right experts for every project and delivering unique skills and experience — are values that have informed the way we have been practicing architecture in Western Canada for more than 20 years.”
Reflecting on the success of the acquisition, he added: “In becoming part of a global business, the leadership group saw great opportunities to provide our clients access to a deeper specialised knowledge, capabilities and expertise, and to give our people the chance to develop their skills locally and globally. We’re delighted this has proven to be true.”
Tom Ditoro, architecture managing director for Canada, added, “It’s time to look to the future and explore how we improve the human condition, across Canada and beyond our borders. We’re excited to continue expanding the firm’s core talent and design competencies, and working with our valued clients to help them navigate through the toughest challenges.”
Throughout its history, the British Columbia architecture practice has delivered award-winning designs for many clients, including most recently the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, the Penticton Lakeside Resort, the Richmond City Centre Community Centre and Mulgrave Senior School. The Manulife Financial Tower at 980 Howe in Vancouver’s Central Business District, another of the firm’s projects (with Endall Elliott Associates), was recently named the Best Office Development in the Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence from NAIOP Vancouver and Business in Vancouver, and the Best New Building in the Outstanding Building of the Year Awards by both the Building Owners and Manager's Association of British Columbia and of Canada. It also received the Outstanding Building of the Year Award (100,000 to 249,999 Square Feet Category) and Best In Class Net Zero Award by the Building Owners and Manager's Association International.
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.