Great Canadian Buildings

To celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday, we’re taking a look at some of the greatest buildings in the country.

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LTCAM Conference CJOB Interview

MMP Architect’s, Robert Wrublowsky was a speaker at last week’s Long Term & Continuing Care Assosication of Manitoba (LTCAM) conference. His presentation caught the attention of CJOB, and was subsequently interviewed on air about his research on Tuesday May 14, 2019.

In the interview Robert speaks about his personal interest in care facilities, and how his journey to become an expert on the subject began. He speaks about how research shows that traditional design models for care homes often increase agitation and decrease quality of life for residents. Fortunately, he explains, that research also shows that there are many ways of addressing these issues through design interventions.

Please find a link below to hear more.

One on One Podcast Interview

MMP Principal Architect, Robert Wrublowsky, was interviewed by Nancy Gregory, formerly of CBC on her new podcast, One on One. The podcast features Nancy interviewing changemakers in business that are making a difference in our communities and improving our daily lives.

In this inaugural episode, Robert talks about the Small House Model, a building system found to be the most successful strategy in providing environments that foster a sense of home, connectedness, and happiness for residents. Robert speaks about his qualifications as a level III EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification) practitioner and how his research and knowledge about best case practices in models of care can positively affect our seniors if they could be implemented here in Winnipeg.

One on One podcast will be officially launching in a few weeks. In the mean time please find a link to listen to or download the episode below.

500 Widlake: Project Update

Construction is well underway on MMP’s Widlake housing project. Designed by MMP Architects together with Widlake Properties Inc, the new development will contain 95 affordable housing units geared towards a 55+ tenant. 500 Widlake is located adjacent to a park and within walking distance to grocery and additional amenities in a quiet Transcona neighbourhood.

The 4-storey housing project features one- and two-bedroom residential suites throughout varying in size from 580sf to 766sf. Suite amenities include stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, walk-in showers, private and shared patio/balcony areas, a large common activity area, a guest suite, and two central elevators.

500 Widlake is currently conducting property tours and accepting suite applications. More information about the development, with a targeted fall 2019 completion date can be found at

Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Designer: Rex Salanguit
Contract Administration: Charlene Kroll
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Asessippi Ski Retreat

Last week, MMP Architects employees left our desks behind and headed out on our first MMP Winter Retreat. MMP has a long legacy of designing, building, and renovating spaces in the Russell, MB region, including the newly renovated cafeteria space in the Lodge at the Asessippi Ski Resort. When the idea of a Ski Retreat emerged, it seemed fitting to spend our time hitting the slopes of this space that we are intimately familiar with.

Our time away began with the four-hour bus journey to the hill, followed by an afternoon of ski and snowboarding lessons, showing off talents on the slopes while mostly avoiding major spills, tubing adventures for some, and relaxing in the lounge for others. After our time on the hill, we made our way over to a private cabin where we partook in shotskis, warmed up by the wood fire, and enjoyed a 4-course meal. We finished the day with hot-tubbing, waterslides, and more fun late into the night at the Russell Inn. Following an excellent breakfast at the hotel the next morning, we all packed back into our bus and made our way home.

We owe our gracious hosts and bosses a huge thank you for making our time away such a great experience. Here’s hoping that this is the first of many winter retreats!

Please see above for a few photos from our time together.

Max's Restaurant

MMP Architects is currently in construction phase, acting as Prime Consultant on Winnipeg’s first Max’s Restaurant. The 4,500sf space, located at 1-1225 St. James Street, will seat 172 people and will serve Max’s Filipino dishes, including their signature fried chicken.

Our team worked together with the franchisee, a group of several local family members known as Albin Group, to create an interior environment utilizing Max’s recently updated design guideline. The Winnipeg Max’s restaurant is the first location in Canada designed using these new standards. The interior will feature Max’s red and green colours, reclaimed wood accents, playful lighting, 22’ high ceilings, and ample daylight from two large windows in the dining area.

Please see above for a few progress photos, and stay tuned for a grand opening date!

Max’s Restaurant Project Team
Principal Architect: Christopher Daly
Project Architect: Aaron Simoes
Contract Administration: Charlene Kroll
Lead Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Technician: Tam Nguyen

University of Manitoba Day Care Addition Site Tour

MMP is currently in the construction stage, acting as primary consultant, for the University of Manitoba’s Day Care expansion project. The addition, a space to accommodate 74 additional children, was needed to ensure the high demand for child care at the Fort Garry Campus could be met.

On Monday August 20, 2108, MMP staff had the opportunity to visit the new 6,800 square foot addition at the University’s Fort Garry campus. MMP Architect and Contract administrator, Kristin Szuminsky showed staff around the construction site pointing out interesting details, construction issues and solutions, and sustainability features throughout the project. With an anticipated project completion this fall, the site tour provided an excellent behind-the-scenes look and learning opportunity for all who attended.

Special thanks to Kristin for the tour and access to what will soon be a bright and welcoming space for 74 lucky children. Please see above for a few tour photos and stay tuned for final photos this fall.

University of Manitoba Day Care Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Director of Design: Russell Krepart
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Senior Technician: Tam Nguyen

Hippo CMMS Renovations

Hippo CMMS, MMP’s sister company, is not your average Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) business. With their renovation of the 4th floor at 123 Bannatyne Ave., the Hippo Management team hoped to provide an uplifting and creative workspace for their 20 young and energetic staff. The overall concept was to maintain the character of the 100 year old building while providing a modern industrial feel.

The Hippo CMMS team moved from their temporary space into their new space last week. Their newly renovated office now features multiple gathering spaces and breakout rooms for casual meetings, a large boardroom for more formal meetings, and height adjustable desks for all staff. The renovation ties in Hippo’s brand identity through the inclusion of a number of feature walls in Hippo blue, as well as through a 75+ foot mural painted by Winnipeg’s Grafitti Gallery curator and artistic director, Pat Lazo.

Please see above for a few photos of the newly renovated Hippo CMMS space.

Hippo CMMS Renovation Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Director of Design: Russell Krepart
Interior Designer / Contract Administration: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technologist: Mike Karakas

MMP has Moved!

On June 15, 2018 MMP officially handed over the keys to our home of nearly 14 years, 214 McDermot Ave. As renovations of our new office space are not quite finished, we’ll be working in a temporary space on the second floor of our new building at 123 Bannatyne for most of the summer. Stay tuned for some project pictures and updates in the coming weeks!

Please see above for a few photos of a very empty looking 214 McDermot Ave.

McNally Robinson Forks Marketplace

In late 2017, MMP was hired by McNally Robinson Booksellers to design and develop their new 850sf second floor retail space at the Forks Marketplace. The intention of the design of the space was to provide the feel of a traditional bookstore within a more streamlined, modern aesthetic. It was important to owners Chris Hall and Lori Baker that the space would be designed to feel like a familiar extension of their existing Grant Park store.

Because the back of the store features windows that overlook one of the atrium spaces, special attention was given to the quality of light in the space. A layout was chosen that allows patrons views through the store to the windows beyond. The bright and open interior was further emphasized through integration of white shelving, providing a background that allow the books to be the key focus in the space. The interior and exterior millwork, as well as McNally Robinson’s signature green is used throughout the space as a nod to the existing store and to their brand identity.

The resulting space features a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, providing a familiar and comfortable, yet modern feel. The store offers a carefully curated selection of best sellers and new releases, with special attention given to indigenous and local writing. The store has had a constant flow of visitors since opening in February 2018, and plans are already being made to expand further into part of the adjoining space formerly leased by Sydney’s restaurant.

Please see above for a few photos of the newly renovated space. In addition, a feature in the Winnipeg Free Press can be found here, and more information on store hours of operation can be found here.  

McNally Robinson Forks Marketplace Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Interior Designer / Contract Administration: Hailey Connor

University of Manitoba Scotiabank Technology Centre Renovations

The Scotiabank Technology Centre is a large state-of-the-art computer facility located within the Asper School of Business’ Drake Centre at the University of Manitoba. The renovation of the existing computer lab and an adjacent classroom was completed by MMP Architects to allow for project completion that aligned to the start of the fall 2017 semester.

Renovations to the space were based on the MIT’s TEAL (Technology Enable Active Learning) teaching format that merges lectures, simulations, and hands-on experiments to create a collaborative learning experience. Achieving this style of teaching in the new space required extensive electrical coordination amongst the project team. The newly renovated facility houses 72 computer stations, which are arranged in pods of 4 to allow for collaborative group work. A centralized podium gives the instructor the ability to display relevant lecture information on the LCD monitors throughout the space, as well as on each of the student monitors, and also allows the instructor to access lighting and sound controls. A movable partition was also installed in the centre of the space to allow for part of the lab to be open to students while smaller classes are in session.

The resulting fully accessible space is flexible for instructors, students, and administration alike. The newly renovated Scotiabank Technology Centre will be a valuable space for teaching and learning for many years to come.

Albert D. Cohen Management Library Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Lead Architect / Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Technician: Tam Nguyen

Deer Lodge Centre SCBU Grand Opening

MMP Architects was proud to attend the grand opening of Deer Lodge Centre’s new Special Care Behavioural Unit (SCBU) on November 16, 2017. Representatives from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Deer Lodge Centre gathered together alongside staff, press, and project consultants to mark the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The new unit was a conversion of an existing Deer Lodge Centre PCH unit into an 11-bed space for residents that require more attention and detail in their day to day care. The renovated SCBU space is small, with controlled access for increased safety, specifically targeting patients with dementia who are easily agitated and respond better to quieter environments. With the addition of these 11-beds, the Deer Lodge Centre campus now has space for 32 individuals requiring specialized care.

Our team acted as Prime Consultants on the 8,000sf renovation, which included demolition, planning, and new construction, all within an extremely aggressive timeline. MMP is proud to have been a part of providing this much needed resource to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Please see above for a few photos taken at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

DLC SCBU Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Interior Designer and CA: Jessica Kost
Healthcare Support: Hailey Connor

Bethesda Primary Care Centre Grand Opening

The Bethesda Primary Care Wellness Centre celebrated its grand opening in Steinbach, Manitoba late last week. Representatives from the Bethesda Foundation, Southern Health-Sante Sud, Steinbach family Medical, the Province of Manitoba, Steinbach Primary Care Pharmacy, and Dynacare gathered together with Steinbach City Council, and members of the public to mark the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

MMP Architects collaboratively designed the 29,447sf building that houses a wide variety of disciplines. This “Access Centre” model, also used throughout Winnipeg, will allow residents of the South Eastman region to experience a one stop shop for primary health services.

The interior space was designed to allow individuality between the various tenants while still providing a cohesive overall appearance. A clean palette of neutral tones is featured throughout common areas, whereas the tenant spaces feature the addition of woodgrains, soft surfaces, and pops of colour allow a sense of individuality. The use of Tyndall stone from Gillis Quarries allowed the project to feature a material native to Manitoba, an important client item requested from project outset.

MMP is proud to have been a part of providing such an exciting and vital service for the City of Steinbach and surrounding community.

Please see above for a few photos of the grand opening ceremony and the building.

Bethesda Primary Care Centre Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Kristin Szuminsky
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Melee at the Met 2017

MMP was a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Melee at the Met event held on Thursday September 7, 2017. The event saw the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre transform into a venue for a live International Olympic-style boxing championship. This year’s fundraiser, in support of United Boxing Club and Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba, featured six international boxing matches between Team Canada and Team Mexico, and five Corporate Challenge bouts.

This year's event was especially significant for us at MMP Architects, as three of our staff participated in the Corporate Challenge component of the event. Aleks, Dustin, and Jess trained at United Boxing Club 4 times a week for 12 weeks for a chance to compete in the Melee Gala event. Dustin and Jess were lucky to be chosen to compete at the Gala event, and both fought exceptionally well, with Dustin winning both a championship belt as well as the coveted best bout belt!

Principals of the firm, Robert Wrublowsky and Chris Daly represented MMP’s commitment to give back to the community through their gold sponsorship at the event. As a thank-you for their generosity, they were asked to present a championship belt to the winner of the match that Dustin fought in and won, an excellent moment!

Some photos from the event can be seen above. More information about the Melee at the Met event, the United Boxing Club, and future sponsorship opportunities can be found here:

2017 MMP Staff Retreat

In mid-August, MMP Architects employees left our desks behind and headed out for our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all the MMP staff together for a three day stay out on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This break from the office provides staff the time to relax, bond as a team, compete in a golf day, and unwind from daily stresses together.

Our time away began with the now annual MMP Golf Tournament which was sponsored this year by ten gracious product reps. Teams of four golfed alongside our sponsors competing for bragging rights (as well as some amazing prizes) on a beautiful Manitoba summer day. After our time on the links, we made our way over to the wooded cabin site where we pitched tents and started the party. Highlight of our time included chatting around the bonfire, pontoon boat adventures, beach lounging and frisbee throwing, dance parties, incredible meals, drinks, and snacks, and much more.

We owe our gracious hosts, sponsors, and especially our bosses a huge thank you for making our time away such a great experience. The countdown is already on for next year!

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.

YMCA YWCA Downtown Lobby Refresh

The Downtown Winnipeg YMCA-YWCA location is an important amenity to the surrounding community; open to members and visitors 16 hours per day, 364 days a year, and providing a thoroughfare for pedestrians as part of the +15 walkway (an interior route throughout a significant part of the downtown core). The program offerings of this location include a fitness centre, gymnasium, an elevated running track, a lap pool and shallow pool, day care facilities, studio spaces, and offices, and are visited by thousands of people every week.

MMP was commissioned in 2015 to provide an interior refresh to the lobby and public corridor areas of the Downtown YMCA-YWCA facility. The goal of the renovation was to create a more contemporary and welcoming environment that would improve the space for current members, as well as increase membership by drawing in additional clientele.

Upgrades to the space include the following highlights:

  • A re-oriented lobby featuring an expansive reception desk intended to minimize lines during peak hours as well as ensuring staff safety
  • An upgraded digital security gate system that also provides accessible entry into the male and female locker spaces
  • Integration of a contemporary interior palate anchored by stone and wood finishes
  • The inclusion of a green wall in the lobby which provides not only a living work of art, but also benefits indoor air quality, provides acoustical benefits through noise dampening, and reduces stress and enhances wellbeing for those in contact with the piece
  • Wood canopies provide warmth and bring the seven storey volume in the atrium down to a more personal level
  • Punches of the YMCA-YWCA signature orange-red integrated throughout to better brand the space
  • Benches provided throughout to encourage both members and public to sit and enjoy the space
  • Lounge areas added to provide a space for people to wait for rides, work, or visit with others before and after workouts/classes

Working within the constraints of a tight budget, in a space that was open to members and staff throughout construction, MMP and our team of consultants were able to provide our clients with a bright and welcoming renovated space.

YMCA-YWCA West Portage Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Lead Interior Designer: Hailey Connor
Technician: Tam Nguyen
Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky

The Benefits of Having Architectural Drawings Included in Your CMMS

Prior to the introduction of Computer Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) into the marketplace in the 1980’s, maintenance data were generally recorded manually with a pencil and paper. Since that time, a growing number of companies have chosen to trade in the pencil and paper approach for sophisticated and robust facilities management software systems. Current CMMS systems offer businesses the ability to track work orders, generate accurate reports, and receive real time notifications on which assets require preventive maintenance. This improvement has led to extended equipment lifespans, better time management and labor utilization and ultimately, reduced costs and increased profits.

Over time, the CMMS industry has continued to evolve by responding to the ever-changing needs of customer demands. Recent innovations include secure cloud based interfaces, mobile device accessibility and paperless functionality that further increases ease of use. While there is a considerable overlap between CMMS and facilities management software, it is important to note that not all software systems are the same. The disparity between the two systems becomes evident when one considers that many CMMS systems focus primarily on maintenance whereas facilities management systems generally focus on event planning, room booking and space planning. Typically, most maintenance management systems do not have floor plans integrated into their platforms. Customers seeking a more encompassing CMMS, should consider those that incorporate architectural or schematic drawings as part of its offering.

An architectural drawing is a rendering of an architectural design as plan and/or elevation views of a building or structure. Of interest to organization maintenance and management, architectural drawings also provide details within a structure – e.g., the placements of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, entrance doorways, sprinkler system etc. The benefits of including architectural drawings in a comprehensive CMMS system are outlined below:

Architectural drawings are a useful tool when it comes to planning, allocating and resourcing equipment and supplies in large organizations; particularly those with more than one facility. When multiple facilities are involved, identifying where specific items are located is made easier by viewing the schematic drawings rather than having to physically tour each facility. Moreover, when there is a need to replace a large piece of equipment and / or add large quantities of supplies within a facility, these drawings are helpful in determining appropriate space allocation. Finally, new employees can also familiarize themselves with building layouts and asset placements without having to be physically within the space.

Since CMMS databases can contain thousands of data points representing an organization’s assets and equipment, it is helpful to be able to view these as well as supply levels on an architectural drawing rather than in a spreadsheet format alone. Exact locations can be highlighted on the drawings. An integrated CMMS system can provide critical information about assets, equipment and supplies in both text and drawing formats.


Organizations, large and small, all value safety and security for their employees and their assets. Being informed and able to react to emergencies such as water and roof damage, fires, alarms (real and false) etc. require a quick response. Architectural drawings identify the locations of fire escapes and extinguishers, sprinkler systems, alarm system touch pads as well as the fastest routes out of buildings. These allocations can assist an organization in both maintenance and security measures and in doing so, save time, money, and lives.

A benefit of having architectural drawings as part of an integrated CMMS system is being able to identify the precise location of maintenance requirements. In these types of systems, work orders are highlighted on floor plans. This eliminates confusion and increases efficiency for service providers. The benefit is straightforward; zeroing in on the exact locations of repairs, inspections and supplies placement saves time and money. This is an ideal solution for large facilities.

People process information is different ways. Some people rely on auditory learning (hearing), while others rely on kinesthetic (touching) or visual learning (seeing) approaches. With respect to the latter, it is estimated that visual learners make up 40-65% of the population. According to Terry Farwell of Family, this group of people benefits most from exposure to diagrams, charts, pictures, films, and written directions. Differences in learning styles and a desire to meet the needs of all software users are important considerations when selecting a CMMS system. For example, while many maintenance software users work best using spreadsheet or text formats, other users do better with visual or schematic aids. When it comes to maintenance software systems, having architectural drawings will assist visual users to understand the bigger picture and put things into a perspective that is most meaningful to them. Given the differences in how people process information, having architectural drawings that identify an organization’s layout, specifications and assets are of great assistance to the large number of CMMS users who do best processing visually.

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This was a guest post written by Reena Sommer, PhD.

University of Manitoba Albert D. Cohen Library Renovations

The renovation of the University of Manitoba’s Albert D. Cohen Management Library, located within the Drake Centre of the Asper School of Business, was completed by MMP Architects in the Spring of 2017. As Prime Consultant, MMP worked closely with the University of Manitoba Libraries, the Asper School of Business, and the University of Manitoba Physical Plant to transform the existing library into a welcoming learning commons for students, staff, and faculty.

As part of the transformation, the University removed the majority of their physical collection, choosing instead to digitize the content. The space savings from removing the physical archives allowed our team to create a collaborative environment that encourages participatory learning and understanding from a variety of sources. A number of learning and teaching spaces are now housed within the library including private powered study pods, bookable group study rooms with integrated technologies, soft seating options, open desk spaces, as well as a public teaching space where school of business classes can be taught.

Working within the constraints of a tight budget and with multiple stakeholders, MMP and our team of consultants were able to provide our clients with a bright and welcoming learning space for all.


Albert D. Cohen Management Library Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Lead Architect / Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Technician: Tam Nguyen

Table for 1200 More - 2017

Last Saturday, Winnipeggers celebrated architecture, design, and urbanism as part of Storefront’s fourth annual Table for 1200 event. MMP was once again a proud table sponsor for this pop-up 1200-foot-long outdoor dining experience. This year’s 150 tables of eight followed Rorie Street from Market down to Portage and Main. The weather co-operated, and the eight MMP employees along with our 1,192 co-dining guests enjoyed a delicious sunset meal catered by local chefs Mander Hitzer (Deer+Almond) and Ben Kramer.

A few photos from the event can be seen above. More information on the Table for 1200 More event can be found both here, and on the StorefrontMB website.