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.

Edgewood Estates Project Update

MMP is currently in the construction phase, acting as primary consultant for the expansion of the existing Edgewood Estates apartment complex, located in East Kildonan. The project is comprised of two new apartment towers overlooking the Red River, with the North Tower being phase 1 and South Tower being phase 2. The North tower (as seen in the photos above) now stands at 15 stories tall, and contains 224 residential units.

Each floor of the new North tower contains 16 residential units varying in size from 600sf to 1,000sf. Suite amenities will include a full appliance package, a private patio/balcony area, 8’8 ceiling heights and in-suite laundry facilities. The building orientation and its location on the Red River, allows for 70% of the new units to have unobstructed views of the river on the south and north sides of the building.

A number of show suites will be available to view in summer 2017 in advance of the fall 2017 targeted completion date. Please see above for a few progress photos taken by drone in early April, and the rest taken on site last week.

Edgewood Estates Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Architect and Contract Administration: Dustin Sharrow
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Michael Hamson

Russell Park Manor 55+

The Russell Park Manor 55+ project is nearing completion. Designed by MMP Architects, the three storey building located at the north end of Main Street in Russell, Manitoba has a colourful street presence, tranquil outdoor areas, and warm common spaces.

Constructed next to the existing Lions Manor building, the new Park Manor building has a central location within a few blocks of Main Street conveniences. It features a stately entry canopy with car drop off zone and a magnificent lobby space with comfortable seating for conversations with family and friends. The multi-purpose room is the central gathering space and the vaulted ceilings, kitchen and gas fireplace make this space distinctive. This space is the heart of the building and will be used for a variety of activities from family celebrations, to tenant meetings, to afternoon crib games with fellow residents.

Two suite configurations are available for lease: 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units. The suites were designed to be compact and efficient, but still manage to feel open and inviting, in part because of the modern, open concept floor plan. Generously sized windows in the living room and bedrooms allow for views, natural light and fresh air. All suites have been designed to be wheelchair friendly.

A natural palette of finishes was chosen to enhance the connection to nature and well being.  Rich, wood grains create feelings of warmth and beauty and can be found in the laminated veneer plank and carpet, which were chosen with visual appeal, comfort and durability in mind. Different colours were chosen for the corridors of each floor level to aid residents in wayfinding and navigation.   

Russell Park Manor 55+ is now accepting expressions of interest for life lease. For more information, please contact Terry Rolfe at (204) 773-4728. 

Russell Park Manor 55+ Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel
Contract Administrator: Charlene Kroll

Structural Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Tower Engineering Group

*Photos courtesy of Russell Park Manor and MMP

Edgewood Estates Apartment update

MMP is currently in the construction phase, acting as primary consultant for the expansion of the existing Edgewood Estates apartment complex, located in East Kildonan. The project is comprised of two new apartment towers overlooking the Red River, with the North Tower being phase 1 and South Tower being phase 2. The North tower (as seen in the photos above) will stand at 15 stories, and contain 224 residential units adjacent to the north end of the existing 70 Whellams Lane building. The South tower will stand at 15 stories and contain 180 residential units.

Each floor of the new North tower will contain 16 residential units varying in size from 600 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft., as well as 5 one-bedroom suites, and 11 two-bedroom suites. Suite amenities will include full appliance packages, private patio/balcony area, 8’8 ceiling heights and in-suite laundry facilities. The building orientation and its location on the Red River, will allow for 70% of the units to have unobstructed views of the river on the south and north sides of the building.

Targeted completion of the North Tower is late 2017. As the construction site drone photos (taken March 23, 2016) show, progress is well underway.

Edgewood Estates Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Architect and Contract Administration: Dustin Sharrow
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Michael Hamson

Ruth Gardens Apartments

Over the past 50 years, Edison Properties has played a key role in developing Winnipeg’s skyline. Edison’s vision for the future includes the revitalization of their existing buildings as well as the opportunity to develop new buildings within the community. MMP Architects partnered with Edison Properties, acting as Prime Consultant, on the construction of their newest building located at 1167 Rothesay, in North Kildonan.

The intent of the Ruth Gardens design is to be sensitive to the neighbourhood. The building has been broken into three towers rising from a four-storey base. The floor plate of each tower contains only seven units. The thin towers and their orientation on the site are intended to avoid the look of a massive building. The three individual towers keep the off-site shadows to a minimum while allowing the sun through on the east/west axis between the towers and along the south property line into the site.

This mixed-use site includes 14,500sf of new commercial space separated into 3 units located on the main floor of the building, as well as a separate single-storey Scotiabank which is located on the corner of Rothesay and Sharon Bay. Above the commercial space, the residential component consists of 213 apartments ranging in size from 700 to 1100sf spread out over 10 storeys, as well as a penthouse. Each of the first three storeys of residences includes amenity spaces for use by the tenants; these spaces feature exercise and multi-purpose rooms. 

Tenants have been occupying the space at 1167 Rothesay since Fall 2015. The project was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, as well as in the Fall/Winter 2015 Precast Imagineering Magazine.

Ruth Gardens Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Architect: Michael Acht
Contract Administration: Marty Kuilman
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Michael Hamson

Please see the gallery above for a few photos of the building exterior, foyer, and show suite.

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation

Last month, principal architect Robert Wrublowsky toured the Leonard Florence Centre for Living, owned by the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, in Massachusetts as part of his research on elderly care. “Rooted in the Jewish tradition but welcoming of all faiths and backgrounds, the Chelsea Jewish Foundation consistently provides high-quality, compassionate care, while focusing on the development of innovative programs and services that enable individuals to live as independently as possible.”

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation provides care to over 800 individuals daily throughout Chelsea and Peabody, MA, and employs over 1000 staff members. Services of the organization include short-term residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, memory care, independent living, adult day health, geriatric care management, home care, personal care, and hospice agencies

The Leonard Florence Center for Living is the first urban model Green House® skilled nursing residence in the United States. This long-term care model offers a “home-like” environment by clustering residents into smaller units of 10-12 individuals within cottage-like residences, and assigning staff to these particular Green Houses. The Green House model’s architecture focuses on three main areas that help to create a home-like feel:

  • Warm décor, furnishings and interior design that fosters serenity and socialization
  • Smart advanced technologies to improve independence and care
  • Green harmony and balance of internal and external environments, showcasing the importance of ample sunlight and greenery in the residences.

The Green House model is being utilized in MMP’s Bridgwater Personal Care Home design. Future blog posts and public announcements will delve deeper into the work that Robert Wrublowsky has been doing towards changing senior care standards throughout Manitoba.

We are happy to announce that a generous donation was made by MMP Architects to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, who is one of the largest senior living non-profits in the New England region, and is redefining senior care throughout North America.


For more information about the Chelsea Jewish Foundation and their urban model Green House please visit their website here:

Bridgwater Personal Care Home Public Announcement

On Wednesday morning, a press conference was held to publicly announce the Bridgwater Personal Care Home Facility. The new facility, to be located in the new Bridgwater neighbourhood, will be operated by Winnipeg Mennonite Senior's Care Inc., and funded through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health. While the project has been in the works for many years,  this announcement allowed the public to see the design behind this 120-bed Personal Care Home Facility.

In early 2014, MMP was awarded the proposal for a new Personal Care Home Facility to be located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The design and operational intent of the project is to provide a new means of “home” care for residents. In designing a new personal care home model, MMP engaged The Center for Health Design in the United States. Their knowledge base and depth of research in innovative means of environmental design solutions are continuously improving the well being of both its residents and staff. With many successful facilities registered under “the Pebble Project,” Bridgwater Personal Care Home aims to provide this new ‘culture’ of health care with their help.

Currently, Bridgwater is in Working Drawings phase, with an anticipated construction start of Summer 2016. The home will be just over 113,000 square feet with six separate houses, split between two floors. Each home provides a full kitchen with dining and living spaces with in-house residential washer and dryers. Residential suites will include a bay window with built in millwork and roll in shower washrooms. Common areas and offices are treated with the appearance of a town centre where residents will exit their home environments and enter into the community supported environment.

The Bridgwater model will be the first of its kind in Winnipeg. The project is being built to LEED standards, and is intended to achieve LEED Silver status.

Bridgwater Personal Care Home Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Aleksandra Chomik
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Mike Hamson

Please see the gallery above for a few photos from the press conference, and a rendering of the exterior of the building.

Springfield Place, Oakbank MB

Springfield Place, located in Oakbank Manitoba, is MMP’s most recently completed senior’s housing development. The project consists of a 26,000 square foot new building which houses 12 assisted living* suites and 12 supportive housing** units. Through the joint effort between Manitoba Housing, the R.M. of Springfield, the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Oakbank-Springfield Kinsmen Seniors Complex Inc. Board of Directors, Springfield Place is able to help meet the needs of the community’s fast growing senior’s population.

Key aspects of the Springfield Place design include full landscape works, a commercial kitchen capable of providing meal services three times a day, and two multipurpose rooms. In addition, each wing includes a solarium space and exterior patios for residents. All supportive units have been designed to exceed accessibility standards for both the suite washrooms and kitchens.

The building incorporates both passive and active sustainable systems. These environmentally responsible project additions include geothermal heating and cooling, power smart compliant lighting, and energy efficient insulation and windows in the wall and roof assemblies.

For more information about Springfield Place, please visit their website. For more information about seniors housing categories, please see below. If you have further questions about implementing a senior’s housing project in your community, please contact MMP principal architect Robert Wrublowsky, who is a level-three EDAC practitioner, and is paving the way for implementation of new seniors housing standards throughout the province of Manitoba.

Springfield Place Project Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Senior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel
Millwork: Bill Macdonald


*Assisted Living
An assisted living model is more closely aligned with a seniors 55 plus condominium residence than a supportive housing prototype. A typical resident of an assisted living project is fairly mobile and still independent. Assisted living projects provide seniors with affordable lifestyle while providing opportunity for housekeeping and meal services; they may also receive in home care for other needed services.

**Supportive Housing
Supportive Housing models are a form of seniors housing that is most common among individuals that are beginning to have mobility challenges, and are somewhat independent most of the time, however require access to 24/7 supervision by a care giver. Often these individuals are not cognitively impaired, but they may experience slight bouts of dementia or confusion. Individuals living in a supportive housing project are typically independent enough to not qualify for a personal care seniors’ home. They may barely be a candidate for a level 1 rating under PCH guidelines.

Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing

In Spring 2015, VisitAble Housing Canada held a national call for projects that showcased exemplary designs and practices of VisitAble Housing in Canada. MMP Architects submitted two recent projects to the Awards of Excellence, River Point Addictions Centre, and Irene Baron Eden Centre, and are pleased to announce that both projects received recognition by the Jury committee.

More information on VisitAble Housing Canada, and the Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing can be found here: Additional information on MMP’s prize winning projects, as well as project photographs can be found below.


River Point Addiction Centre
Multi-Family Unit Development Category – Second Prize

The 85,000sf addictions recovery centre, River Point Centre, provides a crucial service for urban and rural Manitobans struggling with addictions. The new state-of-the art facility was developed in consultation with the Addictions Foundation of MB, the Main Street Project, the Behavioural Health foundation, the Department of Housing and Community Development, Manitoba Housing, and community residents themselves.

MMP acted as Prime Consultant for the redevelopment of the 50 year old Sharon Home into the new centralized addictions centre for Manitoba. The centre has the capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 individuals annually for treatment and offers a range of services for patients including non-medical detox, an intensive day program, a treatment readiness program, and structured residential treatment. River Point Centre was built to shadow LEED silver standards and was completed on schedule and on budget.

River Point Centre includes 30 transitional housing units which are available to Manitobans from both urban and rural areas. These units provide temporary housing for individuals who are recovering from addiction and need a short-term, supported living environment before returning home. The transitional housing units within River Point Centre are all accessible by elevator, feature wide doorways and clear passages, and have a washroom that can be accessed by visitors who use mobility devices. The transitional housing units at River Point Centre are an excellent example of a VisitAble space.

Irene Baron Eden Centre
Multi-Family Unit Development Category – Honourable Mention

Completed in 2008, this Supportive Housing project was designed and built for the River East Personal Care Home to provide another level of care for people in Winnipeg. The stand-alone 45,700sf facility provides 48 suites, each of which is approximately 480sf. The amenity spaces include a full commercial-style kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, dining area, living area and library in each of the four wings. Irene Baron Eden Centre has been described as a flag ship model for supportive housing by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and far ahead of its time.

Irene Baron Eden Centre was the first prototype of its kind to truly integrate a senior’s residential facility with personal care home life safety standards. This housing project has been toured by countless groups who are aiming to build a seniors complex that targets a seniors population that require a higher level of care than typically seen in 55 plus residences, but not quite the institution that a personal care home B2 Occupancy provides. This true “supportive housing project” has led the way to other centres to include the necessary life safety upgrades such as smoke control, wander guard, widened corridors, and enhanced exiting facilities into a design model.

The design creates smaller communities of residents (typically 8-12) that share common living, reading, hobby and eating areas. The smaller groups are under the control of a single care giver (no nursing stations) who programs all activities from a small kitchen set up with administration capabilities centered in a lively family living room. Suite sizes are 480sf, about twice that of personal care homes, and provide a fully wheel chair accessible bathroom including a shower. A small living room and kitchenette complete the suite with apartment like amenities.

Irene Baron Eden Centre is a perfect example of a VisitAble space. The entrance of the housing centre does not have a step, and also features widened doors and a motion-censored door opening system. In addition, there are two publicly accessible washrooms within a short distance of the front door, as well as washrooms within each suite that visitors with mobility issues can use with ease. This user-friendly centre easily accommodates the differing needs and requirements of all residents and visitors.