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.

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

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

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: http://www.chelseajewish.org/