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

MITT 14 Fultz Blvd.

Formerly known as Winnipeg Technical College, the new Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) provides secondary and post-secondary students with applied skills training in trades, health care, information technology and other technical fields. MITT currently has several campus locations and is currently developing a master plan for expanding their Henlow/Fultz location.

The MMP Architects team, lead by principal architect Robert Wrublowsky, provided a collaborative design process for the MITT teams at their new 14 Fultz Blvd. location. The existing staff training and server space was transformed into a combination of MITT executive offices, classrooms (6), and student service facilities. The partial renovation included life safety and accessibility upgrades, as well as a focus on materials re-use which included salvaging and relocating all steel doors and light fixtures, incorporating 50% of the existing partitions in the new design, and re-using 80% of the existing ceiling materials. Working with MITT’s freshly minted corporate identity design guidelines, finishes were selected throughout to provide both a modern look as well as a professional atmosphere.

In fall 2015, MITT’s new second floor space at 14 Fultz Blvd. opened to students and staff. The newly revitalized space now boasts a design that will be appropriate for both executive offices and classrooms for years to come.

MITT Fultz Project Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek

Please see the gallery above for a few photos of the new space, and click here to learn more about the new Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.