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

Steinbach Civic Centre: Project Update

MMP Architects’ Steinbach Civic Centre renovation and expansion project is well underway in Steinbach, Manitoba. Together with Tower Engineering Group and KNH Sawatzky & Associates, the team developed the Contract Documents required for the expansion of the 1964 heritage building located at 225 Reimer Avenue.

Ensuring that the Architectural details were sensitive to the historical building, while still meeting current Manitoba Building Codes and the National Energy Code, was crucial to the success of this project. Details of note include the following:

  • Mimicking the existing smooth cut tyndall stone sill and anodized aluminum cladding details
  • Repurposing the original exterior tyndall stone wall as an interior feature wall
  • Carrying the existing natural maple finish found in the Gallery space to the millwork in the new boardroom, basement conference rooms, and mayor’s office
  • Retaining the existing clerestory windows to bring natural light and views into the workspace

The addition of the bright, welcoming space will help ensure that the Steinbach Civic Centre remains a significant asset for the community for many years to come. The anticipated construction completion date of the renovation and expansion project is May 2017. Please stay tuned for final project completion photos in the coming weeks.

Steinbach Civic Centre Project Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Interior Designer: Hailey Connor
Senior Technician: Charlene Kroll
Contract Administrator: Charlene Kroll

Structural Engineer: KNH Sawatzky & Associates
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Tower Engineering Group

Gillis Quarries Site Tour

This summer, Gillis Quarries gave architecture and design industry professionals the opportunity to tour their stone quarry in Garson, Manitoba. With Jeffrey Dolovich and Keith Gillis as our guides, a number of MMP staff attended one of the tour dates last week.

Gillis Quarries was founded in 1910, and has grown over the last decade into Manitoba’s largest stone quarry, specializing in Tyndall Stone. This porous, light stone has an intricate grey veining pattern of magnesium carbonate which was created by the burrowing of ancient marine creatures within the calcium carbonate bed 450 million years ago. Tyndall stone is quarried only in Manitoba, and can be seen gracing the exteriors of many civic buildings throughout Winnipeg.

Tyndall stone was favoured by many architects and designers at the turn of the century. MMP Architects has a vast history of using Tyndall stone as can be seen on the Centennial Concert Hall, the Manitoba Museum, Broadway Disciples Church, the Great West Life Building, the Manitoba Building at 270 Osborne, and more. An exhibit of Tyndall stone and its uses throughout Winnipeg’s history was put together by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation in 2013, it’s an interesting read and can be found here.

Our tour of the quarry was fascinating. Tour attendees were able to get down into the quarry and see how the stone is cut with two different diamond blade saws, how a crew extracts 8-tonne blocks of the limestone, and how the blocks are stacked, labeled, and prepared for processing. The tour also included a look at the processing plant where we were able to observe the cutting and finishing of shapes and mouldings with saws, lathes, planers, and grinders.

MMP would like to extend our thanks to Gillis Quarries for the engaging tour of their operations. For more information on the quarry please visit the Gillis Quarries website here.

Please see above for a few photos from the tour.