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

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

Saint Philip Minh Site Tour

MMP is currently in the construction stage, acting as primary consultant, for the addition and renovation of Saint Philip Minh Church. Upon completion of this phase of the project, the Church's existing 7800sf courtyard will have been converted into a 500 person worship space. For more information about about the project please see this previous blog post.

On March 28, and April 4, twelve MMP staff had the opportunity to visit the construction site at 615 Lafleche Street in Saint Boniface. Intern Architect and Contract Administrator, Aaron Simoes showed staff around the site pointing out specific details, project intentions, and construction issues and solutions. With the congregation anticipating use of their new worship space in summer 2017, the tour provided an excellent behind-the scenes look at the construction stage of the Saint Philip Minh project.

Saint Philip Minh Church Project Team
Principal Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Intern Architect and Contract Administration: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Heather Wallis
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Windsor Park Children's Day Centre, Stepping Stones

The Windsor Park Children’s Care Centre, Stepping Stones, is a new 4,500 square foot daycare expansion. MMP was engaged in 2013 to renovate an existing office space located at 2-282 St. Anne’s Road into a child care centre for 16 infants (aged 0-2). The MMP team was pleased to attend the grand opening of Stepping Stones last week.

Taking over an existing office space provided some cost saving opportunities through reuse of a front office storage area and various bulkheads. The interior was further enhanced by adding and enlarging windows, adding additional suspended lighting and bulkheads, and applying a light and serene colour palette. The resulting new space provides a calm and nurturing environment for young children to play and interact with each other. Executive Director, Michelle Welch, MMP’s main point of contact for the project, commented that the children are always happy when they enter the space and are eager to partake in activities. This comment affirms to the MMP team that the overall design intent was successfully achieved.

Throughout the process of this renovation, we have developed a growing relationship with the staff of the new daycare and are pleased to have been a part of their expansion team. We wish them all the best with their new facility, Stepping Stones. 


Windsor Park Children’s Care Centre Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Contract Administrator: Derek Buttars

Saint Philip Minh Church Addition and Renovation

Constructed on an expansive riverfront lot in Northeast Saint Boniface, Saint Philip Minh Church was originally built as a private school by Libling Michener and Associates (LM) in 1959, and then expanded upon by EJ Gaboury and Associates in 1961. The modern, open courtyard building has been in use by the Vietnamese Roman Catholic Church since 2005. Due to an increase in congregation size, the need for a larger worship space was identified, and the request to enclose the exterior courtyard space was brought forward.

MMP was approached initially to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether a conversion of the 7800 sf courtyard space into a 500 person worship space would be possible. Through this study it was determined that the existing building would require a significant upgrade as the proposed new sanctuary space was considered to be a major alteration to the existing structure. Reviews of the building through architectural and engineering lenses were conducted, and a phased plan of approach as well as a Class D budget was provided to the Church. Upon completion of the feasibility study, an RFP process was conducted by the Church and the project was ultimately awarded to our firm.

Work began on the design phase of the project. Many iterations of the courtyard conversion were explored. Some of the major design decisions included the following:

  • The roof support structure: Originally was proposed as timber frame but then altered to glulam to match the existing exposed glulam beams running through the space and to maintain a visual gridline.
  • Fenestration: Clerestory window details were explored. A continuous Kalwall window system was determined to be the best option to accommodate existing roof structures and to provide diffuse lighting to the worship space.
  • Walls: The existing exterior brick that once enveloped the courtyard is to be restored to become the interior finish of the new worship space.

Construction of the first of three phases is currently underway on site, and the congregation is planning to conduct their first services in their new worship space in summer of 2017. Fundraising is ongoing for the current phase as well as the additional two phases that will occur in the coming years. For more information on the church, or to donate to the project please visit the Saint Philip Minh, Giáo Xứ Thánh Philipphê Minh website here.

Please see the gallery above for a few snapshots of design iterations, and the final design and phased approach to the church addition and renovation. Also, please stay tuned for project updates that will occur in the coming months.

Saint Philip Minh Church Project Team
Principal Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Intern Architect and Contract Administration: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Heather Wallis
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel