Asessippi Ski Retreat

Last week, MMP Architects employees left our desks behind and headed out on our first MMP Winter Retreat. MMP has a long legacy of designing, building, and renovating spaces in the Russell, MB region, including the newly renovated cafeteria space in the Lodge at the Asessippi Ski Resort. When the idea of a Ski Retreat emerged, it seemed fitting to spend our time hitting the slopes of this space that we are intimately familiar with.

Our time away began with the four-hour bus journey to the hill, followed by an afternoon of ski and snowboarding lessons, showing off talents on the slopes while mostly avoiding major spills, tubing adventures for some, and relaxing in the lounge for others. After our time on the hill, we made our way over to a private cabin where we partook in shotskis, warmed up by the wood fire, and enjoyed a 4-course meal. We finished the day with hot-tubbing, waterslides, and more fun late into the night at the Russell Inn. Following an excellent breakfast at the hotel the next morning, we all packed back into our bus and made our way home.

We owe our gracious hosts and bosses a huge thank you for making our time away such a great experience. Here’s hoping that this is the first of many winter retreats!

Please see above for a few photos from our time together.

Max's Restaurant

MMP Architects is currently in construction phase, acting as Prime Consultant on Winnipeg’s first Max’s Restaurant. The 4,500sf space, located at 1-1225 St. James Street, will seat 172 people and will serve Max’s Filipino dishes, including their signature fried chicken.

Our team worked together with the franchisee, a group of several local family members known as Albin Group, to create an interior environment utilizing Max’s recently updated design guideline. The Winnipeg Max’s restaurant is the first location in Canada designed using these new standards. The interior will feature Max’s red and green colours, reclaimed wood accents, playful lighting, 22’ high ceilings, and ample daylight from two large windows in the dining area.

Please see above for a few progress photos, and stay tuned for a grand opening date!


Max’s Restaurant Project Team
Principal Architect: Christopher Daly
Project Architect: Aaron Simoes
Contract Administration: Charlene Kroll
Lead Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Technician: Tam Nguyen

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

Hippo CMMS Renovations

Hippo CMMS, MMP’s sister company, is not your average Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) business. With their renovation of the 4th floor at 123 Bannatyne Ave., the Hippo Management team hoped to provide an uplifting and creative workspace for their 20 young and energetic staff. The overall concept was to maintain the character of the 100 year old building while providing a modern industrial feel.

The Hippo CMMS team moved from their temporary space into their new space last week. Their newly renovated office now features multiple gathering spaces and breakout rooms for casual meetings, a large boardroom for more formal meetings, and height adjustable desks for all staff. The renovation ties in Hippo’s brand identity through the inclusion of a number of feature walls in Hippo blue, as well as through a 75+ foot mural painted by Winnipeg’s Grafitti Gallery curator and artistic director, Pat Lazo.

Please see above for a few photos of the newly renovated Hippo CMMS space.


Hippo CMMS Renovation Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Director of Design: Russell Krepart
Interior Designer / Contract Administration: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technologist: Mike Karakas