MMP Christmas Hamper 2015

Inspired by a thoughtful staff member, this year, the staff at MMP Architects put together a Christmas hamper through the Winnipeg Christmas Cheer Board. Our staff were extremely generous, which allowed us to go above and beyond the recommended items (not pictured are all of the perishable items) for a large family that required some assistance this Holiday season.

The hamper was delivered earlier this week. The recipients were very thankful for the food and gifts that were provided. If you, or your place of employment is interested in the important work the Feed-a-Family program run by the Christmas Cheer Board provides please visit their website here.

Bridgwater Personal Care Home Public Announcement

On Wednesday morning, a press conference was held to publicly announce the Bridgwater Personal Care Home Facility. The new facility, to be located in the new Bridgwater neighbourhood, will be operated by Winnipeg Mennonite Senior's Care Inc., and funded through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health. While the project has been in the works for many years,  this announcement allowed the public to see the design behind this 120-bed Personal Care Home Facility.

In early 2014, MMP was awarded the proposal for a new Personal Care Home Facility to be located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The design and operational intent of the project is to provide a new means of “home” care for residents. In designing a new personal care home model, MMP engaged The Center for Health Design in the United States. Their knowledge base and depth of research in innovative means of environmental design solutions are continuously improving the well being of both its residents and staff. With many successful facilities registered under “the Pebble Project,” Bridgwater Personal Care Home aims to provide this new ‘culture’ of health care with their help.

Currently, Bridgwater is in Working Drawings phase, with an anticipated construction start of Summer 2016. The home will be just over 113,000 square feet with six separate houses, split between two floors. Each home provides a full kitchen with dining and living spaces with in-house residential washer and dryers. Residential suites will include a bay window with built in millwork and roll in shower washrooms. Common areas and offices are treated with the appearance of a town centre where residents will exit their home environments and enter into the community supported environment.

The Bridgwater model will be the first of its kind in Winnipeg. The project is being built to LEED standards, and is intended to achieve LEED Silver status.

Bridgwater Personal Care Home Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Aleksandra Chomik
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Mike Hamson

Please see the gallery above for a few photos from the press conference, and a rendering of the exterior of the building.

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.

2016 Warming Huts Competition Winners Announced

It's always an exciting day when the Warming Huts competition winners are announced. Endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects, Warming Huts competition entries are submitted online, then selected through a blind jury process. The huts will be constructed along the Red River Mutual Trail in late January, and open to the public to view and interact with throughout the winter season.

What do you think of this year's chosen designs? Check them out here.

The MMP Fireballs

This past spring and summer MMP Architects put together a team of staff and friends and participated in the Winnipeg Rec softball league. While talents varied from “sometimes gets on first,” to “lady-killer,” to “grand slam master,” and to “team captain,” I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed their time getting out of the office and playing some ball with the Fireballs team.

Thanks to our bosses who sponsored the team, to all that came out to play, and to the Boston Pizza staff who helped us celebrate after most games. A few photos of our time can be found in the gallery above.