MMP's Alternative Christmas Hamper

This year, staff at MMP Architects participated in LITE’s Alternative Christmas Hamper initiative. This program distributes hampers to the Christmas Cheer Board, Winnipeg Inner City Missions, and Sam’s Christmas, but instead of donating food items, money is collected and then used to purchase food and gifts at local businesses. These local businesses include, among others, Neechi Foods, Food Connections Project, and the Native Women’s Transitional Centre – all organizations that also employ people who have difficulty obtaining and keeping regular jobs.

The generous donations from MMP staff allowed LITE to purchase 2 full Christmas hampers for families on our behalf that included dry food goods, canned goods, as well as a complete Christmas dinner! LITE’s alternative hamper program provides a great way for individuals and organizations to make their donations go even farther to help those in need during the holiday season.

It’s not too late to still make a donation for this year’s Christmas hamper drive. If you or your place of employment is interested in the LITE Alternative Christmas Hamper initiative, please visit their website here.

Tacium Vincent and Associates: Project Update

The interior and exterior renovation of Tacium Vincent and Associates’ new office space is nearly complete. Located in the former Video Cellar building at 206 St. Mary’s Road, the transformation from a teal and yellow building to a modern tile, longboard, and aluminum paneled exterior in neutral greys and warm wood tones has been drastic.

The interior renovation of the 3,000 square foot space has been significant as well. A centralized work area was created with private offices circling the perimeter. A new reception area, board room, staff rooms and washrooms were all added and finished in greys with leafy green pops of colour and wood accents to add warmth to the space. An industrial look was created within the modern space through the salvaging of existing storefront glazing in the board and staff room spaces.

A major challenge of the renovation was its proximity to a high school, and the tendency of the building to be a target for graffiti. All exterior materials used are graffiti resistant, so that spray paints can easily be wiped off the face of the building. The longboard wood exterior application was also used to reduce visibility of staff inside, decreasing the amount of glare, as well as increasing building security.

The interior and exterior spaces are on track to achieve a December 2016 completion. Please see above for a few photos of the space and stay tuned for final exterior photographs which will be added in the coming weeks.

Tacium Vincent and Associates Project Team
Principal Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Project Architect: Marty Kuilman
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Junior Designer: George Vincent

Access Saint Boniface: 2016 Access Award Recepient

MMP is proud to announce that the recently completed, Access Saint Boniface, was the recipient of a 2016 Award of Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design. With over 30 nominations, and a rigorous touring process, winning one of these five awards is a great honour.

The Access Awards raise awareness of the importance of accessibility and universal design throughout the City of Winnipeg. These annual awards honour projects that make life more equitable, safe, comfortable, and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities. In addition, the awards allow for further education, discussion, and outreach around progress in universal design.

An awards ceremony was held last week in the third floor multi-purpose room of the new Access Centre. Members of the community, staff from the various health and community organizations housed within the Access Centre, as well as Winnipeg Regional Health representatives gathered to celebrate the achievement. Councilor Ross Eadie and representatives from the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee presented the award to MMP Architects and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Thank you to all members of the Access Saint Boniface team who made this project a success. Please find some photos of the event above and additional photos of the Access Saint Boniface project linked in the tag below.

Award photo above (L-R)
Ken Kollinger (WRHA), Monique Constant (Centre de Sante), Susant Stratford (Centre de Sante), Leslie Badger (WRHA), Hailey Connor (MMP), Ross Eadie (City Councilor and Access Award Committee), Chris Daly (MMP), Real Cloutier (WRHA).

Access Saint Boniface Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Intern Architect and Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Hailey Connor
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Bethesda Primary Care Centre: Project Update

MMP’s integrated and collaborative healthcare project, Bethesda Primary Care Centre is well underway in Steinbach, Manitoba. At the end of September, a group of 30 University of Manitoba architecture students had the opportunity to visit the 29,447 sf new building as part of their fourth year construction course. Intern Architect and Contract Administrator, Kristin Szuminsky toured the hard hat and steel toe clad students around the construction site and answered questions ranging from what it’s like managing a multi-tenant building, to how integrating various systems into a project of this scale works, to what it’s like to be a woman on the job site.

Special thanks to Kristin for taking the time out of her day to lead an informative tour. Thanks also to U of M instructor Jac Comeau for coordinating the class tour, and to the students for their interest in the construction process and for providing us with photos from the day.

Bethesda Primary Care Centre Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Kristin Szuminsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Russell Park Manor 55+

The Russell Park Manor 55+ project is nearing completion. Designed by MMP Architects, the three storey building located at the north end of Main Street in Russell, Manitoba has a colourful street presence, tranquil outdoor areas, and warm common spaces.

Constructed next to the existing Lions Manor building, the new Park Manor building has a central location within a few blocks of Main Street conveniences. It features a stately entry canopy with car drop off zone and a magnificent lobby space with comfortable seating for conversations with family and friends. The multi-purpose room is the central gathering space and the vaulted ceilings, kitchen and gas fireplace make this space distinctive. This space is the heart of the building and will be used for a variety of activities from family celebrations, to tenant meetings, to afternoon crib games with fellow residents.

Two suite configurations are available for lease: 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units. The suites were designed to be compact and efficient, but still manage to feel open and inviting, in part because of the modern, open concept floor plan. Generously sized windows in the living room and bedrooms allow for views, natural light and fresh air. All suites have been designed to be wheelchair friendly.

A natural palette of finishes was chosen to enhance the connection to nature and well being.  Rich, wood grains create feelings of warmth and beauty and can be found in the laminated veneer plank and carpet, which were chosen with visual appeal, comfort and durability in mind. Different colours were chosen for the corridors of each floor level to aid residents in wayfinding and navigation.   

Russell Park Manor 55+ is now accepting expressions of interest for life lease. For more information, please contact Terry Rolfe at (204) 773-4728. 

Russell Park Manor 55+ Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel
Contract Administrator: Charlene Kroll

Structural Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Tower Engineering Group

*Photos courtesy of Russell Park Manor and MMP