Deer Lodge Centre SCBU Grand Opening

MMP Architects was proud to attend the grand opening of Deer Lodge Centre’s new Special Care Behavioural Unit (SCBU) on November 16, 2017. Representatives from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Deer Lodge Centre gathered together alongside staff, press, and project consultants to mark the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The new unit was a conversion of an existing Deer Lodge Centre PCH unit into an 11-bed space for residents that require more attention and detail in their day to day care. The renovated SCBU space is small, with controlled access for increased safety, specifically targeting patients with dementia who are easily agitated and respond better to quieter environments. With the addition of these 11-beds, the Deer Lodge Centre campus now has space for 32 individuals requiring specialized care.

Our team acted as Prime Consultants on the 8,000sf renovation, which included demolition, planning, and new construction, all within an extremely aggressive timeline. MMP is proud to have been a part of providing this much needed resource to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Please see above for a few photos taken at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

DLC SCBU Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Interior Designer and CA: Jessica Kost
Healthcare Support: Hailey Connor

Bethesda Primary Care Centre Grand Opening

The Bethesda Primary Care Wellness Centre celebrated its grand opening in Steinbach, Manitoba late last week. Representatives from the Bethesda Foundation, Southern Health-Sante Sud, Steinbach family Medical, the Province of Manitoba, Steinbach Primary Care Pharmacy, and Dynacare gathered together with Steinbach City Council, and members of the public to mark the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

MMP Architects collaboratively designed the 29,447sf building that houses a wide variety of disciplines. This “Access Centre” model, also used throughout Winnipeg, will allow residents of the South Eastman region to experience a one stop shop for primary health services.

The interior space was designed to allow individuality between the various tenants while still providing a cohesive overall appearance. A clean palette of neutral tones is featured throughout common areas, whereas the tenant spaces feature the addition of woodgrains, soft surfaces, and pops of colour allow a sense of individuality. The use of Tyndall stone from Gillis Quarries allowed the project to feature a material native to Manitoba, an important client item requested from project outset.

MMP is proud to have been a part of providing such an exciting and vital service for the City of Steinbach and surrounding community.

Please see above for a few photos of the grand opening ceremony and the building.

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

Melee at the Met 2017

MMP was a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Melee at the Met event held on Thursday September 7, 2017. The event saw the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre transform into a venue for a live International Olympic-style boxing championship. This year’s fundraiser, in support of United Boxing Club and Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba, featured six international boxing matches between Team Canada and Team Mexico, and five Corporate Challenge bouts.

This year's event was especially significant for us at MMP Architects, as three of our staff participated in the Corporate Challenge component of the event. Aleks, Dustin, and Jess trained at United Boxing Club 4 times a week for 12 weeks for a chance to compete in the Melee Gala event. Dustin and Jess were lucky to be chosen to compete at the Gala event, and both fought exceptionally well, with Dustin winning both a championship belt as well as the coveted best bout belt!

Principals of the firm, Robert Wrublowsky and Chris Daly represented MMP’s commitment to give back to the community through their gold sponsorship at the event. As a thank-you for their generosity, they were asked to present a championship belt to the winner of the match that Dustin fought in and won, an excellent moment!

Some photos from the event can be seen above. More information about the Melee at the Met event, the United Boxing Club, and future sponsorship opportunities can be found here:

2017 MMP Staff Retreat

In mid-August, MMP Architects employees left our desks behind and headed out for our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all the MMP staff together for a three day stay out on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This break from the office provides staff the time to relax, bond as a team, compete in a golf day, and unwind from daily stresses together.

Our time away began with the now annual MMP Golf Tournament which was sponsored this year by ten gracious product reps. Teams of four golfed alongside our sponsors competing for bragging rights (as well as some amazing prizes) on a beautiful Manitoba summer day. After our time on the links, we made our way over to the wooded cabin site where we pitched tents and started the party. Highlight of our time included chatting around the bonfire, pontoon boat adventures, beach lounging and frisbee throwing, dance parties, incredible meals, drinks, and snacks, and much more.

We owe our gracious hosts, sponsors, and especially our bosses a huge thank you for making our time away such a great experience. The countdown is already on for next year!

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

YMCA YWCA Downtown Lobby Refresh

The Downtown Winnipeg YMCA-YWCA location is an important amenity to the surrounding community; open to members and visitors 16 hours per day, 364 days a year, and providing a thoroughfare for pedestrians as part of the +15 walkway (an interior route throughout a significant part of the downtown core). The program offerings of this location include a fitness centre, gymnasium, an elevated running track, a lap pool and shallow pool, day care facilities, studio spaces, and offices, and are visited by thousands of people every week.

MMP was commissioned in 2015 to provide an interior refresh to the lobby and public corridor areas of the Downtown YMCA-YWCA facility. The goal of the renovation was to create a more contemporary and welcoming environment that would improve the space for current members, as well as increase membership by drawing in additional clientele.

Upgrades to the space include the following highlights:

  • A re-oriented lobby featuring an expansive reception desk intended to minimize lines during peak hours as well as ensuring staff safety
  • An upgraded digital security gate system that also provides accessible entry into the male and female locker spaces
  • Integration of a contemporary interior palate anchored by stone and wood finishes
  • The inclusion of a green wall in the lobby which provides not only a living work of art, but also benefits indoor air quality, provides acoustical benefits through noise dampening, and reduces stress and enhances wellbeing for those in contact with the piece
  • Wood canopies provide warmth and bring the seven storey volume in the atrium down to a more personal level
  • Punches of the YMCA-YWCA signature orange-red integrated throughout to better brand the space
  • Benches provided throughout to encourage both members and public to sit and enjoy the space
  • Lounge areas added to provide a space for people to wait for rides, work, or visit with others before and after workouts/classes

Working within the constraints of a tight budget, in a space that was open to members and staff throughout construction, MMP and our team of consultants were able to provide our clients with a bright and welcoming renovated space.

YMCA-YWCA West Portage Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Lead Interior Designer: Hailey Connor
Technician: Tam Nguyen
Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky