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

The Benefits of Having Architectural Drawings Included in Your CMMS

Prior to the introduction of Computer Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) into the marketplace in the 1980’s, maintenance data were generally recorded manually with a pencil and paper. Since that time, a growing number of companies have chosen to trade in the pencil and paper approach for sophisticated and robust facilities management software systems. Current CMMS systems offer businesses the ability to track work orders, generate accurate reports, and receive real time notifications on which assets require preventive maintenance. This improvement has led to extended equipment lifespans, better time management and labor utilization and ultimately, reduced costs and increased profits.

Over time, the CMMS industry has continued to evolve by responding to the ever-changing needs of customer demands. Recent innovations include secure cloud based interfaces, mobile device accessibility and paperless functionality that further increases ease of use. While there is a considerable overlap between CMMS and facilities management software, it is important to note that not all software systems are the same. The disparity between the two systems becomes evident when one considers that many CMMS systems focus primarily on maintenance whereas facilities management systems generally focus on event planning, room booking and space planning. Typically, most maintenance management systems do not have floor plans integrated into their platforms. Customers seeking a more encompassing CMMS, should consider those that incorporate architectural or schematic drawings as part of its offering.

An architectural drawing is a rendering of an architectural design as plan and/or elevation views of a building or structure. Of interest to organization maintenance and management, architectural drawings also provide details within a structure – e.g., the placements of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, entrance doorways, sprinkler system etc. The benefits of including architectural drawings in a comprehensive CMMS system are outlined below:

Architectural drawings are a useful tool when it comes to planning, allocating and resourcing equipment and supplies in large organizations; particularly those with more than one facility. When multiple facilities are involved, identifying where specific items are located is made easier by viewing the schematic drawings rather than having to physically tour each facility. Moreover, when there is a need to replace a large piece of equipment and / or add large quantities of supplies within a facility, these drawings are helpful in determining appropriate space allocation. Finally, new employees can also familiarize themselves with building layouts and asset placements without having to be physically within the space.

Since CMMS databases can contain thousands of data points representing an organization’s assets and equipment, it is helpful to be able to view these as well as supply levels on an architectural drawing rather than in a spreadsheet format alone. Exact locations can be highlighted on the drawings. An integrated CMMS system can provide critical information about assets, equipment and supplies in both text and drawing formats.


Organizations, large and small, all value safety and security for their employees and their assets. Being informed and able to react to emergencies such as water and roof damage, fires, alarms (real and false) etc. require a quick response. Architectural drawings identify the locations of fire escapes and extinguishers, sprinkler systems, alarm system touch pads as well as the fastest routes out of buildings. These allocations can assist an organization in both maintenance and security measures and in doing so, save time, money, and lives.

A benefit of having architectural drawings as part of an integrated CMMS system is being able to identify the precise location of maintenance requirements. In these types of systems, work orders are highlighted on floor plans. This eliminates confusion and increases efficiency for service providers. The benefit is straightforward; zeroing in on the exact locations of repairs, inspections and supplies placement saves time and money. This is an ideal solution for large facilities.

People process information is different ways. Some people rely on auditory learning (hearing), while others rely on kinesthetic (touching) or visual learning (seeing) approaches. With respect to the latter, it is estimated that visual learners make up 40-65% of the population. According to Terry Farwell of Family, this group of people benefits most from exposure to diagrams, charts, pictures, films, and written directions. Differences in learning styles and a desire to meet the needs of all software users are important considerations when selecting a CMMS system. For example, while many maintenance software users work best using spreadsheet or text formats, other users do better with visual or schematic aids. When it comes to maintenance software systems, having architectural drawings will assist visual users to understand the bigger picture and put things into a perspective that is most meaningful to them. Given the differences in how people process information, having architectural drawings that identify an organization’s layout, specifications and assets are of great assistance to the large number of CMMS users who do best processing visually.

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This was a guest post written by Reena Sommer, PhD.

University of Manitoba Albert D. Cohen Library Renovations

The renovation of the University of Manitoba’s Albert D. Cohen Management Library, located within the Drake Centre of the Asper School of Business, was completed by MMP Architects in the Spring of 2017. As Prime Consultant, MMP worked closely with the University of Manitoba Libraries, the Asper School of Business, and the University of Manitoba Physical Plant to transform the existing library into a welcoming learning commons for students, staff, and faculty.

As part of the transformation, the University removed the majority of their physical collection, choosing instead to digitize the content. The space savings from removing the physical archives allowed our team to create a collaborative environment that encourages participatory learning and understanding from a variety of sources. A number of learning and teaching spaces are now housed within the library including private powered study pods, bookable group study rooms with integrated technologies, soft seating options, open desk spaces, as well as a public teaching space where school of business classes can be taught.

Working within the constraints of a tight budget and with multiple stakeholders, MMP and our team of consultants were able to provide our clients with a bright and welcoming learning space for all.


Albert D. Cohen Management Library Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Lead Architect / Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Technician: Tam Nguyen

Table for 1200 More - 2017

Last Saturday, Winnipeggers celebrated architecture, design, and urbanism as part of Storefront’s fourth annual Table for 1200 event. MMP was once again a proud table sponsor for this pop-up 1200-foot-long outdoor dining experience. This year’s 150 tables of eight followed Rorie Street from Market down to Portage and Main. The weather co-operated, and the eight MMP employees along with our 1,192 co-dining guests enjoyed a delicious sunset meal catered by local chefs Mander Hitzer (Deer+Almond) and Ben Kramer.

A few photos from the event can be seen above. More information on the Table for 1200 More event can be found both here, and on the StorefrontMB website.

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