Great Canadian Buildings

To celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday, we’re taking a look at some of the greatest buildings in the country.

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LTCAM Conference CJOB Interview

MMP Architect’s, Robert Wrublowsky was a speaker at last week’s Long Term & Continuing Care Assosication of Manitoba (LTCAM) conference. His presentation caught the attention of CJOB, and was subsequently interviewed on air about his research on Tuesday May 14, 2019.

In the interview Robert speaks about his personal interest in care facilities, and how his journey to become an expert on the subject began. He speaks about how research shows that traditional design models for care homes often increase agitation and decrease quality of life for residents. Fortunately, he explains, that research also shows that there are many ways of addressing these issues through design interventions.

Please find a link below to hear more.

One on One Podcast Interview

MMP Principal Architect, Robert Wrublowsky, was interviewed by Nancy Gregory, formerly of CBC on her new podcast, One on One. The podcast features Nancy interviewing changemakers in business that are making a difference in our communities and improving our daily lives.

In this inaugural episode, Robert talks about the Small House Model, a building system found to be the most successful strategy in providing environments that foster a sense of home, connectedness, and happiness for residents. Robert speaks about his qualifications as a level III EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification) practitioner and how his research and knowledge about best case practices in models of care can positively affect our seniors if they could be implemented here in Winnipeg.

One on One podcast will be officially launching in a few weeks. In the mean time please find a link to listen to or download the episode below.

500 Widlake: Project Update

Construction is well underway on MMP’s Widlake housing project. Designed by MMP Architects together with Widlake Properties Inc, the new development will contain 95 affordable housing units geared towards a 55+ tenant. 500 Widlake is located adjacent to a park and within walking distance to grocery and additional amenities in a quiet Transcona neighbourhood.

The 4-storey housing project features one- and two-bedroom residential suites throughout varying in size from 580sf to 766sf. Suite amenities include stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, walk-in showers, private and shared patio/balcony areas, a large common activity area, a guest suite, and two central elevators.

500 Widlake is currently conducting property tours and accepting suite applications. More information about the development, with a targeted fall 2019 completion date can be found at http://www.500widlake.com/.


WIDLAKE HOUSING PROJECT TEAM
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Designer: Rex Salanguit
Contract Administration: Charlene Kroll
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

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.