MMP has Moved!

On June 15, 2018 MMP officially handed over the keys to our home of nearly 14 years, 214 McDermot Ave. As renovations of our new office space are not quite finished, we’ll be working in a temporary space on the second floor of our new building at 123 Bannatyne for most of the summer. Stay tuned for some project pictures and updates in the coming weeks!

Please see above for a few photos of a very empty looking 214 McDermot Ave.

McNally Robinson Forks Marketplace

In late 2017, MMP was hired by McNally Robinson Booksellers to design and develop their new 850sf second floor retail space at the Forks Marketplace. The intention of the design of the space was to provide the feel of a traditional bookstore within a more streamlined, modern aesthetic. It was important to owners Chris Hall and Lori Baker that the space would be designed to feel like a familiar extension of their existing Grant Park store.

Because the back of the store features windows that overlook one of the atrium spaces, special attention was given to the quality of light in the space. A layout was chosen that allows patrons views through the store to the windows beyond. The bright and open interior was further emphasized through integration of white shelving, providing a background that allow the books to be the key focus in the space. The interior and exterior millwork, as well as McNally Robinson’s signature green is used throughout the space as a nod to the existing store and to their brand identity.

The resulting space features a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, providing a familiar and comfortable, yet modern feel. The store offers a carefully curated selection of best sellers and new releases, with special attention given to indigenous and local writing. The store has had a constant flow of visitors since opening in February 2018, and plans are already being made to expand further into part of the adjoining space formerly leased by Sydney’s restaurant.

Please see above for a few photos of the newly renovated space. In addition, a feature in the Winnipeg Free Press can be found here, and more information on store hours of operation can be found here.  


McNally Robinson Forks Marketplace Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Interior Designer / Contract Administration: 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: http://www.meleegala.com/

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.

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

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.

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

Bethesda Primary Care Centre: Project Update

Construction on the integrated and collaborative healthcare project, Bethesda Primary Care Centre, is well underway in Steinbach, Manitoba. Acting as primary consultant, MMP collaboratively designed a 29,447 sf building that follows the "Access Centre" model, used throughout Winnipeg, by providing a wide variety of disciplines that will be co-located in one facility. The anticipated opening date of the new Bethesda Primary Care Centre, located at 381 Stonebridge Crossing, is August 2017.

See above for a few construction photos as well as a shot of project lead designer, Kristin Szuminsky and project interior designer Kristin Reischek in front of the Bethesda Primary Care Centre site. This shot of Kristin and Kristin was taken on the same day as the 23rd annual Drive for Excellence Golf Tournament in support of the Bethesda Foundation. MMP Architects was a proud sponsor of the event, and also participated in the tournament.


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

Access Saint Boniface: Complete!

The Saint Boniface Access Centre is a hub of support for the surrounding Saint Boniface community. Acting as primary consultant, MMP recently completed Winnipeg’s newest health access centre, Access Saint Boniface in the spring of 2016. Located at the corner of Goulet and Kenny, the new centre improves access to bilingual health and community services for all Winnipegers. The Saint Boniface Access Centre builds on the concept of the Bilingual Service Centre; all users will have the option of service in French or English throughout their visit.

The Saint Boniface Access Centre houses Centre de Santé Saint-Boniface, a staple in health services in St. Boniface, alongside several other health and community organizations. Programs and services offered at the centre include primary health, mental health, disAbility, and home care. As different services are housed on different floors, each floor features a distinct accent colour to remind visitors where they are in the space and assist with wayfinding. Careful interior and architectural design features of this new building include convenient access to bus routes, covered parking, ample corridors and signage integrated into the design of the space. Together these factors contribute to a welcoming environment for all.
 

Please see above for a few photos of Access Saint Boniface.
Also, click here for a recently published piece in the french publication, La Liberte on the opening of the Saint Boniface Access Centre.

 

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
Interior Graphics: Dayna Kroeker
 

Farewell Mel

Last week MMP said farewell to our office manager Melissa Handkamer who is now on maternity leave. Our celebration featured a delicious chocolate cake courtesy of High Tea Bakery. Melissa will be greatly missed by all of us for the next year.

We wish her the best of luck in the busy days ahead, and look forward to meeting the newest member of the MMP family!

Peg City Car Co-op

MMP Architects is a proud member of Peg City Car Co-op, a car-share program which gives users access to a fleet of 22 vehicles in central Winnipeg. By joining the Co-op, employees of our firm who would otherwise have had to drive to work in order to attend meetings and site visits offsite can now continue to bike, walk, bus, or carpool to and from work while still having access to a vehicle during the day. Being a part of the car-share is an easy way for our firm to continue to provide sustainable transportation options for our employees, while also saving staff money by not needing to own a vehicle for work, and saving on exchange district parking fees.

To join the car-share, our firm bought a $500 refundable share, and added interested staff members to the plan for a small fee per person. One of the benefits of the plan is that members pay per usage (on an hourly/km basis), so if there is a month where none of our employees use a Peg City Car Co-op car, we don’t pay anything. An added value of the service is that it makes billing mileage for projects extremely easy, as km are digitally tracked and billed on a trip by trip basis by member. This means less work for our accounting team, as they can see notes made by employees on the system and bill accurate mileage for projects.

If you haven’t heard of Peg City Car Co-op I would highly advise checking them out here. Also, see above for a shot taken of one of the Peg City cars after a photo shoot at MMP’s recently completed, Access Saint Boniface (stay tuned for those photos coming to the blog soon).

Architecture + Design Film Festival Winnipeg

Now in its fifth year, the Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) presents critically acclaimed films focusing on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. A+DFF is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design.

For 2016 there are films from UK, Australia, France, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, USA, Ireland, Austria. The festival is presented by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, Urban Idea and Cinematheque. MMP is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Architecture + Design Film Festival, which runs from April 13-17, 2016.

For more information about A+DFF 2016, to view the full programme, and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit their website: http://adff.ca/

Hope to see you there!