University of Manitoba Day Care Addition Site Tour

MMP is currently in the construction stage, acting as primary consultant, for the University of Manitoba’s Day Care expansion project. The addition, a space to accommodate 74 additional children, was needed to ensure the high demand for child care at the Fort Garry Campus could be met.

On Monday August 20, 2108, MMP staff had the opportunity to visit the new 6,800 square foot addition at the University’s Fort Garry campus. MMP Architect and Contract administrator, Kristin Szuminsky showed staff around the construction site pointing out interesting details, construction issues and solutions, and sustainability features throughout the project. With an anticipated project completion this fall, the site tour provided an excellent behind-the-scenes look and learning opportunity for all who attended.

Special thanks to Kristin for the tour and access to what will soon be a bright and welcoming space for 74 lucky children. Please see above for a few tour photos and stay tuned for final photos this fall.


University of Manitoba Day Care Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Director of Design: Russell Krepart
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Senior Technician: Tam Nguyen

University of Manitoba Scotiabank Technology Centre Renovations

The Scotiabank Technology Centre is a large state-of-the-art computer facility located within the Asper School of Business’ Drake Centre at the University of Manitoba. The renovation of the existing computer lab and an adjacent classroom was completed by MMP Architects to allow for project completion that aligned to the start of the fall 2017 semester.

Renovations to the space were based on the MIT’s TEAL (Technology Enable Active Learning) teaching format that merges lectures, simulations, and hands-on experiments to create a collaborative learning experience. Achieving this style of teaching in the new space required extensive electrical coordination amongst the project team. The newly renovated facility houses 72 computer stations, which are arranged in pods of 4 to allow for collaborative group work. A centralized podium gives the instructor the ability to display relevant lecture information on the LCD monitors throughout the space, as well as on each of the student monitors, and also allows the instructor to access lighting and sound controls. A movable partition was also installed in the centre of the space to allow for part of the lab to be open to students while smaller classes are in session.

The resulting fully accessible space is flexible for instructors, students, and administration alike. The newly renovated Scotiabank Technology Centre will be a valuable space for teaching and learning for many years to come.


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

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

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

MITT 14 Fultz Blvd.

Formerly known as Winnipeg Technical College, the new Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) provides secondary and post-secondary students with applied skills training in trades, health care, information technology and other technical fields. MITT currently has several campus locations and is currently developing a master plan for expanding their Henlow/Fultz location.

The MMP Architects team, lead by principal architect Robert Wrublowsky, provided a collaborative design process for the MITT teams at their new 14 Fultz Blvd. location. The existing staff training and server space was transformed into a combination of MITT executive offices, classrooms (6), and student service facilities. The partial renovation included life safety and accessibility upgrades, as well as a focus on materials re-use which included salvaging and relocating all steel doors and light fixtures, incorporating 50% of the existing partitions in the new design, and re-using 80% of the existing ceiling materials. Working with MITT’s freshly minted corporate identity design guidelines, finishes were selected throughout to provide both a modern look as well as a professional atmosphere.

In fall 2015, MITT’s new second floor space at 14 Fultz Blvd. opened to students and staff. The newly revitalized space now boasts a design that will be appropriate for both executive offices and classrooms for years to come.


MITT Fultz Project Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek

Please see the gallery above for a few photos of the new space, and click here to learn more about the new Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.