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

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

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
 

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation

Last month, principal architect Robert Wrublowsky toured the Leonard Florence Centre for Living, owned by the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, in Massachusetts as part of his research on elderly care. “Rooted in the Jewish tradition but welcoming of all faiths and backgrounds, the Chelsea Jewish Foundation consistently provides high-quality, compassionate care, while focusing on the development of innovative programs and services that enable individuals to live as independently as possible.”

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation provides care to over 800 individuals daily throughout Chelsea and Peabody, MA, and employs over 1000 staff members. Services of the organization include short-term residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, memory care, independent living, adult day health, geriatric care management, home care, personal care, and hospice agencies

The Leonard Florence Center for Living is the first urban model Green House® skilled nursing residence in the United States. This long-term care model offers a “home-like” environment by clustering residents into smaller units of 10-12 individuals within cottage-like residences, and assigning staff to these particular Green Houses. The Green House model’s architecture focuses on three main areas that help to create a home-like feel:

  • Warm décor, furnishings and interior design that fosters serenity and socialization
  • Smart advanced technologies to improve independence and care
  • Green harmony and balance of internal and external environments, showcasing the importance of ample sunlight and greenery in the residences.

The Green House model is being utilized in MMP’s Bridgwater Personal Care Home design. Future blog posts and public announcements will delve deeper into the work that Robert Wrublowsky has been doing towards changing senior care standards throughout Manitoba.

We are happy to announce that a generous donation was made by MMP Architects to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, who is one of the largest senior living non-profits in the New England region, and is redefining senior care throughout North America.

 

For more information about the Chelsea Jewish Foundation and their urban model Green House please visit their website here: http://www.chelseajewish.org/

Community Primary Care Centre - Steinbach

Earlier today a press release was issued announcing the Community Primary Care Wellness Centre, a joint effort project between the Bethesda Foundation, Bethesda Wellness Incorporated, Steinbach Family Medical and Southern Health-Santé Sud. The intention of the new facility, to be located in Steinbach, is to improve access to primary care for Manitobans living in the South Eastman region.

Acting as primary consultant, MMP has designed a 29,447 square foot building which will provide an integrated and collaborative healthcare system through the wide variety of disciplines that will be co-located in one facility. The Community Primary Care Wellness Centre follows the “Access Centre” model that has been used throughout Winnipeg, a one stop shop for primary health.

The Community Primary Care Wellness Centre will move to tender phase shortly, and has an anticipated opening date of August 2017.


Community Primary Care Centre Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Kristin Szuminsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Please see the gallery above for a rendering of the proposed building exterior.