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/

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.

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.

2016 MMP Staff Retreat

From August 18-20, MMP Architects employees once again turned on our “out of office” email notifications, locked the office doors, and took off on our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all of the MMP employees together for a three day stay at a cabin on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Our break from the office provides staff the time to regroup, bond as a team, work together in a team building exercise, and unwind together.

Some highlights from our time away included coloured bonfires, pontoon boat adventures, beach lounging, dance parties, karaoke, frisbee matches, a washer toss tournament, tenting, amazing food (including a crab boil) and drinks, snacks and much more. A feature of this year’s retreat was our first ever MMP Golf Tournament! Graciously sponsored by a number of product reps, teams of four took to the links of Grand Pines Golf Club for a day of (mostly) friendly competition. The rain stopped right as the first group teed off, and I think all would agree that we had a great day battling it out for bragging rights as well as some amazing prizes.

I’ve said it before, but it truly is so great to work for a company that values bonding together as a team. A big thank you to our gracious hosts, and all the folks that helped make our time away such a great experience.

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.

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!

The MMP Fireballs

This past spring and summer MMP Architects put together a team of staff and friends and participated in the Winnipeg Rec softball league. While talents varied from “sometimes gets on first,” to “lady-killer,” to “grand slam master,” and to “team captain,” I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed their time getting out of the office and playing some ball with the Fireballs team.

Thanks to our bosses who sponsored the team, to all that came out to play, and to the Boston Pizza staff who helped us celebrate after most games. A few photos of our time can be found in the gallery above.

On the Boards _032

On the Boards, is a Storefront Manitoba initiative, “…aimed at strengthening [the] architectural community through camaraderie, sharing, discussion and critique of work among peers.” MMP Architects was pleased to participate in last week’s 32nd On the Boards event, where architectural intern Aaron Simoes presented a current project to the attending group of architects, landscape architects, interior designers and planning professionals. Participants had a range of experience and included students, interns, and practicing professionals providing an ideal space to share new ideas and forge new connections. Due to the confidential nature of the event, we can’t give any specific details; however, we can attest that the discussion and feedback surrounding MMP’s presentation provided a fresh perspective, and will surely strengthen the project moving forward.

Special thanks to HTFC for hosting the event and to Storefront Manitoba for their dedication to advancing the awareness and appreciation of architecture, design and the built environment throughout Manitoba. MMP is looking forward to continuing our involvement with Storefront Manitoba, including participation at future On the Boards events.

Melee at the Met

MMP was a proud sponsor of the third annual Melee at the Met event on Thursday September 10, 2015. Held at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, the event saw the space transform into a venue for a live international Olympic-style boxing championship. This year’s fundraiser, in support of United Boxing Club, featured six international boxing matches between Team Canada and Team USA.

Principals of the firm, Robert Wrublowsky and Chris Daly represented MMP’s commitment to give back to the community through their sponsorship at the event. In a surprising turn of events, they were asked to present a championship belt for one of the matches, as a thank-you for their donations!

A few photos from the event can be seen above, and more information about the Melee at the Met event, the United Boxing Club, and future sponsorship opportunities can be found here: http://meleeatthemet.com/.

2015 MMP Staff Retreat

Last week MMP Architects employees turned on our “out of office” email notifications, locked the office doors, and took off on our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all of the MMP employees together for a three day stay at a cabin on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Our break from the office provides staff the time to regroup, bond as a team, work together in a team building exercise, and unwind together.

Some highlights from our time away included bonfires, cribbage matches, pontoon boat adventures, sea doo drives, tubing wipe-outs, beach lounging, dance parties, limbo, team games, frisbee matches, some amazing meals, drinks, and snacks and much more. A feature of this year’s retreat was the Amazing race game that sparked some friendly competition between three teams of MMP staff who raced through the bush following GPS waypoints, answered MMP trivia, and ended up using slingshots to launch marshmallows at a teammate sitting in a chair in the middle of the lake. The race was tight, and with only a 6 second lead, team red (Marty's team) pulled ahead right at the end with a perfectly aimed marshmallow.

What a great thing it is to work for a company that values bonding together as a team! A big thank you to all the folks that helped make our time away such a great group experience.

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.