Winners of 2008 Prairie Design Awards

Award of Merit

Category: Recent Work

Manitoba Blue Cross Tenant Improvements
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Owner/Client: Manitoba Blue Cross

Architect of Record: Verne Reimer

Interior Designers: Cindy Rodych, Tedd Littleford, Jennifer Young

Structural Engineer: Tower Engineering Group

Mechanical Engineer: Tower Engineering Group

Electrical Engineer: Tower Engineering Group

Contractor: A. Akman & Son Ltd.

Photographer: Gerry Kopelow

The Project

The renovation of 599 Empress Street was undertaken as a historic preservation project, incorporating modernist design principles and details. The result is the restoration of one of Winnipeg's best examples of a classic modernist building, while at the same time providing the client an office space that maintains flexibility for future growth and celebrates their rich history.

Jury Comments

This project is particularly significant because it aims to restore a wonderful modernist / international style building while saving it from the scrap heap, which makes this project a ‘green building' as well. The architects were able to save a piece of our architectural heritage without resorting to manufacturing more materials and creating more air pollution. Where required new building materials and finishes were reproduced, which is seen as noteworthy.


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