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Giving a historic building new life

Winnipeg, Manitoba

At the epicenter of the renewal on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Centrepoint is a five-story mixed-use podium with a 13-story tower—a symbol of a community dedicated to revitalizing their downtown. Centrepoint plays host to 2 restaurants, a 156-room boutique hotel, office space, and a storefront for emerging local artists.

The prairie landscape was instrumental in the design, with open and flat lands inspiring the overall visibility of the building. The historic Mitchell-Copp building façade was retained, refurbished, and restored, becoming the building’s entrance and featuring glass windows that open up the space. Glass continues to cover the rest of Centrepoint, which with its weightless design adds a new dimension to Winnipeg’s downtown.

Viewers from outside can see the activity inside the offices, and the vista from inside provides full panoramic views of Winnipeg. Tied into the Sports, Hospitality, and Entertainment District (SHED), this building has created a new level of activity on Portage Avenue and has set the stage to bring downtown into a new era.

The building was designed to high environmental standards, accommodating the health and wellness of staff, visitors, and tenants. Sustainable features include interior light wells to maximize daylight, low-energy lighting, low consumption plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient heat pumps, recycled and low volatile organic compounds materials, and green building materials.

Working in an award-winning building

Join architect Michael Banman and interior designer Todd Littleford as they explore the benefits of Stantec’s move to downtown Winnipeg.

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<p><b>Michael Banman</b>: What can a move, a consolidation in a beautiful space do for your office? How can it retain talent? How can it attract talent? How can it attract better clients?</p> <p><b>Todd Littleford</b>: It’s very subtle, but I think the nice thing about it is it’s like little surprises here or there when you look at it. It’s very refined and it’s not in your face but you look at something and go, ‘that was really thought through.</p> <p>Michael had a really strong concept for the building and we really tried to follow that through on the interior. The idea was people looking at us because the front is very transparent, then how do we take that concept and pull it through the interior so it’s sort of yes they’re looking at us, but once you’re in here you should be able to look through the space and at each other. <br> <br> </p> <p><b>Michael</b>: Where we have so many different disciplines, they are now all under one roof so to speak. So, the connection and integration of that is obvious. The other thing is just access to natural light and better air quality, so we have two large lightwells that cut through our space. They offer a lot of daylight. There’s panoramic views across the city. We used to be in suburban locations and now we’re in the city. It’s a massive change for us and we’re seeing differently I think when people are walking into this office space there’s a set of pride in that. We’re a large corporate practice and we finally have a space that reflects and represents that.</p> <p>relocating downtown and being in a prominent relocation has helped us to gain more projects and more respect within the community and the opportunities keep growing from there.</p> <p>We had A client of ours walked through here the other day and he said “by and large you don’t know what the architects do in the city”. He says “now everybody in the city knows what you can do.”</p>

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