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Merchants Corner Redevelopment


Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Owner: North End Renewal Corporation, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Housing, Winnipeg Housing
Architect: Mistecture Architecture & Interiors
Contract Type: Construction Management
Completion Date: April 2018
Project Value: $13.2M


Located in the heart of Winnipeg’s North End, this redevelopment project offers a wide range of benefits to the North End Community of Winnipeg. This project was pursued as a Community Economic Development (CED) project, with expectations that Penn-co utilized local trades and tradespeople. Due to this process, this project will not only redevelopment one of the North End’s most notorious buildings into an educational and housing space, it will also provide job training for local residents and bolster the local economy. Additionally, this project was a Construction Management project, in which Penn-co is worked with the owners to develop budget pricing as we move towards the construction phase.
This project consists of the addition & renovation to the Merchant’s Corner Hotel, built in 1913 and labeled as one of Winnipeg’s historic buildings, as well as the construction of a new three storey housing building in the parking lot to the north of the Merchant’s Corner. The new three storey residential building will include 17 rental suites, a Community room, and Elder room, tenant parking and green space onsite. The Merchants Corner building was converted into University of Winnipeg educational and office space on the main floor, a mix of office space and residential space on the second floor with residential space on the third floor.
The new building consists of a driven concrete pile & grade beam foundation, with load-bearing steel stud walls and a Hambro Composite floor system. The roof is a flat roof construction. The renovation to the Merchants Corner Building consists of a similar foundation, with structural steel framing and a concrete hollow core floor system. The renovation to the Merchants Corner building maintains the existing exterior structural components with the modifications to the interior structural components as well as refurbishing the historic components such as the windows and exterior brick facade.

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