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10 16 2020

McLaren Hotel Redevelopment, Winnipeg, MB

The VRA team is pleased to be working with the Owners of the McLaren Hotel on this redevelopment project that includes the construction of a new multi-story residential building to assist in the City’s affordable and transitional housing needs. This development will include renovations to the historic McLaren Hotel, and together with the new multi-storey residential building, will enhance Winnipeg’s Main Street experience. This is another step forward for the City and the historic McLaren Hotel.

10 08 2020

St. John Brebeuf Church

Verne Reimer Architecture Incorporated recently completed envelope & roofing work at St. John Brebeuf Roman Catholic Parish in Winnipeg, MB. The new cross was installed this week.

09 29 2020

Updated Notice to our Clients, Colleagues and Collaborators

The health and safety of our employees, their families and our community is Verne Reimer Architecture’s (VRA) priority. We have taken the current CORVID-19 Pandemic very seriously and have put further measures in place. VRA continues to function in our office on River Avenue. We are providing the support needed to generate our projects, while focusing on the schedules and timelines. We will continue to monitor our workflow and communicate with our clients and consultant teams on a regular basis, including any changes required due to the situation.

As we continue to monitor health updates from the WHO, Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada, we have implemented the additional precautionary measures for our practice:

  1. Our physical office is essentially closed to the public. If required, please arrange for access ahead of arrival or knock on the door for deliveries or entry, if necessary.
  2. We are promoting everyone to only use email communication, in lieu of fax or physical mail.
  3. Mandatory Stay-at-home policy for staff who are feeling or exhibiting signs of illness.
  4. Enhanced cleaning regime throughout our office for all staff and visitors.
  5. Enhanced physical distancing considerations, as well as suspension of all in-person meetings in favour of audio-visual conferencing technology. If we do have to use VRA as a meeting location all participants will require a mask.
  6. Mandatory quarantine for staff returning from out-of-province.
  7. Postponing all non-essential business travel.
  8. We remain committed to conducting construction field reviews using technology as much as possible. We will only go to site when essential and when appropriate spatial separation and other measures are fully achieved and managed by the Project Constructor.

All of our staff are available via their VRA emails. Our telephone reception is active. If you are having trouble contacting anyone, please email info@vernereimer.com and we will promptly connect you to the party you are seeking.

We remain committed to serving you and we appreciate your understanding as we adapt our processes. We will do our best to minimize impacts and continue to provide a high level of service during these challenging times.

Prior to sending any documents or coming to our office, please make sure there are persons present to receive you or your package.

Please stay safe, healthy and optimistic – this too will pass.

Verne Reimer Architecture Incorporated

09 23 2020

Kivalliq, Nunavut

We are excited to announce that Verne Reimer Architecture (VRA) and our team of exceptional consultants alongside Blouin Orzes Architects have been awarded the Kivalliq Long Term Care Facility Design Project proposed for Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The VRA team has brought together CO12, RIDI, LDA, HTFC, MCW, KGS and RWDI with the intent to design a culturally appropriate facility with new applications that can respond to the challenges facing LTC facilities in the present COVID-19 environment. The team has commenced work with the Government of Nunavut and stakeholder representatives and looks forward to working in the Rankin Inlet community.

Photographs taken by Ghislain Bélanger, MOAQ MRAIC PA LEED, architecte, CO12 Architecture, 2020.

09 02 2020

Polar Bears International House and Staff Residence

Polar Bears International House and Staff residence as featured in the current issue of Canadian Architect magazine:

https://www.canadianarchitect.com/polar-bears-international-house-and-staff-residence/

“Sensitivity is also required to meet the needs and aspirations of remote communities. Assumptions about architectural arrangement and form, site context, and how a project is used all need to be set aside in favour of careful listening and flexibility.”

Verne Reimer Architecture in collaboration with Blouin Orzes architectes, 2019.

06 08 2020

Meridian Exhibition Centre in Winkler, MB

05 22 2020

VRA+Blouin-Orzez

Verne Reimer Architecture partnered with Blouin Orzez architectes with the Polar Bear International House and the associated Buggy House in Churchill, MB. We are now working on a proposal for a Long Term Care facility in Rankin Inlet, NU.

The following link is a Blouin-Orzez profile in Canadian Architect, including a 12-minute video documenting their work in the northern Canadian region of Nunavik, where they have been designing projects in collaboration with the Inuit community for the past decade.

https://www.canadianarchitect.com/architectural-league-features-video-report-by-canadian-firm-blouin-orzes/

03 31 2020

Notice to our Clients, Colleagues and Collaborators

The health and safety of our employees, their families and our community is Verne Reimer Architecture’s (VRA) priority. We have taken the current Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic very seriously and have put appropriate measures in place.  VRA continues to function with most of our staff, now working at home. We are in direct communication with each of our staff members and providing the support needed to continue to generate our projects, while focusing on the schedules and timelines. We will continue to monitor our workflow and communicate with our clients and consultant teams on a regular basis, including any changes required due to the situation.

As we continue to monitor health updates from the WHO, Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada, we have implemented the following precautionary measures for our practice:

  1. Our physical office is essentially closed, but a few persons will be active in either Suite 109 or 110. If required, please arrange for access ahead of arrival or knock on the door for deliveries or entry, if necessary.
  2. We are promoting everyone to only use email communication, in lieu of fax or physical mail.
  3. Mandatory Stay-at-home policy for staff who are feeling or exhibiting signs of illness.
  4. Enhanced cleaning regime throughout our office for all staff and visitors.
  5. Enhanced physical distancing considerations, as well as suspension of all in-person meetings in favour of audio-visual conferencing technology.
  6. Mandatory quarantine for staff returning from out-of-province.
  7. Postponing all non-essential business travel.
  8. We remain committed to conducting construction field reviews using technology as much as possible. We will only go to site when essential and when appropriate spatial separation and other measures are fully achieved and managed by the Project Constructor.

All of our staff are available via their VRA emails. Our telephone reception is active, but is remote. If you are having trouble contacting anyone, please email info@vernereimer.com and we will promptly connect you to the party you are seeking.

We remain committed to serving you and we appreciate your understanding as we adapt our processes. We will do our best to minimize impacts and continue to provide a high level of service during these challenging times.

Prior to sending any documents or coming to our office, please make sure there are persons present to receive you or your package.

Please stay safe, healthy and optimistic – this too will pass.

Verne Reimer Architecture Incorporated

 

03 17 2020

Recreation Connections Manitoba

Marcus Rarog and Jeff Penner represented Verne Reimer Architecture and VRA Sport at the 24th Annual Rec Connections Provincial Conference & Tradeshow last week.

02 20 2020

Meridian Exhibition Centre

Construction underway in Winkler, MB.

Drone images courtesy of Marlin Wiebe, 2020.

02 05 2020

ANICINABE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Site visit in Sagkeeng, Fort Alexander, MB.

01 06 2020

Valley Bowling & Entertainment Center Open to Public

Verne Reimer Architecture + VRA Sport is excited to announce that Valley Bowling & Entertainment Center is now open in Winkler, MB. The VRA team worked with Valley Bowling staff and Design-Build Lead Ed Penner Construction (EPC) and their trades with an aggressive schedule to have the facility ready for events in December 2019. The project is a unique facility to Manitoba, with 18 ten pin bowling lanes, a bar and restaurant space, a 18 hole mini-golf course, virtual golf, a kids play structure and an arcade zone. The new facility serves to carry forward the tradition and legacy of bowling in the Pembina Valley.

Photos taken by Project Architect Jeff Penner, 2020.

12 17 2019

Iqaluit Public Works Facility

Verne Reimer Architecture Incorporated (VRA), Rodych Integrated Design Inc. (RIDI) and WSP is continuing design work on the Public Works Facility for the City of Iqaluit. This in-progress video is used as a design tool, offering the client an opportunity to understand planning decisions and functionality/scale.

Video created by Verne Reimer Architecture, 2019.

11 10 2019

Meridian Exhibition Centre – Construction Underway in Winkler, MB.

Photos courtesy of Mark Sawatzky, MJS Performance Benefits, 2019.

10 28 2019

VRA & RIDI at the 2019 Laughs + Libations Gala

Verne Reimer Architecture and Rodych Integrated Design were Presenting Sponsors at this year’s Laughs + Libations Gala at Riverview Health Centre. With 500 in attendance and $100,000 raised, the event was a record breaking success. Proceeds from the event allow Riverview Health Centre to continue to provide exemplary health care to its residents and patients.

08 15 2019

Balmoral Hall School Centre for Arts & Design Opens Its Doors to Students

Construction is complete on this VRA- led facility at Balmoral Hall School. Each of the flexible learning spaces has been designed to complement and enhance current programming. In each space, students are given the opportunity to become actively engaged in designing their educational experience, making learning powerful and memorable.

https://www.balmoralhall.com/giving/centre-for-arts–design

Photos by Gerry Kopelow, 2019.

07 24 2019

VRA in Iqaluit, NU.

Verne Reimer Architecture recently spent time in Iqaluit, Nunavut along with RIDI and WSP. We will be designing a new Public Works Facility for the City of Iqaluit. The trip offered VRA team members Jeff Penner and K.C. McCormick a chance to explore this changing arctic capital. The landscape in and around the community is always set with the immense sky, showcasing the unique relationship between land and sea.

Photos taken by Project Architect Jeff Penner, 2019.

06 25 2019

Verne Reimer Inducted into the 2019 RAIC College of Fellows

The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.

https://raic.org/news/architects-14-canadian-cities-named-2019-raic-fellows

05 25 2019

Table for 1200 More

Verne Reimer Architecture had the privilege to participate again in the TableFor1200More, hosted by Sorefront MB and catered by local chefs Mandel Hitzer (Deer+Almond) and Ben Kramer (Chef Ben Kramer Custom Catering). This year the event was held on Albert Street / Letinsky Place in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District.

TableFor1200More is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism.

05 21 2019

Anicinabe Community School – Construction Underway

Drone footage of construction in progress of Anicinabe Community School at Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB.

Videos courtesy of Blair Letander, Resident Site Inspector, 2019.

05 15 2019

Valley Bowling Entertainment Centre

Construction in progress at Valley Bowling Entertainment Centre in Winkler, MB.

Drone photos courtesy of Ed Penner Construction Ltd. (EPC).

12 06 2018

GBR alumni gathering

11 20 2018

SOD-TURNING CEREMONY FOR ANICINABE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

SAGKEENG, FORT ALEXANDER, MB

Students, parents and officials in Sagkeeng First Nation turned the sod for a new school on Tuesday, six years after the community’s old school was damaged in a fire.

The new Anicinabe Community School will incorporate 21 classrooms for students from nursery to Grade 6, as well as an indoor place space, a library and an elder’s room. Residents in the community about 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg helped architects create the design. Aodbt Architecture + Interior Design also worked on the project.

See full CBC Article here:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-sagkeeng-new-school-1.4913995

10 28 2018

VRA & RIDI at the 2018 Centre Stage Gala

This year’s gala netted in excess of $80,000 which will be directed towards Riverview’s Alzheimer Centre of Excellence project.

09 10 2018

BUBIS + BLUMENTHAL RESIDENCE FEATURED IN WAG’S 11TH HOME TOUR

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 FROM 10AM TO 4PM.

The Associates of the WAG invite you to the 11th Home Tour. This year’s tour celebrates the diversity of architecture and design within the very heart of our city, featuring contemporary homes alongside original stately houses of the past century. All proceeds support the WAG.

SOLD OUT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

The tour is self-guided and highlights five homes in Old Tuxedo representing various styles, such as Tudor Revival, Georgian Revival, mid-century, and modern:

103 Lamont, built in 2004

120 Lamont, built in 1929

207 Lamont, built in 1929

217 Handsart Blvd., built in 1947

226 Handsart Blvd., built in 1930

$40/person

We hope to see you at this year’s Home Tour!

Winnipeg Free Press article:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/arts/home-is-where-the-art-is-493294841.html

03 07 2018

2017 VERNE REIMER, PRESIDENT OF THE MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS, WELCOMES NEW MAA MEMBERS

The Manitoba Association of Architects and president Verne Reimer, MAA, on behalf of the architectural profession and all registered architects in Manitoba, would like to express their great pleasure in celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of individuals who have, within the last twelve months, fully completed all the requirements for registration as members of the architectural profession in Manitoba.

Earlier this month, architects newly registered within the past year were invited by association president Verne Reimer, MAA, to attend a recognition event designed to publicly acknowledge the achievements of these licensed professionals who look forward to serving Manitobans.

The Manitoba Association of Architects admits architects to the profession on the basis of their education, training, experience, and personal qualifications. In completing a rigorous internship process marked by significant and extensive project experience, demanding professional examinations and a unique and lengthy education, these individuals
have demonstrated their dedication to their profession, and like all architects, these registered members of the Manitoba Association will continue to demonstrate this excellence in the pursuit of their calling.

Established in 1914, the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) is a self-governing professional association charged under The Architects Act with the registration of architects and with the regulation of the practice of architecture in the Province of Manitoba. The Association regulates the practice of architecture or the protection of the public and the administration of the profession. www.mbarchitects.org

12 04 2017

Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy Exhibit and Book Launch

Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy Exhibit Opening and Talk

Tuesday December 5th, 7 pm

Please join us for the opening of the exhibit “Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Heritage”, curated by Jeffrey Thorsteinson and Brennan Smith
Jeffrey Thorsteinson will give a free public talk on the history of Green Blaankstein Russell and our new, accompanying book will be available for sale.
The free exhibit, offered in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Centre 123 Doncaster Avenue, will run until February 15th.
Funding support has been provided by Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Stantec, Manitoba Association of Architects, City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba.

Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy Book launch
McNally Robinson, Grant Park Shopping Centre
Thursday December 7th, 7 p.m.

Written by architectural historians Jeffrey Thorsteinson and Brennan Smith, for the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, the book has over 300 illustrations.

The book is available from McNally Robinson as well as the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (266 McDermot) or online at: http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/shop/merchandise/publications/green-blankstein-russell-an-architectural-legacy/
Price is $35

A.J.Donahue: Experiments in Design
This exhibit continues at the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (266 McDermot) until December 15th.
This exhibit features a selection of experimental and influential building and furniture designs by   architect A.J. Donahue from 1942 to 1963.
Open Monday to Friday noon – 4:30 (or by appointment)

http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/a-j-donahue-experiments-in-design/

08 06 2015

VERNE REIMER DESIGNATED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS

05 23 2015

Table for 1201

Verne Reimer Architecture welcomed the opportunity to participate again in the Table for 1201 event in Winnipeg. The event occurred at the Manitoba Legislature and it turned out to be a spectacular evening. The occasion was another opportunity for us and others to engage in the important conversation about the value of architecture and design in enhancing our communities, culture and the human experience.

04 10 2015

Faculty of Architecture Studio Reviews

Verne participated once again as an invited guest critic of Associate Professor Nancy Maruca’s Second Year Interior Design student final design presentations at the University of Manitoba. Over the past number of years, the Verne Reimer Architecture space and its “sister” raw and undeveloped space has been used as the basis for a key, year-end project for the Interior Design program. The design work presented by the students was again exceptional and demonstrated a high level of skill and creativity. Verne Reimer Architecture would like to thank the studio group for the beautiful art piece that was generously gifted, and is now on display in our office.

03 03 2015

VRA WEBSITE LAUNCH

The Verne Reimer Architecture website is launched.

09 09 2014

Winnipeg Design Festival Sponsor

Verne Reimer Architecture is a Support Sponsor for this exciting festival that celebrates contemporary design in the city of Winnipeg. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Festival. To see a schedule of all of the events that are occurring, visit www.winnipegdesignfestival.net

07 31 2014

CBSA Border Crossing Facilities Construction Completed

07 24 2014

VRA Annual Golf Tournament

There was a lot to be thankful for at this year’s Annual Golf Tournament. The weather was beautiful, the VRA Apparel was released, the competition was high, and the prizes were delightful. We are already looking forward to next year.

07 21 2014

VRA Apparel

Verne Reimer Architecture has made its mark on clothing.

07 07 2014

Lode King Industries Construction has Commenced

07 03 2014

Dugald Estates Sod Turning Ceremony

A new $14.5M, 47-unit co-op housing development that provides quality and affordable accommodation for rural seniors, officially started construction in the RM of Springfield today with a community sod-turning celebration. Dugald Estates is an equity co-op led by the Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op Ltd. (SSHC) and is located in close proximity to Oakbank and Winnipeg.

05 31 2014

Table for 1200

Verne Reimer Architecture had the privilege to participate in the spectacular Table for 1200 Event in Winnipeg. The event was unlike any other in Winnipeg and was hugely successful in connecting architects, designers, and the public while opening up a dialogue on design in cities.

04 15 2014

The Winkler Recreation Centre Addition is Awarded to VRA

Verne Reimer Architecture is thrilled to design and provide construction documentation for the Winkler Recreation Centre Addition. This addition serves as a link between the existing Arena and Curling Club while hosting a new concession, new offices, and a more generous lobby.

03 27 2014

Ka Ni Kanichihk Renovation is Complete

Ka Ni Kanichihk has converted a portion of their building into offices. Verne Reimer Architecture completed the design and construction documents necessary for completion. The construction was completed on time and within the required budget.

03 01 2014

Currentbend Marketing is Underway

Current Bend Condominiums is a six storey, 60 unit condominium tower which features spaciously designed unit plans, 9’ ceilings, and large balconies. All units have two bathrooms, islands in the kitchen, as well as walk in closets and ample windows. Residents have access to a specially constructed amenity space which includes a lounge, club room and fitness area. Protected underground parking is provided along with ample outdoor parking for visitors. For additional information, visit the Sales Centre website at

12 19 2013

SKY Phase 2 Construction is Complete

12 04 2013

Winkler Arts and Culture Centre Fundraising is Underway

Winkler Arts and Culture (WAC) is a non-profit organization working towards establishing an Art and Culture Centre for Winkler focused on teaching, sharing, and celebrating the arts with everyone.

12 03 2013

Winkler Arts and Culture Press Release

06 06 2013

PARC Grand Opening

The Prairie Arctic Regional Council of Carpenters, Drywallers, Millwrights & Allied Workers (PARC) opened its Head Office Building.

05 20 2013

Element Condos Opening

05 16 2013

Heart of the City Benefit

Verne Reimer Architecture had the privilege and honour to sponsor the “Heart of the City Benefit” event. Mount Carmel Clinic is a non-profit community health centre facility committed to helping families live healthier lives. Mount Carmel offers a wide range of services that address social needs from child care and mental health to housing and social status. Each approach Mount Carmel takes with a person unique and takes into account each person’s own history and priorities.  Verne Reimer Architecture encourages others to participate in Mount Carmel’s mission for our community.

04 12 2013

Faculty of Architecture Studio Reviews

Verne Reimer participated as an invited guest critic at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture for final design reviews.

In the morning sessions, Verne provided review of Associate Professor Nancy Maruca’s Second Year Interior Design student design presentations. Over the last two years, Professor Maruca has used the VRA Office with relationship to its “raw” twin neighbouring space as a real world design exercise. In the afternoon sessions, Verne provided review of Professor Eduard Epp’s EVAR 4010 / ARCH 7060 Our / My Winnipeg: Projects for the Agrarian Metropolis presentations. Verne Reimer has welcomed and enjoyed these sessions, as the student input and results were extraordinary. It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the ongoing discussion on architecture and urban design within Winnipeg.

12 20 2012

Our Lady of Lourdes Grand Opening

12 03 2012

Best Medical-Fitness Facility in the World

Winnipeg’s Reh-fit Centre was internationally recognized as the Best Medical-Fitness Facility in the World by the Medical-Fitness Association (MFA) who awarded it as the Certified International Facility of the Year. The addition and renovation was completed by Stantec Architecture.  Verne Reimer was the Principal-in-Charge and Design/Project Architect for the project, when at Stantec Architecture.

12 03 2012

The First Canadian Certified Medical-Fitness Facility

In 2012, the Reh-Fit Centre set a global standard for medical fitness facilities as it received the 2012 Certified Facility of the Year by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA).  This Addition & Renovation was completed by Stantec Architecture. Verne Reimer was the Principal-in-Charge and Design/Project Architect for the Project, when at Stantec Architecture

10 20 2012

Winkler Art and Culture Facility Design Completed

09 30 2012

Mosaic Funeral Services Completed

07 31 2012

La Salle Community Centre Study Completed

06 30 2012

Verne Reimer Elected to Manitoba Association of Architects Council

04 30 2012

Hodgson Renal Health Centre Completed

04 30 2012

Berens River Renal Health Centre Completed

03 17 2012

Stonecrest Condominiums Construction Completed

Verne Reimer’s experience with Stantec Architecture. Verne was the Principal-in-Charge and Design/Project Architect for the Project when at Stantec. VRA provided Contract Administration Services, as a consultant to Stantec, to complete the project.

02 21 2012

Shell Canada Office Buidling Feasibility Study Completed

01 15 2012

VRA Studio Receives Green Globes

VRA Studio receives Two Globe Green Globes sustainability recognition.

12 17 2011

Winkler Community Centre Master Plan Public Consultation

Pembina Valley Online published the consultation of a proposed Active Living Community Centre that would provide for the ever-increasing needs of the growing city of Winkler and its neighbouring municipalities.

11 30 2011

Brookside Business Park Design Completed

10 10 2011

VRA Moves to Osborne Village

VRA River Avenue Studio Completed

07 18 2011

Element Condos is featured in the Winnipeg Free Press

See the story behind Element Condos in the Winnipeg Free Press.

07 14 2011

VRA Presents at On The Boards 003

Brent Lauman and Verne Reimer of VRA presents Element Condos at “On the Boards”, an informal architectural forum initiated by Storefront Manitoba that invites architectural professionals to share, learn, critique, and become informed of design and development occurring in Winnipeg and beyond.

05 31 2011

222 Handsart Interior Revitalization Completed

05 31 2011

Winnipeg Art Gallery Penthouse Modifications Completed

01 31 2011

Manitoba Hydro Generating Station Consultation Completed

04 30 2010

Winnipeg Art Gallery Skylight Modification Completed

03 31 2010

Niakwa Club Room Complete

07 31 2009

VRA Is Incorporated