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  Visual Lizard Interior Fit-UpVisual Lizard Interior Fit-Up


GWH Construction Management Services Ltd.
419 Laidlaw Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0K8

General Description

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Date Bid: Apr 2011
Construction Period: June 2011 to Oct 2011
Total Square Feet: 2,430 Site: -
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 2,410; total, 2,410 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; total, 16’.
Basic Construction Type: Interior build out.
Foundation: n/a. Exterior Walls: n/a. Roof: n/a. Floors: Wood.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, tempered glass.
Currency Conversion Rate: April 2011 (1.03)

Project Team

Architect: Syverson Monteyne Architecture - 194 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2B6
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer (Phase 1 & 2): Nova 3 Engineering Ltd. - 201-120 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C7
Electrical Engineer (Phase 2): MCW AGE - 210-1821 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0G4

Visual Lizard is an office of computer programmers. They focus on building accessible web applications, and in the last decade, business has been good.

They had previously occupied two different rental spaces in the Historic Exchange District in Winnipeg, but by 2010, owners Julian Moffatt and Doug Ross decided it was time to buy. They wanted to stay in the heart of the Exchange District, and preferred to be in an older building with architectural character.

Ultimately, they were able to purchase a street front 'business condo' on the ground floor of the Fairchild Lofts Building at 110 Princess Street. At 2,430 square feet in area, the space had to accommodate a modest renovation program, including: a large, open plan work environment; two or three enclosed offices; a large meeting room that could be divided and used as two smaller meeting rooms when required; a partitioned kitchen/ lunch room; general storage, printing and collating spaces, and washrooms - one with a shower.

Visual Lizard commissioned Syverson Monteyne Architecture of Winnipeg to design the space, and GWH Construction Management Services of Winnipeg was hired as Construction Manager.

With a motto that promises to transform Internet code writing into "incredible magic", Visual Lizard is a web development company with a distinct appreciation for functional modern design. With prime street frontage in the heart of Winnipeg's Historic Exchange district, they embraced the opportunity to establish a strong physical presence within the community. The objectives for the tenant fit-up project were threefold: to design a space that reflected the Visual Lizard brand, to create a flexible and desirable work environment, and to expose their creativity to the public at the pedestrian level.

The writing is literally on the walls as many of the walls, doors, and moving partitions function as surfaces to sketch ideas and plan assignments. The end result is a collage of off-the-shelf materials, readily available hardware, and strategic blocks of color that work together within the space that drifts from work to play, that blurs the function of archetypal elements, and that invites the curious to just come in for a look.

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