GWH Construction Management Services Ltd.
419 Laidlaw Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0K8
Date Bid: June 2013 Construction Period: July 2013 to Feb
Total Square Feet: 7,506 Site: n/a.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 2,662 (not included in square feet of
renovation); first floor, 2,662; second & third floor, 2,422; total,
7,506 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 6’; first floor, 12’ second & third
floor, 12’; total, 36’.
Basic Construction Type: Interior renovation. Foundation:
Existing. Exterior Walls: Existing. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood & metal stud drywall.
Architect: SNH Architecture - 200-4 Fort Street, Winnipeg,
Manitoba R3C 1C4
Structural Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering Ltd. - 345 Wardlaw
Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0L5
Mechanical Engineer: G Mech Engineering, Inc. - 5648 Betsworth
Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3R 0L6
Electrical Engineer: Ibasa Enterprises - 30 Gendreau Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3V 1M6
Interior Designer: NADI Urban Design Studio - 300-289 Garry
Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1H3
The story behind 289 Garry Street is a true testament on how dedication
and patience paid off in the renovation of this 100+ year-old character
building, in downtown Winnipeg. Challenges included age, building code
issues, and previous poor construction (much of which occurred without
Despite these challenges, the decision was made to purchase the
10,000-square-foot property with the intent to renovate and create
office space for the owner occupied design firm, as well as additional
leasable space for generating revenue.
The philosophy was simple:
Step 1: renovate the 3 usable floors, provide code compliant
washrooms, exits and floor to floor separations, and connect the East
and West portions of the 3rd floor with a link.
Step 2: Renovate each floor for tenancies. The building owner and
first tenant would occupy the 3rd floor and the balance of the building
would be leased to interested parties.
The path to get there was another story. With delays in obtaining the
permits and the need for the owner/first tenant to move in before
Christmas of 2013 the decision was made to begin construction in June.
The owner initially though that much of the existing building was
salvageable but with new building code requirements, and as poor
workmanship from numerous previous renovations became apparent, the
challenges escalated for the design/build team. All who were involved
had their skills, resources and patience tried over and over again
throughout the ten-month project. The outcome is a reflection of the
hard work and collaborative spirit that everyone brought to the table.
Many lessons were learned throughout this process with collaboration and
a shared determination to wrestle success out of potential tragedy being
the biggest. One additional important item to note is how absolutely
critical it is to perform an extensive due diligence, especially in a
renovation project of this scale. It is best to start by examining the
code violations, developing a realistic budget and most importantly to
not try to salvage poor construction work.
After 10 months of hard work this project was simply one of the most
involved projects that the GWH Construction Management Services team had
ever worked on. The design/build team managed to stay focused, working
through multiple setbacks and challenges. The result is nothing but
pride from the trades and compliments from guests and visitors at 289
With the building now 66% leased up and well positioned within the
downtown commercial real-estate market, 289 Garry Street is enjoying a
new lease on life and showing a strong appraised revaluation. It would
seem that the gamble has paid off.
Roofing: Soprema Carpet: Tandus
Sheet Vinyl: Johnsonite