Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Mountain Equipment Co-op

Address:303 Portage Avenue
Architects:Prairie Architects Inc.
Engineers:Structural: Wolfrom Eng. Ltd.
Mechanical: Faraci Eng. Ltd.
Electrical: MCW/AGE
Contractors:Milestone Project Management
Tours:Part of the QR Code Tour

More Information

The building incorporated a new two-storey building on the west of the site with an existing three-storey building to the east of the site.

More than 96% of all materials by weight in the building are constructed from recycled de-constructed materials from existing site buildings.

Structural connections are bolted and screwed to allow for possible future reuse.

Rooftop garden/green roof are irrigated with water held in basement rainwater collection tanks.

The MEC building was certified LEED Gold by the USGBC and was the first LEED certified building in Manitoba.

Cost of construction: $2.9 Million

Recognition and Awards

  • Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture, from RAIC
  • Pollution Prevention Award of Excellence
  • Award of Excellence, from Canada Energy Efficiency Awards
  • Award of Excellence, from National Post
  • Sustainability Award, from International Downtown Association
  • LEED® Gold

Design Characteristics

Materials:Rubble limestone and brick, timber and steel were reused from the existing building
Fibre-reinforced concrete panels
Size:30,270 sf