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Cibinel Architects Limited

Biography

In 1993 architects George Cibinel and Doug Corbett partnered to establish the firm of Corbett Cibinel Architects Limited. The new business soon found work with a number of small renovation, residential and care home projects. Larger assignments arrived by the late 1990s with undertakings such as that for the Franco-Manitoban Heritage Centre (340 Provencher Boulevard, 1998; also known as the Centre du Patrimoine). The experimental design for this space – which involved a lobby space and library – combined a generally contemporary plansegments of the historic Empire Hotel (Cauchon Block) incorporated into the reception area.

The partnership gained greater attention for their extensive and remarkable work creating a new location for Red River College (160 Princess Street, 2003). This ensemble of buildings entailed the restoration of a row of extant landmark structures and the fashioning of an impressive spine-like atrium behind them; the project is typified by the sharp differentiation between old and new sections, while – as at the Centre du Patrimoine – demonstrating a compelling respect for past construction. This assignment was succeeded by a win of an international competition held by the city of Winnipeg for the redesign of the iconic urban corner of Portage and Main (2004). Corbett Cibinel’s concept for this upgrade involved the insertion of sculptural lighting and multiple glazed atria linking the site’s above ground and below ground spaces, as well as the addition of native planting, colourful paving and wind turbines. Another notable work of this period is the Environmental Safety Building, (University of Manitoba, 2005) wherein a delicate combination of limestone and metal, the latter largely in a strikingly angled roof, create an exciting composition out of what might have otherwise been a simple functional structure for the movement of waste materials. Similarly, the office made use of such details as clerestory windows and extensive natural lighting to elevate the straightforward Eastman Education Centre (Steinbach, Manitoba, 2006).

In 2006, George Cibinel became the operating partner of Corbett Cibinel Architects Limited and as of 1 April 2008 the previous practice took the name of Cibinel Architects Limited. The firm, however, maintained continuity in its interest in projects which integrate the new and the historic. An example of this is the Assiniboine Community College Culinary Arts building (Assiniboine College, Brandon, Manitoba, 2007), an assignment which commenced with restoration and redesign of an early twentieth century building and proceeded to add an unmistakably and remarkably contemporary metal and glass area containing teaching kitchen. Also remarkable is the firm’s H2Office project (150 Innovation Drive, 2010). This notable design features a sleek, one-storey office block set atop a retention pond, held aloft by slender columns; the plan won the office a Prairie Design Award of Excellence and a National Design Exchange Award Honourable Mention. Another significant from this phase is the modern but homey Centre Place Manitoba Olympic Pavilion (Vancouver, 2010), a temporary structure intended to manifest the energy of Manitoba and to communicate the province’s role as a centre for culture and trade – particularly that which involves environmental sustainability. To that end the prefabricated building – which made extensive use of translucent panels – was partially constructed from one hundred elm trees previously felled in the province’s capitol to prevent the spread of Dutch elm disease.

In November of 2012 it was announced that Cibinel Architects Limited – which maintains offices at 420-A Stradbrook Avenue – would serve as Associate and Technical Architect for the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art and Learning Centre, with Micheal Maltzan selected to design facility.

Projects

  • RECENT NOTABLE PROJECTS
  • 2021 Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art Centre
  • 2019 290 Colony Housing (in construction)
  • 2019 University of Manitoba Desautels Concert Hall (in design)
  • 2018 Ilisagvik College New Campus (in design)
  • 2018 Transcona Library
  • 2018 Nunavut Arctic College Expansion & New Community Learning Centre
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  • 2018 Winnipeg River Heritage Museum, St. Georges
  • 2018 University of Manitoba Smartpark Innovation Hub
  • 2018 South East Collegiate + Lodge
  • 2018 Pine Falls Primary Care & Healing Centre
  • 2016 Beach House
  • 2015 Red River College 319/325 Elgin Avenue (completed schematic design)
  • 2015 University of Manitoba Active Living Centre
  • 2014 University of Manitoba Visionary (re)Generation Development Plan
  • 2013 University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus Master Plan
  • 2012 Carpathia Credit Union
  • 2012 G House Residence
  • 2011 Coghlan’s Ltd. Office Headquarters & Distribution Centre
  • 2010 Brandon Firehall No.1
  • 2010 H2Office for Smartpark
  • 2010 Manitoba Pavilion for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver
  • 2009 National Leasing Head Office
  • HERITAGE PROJECTS
  • 2014 Stony Mountain Institution
  • 2014 Artspace Entrance Upgrade
  • 2012 Mayberry Gallery Exterior Restoration
  • 2011 CPR Station Portage
  • Completed under Corbett Cibinel Architects:
  • 2010 Assiniboine Community College – Len Evans School for Trades & Technology
  • 2009 Legislative Building – Showers
  • 2009 Winnipeg Archive
  • 2009 Knowles Douglas Student Centre
  • 2008 75 Albert Street Upgrades
  • 2007 University of Winnipeg – Convocation Hall Historical Interior Restoration
  • 2007 Brandon University – Campus Centre & Student Union Building
  • 2007 Legislative Building – Interior Upgrade
  • 2006 Knowles Douglas Mechanical Upgrade
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Wesley Hall Historical Exterior Restoration
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Convocation Hall Ceiling Restoration
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Wesley Hall
  • 2005 Assiniboine Community College – Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts
  • 2004 Red River College – Princess Street Streetscaping
  • 2003 Red River College – Princess Street Campus (Roblin Centre)
  • 2003 Red River College – Princess Street Bookstore
  • 2003 Assiniboine Community College – Programming and Campus Relocation Studies
  • 2001 University of Winnipeg – Wesley Hall Main Floor & Concourse Renovation
  • 1999 145 McDermot – Exterior Restoration & Interior Upgrades
  • 1998 Red River College – Market Driven Training Renovation at Via Rail Station
  • 1996 Brandon University – Student Union Building Bar Expansion
  • 1995 Electric Railway Chambers – Renovation / Restoration
  • 1994 Brandon University – Student Union Building Offices Renovation
  • 1994 Brandon University – Original Building & Clark Hall Historical Reconstruction
  • 1994 Brandon University – Knowles Douglas Building Addition
  • 1992 Brandon University – Original Building & Clark Hall Feasibility Study
  • PROJECTS for HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 2018 Nunavut Arctic College Kitikmeot Campus Building (in design)
  • 2018 Ilisagvik College New Campus (in design)
  • 2018 Nunavut Arctic College Expansion & New Community Learning Centre (in construction)
  • 2015 University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre
  • 2015 University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre Café
  • 2015 University of Manitoba – Central Energy Plant Renovations & Upgrades
  • 2013 University of Manitoba – Visionary (re)Generation Development Plan
  • 2013 University of Manitoba – Bannatyne Campus Master Plan
  • 2013 University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre Tunnel
  • 2012 University of Manitoba – Bio Sciences Greenhouse, Preliminary Design & Feasibility Study
  • 2011 University of Manitoba – Biological Sciences Building Upgrade
  • 2011 Red River College – Power Engineering Building Addition
  • Completed under Corbett Cibinel Architects:
  • 2010 Assiniboine Community College – Len Evans School for Trades & Technology
  • 2009 University of Manitoba – Immunology Laboratory
  • 2008 University of Manitoba – Faculty of Pharmacy Apotex Centre
  • 2008 University of Manitoba – Archives and Special Collections Renovation
  • 2007 University of Winnipeg – Convocation Hall Historical Interior Restoration
  • 2007 University of Manitoba – Bookstore Renovation
  • 2007 University College North – Renovation for Aboriginal Centre Relocation
  • 2007 Brandon University – Physical Plant Offices and Shops
  • 2007 Brandon University – Campus Centre & Student Union Building
  • 2007 Assiniboine Community College – Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts
  • 2006 University of Winnipeg – Wesley Hall Interior Renovation
  • 2006 University of Manitoba – Environmental Safety Building
  • 2006 University of Manitoba – Bookstore Renovation
  • 2006 University College North – The Pas Campus Programming and Master Plan
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Wesley Hall Historical Exterior Restoration
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Student Information Centre
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Mechanical And Electrical Upgrades
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Manitoba Hall Renovation
  • 2005 University of Winnipeg – Balmoral Street Ramp and Building Renovation
  • 2005 Brandon University – Student Residence Study
  • 2005 Brandon University – McMaster Hall Mechanical Upgrades
  • 2005 Brandon University – Gymnasium Addition Study
  • 2004 Brandon University – New Health Studies & Aboriginal Healing Cultural Centre
  • 2004 University College North – Thompson Campus Life Safety Building Upgrades
  • 2004 Red River College – Princess Street Streetscaping
  • 2004 Brandon University – Umphrey Building Renovation for Fine Arts Program
  • 2004 Brandon University – Student Residence Mechanical Upgrade
  • 2004 Brandon University – Master Planning and Campus Centre Study
  • 2004 Brandon University – Brodie Building Lab Renovation
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Young Street Development for Administration Offices
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Spence Street Entrance Banner
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Spence Street Campus Centre Study
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Sparling Hall Renovation Study
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Riddel Hall Service Area Building Renovation
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Public Communication Services
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Lockhart Hall Observatory Upgrade
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Learning Commons Study
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Global College Study
  • 2003 University of Winnipeg – Bulman Student Centre Life Safety Upgrade
  • 2003 University College North – Thompson Campus Programming and Master Plan
  • 2003 University College North – The Pas Campus Programming and Master Plan
  • 2003 Red River College – Princess Street Food Services
  • 2003 Red River College – Princess Street Elevator Addition
  • 2003 Red River College – Princess Street Campus (Roblin Centre)
  • 2003 Red River College – Princess Street Bookstore
  • 2003 Brandon University – Brodie Building Office Renovation
  • 2003 Assiniboine Community College – Programming and Campus Relocation Studies
  • 2002 University of Winnipeg – Bulman Student Centre Expansion
  • 2002 University of Winnipeg – Aboriginal Students Service Centre
  • 2002 Red River College – Trades Shops Renovations
  • 2002 Brandon University – Sports Complex Study
  • 2001 University of Winnipeg – Wesley Hall Main Floor & Concourse Renovation
  • 2001 University of Winnipeg – Sparling Hall Chiller Study
  • 2001 University of Winnipeg – Computer Room
  • 2001 University of Winnipeg – Campus Development Plan
  • 2001 University of Winnipeg – Balmoral Street Development
  • 2001 Red River College – Notre Dame Campus Development Study
  • 2000 Red River College – Trades Shops Life Safety Upgrades
  • 2000 Red River College – Maintenance Building Addition
  • 1999 Red River College – 5th & 6th Floor Building C Renovations
  • 1998 Red River College – Market Driven Training Renovation at Via Rail Station
  • 1998 Red River College – Market Driven Training Renovation at 161 Portage
  • 1998 Red River College – Building Code Compliance Analysis
  • 1998 Red River College – Administration Offices Renovation Building C 7th Floor
  • 1998 Brandon University – Archives Relocation to the Mckenzie Building
  • 1997 Red River College – Notre Dame Campus Centre Study
  • 1997 Red River College – Food Services Renovation
  • 1997 Red River College – Donor Wall and Room Naming Signage
  • 1997 Red River College – Building Code Compliance Upgrades
  • 1997 Red River College – Building Code Compliance Analysis
  • 1996 Red River College – White Lecture Theatre
  • 1996 Red River College – Renovation for the Comptroller’s Office
  • 1996 Red River College – Norwester Lounge Renovation
  • 1996 Red River College – Library Study
  • 1996 Red River College – Building ‘C’ – Counseling Offices
  • 1996 Brandon University – Student Union Building Bar Expansion
  • 1995 Red River College – Tower Lounge Renovation
  • 1995 Red River College – Study for a new Student Union Building
  • 1995 Red River College – Renovation for the Prairie Lights Restaurant
  • 1995 Red River College – Renovation for Assiniboine Inn Dining Room
  • 1995 Red River College – Renovation for an Educational Support Centre
  • 1995 Red River College – Renovation for a Counseling Centre
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for the Instrumentation Lab
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for Native Studies
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for Creative Arts
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for Community Access/Southern Nursing
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for a Small Equipment Lab
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for a new Materials Testing
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for a new Animal Health Lab
  • 1994 Red River College – Renovation for a Justice Training Centre
  • 1994 Brandon University – Student Union Building Offices Renovation
  • 1994 Brandon University – Original Building & Clark Hall Historical Reconstruction
  • 1994 Brandon University – McMaster Hall Office Renovation
  • 1994 Brandon University – Knowles Douglas Building Addition
  • 1994 Brandon University – Education Building Office Renovation
  • 1994 Brandon University – Archives Relocation to the Library Building
  • 1993 Red River College – Renovation of the Bookstore
  • 1993 Red River College – Renovation for Market Driven Training Centre
  • 1993 Red River College – Renovation for Access & Nursing
  • 1992 Brandon University – Original Building & Clark Hall Feasibility Study
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  • PROJECTS for HEALTHCARE
  • 2018 Pine Falls Primary Care Centre
  • 2016 International Centre on Dignity and Palliative Care (completed schematic design)
  • 2011 Pinawa Hospital – Laboratory Redevelopment
  • 2010 Thompson Hospital – CSR Redevelopment Study
  • Completed under Corbett Cibinel Architects:
  • 2009 Addictions Foundation of Manitoba – Thompson Addictions Treatment Facility
  • 2009 Manitoba Health – Selkirk Acquired Brain Injury Unit
  • 2009 Youville Diabetes Centre
  • 2008 Thompson General Hospital – Hemodialysis Facility
  • 2008 Pinawa Hospital – Boiler Upgrade
  • 2008 Oakbank Primary Care Centre Renovations
  • 2007 Thompson Acquired Brain Injury Facility
  • 2007 Thompson General Hospital – Renovations
  • 2007 Pinawa Hospital – Emergency Department and InPatient Care Unit Renovations
  • 2007 Pinawa Hospital – Cancer Care Program
  • 2006 Stonewall Lions Manor – Solarium Addition
  • 2006 North Eastman Health Association – Pine Falls Hospital Traditional Healing Centre
  • 2006 Luther Home Renovation
  • 2006 Burntwood Regional Health Authority – Ilford Nursing Station
  • 2006 Burntwood Regional Health Authority – Thompson Master Planning
  • 2005 Swan River Ambulance Garage – Mechanical Consulting
  • 2005 Pinecrest Long Term Care Home – Interior Design
  • 2005 Burntwood Regional Health Authority – Nurses Residence Sprinkler Upgrade
  • 2004 Twin Barrel Lodge – Mechanical Consulting
  • 2004 Tataskweyak Cree Nation – Nursing Home Mechanical Consulting
  • 2004 Rolling River Health Office – Mechanical Consulting
  • 2004 Nor–Man Regional Health Authority – Mechanical Consulting
  • 2004 Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg – Play deck Design
  • 2004 North Eastman Health Association – General Project Consulting
  • 2004 North Eastman Health Association – Primary Care Centre, Oakbank, Manitoba
  • 2003 North Eastman Health Association – Pinawa Hospital Upgrade
  • 2003 Gilbert Plains Emergency Services – Mechanical Consulting
  • 2003 Burntwood Regional Health Authority – Thompson Personal Care Home
  • 2002 Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Lindenholm Place – Interior Design
  • 2001 Red Lake Hospital – Renovations
  • 2001 Red Lake Clinic – Renovations
  • 2001 Pinecrest Long Term Care Home
  • 2001 Northwood Lodge – 10 Bed Addition
  • 2001 Dryden Long Term Care Facility – 32 Bed Addition
  • 2000 Ikwe Women’s Shelter
  • 1999 Stonewall Lions Senior’s Residence
  • 1999 Selkirk Mental Health Centre
  • 1999 Roblin Boulevard Housing
  • 1999 Neepawa Personal Care Home
  • 1999 Jocelyn House Hospice
  • 1999 Hillcrest Home – Brandon
  • 1999 BLJC – Health Canada (391 York)
  • 1999 BLJC – 145 Mcdermot Renovations
  • 1998 Rainycrest Long Term Care
  • 1998 PWC Halfway House
  • 1998 Pinecrest Long Term Care Facility – Feasibility Report
  • 1998 Manitou Lodge Code Review
  • 1998 Churchill Health Centre
  • 1997 Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Lindenholm Landscaping
  • 1997 Headingley Intermittent Housing
  • 1997 Hawthorn Lodge
  • 1997 Worker’s Compensation Board – 333 Broadway
  • 1996 Westman Child & Adolescent
  • 1996 Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Lindenlake Terrace
  • 1996 Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Lindenholm Personal Care Home
  • 1996 Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Lindenholm Fire Plan
  • 1995 Red Lake – 21 Bed Long Term Care Home
  • 1994 Washagamis Bay Elders Housing
  • 1994 Souris/Hartney Personal Care Homes
  • 1994 Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg – Roof Deck
  • 1994 Kenora Lifelease (with Channel Technical)
  • 1994 Kenora Condo (with Channel Technical)
  • 1994 Central Park Lodge – Code Upgrade
  • 1994 Dryden Long Term Care Home – 65 Bed
  • 1993 Thorvaldson Care Center
  • 1993 Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Lindenholm Place, Phase 2
  • 1992 Tuxedo Housing – Crystal Developers
  • 1992 Russell Seniors Housing
  • 1992 Manitoba Housing & Renewal Corporation – HVAC Contracts with MBH Mechanical
  • 1992 Manitoba Housing & Renewal Corporation – Doncaster And Edgeland
  • 1992 Mccreary Hospital – with MBH Mechanical
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