March 30, 2022

And the winner is…

Heritage Winnipeg hosted the 36th Annual Preservation Awards at the Ukrainian Labour Temple on Thursday, March 24. Projects that won a Conservation Award included a library expansion, a pump station adaptive reuse, several post-secondary institution renovations and… could it be? The Manitoba Legislative Building Rotunda Conservation Project, completed by our team!

The iconic Manitoba Legislative Building was built in 1920. For over a century it has been part of Manitoba’s past and present. Now that the Rotunda is repaired, painted, and lit by a new, minimally invasive lighting system, it will be a shining beacon in Manitoba’s future. 

Members of Republic’s team were in attendance on Thursday night to accept the award. When asked what aspect of the project they are most proud of, Project Manager Mélanie Gagnon and Design team member Thalia Andreoglou had a hard time choosing. They considered the innovative scaffolding design, the team’s ability to adapt and deliver a hands-on project during a pandemic, and the reinstatement of a colour palette that paid homage to the original design. 

There were many project highlights but, in the end, Mélanie and Thalia agreed: what made them proudest was the trust the Province of Manitoba put in our team to care for this beautiful heritage building. We are honoured by the opportunity to work on the Manitoba Legislative Building, and we are grateful to Heritage Winnipeg for recognizing this labour of love with a Conservation Award. 

From everyone at Republic, congratulations to all the winners!