Mark reports that Phase II will see construction start September 2014. The design is for 21 units on two levels. As mentioned, the idea is to capture as much of the stunning river views as possible. To achieve this, floor plans mirror those on floors one and four in Phase I. And because the new section is only two levels, it does not interfere with the views already enjoyed by residents of the existing property. Residents simply get more says Daly. “Where else can you find rental accommodation in Winnipeg where you have in-suite washer/ dryer, 10 foot ceilings, massive windows with stunning views of the river and the new museum, and a New York loft style feel for less than $1600 a month?” Indeed, residents also find an on-site gym with Nordic Trak and Bowflex equipment systems, one piece Fiat shower units in bathrooms, and walk-in closets to name just a few of the design attributes. There is even a choice between cable and Internet suppliers with H20 offering hook-up from either Shaw or MTS. Mark turned to some of Winnipeg’s finest suppliers to assist with the development. For example, he looked to Kitchen Craft to get a modern touch for the cabinetry. Kitchen Craft offers visionary style in cabinetry that gets easier and easier. “We have many new ways to help ideas come to life,” says Kitchen Craft Design and Sales Consultant Tom Scott, pointing to H2O Waterfront as a good example of their leading edge style. What they provided was a flat panel Soho cabinet that offers a clean look with contemporary grey colour tones. Surfaces are thermafoil and feature a maintenance free
finish that is easy to clean with no grooves or bumps to hide and hold dirt and kitchen grime.
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The building is energy efficient as well. Not only does the property sport make-up air intake that has hallway and apartment air as fresh as outside, each suite features its own electric furnace and hot water tank.
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In the parking lot, a space well hidden off Argyle Street at the rear of the building, Mark specified a need for energy reduction. The building features an ILPC (Integrated load power controller) to handle the needs of cars in Winnipeg’s frigid winters. Mark reports that the system represents a saving of as much as $7000 a year in power costs, thanks to dramatic reduction in usage. Exterior areas are all lighted with LED to further maximize savings and keep the building as green as possible. “I’ve worked hard to think of everything,” he says, looking over cabinets of electrical breakers and nests of fibre optic cables that deliver the fastest Internet possible to suites. “We even take garbage and recycling seriously. Currently, we are about 50/50 garbage to recycling. I hope we can improve this ratio as we move forward,” says Mark. “This project has been more a labour of love than a moneymaking proposition. I really want to see this city succeed, and the Exchange District and Waterfront Drive are great places to start. We need to get people into the area, and to do this, there must be the right type of accommodation and attractions. I think H20 Waterfront represents a vision of what can be done when you step outside the box,” he says, concluding that the success of the property has told him he is on the right track.
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