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PROJECT PROFILE

M Builds - Building the Future
of Northwestern Ontario
By Varinder Brar

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or over 40 years, Manshield Construction
has helped created some of the most
impressive buildings in Thunder Bay
and throughout Western Canada. It
grew into a formidable player on the construction landscape and in 2019, Manshield became
M Builds - a visible and proud recognition of
the positive changes it has made in recruiting
skilled people, integrating technology and collaborating with clients, team members and all
the players in a project.
"Our rebrand signifies the recent changes
and modernization of our company," says
Peter Belluz, partner. "As the construction
industry has progressed, we've kept pace by
recruiting people with skills to help build the
company, including professional engineers
and architects, and by integrating technology to strengthen our ability to help build our
clients' visions."
The new brand is an active evolution to the
company's former name. The letter "M" pays
homage to its history, while "Builds" describes
what the company does.
"Yes, we build buildings," Belluz says. "More
so, we build legacies, we build communities,
we build careers and we build relationships
with some of the best clients in the world."
Many of those clients are in Thunder Bay
and other communities in Northwestern
Ontario. Since 2000, the year Belluz became
a Partner with M Builds, the company has
completed over $400 million in construction in
Northwestern Ontario. The projects are varied
in scope and nature, and include: construction of the Pinewood and Roseview long-term
care facilities in Thunder Bay; office and retail
developments, including Canadian Tire and

Confederation College

Home Depot stores; Confederation College
REACH facility, the Goldcorp Emergency
Response Building in Musslewhite; the
Atikokan General Hospital addition and renovation; and industrial projects like the Rockcliff
Reservoir for the City of Thunder Bay.
"In all of these projects, the subtrades of
Thunder Bay have been our partners in the
project. The M Builds collaborative approach
is essential to the success of the project and
the participation of the subtrades is a key part
of that approach," Belluz comments. "Thunder
Bay is a small market compared to the overall
scale of the construction market in Canada, but
for its size, the city has skilled and knowledgeable subtrades and M Builds has been fortunate
to work with to complete many great projects."
Currently, M Builds is working as
Construction Managers with the Salvation
Army on the design of their new facility. The
project is a good example of how M Builds
collaborates with clients to meet their

"The ability to stay current in real time and share information
across the team, including among the subtrades, is significant to
our clients because each project team now can respond quickly to
any changes thanks to the technology we use."
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Atikokan Hospital

expectations, in this case, adjusting the design
layout to save space and save money. Working
with the owner and architect (i4 Architecture),
M Builds identified creative ways to combine
work areas and eliminate circulation for a more
efficient overall floor plan. After reviewing the
construction details and sequencing, M Builds
developed an exterior wall assembly that will
be preassembled in a factory setting, shipped
to site and flexible enough to be installed in
any weather condition. The exterior walls also
meet all current energy and fire codes. With
these efficiencies incorporated into the design
drawings, tendering to the subtrades over
the winter allowed a successful project start
the spring.
Since it opened in Thunder Bay in 2000, M
Builds has led a number of unique projects in
Northwestern Ontario. One was transforming
a very old facility into an office/learning
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NEW ENERGY FOR RURAL NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
MAINTENANCE-FREE CONDO LIFE COMES TO THUNDER BAY
M BUILDS – BUILDING THE FUTURE OF NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
CATB MEMBER LISTINGS
GOODBYE CONSTRUCTION LIEN ACT, HELLO CONSTRUCTION ACT
PRODUCTS & SERVICES MARKETPLACE
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Construction Northwest 2019-2020 - GOODBYE CONSTRUCTION LIEN ACT, HELLO CONSTRUCTION ACT
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Construction Northwest 2019-2020 - NEW ENERGY FOR RURAL NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
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Construction Northwest 2019-2020 - CATB MEMBER LISTINGS
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