Parkin a CIHF Mental & Behavioral Health Design Roundtable Participant

Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures is hosting its first roundtable with a specific focus on Mental and Behavioral Health Design. The impact of the physical environment on individuals with mental and behavioral issues has emerged as a topic of concern that has environmental designers thinking in new ways to develop a more sensitive approach to spaces that support the needs of these patients.

Parkin Principal, Lynne Wilson Orr will be a Mental & Behavioral Health Design Roundtable participant at the Cornell Institute for Health Futures (CIHF) on October 15-16, 2017.

Roundtable Chair: Mardelle Shepley, D.Arch, FAIA, Professor and Chair of Design & Environmental Analysis and Associate Director of Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures.

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RCMP in Arviat nearing completion

Parkin has enjoyed designing another great new facility in the far north.  This 5,000 sq.ft. RCMP building in Arviat will be complete at the end of October, 2017.  The building is a steel structure built on steel piles with an arctic foundation system. The building envelope is designed to exceed the requirements of the Good Building Practices Guidelines for Nunavut. Materials and construction details were selected to ensure ease of transportation, and ease of installation.

Parkin – Awarded the New Emergency Department at Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital

Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital has retained the services of Parkin Architects Limited to design the new Emergency Department.

“Parkin is thrilled to be working with the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital team and the local community to develop the new Emergency Department. We look forward to working together on this exciting project.”  - Robert Boraks, Director, Parkin Architects Limited

The new ED will better support patients and staff with modern and flexible space. It will be able to adapt to peak volumes, provide improved patient privacy and satisfaction, and increase infection prevention and control.

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a Mental Healthcare Facility Based on Staff Perceptions of Design Innovations – HERD Magazine

Parkin participated in a post occupancy evaluation (POE) study to examine the effectiveness of three specific design innovations in a mental health facility.  The facilities involved were Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Healthcare and Parkwood Institute.  The study provides a model for the implementation of POE approaches in a mental healthcare context.

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Fall 2017 issue of American School & University (Architectural Portfolio) – Tuugaalik High School, Naujaat, Nunavut

Tuugaalik High School, Naujaat, Nunavut has been has been awarded a Special Citation in the 2017 American School & University Architectural Portfolio—the premier showcase celebrating the best in education design.

2017 Jury comments – “Great effort in using color, pattern, and simple materials to create a welcoming, contextural and inspired environment.”

This is the second American School & University award for a Parkin school design, (first award – 2017 Outstanding Design, American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase).