Child & Youth Mental Health Program at Royal Victoria Hospital (“RVH”)

Parkin is delighted to have worked on the Child & Youth Mental Health Program (“CYMH”) at RVH.  Planning and designing for mental health hospitals and units within hospitals is one of our key areas of expertise.

Commenting on unique challenges in creating safe spaces for mental health units, Parkin VP and CYMH project architect says:

“Mental health projects represent unique challenges in creating spaces that are safe for both staff and patient—without appearing to be institutional. We seek to create healing spaces that promote a welcoming and familiar environment. In the new Child and Youth Mental Health Project at RVH, child-friendly spaces were created; they include built-in, custom millwork in bedrooms, areas for art display, curvilinear specialty ceilings and coloured resin panels.  Support spaces are centralized and accessed from a back corridor, helping to promote a familiar, home-like environment”.

For more information on this unique project at RVH, please click on the following links.

Mental Illness – Children & Adolescents

Creating warm and welcoming inpatient mental health units is today’s norm.  To support mental health awareness, Parkin Principal, Lynne Wilson Orr comments on her experience in planning and designing a mental health facility for children and adolescents.

“As researchers are developing a greater understanding of when and how fast specific areas of children’s brains develop, clinicians are learning more about the early stages of a wide range of mental illnesses that appear later in life. Helping children and adolescents and their parents to manage difficulties early in life may prevent the development of disorders. Once mental illness develops, it becomes a regular part of the child’s behaviour—and more difficult to treat. Short, intensive stays in Child/Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Units are shown to have a positive impact on children and teens in proactively managing their challenges. Parkin’s design for the new Child/Adolescent Unit at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital was developed to be a warm and welcoming space, with a kid- and teen-friendly atmosphere. Bright colours, private washrooms, bedrooms with big windows with views of the outdoors, and generously-sized communal eating and lounge spaces provide a safe space for kids and teens.”

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) – Cardiac Care Interventional Suite

This RVH project brings advanced cardiac care to the citizens of Simcoe Muskoka. The hospital has just opened a new Cardiac Care Interventional Suite (“CCIS”), constructed within existing shelled space.  Parkin provided full architectural services for design, planning and construction of a top-grade, two-room cardiac catheterization suite with 18 pre/post care bays and a full range of support.  This new program extends the breadth of cardiac care at RVH, complementing both the emergency service and the existing Cardiac Care Unit, to which the CCIS is adjacent. While not offering angioplasty at this time, the physical arrangement allows for provision of that service at a later date.  The radiology equipment—the first of its kind certified for use in Canada—was provided by Siemens Canada.  We are pleased to have been a part of this significant contribution to patient care in Central Ontario.

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Sciences Building, Lab & Support Room Renovations

Parkin Architects Limited was engaged by the University of Toronto to redesign the research labs and support spaces, as well as the morgue and anatomy teaching labs, in a multi-million dollar retrofit in the Medical Sciences Building. The first of several phases is complete and the researchers have moved back into bright, energy efficient and flexible modular laboratories. The work is being completed in many phases while the building continues to be occupied.

The first group of support labs, cold rooms and the glass washing facility are also nearing completion and are almost ready for occupancy. All the remaining phases are scheduled for completion at the end of April.

According to Dean Trevor Young, “Good design works wonders. Walking the sixth floor of the Medical Sciences Building, it’s clear the newly renovated wet labs — and many other spaces throughout the building — have undergone dramatic change. Gone are the walls and aging benches, replaced by open spaces, natural light and state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure. It’s a stunning transformation,…”

Parkin is proud to have contributed to the modernization of this building and we trust that the space will be an incubator for medical science discoveries for years to come.


ErinoakKids Opening

On  January 6, 2018, ErinoakKids opened its doors to the public for a preview walkthrough of its three new facilities in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. These warm and welcoming new buildings were carefully planned to create new opportunities for clients, their families, and therapists to learn and develop in facilities that will support them on their journey. Climbing walls in the gyms, treehouses in Main Street, and amazing outdoor play areas will encourage children to reach their full potential.

Medically fragile children and those with autism will be able to receive supportive care at the Brampton site’s new Respite Facility, where a caring, warm and home-like environment will provide comfort and a break for families facing the daily challenges of caring for a child with complex needs.  

The following photographs illustrate some of the facilities’ features. 

The move in schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 18: Last day of service at current ErinoakKids locations

Friday, Jan. 19: Wednesday, Jan. 24: All sites closed for staff moving and orientation

Thursday, Jan. 25: Mississauga site open for client service

Friday, Jan. 26: Halton site open for client service

Monday, Jan. 29: Brampton site open for client service