Parkin Western Director, John MacSween, presenting at CCHF Conference on Innovative Technologies and Design Transforming the Care Environment

John MacSween will be presenting at The Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities conference in Vancouver, May 23–25, 2018. He will co-present with Monica McAlduff, Director, Mental Health and Substance Use, Vancouver Coastal Health, in a session entitled “Segal Centre Mental Health Care Facility Technology and Design Innovations Improving Safety and Mental Healthcare”.  The largest purpose-built facility of its kind in British Columbia, the Segal Centre cares for people with mental illness and substance use on both in-patient and out-patient bases. A tour of this award-winning site is being offered to attendees.

Cape Dorset School – Progress Update

Cape Dorset School in Nunavut is nearing completion, with occupancy targeted for August 2018. Although the project is still under construction, you can get a feeling of how the final facility will look. One of the interesting features of this building is the curved seating in the atrium: it faces a stage that opens onto the gym (3rd slide).

This project is heading to be delivered one year earlier than projected.




Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre – Vancouver General Hospital published in April 2018 issue of Award Magazine

Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre – Vancouver General Hospital was published in Award Magazine’s April 2018 issue.  This new facility consolidates inpatient, outpatient, and outreach mental health and substance use services in one building.  The article speaks about the dream that became reality in 2010. Opened in August of 2017, the facility is a LEED Gold, nine-storey facility with 100 inpatient beds that were designed with extensive input from mental health clients, families, healthcare providers and support personnel.

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Parkin participates in Post Occupancy Evaluation Symposium & Workshop, May 3rd, 2018

Parkin is a Gold Sponsor for the Canadian Centre for Health Facilities (CCHF) in support of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), which is hosting a symposium and workshop to bring together key stakeholders who can influence change in Canadian healthcare facilities and performance.

Robin Snell—a member of the CSA Committee on HCF Design Research and Evaluation (DRE), and Principal at Parkin Architects Limited—will introduce the proposed HCF Design Research and Evaluation Standard objectives, structure and content. A structured break out-session will engage symposium attendees in discussion and feedback related to the proposed standard.

We are delighted to be a part of this valuable event.

Parkin Showcasing Designs in VR

On April 11, 2018, Parkin featured its VR work on InsiteVR’s Immersive Project Showcase.  The event invited participants across North America with VR headsets to view the Electrophysiology Room designed for St. Mary’s General Hospital (SMGH) in a live presentation.  From our host location provided in the Hospital by SMGH, Parkin and SMGH staff described the room design, function and value of VR in developing the design and addressing operational needs within the space, including sightlines, adjacencies, and workflow.  The showcase session included assigning roles to participants, and giving directions to them to stage a procedure in the room, thereby providing a (virtually) hands-on experience of how this amazing space functions, and how the healthcare team uses the space.

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