New RCMP detachment in Arviat, Nunavut – Nearing Completion

The new RCMP detachment in Arviat, Nunavut is nearing completion.  The majority of the construction work is completed, and commissioning work is underway.  Building occupancy is scheduled for late summer, 2018.

The RCMP’s presence in the Arctic has been long-standing; however, its physical image as a community service has not been updated in nearly 40 years. The current detachment was undersized and had outlived its use as a functional building.  Parkin’s design approach for the new detachment provides a compact and efficient facility, while addressing the environment and construction challenges of the Arctic.

The building program provides staff and support areas, a secure zone including holding cells, and two garage bays, to meet the RCMP’s functional requirements.

The front of building contains a large open interior space from which the public has access to various areas the building. Adjacent is the staff bullpen, separated by a partially glazed wall, promoting a welcoming but secure area between the public and staff areas.

Parkin’s goal was to ensure that the RCMP’s mission, vision and values are represented through this new facility.  We look forward to establishing a basis for protective services design in the Arctic.

Vancouver’s Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre Wins European High Commendation

At the mid-June 2018 European Healthcare Design Congress in London, UK, the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre, commissioned by Fraser Health and designed by Parkin Architects Western Ltd., received a “highly commended” award in the Healthcare Design over 20,000 sqm category. 

The Awards shortlist had been announced in May, 2018, following a hotly contested competition and intensive judging process. The list comprised organizations and multidisciplinary project teams that the judges considered to have achieved shining examples of design projects, innovations and research in healthcare and which will help raise the bar in healthcare design and service delivery in Europe and around the globe.

Parkin is honoured to receive this commendation.

Cape Dorset High School – Progress Report

The Design Build Team (“DBT”) of Parkin Architects, Accutech Engineering and Kudlik Construction are quickly approaching the delivery of the High School in Cape Dorset, targeted for the Summer of 2018. This will be the first Design Build school project in the Arctic, delivered 1 year ahead of a typical Arctic construction schedule.

The majority of the construction is near completion with building commissioning currently underway. The school will go through a 30 day test to ensure that all Mechanical and Electrical systems are fully functional.

The exterior work, which continues to progress, includes the final installation of the roofing, exterior stairs and ramps, along with site civil works.

The final interior work includes all architectural finishing along with the furniture, fixtures, and equipment  package to be installed in July, when the season’s first shipping vessel arrives.  This shipping arrival will mark the final delivery of all outstanding material to site.

The DBT is very excited to be delivering the school to this community, following its tragic loss by fire of the previous school in the Fall of 2015.

Parkin Architects Continues to Evolve!

Parkin Architects Limited has been providing exceptional design services to clients for decades and we continually contribute and adapt to the changes occurring in the design and construction industry. Parkin has grown from a focus on Healthcare and Recreation in 1986 to now also providing award winning services in the Education, Laboratory, Justice, and Correctional sectors.

Parkin’s western Canada office in Vancouver has been extremely successful since its opening in 2012. In fact, the staff contingent has grown by a third in the last year alone! Parkin Director Cameron Shantz is moving to Vancouver to reinforce the talented local staff and to help respond to the demand for Parkin’s services.

Parkin’s Toronto and Ottawa offices have also added staff to keep up with the recent successes and have committed to teams for several future projects in the healthcare, laboratory, education, long-term care, and justice sectors. The future is looking very bright!

After 40 years with Parkin, Harland Lindsay has retired from the firm he founded and now provides consulting services to Parkin from time to time, continuing his support of the firm to which he has been committed for so many years. As the founder of Parkin Architects Limited, Harland has been central to the business management and operation of the firm, as well as a resource for many other aspects of the practice. Harland was responsible for the resurrection of the firm from the remnants of Parkin Partnership Architects Planners, and its subsequent growth from 7 people to its current size of well over 100.

John Christie “retired” last year but is back helping on a part-time basis assisting us with work at Georgian Bay Regional Hospital, Brampton Civic Hospital, and Joseph Brant Hospital. He is also committed to being involved with numerous pursuits across Canada – so his retirement was short-lived!

Directors Lind Nyman, David Driscoll, Cameron Shantz, Mark Michasiw, Robert Boraks and John MacSween and the dedicated Parkin staff continue to ensure that Parkin provides exceptional professional design services across Canada, and abroad.

Parkin 3D Printing Challenge #3


After the long anticipated wait, we have the final results of Parkin’s 3D Print Challenge #3.  The competition involved the selection of a building; preferable a Parkin-designed building and creating a 3D massing model of the building and the site.  Once again, everyone did a fantastic job!  Congratulations to the winners and all participants.

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Parkin 3D Printing Challenge No. 3 Update

The Parkin 3D Printing Challenge No. 3 is complete.  Teams have finalized prints and staging their models for judging.  First round of judging is taking place on June 1, 2018.  Results will be announced the week of June 4, 2018.  We are excited to share with you the teams’ innovative models.  Stay tuned…