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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) brings architecture and design into the digital age with an intelligent 3D model-based process that offers digital representations of physical and functional elements of spaces. For Parkin, it provides tools to more effectively plan and design innovative, intuitive, and functional institutions, especially those as critical and complex as healthcare facilities. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Evaluating and Selecting the Right Team for a Successful Project

Evaluating and Selecting the Right Team for a Successful Project

Bernadette Searle, Manager of Capital Projects with York Regional Police, has over 13 years of experience managing their capital projects and facilities. She is involved from land purchase through to the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings. Below, Bernadette shares how she evaluates and selects architects for new builds and renovations. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Healthcare Design for Children and Youth: Positive Distractions

Healthcare Design for Children and Youth: Positive Distractions

In addition to being away from home, treatments, procedures and an abundance of strangers can make hospitals a scary place for anyone, not to mention children. It’s vital that a healthcare facility designated for youth prioritizes positive distractions, like play spaces, visual stimulation, and technology, in addition to efficiency and operational purposes in the design process. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Institutional Design: The Impact on Productivity and Wellness

Institutional Design: The Impact on Productivity and Wellness

According to a survey by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), “…85% of people feel their access to quality outdoor views and natural sunlight boosts their overall productivity and happiness.” These results are hardly surprising. Backed by research, we know that good institutional design has a direct impact on the occupants of a built environment. Further to that, improvements that affect human capital have a much greater impact on organizations in terms of costs and savings than those that improve only the physical capital. Read more

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