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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Architectural Blog Series: Southlake Regional Health Centre

Architectural Blog Series: Southlake Regional Health Centre

This week, as part of our Architectural Blog Series, we’re highlighting the major redevelopment completed by our team at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario.

About Southlake Regional Health Centre

Southlake Regional Health Centre has been serving its community since 1922, when it was founded as York County Hospital. New buildings were added over several decades to meet the needs of a growing community.  The older buildings proved unable to meet emerging infrastructural requirements for new health care technology and delivery models, as well as  life safety and building energy efficiency codes.  To meet these demands, Parkin designed a sophisticated campus transformation that included a new high rise tower, a complete gut of the existing 1956 tower and extensive renovations of the 1972 East wing.
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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | 3D Printing – A Learning Process from an Architect’s Point of View

3D Printing – A Learning Process from an Architect’s Point of View

By Mario Pistone, Vice President, Parkin Architects Limited

In June 2015, I purchased a 3D printer – an Ultimaker 2.  I intended to learn about the technology, about its application in the architectural field and to understand the role the process might play in communicating with clients.  It has been a journey of experimentation, failure, exploration and learning.

The concept was simple enough.  Create a 3D model, export it to a program that develops the tool path, and watch as a heated nozzle methodically cycles within a lit box transforming the graphic that was on my screen into a  physical object.
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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Water Conservation At Home

Water Conservation At Home

World Water Day is on March 22nd. It is a day of international observance to examine current and future challenges having to do with water and sanitation. This year’s theme is on water and jobs, and the ways in which the quantity and quality of water can alter the lives and livelihoods of workers, and even transform societies and economies around the world.
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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Designing for Common Areas

Designing for Common Areas

The public spaces of a hospital set the tone for the experience that patients and staff will have while there. Signs saying “Stop. Wash your hands, put on a mask, etc.” while necessary, do not convey an image of welcome, warmth or acceptance and should not be the first experience.
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