Good architectural wayfinding allows individuals to navigate built environments with ease and confidence. Within complex environments, such as healthcare, educational campuses, and transportation facilities, wayfinding enhances one’s understanding of the physical environment, reduces stress and confusion, increases safety, and saves time for both visitors and employees. Read more
Take a guided tour through The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) recently completed the Intermediate Care redesign for Ward 7C, in the Slaight Atrium Building. The new layout optimizes nursing resources with the addition of observation nooks in the corridors to allow for 1:2 intermediate care nursing and the redesign of the patient rooms to improve clinical outcomes. Learn more about the redesign in our blog: SickKids Intermediate Care for Ward 7C Redesign.
Universal design, according to NC State University’s Center for Universal Design (CUD), “is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design”. We believe that design for inclusivity is a pillar of good design of public space. Read more
Erinn Haley Stevenson, Associate
Having worked in healthcare design for close to ten years prior to becoming a first-time mother, my birth experience not only reinforced design principles applied to client projects but offered a new, fresh, first-hand perspective. Read more
It has been an incredible and rewarding year for us here at Parkin: from the opening of a state-of-the-art police training facility in Ontario to several innovative, cutting-edge healthcare projects and the many project milestones met in the foremost healthcare, educational, recreation, justice, and research institutions across Canada.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to take this time to thank our staff, partners, and team members for their dedication and hard work. Together, we will continue to accomplish meaningful work and provide truly worthwhile services to our clients in the year ahead.
Congratulations to the Space Odyssey 2017 design team for winning our 3D Printing Challenge! This fall, we partnered with Entuitive and challenged five cross-company teams from six offices to design a 1:50 scale pavilion using assembled 3D printed pieces. The final entries were presented at our annual Ontario Health Achieve reception, held on November 6th, where clients and staff voted on the most innovative design. Read more