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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | New Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Timeline | Breaking Ground

New Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Timeline | Breaking Ground

On July 31, 2015, the New Oakville Hospital achieved substantial completion on time and on budget. Officially named the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH), this new state-of-the-art hospital will open its doors to the public on December 13, 2015.

As we count down the weeks to the grand opening of the OTMH, join us as we reflect upon and celebrate the key milestones over the past four years of construction in our blog series. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Case Study | Dufferin Courthouse Expansion

Case Study | Dufferin Courthouse Expansion

Project Name:                      Dufferin Courthouse Expansion
Cost:                                     $8.9 million
Year of Completion:            2012

Overview

This project includes an addition to existing house, a new jury courtroom, intake court, judicial chambers, POA court support, new prisoner vehicle sallyport, Dufferin County offices and committee room, as well as interior renovations to the 1881 County Courthouse office areas. The assignment was to design a modern addition, which would be sympathetic to the original 1881 County Courthouse precinct which consists of the County Courthouse, County Jail and Registry Office and an office addition constructed in 1973. The addition had to unify the various structures, be respectful of the heritage structures and of the adjacent neighbourhood of single-family homes.
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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Lean Methodologies and Institutional Design

Lean Methodologies and Institutional Design

Healthcare facilities are embracing Lean principles by redesigning processes to reduce waste and to improve the quality of service delivery through the eyes of their client, the patient.

Lean methodologies use a prescribed set of tools, developed by the Toyota Production System, to relentlessly eliminate waste in processes, to focus on providing value for the end user and to improve the quality and productivity of everything that is done. Lean is heavily reliant on the front line staff to improve the processes that they know best.  Lean looks across departmental boundaries to make sure all non-value-added activities are eliminated.

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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Communication Standards For Successful Project Delivery

Communication Standards For Successful Project Delivery

We believe communication – whether internal or external – is critical to ensuring the smooth execution of a project, particularly one that deals with multiple sites, aging infrastructure and on-going operation during construction.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), of the projects that fail to meet their original business intent and goals, half of the unsuccessful had ineffective communications.

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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Accessibility in Planning and in Practice

Accessibility in Planning and in Practice

By Mark Michasiw, Director, Parkin Architects Limited

The implementation of accessibility in the provision and execution of facility planning is one of the great challenges of the day. Our institutional clients are, by mandate, on the leading edge of the correct provision of service delivery to meet without limitation the needs of a client group growing in diversity, complexity, specialty of need and, of course, age. These issues, in the context of human rights, mean our service and our design solutions have had to be re-engineered to address this new imperative.
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