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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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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Sustainable Design is an Important Component of our Architectural Philosophy

Sustainable Design is an Important Component of our Architectural Philosophy

By Brent Whiteley, Vice President, Parkin Architects Limited

At Parkin, we evaluate integration of sustainable materials and systems on a project-by-project basis, and incorporate them where feasible. The evaluation process requires early engagement with the consultant team to analyze materials, products and contemplated system upgrades to find the balance point between capital expenditure and long-term operating savings. This might involve selection of more durable finishes within high-use areas, or the replacement of mechanical and electrical fixtures. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Infection Control Through Healthcare Design

Infection Control Through Healthcare Design

Applying informed design and construction best practices for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.

The design of an acute-care facility is a crucial factor in infection prevention and control. There is a balance in designing a healthcare facility which is open and accessible to the public, yet can reduce the risk of acquiring an infectious disease. To strike this balance, infection control must be a consideration from the initial planning and design phases of any new build or retrofit.
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