Tuugaalik High School – Postcard

Parkin recently mailed a postcard for the award winning Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat, Nunavut. This outstanding facility won an Honourable Mention in the Learning by Design Magazine. The project has added further northern expertise to our portfolio. The design team enjoyed learning about the unique requirements of a northern school and its cultural differences from its southern neighbours. To view the launched postcard, please click on the following link:

Parkin Architects a Leading Canadian Architectural Firm – Featured in Business Elite Canada

“Every building we design, be it a hospital or a prison, should reflect the values that define our society.” Robert Boraks, Director.

We are spending more of our time thinking about how the building environments we create influence the health of the people who are in them. ” Cameron Shantz, Director.

Parkin was featured in the May 2017 edition of Business Elite Canada.  Ours Directors share their views on design.   To learn how we are currently influencing society, implementing evidence-based research in design, and focusing on societal health, please visit the following link:

Arviat RCMP Detachment Facility – progress update

The construction of the RCMP detachment facility in Arivat, Nunavut has resumed after a four-month winter break. The contractor remobilized on site in early April to clear the site of snow and resume the exterior work. The building envelope will be completed over the next month, including installation of the exterior cladding, windows and doors. The exterior stairs, which are separate structures from the main building, are also being assembled over the next month. The interior work, which includes steel stud framing, mechanical and electrical rough-ins, is well underway.

Construction begins for the Cape Dorset School

Construction of a new high school in Cape Dorset, Nunavut is under way.  The construction team was able to ship to the site all the blasting and excavation equipment on the last barge of the fall, in anticipation of steel arriving on the first sea lift.

The one level, 3,300 sq.m. school will accommodate 215 students from Grades 7 to 12.

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Parkin Sponsors and Participates in the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities (CCHF) Seminar at The Ottawa Hospital

Parkin is a sponsor and participant at CCHF’s Seminar, Transforming Healthcare Environments, at The Ottawa Hospital on May 15 and 16, 2017.  Robert Boraks, a Parkin director and shareholder, will be presenting with Peter Thompson, Director, Planning and Facilities Redevelopment, Queensway Carleton Hospital (“QCH”) Nepean.  They will be discussing Acute Care for the Elderly (“ACE”) Strategies and the Design of QCH’s ACE Unit: Transformation of In-Hospital Elderly Care.

Honourable Mention Award for Tuugaalik High School

Parkin received an Honourable Mention and National Recognition award for excellence in educational facility design in the 2017 spring edition of American magazine, LEARNING BY DESIGN, the premier source of education design, innovation and excellence.  Tuugaalik High School (Naujaat, Nunavut, Canada) has been recognized for its overall plan, architectural design and attributes worthy of imitation.

The magazine nominated 59 outstanding projects, of which the Nunavut high school is the only project located outside the USA. In addition, 11 of those projects received special awards from the magazine, one of which went to Tuugaalik High School.

The Jury’s comments state, “Smart design for climate and community needs. Use of laminated wood beams in the Kiva is a thoughtful detail for this significant space.  Thank you for providing the metrics for measuring outcomes! This took a great deal of understanding and engagement to fully adapt and incorporate local cultural ideals. Great use of colors, spaces, and CTE education.”



Parkin Sponsoring Carleton University Course


Parkin Architects Limited is sponsoring an architectural course at Carleton University. Titled “Extreme Environments – Social and Environmental Infrastructure for Naujaat”, the course introduces second year Masters of Architecture students to the challenges and opportunities of designing in Canada’s far north. 

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton thought it important that Canadian students be exposed to a large and important portion of Canada’s land mass that receives insufficient thought and attention. Due to its portfolio of award winning arctic projects, Parkin was approached by the School to help support and teach the course. Parkin was delighted to respond.

Parkin’s arctic portfolio includes a hospital, a prison, a police station and four schools. Parkin was also the lead designer for a P3 pursuit of the Iqaluit International Airport. The course is being taught by Robert Boraks, a Parkin director and design lead for the firm’s northern work. When asked about his experience leading the studio, he responded by saying that the experience has been, “Wonderful! The students have been very receptive to opening themselves to nuances of the north and have, as a result, produced exceptional work.”  The School has expressed an interest in continuing and expanding its commitment to Canada’s north.

Canstruction Creation Wins Again!

Having won the Best Use of Labels award in the 2016 Canstruction Toronto competition, the Entuitive/PCL/Parkin submission has now been named as the recipient of one of eight Canstruction International awards! Our creation (cappuccino cup) was chosen from a pool of over 1200 submissions across 150 cities, and is the only winner from Canada. Awards will be presented in Orlando in late April.

A picture can be found on the website below on the 5th tab.

Parkin to Design New Mental Health Centre

Coquitlam, BC:  The Provincial Health Services Authority has selected EllisDon Corporation – Parkin Architects Western Ltd. as the preferred proponent to design and build the new Centre for Mental Health and Addiction on the Riverview lands. 

The new 105-bed facility will provide specialized inpatient treatment services for adults who have complex and severe substance use and mental health challenges.  The facility will replace the current Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.

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