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SickKids – Intermediate Care Redesign for Ward 7C

Parkin recently completed the Intermediate Care Redesign for Ward 7C, in the Slaight Atrium Building.  As requested by the hospital, Parkin added observation nooks in the corridors to convert a traditional single patient ward to allow 2-1 intermediate care nursing.  Optimization of nursing resources could now be achieved with the new physical layout.

“We are extremely happy with the outcome of the project. We appreciated your team’s diligence and creativity in designing this space to move our vision to reality. Your respectful cooperation in navigating the challenges of conducting this work in a busy inpatient area has been invaluable throughout the renovation process. We are also very pleased with the quality of the work and attention to detail. Since its opening last week, the new space has been universally admired by staff across the hospital and most importantly by patients and families. Thank you for working with us to create a better, safer experience for the children and families in our care.” – Kate Langrish, Clinical Director, Paediatric Medicine, Complex Care, Patient Access and Transitional Care, The Hospital for Sick Children.

3D Printing Challenge 2 – Final Models

Parkin/Entuitive 3D Printing Challenge ended yesterday.  All models were displayed at Parkin’s annual HealthAchieve Reception, last evening, where Parkin clients and staff were invited to vote for a winner.  The winner will be announced at the end of the day.    

For information on the models please click on the following link:

3D printing challenge – Pavilion, Week of October 23, 2017

Teams wrapped up the test phase of the challenge the week of October 23, 2017.  Each team selected a component of its pavilion design for test 3D printing.  The resulting prototype models provided teams with valuable information about material properties, effects, fitting and connections.  For many teams, this is their first time printing or utilizing a dual material 3D printer.  Each team will use the experience learned from their tests to tweak and refine their models and to coordinate with their Entuitive partners how the architectural and structural components will fit together.

Final printing begins October 26, 2017 and will run until November 5, 2017. 

Halloween Fun at Parkin

Parkin’s social club hosted a Halloween Pumpkin decorating contest.  Four teams joined and created some fabulous themed pumpkins.  Three rules of competition: 1. pumpkins could not be carved, 2. Maximum time to decorate was one hour, and 3. Budget was $15.  Judges had such a hard time picking winners that all teams were declared winners.  Congratulations!  What a creative bunch.

Parkin and Entuitive announce collaborative 3D Printing challenge

Parkin and Entuitive have kicked-off a collaborative 3D printing challenge involving 5 teams and 6 offices.  Parkin teams of designers from Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto will partner with Entuitive structural engineering teams from the U.K, Calgary and Toronto to design a 1:50 scale pavilion using assembled 3D printed pieces. 

The challenge will demonstrate FDM and STL printing technologies and 3D printing as a collaborative design and mock-up tool.

Entries will be judged by invited clients at Parkin’s annual Client reception on November 6, 2017.  The event will be streamed live.

Parkin 3D Printing Challenge – Phase 2

Phase 2 will be in joint venture with Entuitive (structural engineers).  Having won the Best Use of Labels award in the 2016 Canstruction Toronto competition, the (Entuitive/PCL/Parkin) submission was also 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 were presented in Florida in the spring of 2017.  Based on our past success with the Canstruction competition, we are excited to work with this group again.